When Gaye suggested Mash-ups for this week’s theme I was thinking fancy.  Two or three different foods to make one – like a cookie baked inside a cookie or a pie within a cake.  I was wrong.  Her idea was for, simply,  for mashed food.  Like potatoes, or sweet potatoes, or turnips or something.  Easy Peasy!

How about Ellie’s herbed mashed potatoes?

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Like most people we eat mashed potatoes.  Usually loaded with milk and butter.  These aren’t loaded with those but they are loaded with flavor.

Tarragon and chives along with the salt and pepper give the flavor.  There is SOME milk and butter but not a lot.  Not like usually.

And since I am following the Whole30 program I’m not supposed to have dairy at all.  So I subbed in coconut milk and clarified butter.  Just right.  There is no coconut flavor with the coconut milk so it just adds moisture.  Good!

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy (page 174).  I also found it HERE.

For more Mash Ups -> Eating with Ellie

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This week’s theme for Eating with Ellie is Apples.  We’ve been cooking with Ellie for so long that we, or at least I, are running out of yummy recipes in some categories.  Like apples.  I had planned to make the Apple Crisp from Comfort Food Fix but we were invited to a Church Supper and I made dessert and I still had some left so I had to make something LESS sweet and less like dessert.  Too many sweets in the house means trouble.

Enter Ellie’s Harvest Breakfast Cookies. These cookies are huge and more like a muffin in cookie form.

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Each cookie uses almost 1/2 cup of batter so they are quite large.  And they are chock full of apples, cranberries blueberries {because I couldn’t find my cranberries} along with pecans and dried cranberries.  They are supposed to contain rolled oats as well.  I noticed my cup of oats on the counter just as I was putting the cookies in the oven.  oh, well.

They are sweet but not too sweet.  The only sweetener is 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup.  These are on the menu for breakfast in the morning.

The cookies are in Ellie’s you have it made.  page 45

More apples -> An Apple a Day…

We would love to have you join us for Eating with Ellie.  The themes are listed on the right of the Eating with Ellie page.  We don’t print the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  She has 6 out now.  And they are all good.

This week I have two cookies for you.  For some reason the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays just snuck up on me.  April 4th I remembered it was DC day about 10:00 – right before bed.  That’s okay, I’ll make them for NEXT time.  So I did.  Then this week, This morning I remembered it was DC day again.  I don’t know where my head is these days.  BUT I got the cookies made today and now I have TWO cookies for you.

First up:                                              Lemon Sugar Cookies

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These were so full of lemon flavor:  1/4 cup of lemon juice + the zest from the lemon. They were so sweet/tart that they didn’t last long.  Two sticks of butter made them lovely and light and rich.  Definite keepers!

These are part of Dorie’s Cookie’s and Kindness for April so the recipe is on Everyday Dorie.

Nest up:                                                 Anzac Biscuits

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In the states when we say biscuit we mean a fluffy white treat served with butter and jam or honey.  They are an addition to dinner.  But in the ‘colonies’ of Great Britain the word biscuit refers to a cookie.  In this case a cookie from Australia and New Zealand full of oatmeal and coconut.  In fact, the word ANZAC means Australia and New Zealand Army Corps which appeared in WWI.  These cookies were not for the troops but served at fundraisers FOR the troops.

They also contain Golden syrup which is not available anywhere near Podunk, USA, so I subbed in a mix of molasses and cane syrup.  About 1 Tbl of each.

Chewy, sweet, delicious.  Another keeper!

Both cookies are from Dorie’s Cookies.  The ANZAC biscuits are on page 159.  The Lemon Sugar cookies on page 171 {also HERE}.  

For more cookies from Dorie -> 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday

Easter is almost upon us.  A glorious time of the year.  While it is a time of joy it is also a time of struggle.  Not an important struggle.  Just trying to plan an Easter menu when there are so many likes and dislikes in tastes.  Usually we have ham.  And rolls.  And a veggie.  But this year I’m not planning the meal.  The Daughter is.  No worries here.  This year!!

One of the veggies we usually have is a sweet potato dish.  Sauteed.  Fried.  Baked.  This year something different.  Ellie’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange Essence. Not very different you say.  It’s not the dish – it’s the orange essence.  NOT a usual flavoring in our sweet ‘taters.

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This is the way my Mom used to make them.  But I make them with pecans, brown sugar, and pralines.

Not to say I didn’t like Mom’s.  I just got used to making them differently.  Ellie’s is very close to my Mom’s.

Mashed sweet taters with a touch of brown sugar, nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice. Just the right amount of everything.

The recipe is simple to make and comes from Ellie’s The Food You Crave  page 267.   It’s also HERE!

Thanks, Kayte, for this week’s theme.

Need more Easter Eats -> Eating with Ellie.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

It’s SPRING!  I LOVE Spring!  Flowers!  Planting the Garden.  Cool days and nights.  Fresh Spring Veggies.  Spring Fruits. I know there aren’t many but what is Springy is always fresh and delicious.  Each region of the US has a different growing season and different fruits and veggies available.  The South has a nice long growing season so were are more fortunate than some areas.

Since it has been a busy week I went with something quick and simple for Peggy’s pick this week – Spring Harvest.

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Cauliflower “Rice” Pilaf

Since I am still doing the Whole30 program for 90% of my meals this fit in perfectly.  And only four main ingredients:  cauliflower, pine nuts/almonds, onions and parsley.  It was perfect with some leftover Black Pepper Chicken.  

I did make one change.  Ellie called for OO for sauteeing the onions and cauliflower but I decided to use some toasted sesame oil instead.  It added a little Asian flair to the rice and a little bite.  Good!

The recipe is from Ellie Krieger’s You Have it Made.  page 306.

For more Spring Harvest visit Eating with Ellie.

And if you want to cook/bake along with us the weekly themes are listed on the right of the Ellie page.  We don’t publish the recipes.  We would rather you purchase Ellie’s books.

Last post for March.  Last post for  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  Not the last day for me to use the program and the recipes though.  I feel good.  I feel healthier than I have in years so I will continue on with this style of eating without any regrets.

I decided to keep it simple this time – Perfect Seared Chicken.

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My chicken looked exactly like this.  It was simple, moist and delicious.  Just salt and pepper are all that you need.

How simple you ask? Season your boneless, skinless chicken beast.  Heat cooking fat until HOT.  Sear chicken round side down until nice and brown.  Throw the skillet in the oven for about 10 – 15 minutes and VOILA! perfect seared chicken.

The recipe is on page 157 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.

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

 

PIE!!  A crispy crust filled with just about anything you like.  Fruit.  Creamy pudding. Nuts and such.  The world is open when it comes to pie.  Which is maybe why Gaye chose SweetyPie as this week’s theme for Eating with Ellie.

I love pie.  But I like healthy.  Hard to put those two together unless you use a recipe from Ellie Krieger, like…

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this Banana Cream Pie

While many cream pies are high in calories a slice of this is only 218.  No meringue here.  Just luscious cream with lots of bananas and a crisp graham cracker crust.  

The cream is made with egg yolks, low-fat milk, unflavored gelatin and just a teeny weeny bit of sugar.  The sweetness comes more from the bananas than from the sugar itself.  {1/8 x 1/3 cup sugar per slice.}

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The recipe is from Ellie’s The Food You Crave page 276.  Also, it is HERE.

For more crusty deliciousness visit with us over at Eating with Ellie.

We don’t post the recipes. We’d rather you purchase Ellie’s books.  AND if you want to cook/bake along with us the the weekly themes are on the right of the page.  Just blog and add your link.  Love to have you with us.

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