Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

I know it's still another 4 days until fall, but I have zucchini that's ready now. I decided it was time to break out the pumpkin recipes. I made this recipe twice (rather than doubling), but the second time, I forgot the baking powder and baking just turned out really dense but I guess it's all for me since I wouldn't share it with anyone else--too embarrassing. Oh darn lol. ;)

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Bread

It's that time of year. Between the months of July-September, I post all the latest zucchini recipe finds that I can come up with. Even after all that, I still end up with a freezer full of shredded and chopped squash. We are blessed to have such a lush garden. This is a great twist on traditional banana bread and with the chocolate chips, you could probably get the kids to eat it.

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

The hubby bought a bag of limes last week, so I've had to figure out what to do with them. Although margaritas come to mind, I decided to first (re-)make Salsa Verde (Green Chili), then made Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole and tonight Chicken Avocado Lime Soup. I added black beans, corn, and green chili.  I served it with tortillas, sour cream and shredded cheese. Definitely a good one for a cold night. :)

Salsa Verde (Green Chili)

I used a couple of different recipes just for spice options, but this recipe is almost entirely mine. This is our first year growing a variety of peppers. One day, the hubby brought in hatch, serano, tomatillo and a couple more I can't remember. So I decided to just roast it all (for 20 minutes at 400 degrees) and throw it in the food processor. I added lime juice, a bit of salt, cumin and onions; next time I might add cilantro. The hubby said it was the BEST green chili he's EVER had. :) It was also nice and easy for me to not have to separate the peppers. I ended up using it for Green Chili Breakfast Burritos and Chicken Avocado Lime Soup.


Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole

The second round of peppers came in from the garden and the request was for breakfast burritos with green chili for dinner. I loosely used the recipe below for guidance. I used ham instead of sausage, and added tomatoes and mushrooms. Served with homemade salsa, guac, shredded cheese and sour cream. According to the hubby, I could make this over and over and he'd never get tired of it. I'd say it was a success :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pichuberry and Blueberry Flaugnarde

Tonight was a 2-for-1 special on learning cool new foods and desserts.

1. The hubby bought "Golden Berries" (at Sprouts), also known as "Cape Gooseberries", also known as "Pichuberries"--grown in Columbia. Of course I looked at Pinterest and found a new french dessert that I couldn't pronounce.  Again, google helped me with that one--Flaugnarde. Not only is it fun to say, it's EASY and delicious! There is a strawberry version that I would try if he bought them again. Note when buying them from the store, get 2 containers (=2 cups). I used a deep dish pie plate, but now have a good excuse to shop for a (1 piece) tart pan. :)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

I don't like to waste food, and I had some extra tortillas to use up. We had a BBQ with friends so I decided to use them as my pinwheel guinea pigs. There are literally hundreds of pinwheel ideas on pinterest and I might end up making several more in the next couple of weeks, but this was a good starter, especially for a crowd. I actually had a hard time sharing because they were so delicious. I used the advice of the reviews and used 1/4 of a dry ranch packet instead of liquid ranch dressing. Also used larger shredded sharp cheddar cheese, but it didn't seem to affect the flavor (maybe even improved it). Hoping to try/blog more soon!