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Showing posts from July, 2018

Sauteed Radishes and Green Beans

Once the weather heats up, I look for simple, fresh side dishes to complement our standard summer fare.  I spotted this recipe for Sauteed Radishes and Green Beans on the Taste of Home site, and patiently waited for green beans to appear at my local farm so I could make it. Prep goes quickly on this one, and the only thing I changed was to use pepitas instead of pine nuts.  For the first stage of cooking the green beans, mine were on the larger side, so it took almost 6 minutes for them to get crisp/tender.  Make sure to keep them moving or they will brown. I loved the slight heat of the radishes and the sweet and salty flavor of the dish overall.  The pepitas gave a nice crunch.  This was a great side to some cheeseburgers, and with some chicken the next day.   I'll definitely be making this one a lot this summer, thank you to Pam K. for sharing her recipe! Do you have an amazing recipe you'd like to submit to Taste of Home? Follow this link and learn how! Want to a

Brown Sugar Oat Muffins

We are huge muffin fans in this house, but my guys tend to like the same variety over and over again. I marked this recipe for Brown Sugar Oat Muffins to try back when my husband went through a brief phase of wanting to eat oatmeal from scratch, and had bought 2 giant canisters of oats.  They've been complaining about the lack of baked goods in the house, so I pulled out the recipe this weekend. Just a few minor changes to this one.  I used whole milk instead of 2%, it's what we had on hand this week.  I used caramel extract instead of vanilla. I scooped the first 6 muffins, and then I added blueberries from our bushes to the second half of the batter.  I got 10 muffins, but I fill the cup the whole way instead of 2/3rds. Mine did take about 3 or 4 minutes longer to bake due to them being more full.  No big deal.  I taste-tested half of each kind, with blueberries and without.  Both were awesome. I really think you could add any fruit you like, or even mini chocolate

Taco Burgers

I've been making this recipe since July 2011, it's a family favorite.  Next to chicken, the thing we eat most around here is ground beef.    Jake's an odd duck- he'll eat tacos til the cows come home, but he is 50/50 on eating burgers.    I thought this would be a great meal to please everyone and it really is. I mix everything inside a ziptop bag, kneading from the outside to keep my hands clean.  I've got two sets of burger presses, square and round.  They make nice uniform patties.  Sometimes I use cheddar, sometimes I use pepper jack.   On mine, I use a dollop of salsa and sour cream.  Such a nice change from plain burgers! Thank you so much to Linda L. for sharing the recipe! Taco Burgers Print With Image Without Image Yield: 6 Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients: 1 cup finely crushed corn chips 1 envelope taco seasoning (used mild) 1 tablespoon dried minced onion 1 egg -- lightly beaten 1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Spicy Grilled Eggplant

I find that people either love or hate eggplant.  I didn't even try it until I was in my 30s.   Mostly I eat it breaded and baked, but this Spicy Grilled Eggplant from Taste of Home caught my eye a while back so I gave it a try.  Super simple, only a few ingredients. I had Cajun seasoning on hand, but if you don't, you can definitely make a homemade version . If you don't have a grill, this can definitely be done inside on a grill pan or panini press. Don't like eggplant?  It would be awesome with zucchini or summer squash too.  Thanks so much to Greg F. for this delicious recipe! Do you have an amazing recipe you'd like to submit to Taste of Home? Follow this link and learn how! Want to apply to be a Volunteer Field Editor?  Check out the requirements and apply here. Print With Image Without Image Spicy Grilled Eggplant ingredients: 2 small eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons lime juice 3 teaspoons Caju

Sloppy Joe Dogs

Hot dogs are a summer staple around here, and the more ways I can find to serve them up, the better!  We love sloppy joes, so when I saw this recipe from Taste of Home, I couldn't wait to give it a try.  The only change I made was to use red bell pepper instead of green. I actually made the topping ahead and split it into a few batches.  Some I stashed in the freezer, and the rest I kept in the fridge. This made the meal come together super quickly. I just reheated the sloppy joe mixture in a disposable pan on the grill while I cooked the hot dogs. In this house, hot dogs are always served on New England style buns. I've even shipped them to friends across the country that can't get them because I feel bad they're missing out.   I'm so excited to see that Karen is sharing a recipe for homemade ones this week! I spread softened butter on each side of the roll and grill them until they are golden brown. These are so good, the best of two great dishes on one

Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts, so filling and good for you. I had been eating lots of traditionally made hot oatmeal, but when the warmer weather hit I stopped.  I've seen so many recipes for overnight oats on Pinterest and Instagram, and finally I dug out my ball jars and made some myself. Initially I made this recipe from Taste of Home exactly as written. Since then, I've made a couple of the variations given, and slightly adapted ones as well. I use almond milk instead of regular milk, and greek yogurt.   I am not a fan of walnuts, so sometimes I use pecans, sometimes I use granola. It's great with either honey or maple syrup.  I also add a teaspoon of chia seeds, and a dash of cinnamon. I like to layer the ingredients because it looks pretty :) I always use Flahavan's Irish Oats, they're my favorite. This version I made, I used blueberries from my yard, strawberries, honey, cinnamon, chia.  After I get the layers how I want, I pour the almon

Caramelized Baked Custards

One of the things I love most about blogging is how it inspires creativity, and forces me out of my cooking comfort zone. When Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla suggested that the #FestiveFoodies make dishes for Bastille Day, I hesitated.  French food is not something I really cook or eat often.  But then I remembered how my guys bought me a kitchen torch for Christmas, still sitting unopened in the package, and I thought, "What a great excuse to make creme brulee!" I searched through lots of recipes, and these Caramelized Baked Custards seemed like the perfect starter recipe.  We've always got Bailey's on hand, and all of the other ingredients are pantry staples too.  These come together easily, and my tip to you would be to beat the eggs and sugar in a 4 cup glass measuring cup (like Pyrex).   That makes it much easier to pour the custard into the ramekins rather than out of a bowl. My ramekins were only 4oz, so they took a little closer to 25 minu

Strawberry Patch Frost

It's Taste of Home Tuesday! It's been crazy hot here in New Hampshire, and one of our favorite ways too cool off has been with ice cream floats.  I made amazing homemade fresh strawberry ice cream , and I searched for a recipe to use it in and found these Strawberry Patch Frost on the Taste of Home site. Floats are so easy to put together.  This one starts with a little strawberry jam in the bottom of the glass, mixed with a little water.  I made it with plain this time, but I've got some strawberry jalapeno that I think would be awesome too.  Add your sliced strawberries, ice cream and heavy cream. Next, pour chilled sparkling water over the top.  If you're not a fan of sparkling water, you could definitely use a lemon-lime soda instead. There are also some "hard" sparkling waters hitting the market that I think would be awesome. These could easily be made with any berry that you like.  My blueberry bushes are getting ready to start producing, our bla