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Sunday, March 29, 2009

One more Dark Days Meal

OK I know the Dark Days challenge is over, but I missed a few meals in there when I broke my ankle and was pretty immobile, so I am catching up now. Here is one more dish, only non local ingredient was the pasta. I just didn't have time to make my own pasta or that would be local as well.

collard greens
tomato sauce
I cooked that up (it looked so delicious when I was cooking it up that I snapped a photo at this stage) and added it to some cooked pasta in a casserole dish, added some local goat cheese in the middle and on top, then baked it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until the cheese was all melted.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Dark Days of Winter

I can't remember when the dark days of winter challenge ends, I was thinking sometime in March, I really need to go look, but we eat as local as we can, challenge or not. Yesterday I made a delicious meal based, loosely, on a recipe I saw on Jamie Oliver's show on Food Network. The rice and fake chicken breast are not local, but everything else is, and actually comes from my stores from last years garden.

Lots of sliced peppers, which was good since I still have lots left. Maybe
5-6 pepper's worth, cut into strips.
2 Onions chopped in large chunks
a jar of tomatoes, adds a little sweetness to the dish
marjoram, like 1 tsp
2 tbsp of paprika
about 1/2 cup water, could use vegetable broth and it would add a nice flavor but I just didn't have any left
S&P to taste

I am thinking that was it, but sometimes it is hard to remember what I put into a dish. It was a nice, slightly spicy dish, Jackson loved it. It was delicious and one dish I will make again. In the picture you can't see the fake chicken breast but it is under the peppers, and the rice is on the bottom.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Foster Boxer

I posted a few weeks ago about a new adventure in our lives, fostering rescued boxer dogs. And I posted about our first dog, Charlie Brown. Well Charlie Brown has a family eager to adopt him. A couple that live not too far from us. They met Charlie on Monday and we are meeting them tonight at 7:00 for them to formally adopt Charlie. I am nervous. Charlie is so great, and I know this will be such a wonderful home for him. But this is our first adoption so I am trying to think of every little think I need to tell this couple about Charlie.

A friend of mine, who runs a rescue organization, has been telling me that Charlie won't be in foster care for very long, she has met Charlie. And she thinks he is just such a great dog. We have only had Charlie for about 6 weeks. We are all excited for this transition and so happy for Charlie.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nut Cheeze

Time has been flying by, spring seems like it is already here. I go back to the ortho in just one more week, more X rays and hopefully will be out of this boot and can get up into my garden. I just can't wait to wiggle my toes in that nice warm, soft earth. That is one thing I enjoy, gardening barefoot. Yes my feet get dirty but I just haven't found a way to keep the soil out of my shoes, so my solution was to not wear shoes.

OK onto the nut cheese, I don't like the word cheese. There is no dairy in it at all of any sort. My guess is that it is used kind of like a cheese. And with this particular spread, you could make it thinner like a dip, YUMMMY on crackers. Or you can make it a little thicker and spread it on bread, add some bean sprouts and YUM again, delicious.

A friend sent me this recipe. Here is the original:

Black Pepper Cheeze

2 cups cashews
Juice of 2 lemons (4 tablespoons)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground back pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 water

Process cashews, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and salt until smooth, adding only enough water to make a smooth creamy texture.

I actually added 2 Tbsp tahini to the recipe and next time would probably add just a bit less lemon juice. It was so good. I love cashews to begin with so I knew this recipe would be a winner. Jackson and the boys also enjoyed this recipe.