Sunday, May 8, 2016

Correction - Gronola Recipe

Hey All,

Just a quick note to let you know of a recommended change to the granola recipe.

I strongly recommend using 3 cups of oats.  My first two batches tasted great, but the excess oil eventually settled out in the jar I use for storage and made a gross mess in the last bit.  Keep everything else the same. 

I've been having tons of fun with the recipe so far.  Here's some flavor ideas:

Orange Cranberry (use an orange syrup)
Toasted Coconut (use a vanilla syrup)
Apricot Ginger (1 part orange syrup, 2 parts each maple and vanilla syrups), half flax seed half sesame seed for the nuts, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper.  I used black sesame seeds to give some additional color.

I have been enjoying the granolas with yogurt in the mornings.  Its quick and packed with energy.  This past week, I switched it up to soy milk.  I have quite a few dried soybeans that need used up.

Hopefully this gives you some great ideas for mornings.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

2 I've Been Meaning To Get Down

Hey All,

Does your kitchen and shopping binder look like it might explode? I'm continuing to work towards a better all organized electronic system.  These two recipes need to be written down:

Pumpkin Curry Soup
2 T Red Curry Paste
4 Cups Broth
2 15oz. Cans Pumpking
1 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Large chili - sliced
Cilantro Garnish

1 Cup mashed potato
2 cups flour
1 egg


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spys everywhere.....

Hey All,

So an interesting note about today... When I logged in to update the sales and menu plan here, there were 4 people viewing the page.  I hope it is of use...

Much Love,


Sunday, January 31, 2016

23F and Chicken Spinach and Mushrooms

Hey All,

So the Chicken Spinach and Mushrooms recipe doesn't have a nice published website.  It came to me as a recipe on Facebook, so here goes a boil down:

6 thinly sliced chicken breasts
1 container chive n onion cream cheese
1 large container fresh mushrooms sliced
1 small bag (or bunch) spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
garlic seasoning and pepper
8 oz mozzarella

In 9x13 pan line chicken in single layer.  Top with spinach then mushrooms.

Sprinkle with seasonings.

Soften cream cheese and whish with oil and broth.  Pour over mixture in pan.

Cover lightly with foil.  Bake at 375F for 20 min.  Remove foil and cook uncovered another 25 min.  Add mozzarella and cook another 10 min uncovered.

Let set 10 min before enjoying.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Technology Day 2 and Thick Heavy Snow

Hey All,

Its a beautiful snowy Saturday here in the city of Salt.  These snow storms have been especially epic, dropping nearly a foot of thick heavy northern Utah snow each time.  Its beautiful, but the clean up this evening is going to be a pain in the ass.

Yesterday I wrote about embracing technology, in the form of a cloud based spreadsheet.  Today I put it to use with an interesting result.  I slowed the fuck down in the supermarket and took an extra minute to double check prices, saving myself an extra few time those few extra cents will be tens of dollars, on which to retire.

I still need to hit Sprouts and Global, but otherwise I've got me one heck of a week ahead.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Making Technology Work

Hey All,

So its been a while since I've written.  I've decided to make technology work for me.  Instead of packing around a shopping/sale list, I've made technology work for me.

My Menu Planner

I've decided to make this public for viewing.  Its an active document, so for recipes, etc, you'll want to make sure and bookmark them.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Getting back to my roots...more hippie, less business

Hey All,

So I didn't write much in 2015.  Its a shame, as we ate very well.  2016 is off to a bizarre start, but I'm feeling good about the year ahead.  I also had some leftovers from holiday cooking that got turned into granola.  Granola is one of those things that sounds like a giant pain the ass, when in reality its not that hard.  Also, I have leftover baking stuff, so why not...  This is an adaptation of "Granola in a Mug".  Yes, google that, people actually make granola a mug at a time...

Here's what I did with leftover cherry flavored dried cranberries (a leftover treat from Halloween that Hozilla and her minions have failed to touch), cherry simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 tsp cherry flavor), and sliced almonds:

Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a large bowl combine:
6 Tblsp syrup
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup oil
3/4 tsp salt

2 cups oats
6 Tblsp nuts or seeds

Mix together until no liquid remains, but don't overmix or it'll turn to crud.  Spread on baking sheet or in shallow baking dish.  Bake for 10 minutes. Fluff, repeat until toasty, about 30-40 minutes.  My batch took 35 minutes.

Stir in:
6 Tblsp dried fruit

Granola will become crunchier as it cools.

This year I'm in the mood for much lighter fare.  In the week ahead I'm already eyeing black bean burgers, falafel with tatzeke, and beet and goat cheese salad with creamed balsamic dressing.  Leftover from the new year:  macaroni and cheese.  Also, sirloin and london broil and are sale this week so there will be a meal of that.  I'm especially eyeing this recipe.

I hope 2016 treats you well.  You know where I'll be found....