Category: Brunch


This recipe uses a ready-made sauce from Stonewall Kitchens.  Their Roasted Garlic Peanut Sauce is amazing.  We love their products and stock up regularly.

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2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 bottle Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Peanut Sauce

1 bag stir fry veggies

1 large sweet onion

2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

2 packages udon noodles

Marinate chicken in sauce at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Bake chicken in 13 x 9 baking dish with all the sauce.  It takes about 35-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook onions in oil over medium heat until softened, approximately 20 minutes.

Get water on stove to boil for udon noodles.

Go back to onions, turn heat up a little and add in veggies.  Cook until desired doneness.  Turn off once you get there.

Pull chicken from the oven and cut up into bite-size pieces using kitchen shears.

Put back in oven at 425 to get a little browned on top.

When water  for noodles comes to a boil, be ready to finish up and serve in 5-10 minutes.

Put noodles in water.  They take 3 minutes or so.  Be ready to drain and rinse them.

Add chicken into veggies and heat up to get ready to add to the noodles.

Toss noodles and chicken/veggie mixture and serve!

Top with chopped peanuts and green onions for crunch, if desired.

Back before everyone was suddenly into baking bread during quarantine, I happened across an amazing and easy peasant bread recipe on alexandracooks.com.  It caught my eye because it said No-Knead.  I followed Alexandra’s basic peasant bread recipe.  However, instead of making two smaller loaves, I make one big loaf in a pyrex bowl that has a capacity of 2 Qts.

I also like to experiment with different flours and add ins.  However, after binge-watching hours of British Baking Show, be warned that any deviation from the basic recipe can change proofing time.   Today’s experiment was a success!  The best bread I’ve ever made!

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4 C. flour (I used 3 c. AP, 1/2 c. flaxseed meal, 1/2 c. millet flour)

2 tsp. salt

2 c. tepid water

2 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. yeast (I used Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast)

2 Tbsp. butter.  I wasn’t good about taking pictures.  They all started to look the same LOL.

First Place flour in large bowl and wisk in salt.

Boil water (you will need 1/2 c. boiling with 1 1/2 c. tap water to get “tepid water”)

I melt the sugar in the boiled water in a large mixing cup before adding in the tap water to make sure the sugar is dissolved.  (I actually forgot to do that today, and it still turned out okay).

Sprinkle water with yeast and let activate for 15 minutes.

Stir into flour/salt mixture until no pockets of flour remain.  Cover with plastic wrap and proof about 1 hour.  It should be doubled in size.

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Meanwhile, get the bowl(s) you will be baking the bread in ready by spreading butter over it’s entire inner surface.

Deflate proofed dough using two small forks, pulling dough in from the sides of the bowl onto itself.  It is really sticky and hard to scrape from the sides.  That’s normal.

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Put is into the bowl you are baking it in (just sort of plop it in there) and use a spatula or metal spoon to get as much of the dough out of the original bowl as possible.  You won’t want to waste any of it.  Trust me.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Sit bowl of dough on the stovetop where the heat comes out of the oven.  Let the dough have a second proof (about 20 minutes).  It will double in size again!

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Place bowl in the 425F oven for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 375F and cook 15-17 minutes more.

Immediately turn the bread out onto a cooling rack.

The video from Alexandracooks.com is great:

My Mother’s Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

 

 

 

Tonight’s dinner was such a hit, the boys said to write down what I did differently so I can recreate it!  One part I don’t want to recreate is having a stove that only has one working burner (a small one) and an oven (no broiler).  I didn’t really know that some of the minor changes I made would make it so much better, so I didn’t take pictures as I went along.  It was, however, pretty, so I took a picture of a serving of the finished product.

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1 lb. elbow macaroni

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. seasoned salt

1 8 oz. container vegan or lactose free cream cheese

1 large sweet onion, finely chopped

1 C. finely chopped turkey ham

4 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 c. leftover roasted (charred) broccoli, finely chopped

1 pouch vegan mozzarella style shreds

Cook elbow macaroni.  I use the Alton Brown method of putting the pasta in a large pan with enough cool water to cover it by about an inch.  Stir in minced garlic and seasoned salt.  Bring to a boil and stir occasionally.  Lower the heat to medium low and the pasta basically becomes rehydrated instead of boiled.  Because I’m dealing with only one burner, once the pasta was cooked, I placed it in a 13 x 9 lasagna dish sprayed with coconut oil.  Rather than draining off all the fabulous flavored pasta water, I spooned approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup into the baking dish with the pasta.

