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This week, thanks to Peggy, we are having a Garden Party at Eating with Ellie.  And what better time than late Spring before it gets rather warm for the summer.

A Garden Party doesn’t have to be fancy.  It can be just good  food shared with friends outdoors.  In light of that I brought a simple Apple Crisp for dessert.

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Not bad.  I used Fugi, Golden Delicious, and Pink Lady Apples.  The topping is supposed to be a dough of sorts but, since I wasn’t totally focused when I made it, it turned out to be a sweet oatmeal topping.  How on earth I forgot the butter and oil and water is beyond me.  I didn’t have my mis en place ready I supposed. But it was still good.  It was especially good with some Vanilla Ice Cream melting on top of the warm crisp.

I bet some blueberries would be good in this….

I will make this again – with ALL the ingredients next time.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix. {page 280} Also HERE!

More dishes for the Garden Party?  Visit Eating with Ellie.

Actually, they are supposed to be Chocolate CORNFLAKE Haystacks but we don’t have a lot of cereal in the pantry so I used CORN CHEX instead.  Dorie said we could change the recipe around because it is a “DIYer’s dream”.  Thank you, Dorie.  I changed a lot.  Not because I wanted to but because I didn’t get to the store this week.  WEATHER!!!

So let me show you my Chocolate Corn Chex Haystacks instead

 

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I have been making Haystacks for years – the stove top kind – and usually with chocolate and peanut butter {Imagine these with chopped peanuts and PB chips!}.  They are some of The Man’s fave cookies.  He was happy when he saw these.

I did make a FEW subs.  I used Semi-Sweet chocolate instead of Milk Chocolate.  Dried Cranberries instead of Raisins {EWWWW!!}.  Chopped Almonds instead of Pecans.  Dorie said we could…..

GOOD STUFF!!

The recipe is from Dorie’s Cookies on page 174.

For more cookies -> Dorie’s Haystacks!  This week’s cookie for Tuesdays with Dorie

Yesterday was the last day of our Whole30.  WooHoo!!  We did it!!  That doesn’t mean we are quitting completely.  We have the reintroduction over the next ten days or so.  Slowly but surely getting back to ‘normal’ eating.  But recipes like this one will always be in the menu rotation.

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The list of ingredients is long but it is simple to make.  You an have a healthy dinner on the table in an hour.  Capers, tomatoes, chicken, onions, bell peppers, and shrooms.

The one thing about Whole30 is that what may seem like a lot of food for two is healthy and filling.  Just because it says two people doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat all of it.  This recipe used a pound of drumsticks and 1/2 pound of boneless thighs. That’s a lot of food. But… it’s all good for you!

The recipe is on page 334 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  It is also on the Whole 30 blog.

Try it.  It is delicious.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

It’s time for LUNCH.  Do you want a sandwich, some soup, or a salad?  YES!!  But I cannot have all three so I will simply settle for one – SOUP!  BTW – my theme this week.

Most of you know I am not a big fan of soup in warm weather, 83 here today,  but I can’t have bread (not Whole30 compliant) and I’ve had enough salads for a while.  So soup it is.

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Ellie’s Creamy Tomato Soup – without cream.  Actually there wasn’t any cream in the recipe to start with so it is totally Whole 30 compliant.  {Today is Day 30  WooHoo!!}

What is in the soup is tomatoes, celery, garlic, onion, thyme, and cashews.  Cashews?  YEP!  They add some great flavor, puree easily,  and add to the creaminess of the soup. 

This was pretty good.  Not being a thyme fan  I’m wondering now how it will taste with Basil instead.  LOVE tomato/basil soup!

The recipe is from Ellie’s you have it made page 127.  I also found it on Food Matters.

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Last night was the end of Day 21 on Whole30.  So I celebrated with a Diet Coke, a HUGE plate of pasta and some mini cupcakes…

No!  Just kidding.  Maybe it was in my dream.  Funny thing, I started out thinking of all the things I CANNOT have – pizza, pasta, bread,  DIET COKE – but now its thinking about all the good things I CAN have.  Fresh fruit.  Fresh veggies.  Shrimp.  Beef.  Nuts.  Baked Potato.  I. Will. Survive!

Last night we had fresh fish browned in a little ghee and coconut oil  Okra. And while The Man had leftover ‘non-compliant’ mashed potato cakes browned in ghee I had..

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It was easy to make.  Process cauliflower in the food processor.  Brown some onions, garlic, and carrot in ghee.  Add in the ‘rice’ and let it steam until soft.  Easy!  I think I liked it but I’m not really sure.  I think using a little Sesame Oil would really up the flavor.  

The recipe is on page 272 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.    I also found the recipe on Recipe Girl’s Website if you want to try it.

I will try it again.  As much as I love cauliflower I’m not sure if this will be a hit or not.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Let’s Warm it Up!!

Whenever I want to warm up in the mornings I eat oatmeal.  It’s filling.  It’s warming.  It’s good for you.  But after a while just plain oat meal gets a little boring.  Lucky for me I have Ellie to change up my usual oatmeal.  With cinnamon.  With apples. With raisins.

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Ellie’s Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

This is the first time I have ever BAKED oatmeal.  I don’t think I will go back to stove top again.  There are nice chunks of apples along with cinnamon and walnuts pecans in the oatmeal. {There are supposed to be raisins but I am NOT a fan!}  Maple syrup is the only sweetener in the oatmeal it self but there is a little brown sugar mixed with walnuts pecans and cinnamon for the topping.  It was just right for sweetness.  I made 1/2 of the recipe and it was just right for the two of us.  

