This week’s pick, from Kayte, is a mixed mushroom risotto. I love risotto and always look forward to making different ones so when Kayte chose this one I jumped in enthusiastically.

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What we have is a lovely seasoned risotto with dried porcini mushrooms as well as a mix of fresh. I used Portobello and white button and then threw in some dried mixed that I had on hand. What’s not to love about this one. A little red wine, a little garlic, some leeks. Yes indeed. LOVED it!!

The recipe is on page 138 of Donna’s modern classics: book 1. Check with

Two weeks ago the group made Veggie Laksa. I really wanted to make it but here in Podunk Laksa paste was not to be found. Lucky for me I travelled south to visit my Babies and just happened to visit a HUGE Asian market – Vinh Phat. It carries everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING anyone would ever need for Asian cooking. I have to admit I didn’t recognize a lot of the products but I found the two I really needed – Laksa Paste and Miso.

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I had never had Laksa before. It is a wonderful seasoned paste. Full of flavor and a little spicy. Why haven’t I had that before? The Veggie Laksa, which was Sarah’s choice last week, included sweet potatoes, bok choy, garlic, and snow peas in a rich coconut milk and Laksa broth. Donna said to serve it over Vermicelli noodles. I had also found some of the noodles made from Mung Beans. Altogethr I think I liked it. Next time I would cut the sweet potatoes and boy choy in smaller pieces. The recipe is on Donna’s Website.

Sarah made the Laksa as did Gaye so check out their posts.

Ordinarily I would have to say…my two beautiful grandchildren. My two wonderful children. My loving husband. But NOT this week. This week we started some remodeling. Every year we do one more thing. This time it’s the ‘Space’ which is dining room/office and the hall. While demolishing the walls we discovered, in our 90 year old house, that we could enlarge the pantry. For the past 35 years the pantry has been a 24″ by 26″ deep dark cave.

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No lighting.

    Always digging for something.
      Not knowing what we had or needed.

UGH!! Now….

    HAPPINESS IS…….

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LIGHT! ORGANIZATION! I CAN SEE!!!

The MAN can do no wrong for a long time.

Everytime I go by the door I open it, turn on the light, and just smile.

It’s the little things!

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I have always loved Yorkshire Pudding. Ever since eating it as a child it has been on my fave food list. But I have never made it. I have wanted to. When we went to London on Spring we made sure to have Sunday dinner at a Pub – Roast Beef with roasted potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding. Sooo good!!

This week’s pick for Wednesday with Donna Hay was Gaye’s. I FINALLY made Yorkshire Pudding!!

P1040867These Puddings are NOT puddings but rather similar to a pop-over. Light and hollow they are perfect for dipping or scooping up gravy.

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So the next time you fix a roast, try making some of these handy little ‘scoops’. They are easy, tasty, and, for me, they bring back lots of memories.

Check with Gaye, Kayte, Sarah, and Chaya for their ‘Puddings’.

The recipe is on page 120 of Donna’s modern classics: Book 1

The Bees bring us honey from the flowers of the field.

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    Indian Paintbrush, Colorado

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    Sticky Geranium, Colorado

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    Hydranga, St. Francisville.

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    Tiny

DSC01810Wild Rhododendrum, Blue Ridge

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I have been in a baking funk. I haven’t felt like doing ANY baking. Which is unusual for me. I LOVE to bake. Even when it’s hot. I bake. Until recently. Thank goodness for SRC because the blog assigned to me was so full of goodies to bake I just HAD to get back into the kitchen. In case you are wondering, SRC is the Secret Recipe Club. Each month we are assigned a blog to cook from and, in Group C, we REVEAL on the third Monday of the month. This month’s assignment was a good one because thanks to Jamie at Our Eating Habits I am out of my baking slump!

I usually pick two or three recipes to feature on the SRC post. Usually savory. But this time I went strickly for baking goodies.

We started out with Jamie’s

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    Blueberry Muffins

This is the first year our Blueberry bushes have yielded enough berries to actually use in something. So exciting to know I will have fresh berries in the freezer.

    3/4 cup milk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 large egg
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup Stevia
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1. Mix together the milk , oil, and egg. Reserve 1 tbl dry ingredient mix. Add remaining dry ingredients to liguid and stir until just combined. Toss berries with about 1 Tbl flour mixture. Gently fold in blueberries.