Next, I cooked the onion and ham in butter and oil with all the seasonings over low heat for about 25 minutes.  I turned it up at the end, and added in the chopped charred broccoli.   Add in cream cheese and melt through.

Pour over noodles and mix in.  Top with shreds and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

I’m not sure what made this better than usual.  Maybe the pasta was perfectly cooked and had just enough pasta water?  Maybe the charred flavor of the broccoli added a special touch.  Whatever it was, I’m going to try to recreate this to see if it can be done!

Oh, and this was the last meal I’m preparing on my old on its last legs stove.  Tomorrow my son is installing the stove I always wanted.  It’s a combination Birthday/Mother’s Day present.  I can’t wait!

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If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know we develop favorites which end up on the menu at least once every week or so.  Right now, Kimchi Fried Rice is that favorite!  This recipe makes a lot, but the leftovers go quickly!

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1 lb. thick sliced bacon (I used Greenfield Farms Thick Cut Applewood Bacon)

1 C. kimchi (I used Wildbrine Korean Kimchi)

8 c. cooked rice (I used Lundberg Farms Wildblend Rice)

12 eggs

I start the rice cooking first.  Meanwhile, I cook the bacon in oven at 350.  I use two 13 x 9 baking dishes which will be used to cook the fried rice later.  It takes about 20 minutes.  I take it out and turn it several times.  Before cooking the rice in the oven, turn up heat to 400.

Place the cooked bacon on sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb the grease.  The Greenfield Farms bacon was surprisingly lean!  Pour the bacon grease from the baking dishes into the rice that is cooking and set the backing dishes aside.  The residue of the bacon grease in the dish makes the rice crisp up nicely.

 

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I cut up the bacon and chop up the kimchi and put in a bowl together to put in the rice when it’s done.

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I also put the eggs in little dishes to enable me to quickly pour them into the rice to cook in the oven.

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Once the rice is cooked, mix in the bacon, kimchi mixture.  Spoon into the two reserved backing dishes with the bacon grease residue.

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Spread out evenly, and make six wells for the eggs in each baking dish.  Put in the 400 oven for 10 minutes.   Do not put the eggs in yet!  Bake for 10 minutes to get the rice piping hot.  This will help the egg whites to cook quicker.

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Once baking dishes are really hot, pull from the oven and put eggs in the wells.  Return to the oven for 7 minutes.

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That’s it!  Top with siracha, if you like it hot.

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I was in the mood for some egg salad again. I do dread peeling hard boiled eggs though and didn’t really like the texture of the eggs when I bake them even though I posted it. Today I found post that suggested steaming the eggs. Guess what? It works! Try putting your eggs in a pan and a half inch of water with a lid and steam them for 15 minutes. The steam permeates the shell and the eggs peel like a dream. I am sold. Beautiful yellow yolks and no green Rings either! Great for making deviled eggs for the holidays.

 

Any time I make baked beans, especially with franks or sausage, I feel my father’s presence.  He could eat B&M baked beans straight from the jar or heat them up with some sliced hot dogs and he was in comfort food heaven!

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My kids love corn dogs, but dipping and frying is too much work, too messy and greasy, and I decided a casserole could work – and it does!

2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix

3 eggs

1 can corn kernels, drained

1 can creamed corn

2- 3 Tbsp agave or honey

3 Tbsp.  Sour cream, yogurt, or coffee creamer (I used sweet and creamy almond creamer to keep it lactose free)

 

 

Combine CORNBREAD ingredients.

Meanwhile soften some onions in oil with barbecue brown sugar seasoning.

 

 

 

Heat oven to 375F.  Add sliced franks to cornbread and pour into 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.

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Add beans to onions and cook on low while corndog casserole bakes.

20191123_201826Bake about 35 minutes or until golden and toothpick comes out clean.

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I am so loving Goya empanada dough.  So crisp with great lamination.  You can make filling of almost anything.  We like ground meat, vegan crumbles, tofu crumbles, or sausage mixed with onion best.  Sometimes I make it with Korean BBQ, Pizza sauce, Tex Mex style, whatever.  They are always a winner.  We’ve been on a teriyaki ranch kick lately.  They are soooo good together.

