Cast Iron Dutch Oven Artisan Bread

This was my first attempt at a homemade bread in my new cast iron dutch oven and it turned out great! … except that I used wax paper instead of parchment paper and it stuck to the bottom of the loaf of bread.  I ended up cutting off the bottom crust 😦  Next time I’m…

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Ingredients: Bread crumbs Parmesan cheese Butter Olive Oil Salt Black Pepper White Pepper Parsley Basil Scallions Garlic Next time try a variation of this: 1 green onion, finely minced 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1/8 tsp garlic salt 1 Tbsp melted butter 1 tsp oregano leaves 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 2 Tbsp finely…

Greek Layer Dip

Ingredients: 1 container (8 oz) chives and onion cream cheese spread (sometimes I omit this, and I rarely use the whole 8 oz) 1 – 2 cups hummus (I use this recipe: if doing 8×8 appetizer, I use about half; if doing individual portions, I use the whole batch of hummus) 1 medium cucumber, diced…

Hummus

Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon) 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1/3 clove of elephant garlic) 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground…

Panera Spinach & Artichoke Souffle (with Custard)

Ingredients: 3 Tbsp frozen spinach, thawed (1 frozen package = about 16 Tbsp) 3 Tbsp artichoke hearts, minced (1 can = about 12 Tbsp) 2 tsp onions, minced (1 thin slice of a large onion) 1 tsp red bell pepper, minced 4 eggs plus 2 eggs, divided (yolks/whites) 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup grated…

Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable Options (pick 5-6): 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces 1-2 onions, sliced and quartered 1 bell pepper, chopped Can of sliced water chestnuts 4-5 carrots, sliced into coins or thin strips 8 oz package sliced portabella mushrooms Head of broccoli, chopped into small florets Scallions, chopped Can of baby corn Swiss chard, Bok…

Garlic Ginger Stir Fry Sauce

Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic (1 clove elephant garlic) 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (or ginger paste) 2 Tbsp honey (or more, to taste) 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup rice vinegar 3 Tbsp sesame oil 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil 2 Tbsp corn starch Mix all ingredients in food processor.  Process…

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

I’ve been looking for some new ways to enjoy the sweet potatoes from our garden.  I came across this interesting recipe.  Although I was a little skeptical at first, it is definitely a keeper! Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes (10-12 ounces each) 1 Tbsp oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 3…

Spinach Artichoke Souffle – Complicated Version

I recently ordered a Spinach Artichoke Baked Egg Souffle from Panera Bread.  I’m not sure what I was expecting … but oh my was it good!  Here’s my attempt to replicate it.  I looked up a few copy-cat recipes.  One in particular showed up in many searches (ABC Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur), but…

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients: 2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced 8 ounces raspberries 1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced 2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste) 1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste) 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry) Serve with: Stacy’s…

Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: 1 (7 oz) can white tuna, drained and flaked 3 Tbsp mayonnaise 1-2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish 1/8 tsp dried minced onion flakes (I used a few Tbsp fresh minced onion) 1/4 tsp curry powder 1 Tbsp dried parsley (or 2-3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley) 1 tsp dried dill weed…

Peanut Dipping Sauce

Ingredients (all are approximate): 1/2 cup peanut butter (any kind) 3 Tbsp water 2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 1/2 – 1 tsp ginger stir-in-paste (or a little fresh grated ginger) 1/2 – 1 tsp lime juice 1 tsp sriracha sauce 2-3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce 1-2 Tbsp bottled spicy peanut sauce (or could…