2. Line muffin tin with paper liners (or grease) and scoop in batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 22 minutes. Original Recipe

I added a simple Lemon glaze. Perfect for Breakfast. Snack. Dessert. Blueberries!

Then we were completely out of cookies, so…..

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup white sugar + 1/2 cup Stevia
    3/4 cup peanut butter
    1/4 cup Eggbeater
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Beat together the butter, peanut butter, sugars and Stevia.
2. Add Eggbeaters and vanilla, beat together again.
3. Add flours, baking soda, and salt, mix until just comes together.
4. Beat in chocolate chips and oats.
5. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees, transfer to cooling rack. Original Recipe

The cookies didn’t last long. Between the Peanut Butter and the Oatmeal in the cookies they made for one perfect cookie.

The Man eats sandwiches most days for lunch so I bake bread every week. This week I used Jamie’s recipe for

    French Style Baguettes

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Jamie’s recipe made 2 large baguettes but I made 4 by cutting the dough into smaller pieces. I also subbed out some Whole Wheat for some of the flour. These were good and made great sandwiches. Just the right amount of ‘chew’ with the WWF. So much better than ANY store bought bread. You can find the recipe HERE!

So I am out of my Baking Funk. Spending the day with Jamie in the Kitchen was just the therepy I needed. Of course with all the other recipes I pinned there will be more days spent in the kitchen with Jamie.

Discovering new foodie blogs through SRC is always good for one’s baking psyche. Check out the other discoveries from the SRC members below.


Last week I was in one of our local bookstores. They were having a BOGO $1 on the bargain books. Including a whole slew of cook books. I had promised myself I wasn’t going to buy Any.More.Cookbooks. I don’t need them. I have more than recipes I will ever use, which I know is NOT the reason we buy cookbooks, but I really DON’T need any more. REALLY! But this sale was just TOO good. So, since I have no self control…

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Bittman for $4.00. I could NOT pass that up. Or Krieger. Or Hay. So I buckled under and bought the books. Lucky for me POTLUCK this week so I am using at least one of my unnecessary purchases. Bittman for Potluck!

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    Wild Rice with Celery and Steamed Salmon

I have to admit I have NEVER cooked Wild Rice before. Eaten yes, cooked, no! I was a little leary. But while it took FOREVER {58 minutes} it was delicious. The celery, garlic, onions, bay leaf added so much flavor. And so much better than white rice. I loved the idea that the salmon was steamed on top of the rice before the rice was completely finished. It did make it a one pot meal. I think I would like to add some color to this one – red or orange bell peppers would be nice.

The recipe is HERE! It is delicious. Low cal. Dellicous. Healthy food. And, as Bittman would say – Food Matters!

Check out the other Potluck dishes at I heart Cooking Club.

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When I think of Summer I think of fresh fruits and veggies. When I think of Summer Fruit I always think of watermelon. And Blueberries. And PEACHES. Juicy, sweet, round, ripe orbs of deliciousness. What better fruit to put into a Bundt Cake!

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    3 cups all-purpose flour
    pinch of salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup Stevia (or Splenda)
    1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup Egg Beaters
    1/3 cup orange juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 29 oz can sliced peaches in syrup, syrup reserved.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12 cup bundt pan with Baker’s Joy. {All the batter fit into a smaller pan with a little extra left for a minie}
In a mixing bowl add the eggs, eggbeaters, and lightly beat them with a whisk. Stir in the orange juice, applesauce, butter, and vanilla extract.
Gently fold in the flour, salt, baking powder, and granulated sugar, and Stevia. The batter will be somewhat thick.
Mix in 1/2 can of the peaches, pureed.
{I placed slices of peach in each of the crevices of the bundt pan – looked nice.}
Pour batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour – 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before invert onto serving plate.
Cool completely.
Drizzle with warm Peachy Syrup

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The bundt was sweet but not too sweet since I subbed out some of the sugar. The added peach syrup increased the peachy flavor more than the pureed peaches did. Nice summer dessert.

Felice is our host this month so if you want to see all the luscious Stone Fruit Bundts hop on over to All That’s Left are the Crumbs.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com. All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs or our Pinterest board.

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