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I sauteed onion and browned ground turkey with Chinese five spice and added teriyaki and ranch.  Here are the specifics.  First start with my favorite dough by Goya:

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1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 tsp. seasoning of choice – I used Chinese five spice

2 lb. ground turkey

2 packages empanada dough

Oil to soften onion

3 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce (I used garlic teriyaki)

3 Tbsp. ranch dressing

1-2 tsp. corn starch to thicken

1 packet Daiya Pepper Jack Shredds

1 egg, beaten

The empanada dough has to sit out at room temperature for about an hour before you can use it.

Prepare a large baking sheet ahead by covering it in foil and spraying with cooking spray.

Cook onion, sprinkled with seasoning, in a little oil until softened.  Add in turkey, chopping it up in little pieces as it cooks.

Add in teriyaki, ranch and corn starch.  Simmer until thickened.  Let cool.

Once filling is cool, add in shredds.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Hold dough in the palm of your hand and spoon filling in middle.  Seal edges by pressing between your fingertips.

Lay out on prepared baking sheet.

Brush with beaten egg and bake about 20 minutes until golden brown.

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My sister Sue introduced me to the combination of tuna and pineapple.  I bought some canned tune and crushed pineapple recently to use for lunches during the workweek.  I added  in Korean Kimchi and Pepper Jack Vegan Shredds.  I can’t wait to try this with Ahi seared tuna and fresh pineapple.

 

2 cans light tuna, packed in water, well drained

1 small can crushed pineapple, well drained

2 Tbsp. Garlic Teryaki Sauce

1 Tbsp. Korean Kimchi, drained

Combine ingredients and chill for flavors to marry, at least 20-30 minutes

4 large tortillas

Vegan shredds (I used about 1/4 c. Daiya pepper jack shredds for each quesadilla)

Spray for pan

Heat tortilla until browned on one side.  Flip and top with filling ingredients sprinkled with shredds.

Cook about 1 minute and flip top over.

I love fruit and protein, so this really appealed to me.  I will make it with gourmet ingredients soon. (Using chicken for non fish eaters, or even tofu crumbles fried up with teriyaki sauce would be good.)

I’ve been craving egg salad and I’ve been meaning to try no knead peasant bread.  Today was the day.

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I boiled eggs and activated the yeast  simultaneously.

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As you can see, some were super easy to peel, others not so much!  They were all cooked using the same method and peeled using the same method, so I got to wondering why some were easy and others not.  Apparently, the fresher the egg, the harder to peel.  Who knew?  They say to use eggs you’ve had in the fridge for a week or more and to store them on their sides if you are going to hard boil them.  The most recommended method is:  Bring water to a boil.  Turn off heat and cover and let sit 11 minutes.  After boiling, pour off the hot water, shake pan back and forth to crack the shells. Cover eggs in cold water and let set for a couple of minutes. Leave water and eggs in pan and peel, using water to rinse away excess shells.

Peasant Bread was according to a recipe on a website called alexandracooks.com

https://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-bread-you-will-ever-make/

Follow the link to a great video and printable recipe.  I wasn’t intimidated because her instructions are so specific.  I made one loaf in a larger bowl than she uses.  You could easily use gluten free flour blends for this!  Everyone loved it.   This is a picture of my dough after the first proof.

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This is how it looked when done.

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I like a simple egg salad, similar in flavor to deviled eggs.  You can certainly add celery or onion in yours, but I love it like this:

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I made a huge batch using 18 eggs.  I’ve scaled the recipe down for a smaller batch.

6 eggs, hardboiled

1 heaping Tbsp. mayonnaise or salad dressing

1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/8 tsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. pickle relish

Salt and pepper to taste.  I used seasoned salt and a pepper blend.

The brunch was such a success, I will do this again and soon.  So easy and inexpensive!

 

 

 

In an attempt to make a breakfast with items on hand, I came across a recipe from Crazy for Crust.  I adapted it for dietary restrictions.

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10 eggs

1/4 C gluten free flour

16 oz.  Lactose Free cottage cheese

1/2 C melted butter

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 lb. Sausage, cooked and crumbled.

1 tsp. Seasoned salt

1 tsp. Garlic powder

1 package vegan cheddar like shredds

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Combine cottage cheese, eggs, butter, flour, and baking soda.  Mix in sausage and shredds.

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Pour into greased/sprayed 13 x 9 baking dish.  Bake at 400 F for 35 minutes.

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