Archive for April, 2013


Kale Chips

Tasting a new recipe Diane researched and baked  tonight, Kale Chips.

Just dry and place on a sheet pan after applying olive oil with salt (Himalayan Sea Salt) .  They dry out in the oven, hence the name chips.

A definite strong  flavor.  I would try then on a pizza,  or served with something else. Cheese ?  garlic ? pasta? or with tomato. Good alongside a home brew.

 IMG_2432[1]IMG_2434[1] IMG_2437[1] IMG_2438[2] I had to put some on some spent grain bread.

served with Banished Musclehead

a smokey stout


grainola cookies, light and dark

two cookie recipes, both made with

One made with white flour the other with spent grains.

this is a modified oatmeal cookie recipe. scaled in half

1/2 cup butter (original recipe calls for shortening)

1/2 cup white granulated

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour (alternate dark recipe with stout spent grains from brewing)

1 teaspoon baking soda

about 1 and 1/2 cups granola mix from

preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

grease or use parchment paper on cookie sheets.

typical cookie assembly,

beat the butter and sugars

add egg and vanilla

combine flour (or spent grains) baking soda and salt.

add to the butter mixture

stir in the granola

put on cookie sheets, rounded tablespoons, two inches apart

(is it two inches from the edge of the dough or two inch on centers?)

bake 10 to 12 at 350 degrees, mine flattened quite a bit into crunchy cookies

very tasty, the spent grain cookies have a molasses/ chocolaty taste.








recipe using spent  grains



comparison of cookies



food shopping

some recent food prices from local markets
recent food shopping


Sausage and cheese cornbread

Sausage and cheese cornbread
This recipe was an adaptation from cheese and cornmeal muffins,
Basically with the addition of breakfast sized sausage link, cut , and American cheese. Instead of muffins the cast iron fry pan was used as a baking pan. I don’t bake a cornmeal muffin, bread recipe often. I like the taste of cornbread but the fact that it dries out almost within hours and is very crumbly doesn’t appeal to me. So I thought that a sausage addition was needed. Besides it would be a more complete bread for sausage and bacon lovers.
So here we go….
Sift together the dry ingredients . 1 and 1/2 cups white flour, 1 cup corn meal, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar.


20130427-210843.jpgcut the sausage links ( i believe 4 links as I am blogging this after the fact) into bite size pieces, or remove them from the casings, a bite size piece of sausage would be better than just ground sausage for this recipe, in any case ,fry them to brown.

20130427-211211.jpgit’s difficult to fry anything without some onion, just a slice of onion diced.


20130427-211445.jpgMix together 2 eggs, 1/4 cup oil , 1 cup creamed corn, 1/3 cup grated cheese (all that I had available was American cheese slices , diced, at the time) and 3/4 cup milk, the chives were omitted, add to the dry sifted ingredients

20130427-211902.jpgadd the sausage mixture to the liquids.


20130427-213344.jpg mix easy, this is one of those recipes that you don’t need to beat for minutes, just combine with a wooden spoon.


20130427-213718.jpggently ease the mixture into a skillet, if you hold back some of the grease from the sausage and with a paper towel , coat the pan, that will serve as the non stick coating on the pan.


20130427-214003.jpginto the oven about 400 degrees , bake till golden and a tester comes out clean.



20130427-214316.jpglet cool, either serve from the pan or flip and flop it out, slice and serve. Don’t forget to butter the top !

20130427-214557.jpg leave the bread on the table and let pass-er-by-ers
grab a piece, good for all day snacking.


Chicken and mushrooms

An easy meal, just add a side of veggies and mashed potatoes.
Most chicken breast you buy today are very thick. Actually it would be better with chicken thighs, but breast is all I have available.
Instead of pounding the breast thin and making a racket , fillet them with a sharp knife.

20130422-182957.jpgHeat a skillet with a bit of oil, but first dredge the chicken in a seasoned flour, usually salt and pepper added to the flour.


20130422-183236.jpgAt a medium high heat, brown the fillets,


20130422-183452.jpgwhile the chicken browns, add some chicken stock to a sauce pan over low heat.

