Sunday, October 15, 2017

Slow Cooker Apple BBQ Ribs

Recipe #2 countdown of my bushel-full of Macintosh. This was an out-of-this-world recipe and thank goodness it was in the crockpot because we ended up having an extra busy, but productive day around the ranch. I used onions from the garden as well as applesauce from the Yellow Transparent apples. I added potatoes to the bottom (also from the garden) and garlic & pepper, for a well rounded meal. Probably one of the best rib recipes I've had in a while. :)

Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

I was recently given a bushel of Macintosh apples. I've been letting them ripen but am now starting to need to use them. So, just like zucchini and pumpkin, I will be looking for a month long stretch of apple recipes. Today, managed to find the first 2. This recipe is fairly healthy as far as muffins go. I didn't have whole wheat pastry flour, so I used regular flour instead. I also used homemade applesauce (from my last batch of Yellow Transparent apples). Really great recipe for breakfast muffins. [I used 2 apples instead for a chunkier muffin and omitted the raisins.]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I have a freezer full of kale, chard and zucchini; I also have boxes of potatoes--blessings of the garden harvest. I don't think I've actually eaten the Olive Garden version, but the ingredients were perfect to give it a try. Oh man! I am super glad I tried this one. The ingredients sounded good, but when you put it all together it's Amazing! I did make a few changes: I used chicken thighs instead of sausage, added some lemon juice and used Arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and opted for the kale. I think next time I'll ad quinoa or rice, otherwise this is one really worth a go.

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

I saw this recipe last week and couldn't get it off my mind. I finally got the opportunity to try it last night. This is one that will blow your mind considering how easy it was to make. The only way to serve/eat this is hot from the oven over ice cream. It felt like Thanksgiving had come early. Sooooo yummy. It does make a whole 13x9, so I suggest freezing or having guests over. :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Slow Cooker Gumbo

We had just enough okra from our garden to make a nice big pot of gumbo. I added some tiny potatoes and tomatoes from the garden as well as chicken broth, salt and rotel. Now I don't have to cook for the week. lol

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ahi Tuna

Friday nights are date night, which is usually stay home, cook a higher end dinner and watch a movie. This week, the hubby bought ahi tuna steaks. This marinade was so delicious. I added a little pepper and we had Beet and Russian Kale With Goat Cheese (a recent addition to our household recipes) on the side instead. I added some rice to the rice cooker. Thumbs up!

Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

The hubby surprised me with pickles from the garden this weekend. I was excited because I forgot to make myself some bread and butter pickles. [I'm not a fan of dill pickles--the hubby loves both.] Once again, I love this recipe because I don't have to can them. I find that I can get crispier pickles when I don't have to give them a canner bath in boiling water and don't have to add extra preservatives. I really like the recipes from BrownEyedBaker and this one was just as great! I did end up adding cloves and a little bit of garlic. I also liked that it had turmeric as one of the ingredients. Now, I just need to order one of those cool wavy slicers that she used. :)