January 25 2017

Heart of Palm Dip

Hearts of Palm are an interesting vegetable. They are, as the name suggests, the center of certain types of palm trees, and considered a delicacy. Heart of Palm doesn’t have much flavor by itself, but it goes wonderfully with onions. Some people also put them with salads or fruit.

This dip pairs heart of palms with green onions for a really delicious treat. I highly recommend serving with pita chips or bread!

Heart of Palm Dip
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Heart of Palm Dip
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Instructions
  1. Chop up your hearts of palm. You want small pieces for optimal dipping!
  2. Mix all your ingredients together in a medium size bowl, and then pour into a pie plate (or equivalent.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Serve warm with pita chips!
Recipe Notes

This is the recipe which inspired my Heart of Palm Sandwich.

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January 22 2017

Farmer’s Cheesecake

I try to keep my fridge stocked with the basics – eggs, milk, and butter. The jar of white flour should be full, and there should be extra whole wheat flour stashed away somewhere. I keep sour cream or yogurt around because I tend to cook with it, but I try not to keep multiple packages of cream cheese around. Its dangerous!

So what to do when I just have to have cheesecake? (these are the important questions)

Yes, cheesecake. Very dangerous. Very rich.

It turns out, you don’t need to use cream cheese. There are recipes for cheesecake which use a variety of other cheeses – like ricotta, or farmer’s cheese. The beauty of using Farmer’s Cheese, of course, is that you can make it yourself, and flavor it however you like while making it.

I tried this recipe using cheese made from apple cider vinegar and sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with applesauce. Awesome.

Farmer's Cheesecake
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Cheesecake made from Farmer's Cheese - delicious, rich, and made from ingredients already in your fridge!
Servings Prep Time
8 people 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 40 minutes
Farmer's Cheesecake
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Cheesecake made from Farmer's Cheese - delicious, rich, and made from ingredients already in your fridge!
Servings Prep Time
8 people 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 40 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Crust
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pour your milk into a large pot, and gently warm until it is frothy. Use the apple cider vinegar to separate the curds from the whey and drain. Add cinnamon if desired. (this is just the standard Farmer's Cheese recipe adapted; you can find more details here.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Cut in butter, as if you were making pie crust dough.
  3. Beat 3 egg yolks and 3 tablespoons of sour cream together, and then add to the flour mixture. Mix until it forms dough (again, resembling pie crust dough). Roll out and place in pie plate.
  4. Beat the 4 eggs and one egg white at high speed until frothy. You will probably want to use an electric beater!
  5. Put farmer's cheese, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup sour cream, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend well. The Farmer's Cheese will be naturally rather granular when first made; it should be chopped up until very fine and liquid. Add some of the egg mixture if necessary.
  6. Fold together the farmer's cheese mixture and egg mixtures. Pour into the pie plate.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. The cake will rise in the oven, turn golden, and set.
  8. Cool for a few hours in the refrigerator before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

One thing I like about this recipe is that it does have instructions on making its own crust. You could definitely still do a typical graham cracker crust with this, but if you don't keep graham crackers around either, this makes it simpler.

As long as you have eggs. Lots of eggs.

Based off of Country Cheesecake.

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October 19 2016

Stuffed Mushrooms (Wrapped in Bacon)

I used to hate mushrooms. I would pick them off of pizza, and make exaggerated faces of disgust in their direction. This is the recipe which convinced me that I should give them a second shot.

I usually make my stuffed mushrooms in my little toaster oven, and there is always some stuffing left over. It tastes great on chicken!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Remove the stems from the button mushrooms, and chop them up finely. Mince your onion and garlic as well.
  2. Brown your mushroom stems, garlic, and onion with a little olive oil on the stove. Let cool.
  3. Start the stuffing by mixing together the sour cream, mayonnaise, and parmesan. Add the pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
  4. Mix your browned mushroom stems into the sour cream mixture.
  5. Fill the mushroom caps with the stuffing, and wrap with half slices of bacon.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
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