20130422-183559.jpgas the breast fillets are browned , add them to the sauce pan.

20130422-183644.jpgnow that all the chicken has been browned, dice a slice of onion (yes, just one slice at this time) and a clove of garlic, as you would guess, sauté them in the frypan with the chicken drippings till fragrant.

20130422-184045.jpgdeglaze the pan with wine of choice after you sample it.



20130422-184224.jpgtoss in some button mushrooms.

20130422-184308.jpgstir them a bit in the fry pan then add to the sauce pan, a bit of sage is all I’m using for herbs added to the sauce pan also.

20130422-184653.jpgover low heat, simmer no more than 10 minutes, let stand a while.

20130422-185121.jpg Plate up with some sides.


another granola (cereal) recipe

mix together

2  cups rolled oats

1 cup flaked Barley

1 cup flaked Rye

1/4 cup unmalted wheat

1/4 cup golden naked oats

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup almounds

1 and 1/2 cups raisins

2 oz chopped bittersweet baking choolate

1/4 cup toasted cocoa nibs

1 tablespoon washed raw cane sugar

2 teaspoons sea salt

eat as a cereal, make into granola bars or incorporate into a cookie recipe. (to follow).



a basic macaroni (pasta) salad

Simply put, all amounts to taste…


green pepper

white onion




Mix with boiled elbow macaroni




refrigerate, it can be eaten as is, or add other ingredients such as mayonnaise, herbs, seeds or a salad dressing. Balsamic vinegar and olive oil a favorite.


stuffed peppers

a recipe for stuffed peppers

similar to stuffed peppers but with rice.

prepare rice for the stuffingIMG_1932

















in a large heat proof dish place 2 cups of rice.


add 4 cups of water, by the way this is plain white rice, nothing fancy.


place the rice in the microwave, covered, the settings may vary, this microwave oven can store two cooking power levels, the first setting  about 15 minutes full power, to boil the rice and about 15 minutes at power level 6, for the second setting, simmering. Once they are programmed in just start and 30 minutes later the rice is done. Actually it’s  better to let it sit about 10 minutes after finishing.



IMG_1935select some large green peppers



cut and core the peppers, save the tops.

IMG_1939 for this stuffing, I chose sausage for the meat, prepared in the microwave.



to the sausage, add onions, garlic and seasonings. Sauté a bit to cook.

IMG_1943  Add tomato sauce

IMG_1944 and mix


stuff the peppers and add cheese.IMG_1946

place the tops on the peppers.

IMG_1949 IMG_1948

bake till heated through, serve.

a lot of different ingredients can be used for stuffing peppers. This is our most common mix that we prepare.


French toast , sausage, with strawberry/cranberry jam

In the unusual manner for making French toast, mix 2 eggs with a small amount of milk and sugar. Dredge 2 thick slices of bread in the egg mixture till it sops up all the egg mixture. Grill along with several links of sausage.

20130413-105402.jpgMeanwhile slice strawberries and add to a saucepan with whole cranberries with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Set to boil and mash until jam is at desired consistency. Supplement with sugar to taste. Also grated lemon, or orange peel is an option to add.
Plate the French toast with the sausage and garnish with the jam.



Malted barley sour dough cranberry pancakes

Grind a small amount of malted barley ( used for brewing beer). Add to flour, about 1/2 cup of all purpose flour.
(I had a small amount of smoked Wyermanns malted barley ,and ran it through the finest setting on the coffee grinder, not spent grain but raw malted barley grains )

Round out the dry ingredients with sea salt, raw sugar, and baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder, the other ingredients by preference


Wet ingredients include :1 egg, oil, and sour dough starter. The amount of starter gaged by the thickness of the batter.


Boil some cranberries approximately 1cup, in a small amount of water, some will pop

Prepare a griddle or frypan, mix up dry and wet ingredients, add cranberries.

Cook and serve.



The sour dough starter and baking powder gives the flour and ground grains in the pancakes lightness so they aren’t heavy. Good flavor with the tartness of the cranberries. Even though a small batch of pancakes they are filling.


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