I know I could eat this every morning it is cold {IF it ever gets cold here in the South!}

The recipe is from Ellie’s You Have it Made  (page 27)

I live in the South.  We do fry a lot of stuff.  It tastes good but it’s not good for you.  Now I try to fry less and bake more.  Like these pork chops.

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Seasoned, dipped in milk/egg, dredged in seasoned crushed cornflakes, and baked.  Tasty! Just the right amount of seasoning and the cornflakes made a very nice crust.

    VEGETABLE OIL SPRAY
    egg substitute equal to 1 EGG, OR 1 EGG
    2 Tbl fat free milk
    1/3 cup corn flake crumbs
    2 Tbl cornmeal
    1/2 tsp marjoram, crumbled
    1/8 tsp pepper
    1/8 tsp dry mustard
    1/8 tsp ground ginger
    1/8 tsp cayenne
    1 POUND BONELESS PORK LOIN CHOPS, ALL VISIBLE FAT DISCARDED, CUT INTO 4 PORTIONS

Preheat oven t 375F.
Spray a shallow oven pan with Veggie spray.
IN a shallow bowl mix the egg sub and milk. In a shallow dish combine the cornflake crumbs, cornmeal, and spices.
Dip the chops in the milk mixture. Don’t let too much of the mixture cling to the chops. Then dredge in the cornflake mixture. Place the chops in the pan and bake, uncovered for 15 minutes. Turn the chops over and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the chops are done.

The Man really liked them so I will definitely be making them again.

The recipe is from Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook from the American Heart Association (page 196)

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 13 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

During the presidential campaign of 1928, a circular published by the Republican Party claimed that if Herbert Hoover won there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

Even today chicken is pretty inexpensive compared to other meats. We eat a lot of chicken. Not as much beef and quite a bit of seafood – Louisiana Gulf Coast is only 3 hours away. I make it many different ways but I have never been able to make a GOOD Roasted Chicken. I have tried it several times  But not a whole roasted chicken.

Well, on page 106 of Donna Hay’s modern classics Book 1 there is a roasted chicken.  Simple!  Nothing fancy, just a seasoned chicken dry roasted in the oven.  How could I go wrong?

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Perfect!!  Beautifully crispy on the outside.  Moist on the inside. Just enough seasoning.

I did not stuff the bird but rather filled the inside with onions, garlic, and salt and pepper.  Just right.

Mine was a 5 lb bird.  At the end of two hours it was not done quite yet so I roasted it another 15 minutes. Donna lists 65 – 70 minutes for a 3.5 bird at 375.  But it did come out beautifully.  I need to either check my oven temps or up the temp to 400F.

The recipe is a how to recipe from Donna’s modern classics Book 1.  Page 106.  Thanks, Donna, I can finally roast a chicken -well!!

For more chicken -> Wednesdays with Donna Hay

 

.. make Lemonade.  Not this time.  Try Lemon Bars instead.

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These are no-cook lemon bars and they are very lemony.  A graham cracker crust covered with a nice VERY lemony, cream cheesy filling.   Along with fat free condensed milk it is a quick and easy dessert. And only 150 calories/2″ square.

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy on page 238.

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November!  Really? Sheesh!  This year went by so quickly.  I turned around and it was nearly over.  But there are some good things to come this month.  Thanksgiving if you are American. Daylight Savings Time – NOT!! American Elections FINALLY OVER!!! And a new cookbook for November Cookbook Countdown.

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This was a gift from a friend several years ago. At least 12 years ago.  And in all that time I don’t think I have used it once.  That is ending this month thanks to Cookbook Countdown.

Frog Commissary is the offspring of Steve Poses’ first restaurant, Frog, which the restaurateur opened in 1973, and The Commissary, which he inaugurated a few years later. The restaurant was one of the first local eateries to list its offerings on a blackboard, and it offered an upscale menu. With a laid-back atmosphere it is a popular eatery. The cookbook, which came out in 1985, contains some of it’s most popular recipes. So if you cannot get to Philly….

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Shrimp with Soy, Garlic, Ginger, and Lemon

Butterfly Shrimp in a rich garlic, ginger, soy, sherry sauce.  How can you go wrong with that?

The ONLY thing I would change – I thought the sauce was too thick. Next time I will thin the sauce a little.  You couldn’t really taste the shrimp.  But all the other flavors ….oh, yeah!

MARINADE

    18 shelled, butterflied shrimp with the tails left on {I left the tails off – less messy when eating}
    1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons medium-dry sherry {I used a dry white wine}

SAUCE

    The strained marinade
    1/3 cup water
    2 teaspoons cornstarch

SAUTE

    2 tablespoons com oil
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    % teaspoon’ minced fresh ginger
    1/2 cup cubed sweet red peppers
    1/2 bunch watercress with I” of the sterns cut off {I left this out – couldn’t find any}
    Hot cooked rice or oriental noodles

MARINADE: In a medium bowl combine the shrimp and marinade ingredients,Set them aside in the fridge for about an hour. Drain shrimp the marinade and set the strained marinade aside.

SAUCE:Mix the water and cornstarch with the reserved marinade and stir well to dissolve the cornstarch. IN a small saucepan Bring the mixture to a boil while
stirring and cook for 1 minute. Set aside.

SAUTE: In a large skillet heat the oil. Add the shrimp, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds. To the stir-fry add the peppers and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour in the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the watercress. Serve at once over rice or oriental noodles.

I served mine over some stir fried vermicelli and it was perfect with this dish.

You can find the recipe on page 106.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 11 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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