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A Series of Unsatisfying Results-Part 3

One of my favorite meals, and smells, is Coq au Vin…there’s some of my many years of Canadian French classes coming into use. Lol (Sounds fancy, but if you haven’t heard of it…it’s pretty much just chicken cooked in wine, garlic and spices.)

When I made this, I was trying to use up some leftover wine I had in the fridge. (I know, what SANE person has leftover wine?) But on this occasion, I seemed to. The wine I had on hand, was a white wine and the final product didn’t come out quite as good as I remember it to be. Because of this, I would recommend using a red wine instead.

Don’t forget…“Don’t be afraid to play with your food!” (I think this has become my new motto…cause I am ALWAYS doing this)

For the recipe, please click here.

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A Series of Unsatisfying Results-Part 2

My second concoction was baked beans from scratch.

These were good, but in my opinion came out too watery. I will share my altered recipe with you and hope that it turns out better. (I haven’t had a chance to try to make them again since my experiment.)

It’s a simple recipe with most ingredients probably on hand. I made this as a main course, so there are a few ingredients you may have to go out and buy.

Enjoy!! Remember… “Don’t be afraid to play with your food!”

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A Series of Unsatisfying Results-Part 1

Alright, so I’ve been busy trying different ideas and experiments. All have been edible…but not quite what I had hoped for.

The first concoction I tried, was creating my own pasta salad recipe. (The weather has been overly hot this summer here in Oklahoma, so cool dinners have been more appealing than hot ones.)

Since I made this the first time, I have improved the recipe. The first pasta salad, was the first time I tried this product out and I didn’t put in NEAR enough for it to make a difference in the taste. (You could add a half a packet of ranch seasoning mix…but that would also add quite a bit of sodium, plus likely unpronounceable ingredients.)

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So here is the “improved” recipe, but still…there is something missing. I’m pretty sure it’s the salt taste that I crave, but we are trying VERY hard to not add salt to food. (I know the ingredients list looks a bit daunting, but trust me, once it’s all chopped it’s easy.)

Hope you enjoy!

For the recipe, please click here.

(I feel like I’ve mentioned this before, but can’t find where. I’m sure someone famous has said it before, I don’t think *I* could have thought it up on my own…”Don’t be afraid to play with your food!” Figure out what you like/don’t like and create something that suites YOUR tastes.)

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Pecan, Apple, Cherry Chicken Salad

It’s been a busy week trying to figure out what to write about and trying new recipes to see what worked and what didn’t,

This actually isn’t a NEW recipe, it’s kinda a “Go to” recipe of mine. (Especially in the warmer weather) It’s pretty simple to make, providing you have all the ingredients on hand.

If you have some chicken in the freezer left over from my post “Chicken Stock, Easier than You Think” it makes it REALLY simple and easy.

This is gluten-free, as long as if you choose to use it for sandwiches you use gluten-free bread.

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Giddiness Over the Simple Things

It always surprises me how giddy I get with things I can accomplish that people used to do out of necessity in the Pioneer days.

I know LOTS of people out there are probably snickering at this, cause many people do this several ways, and it’s no big deal to them. But…did YOU know you can make your OWN butter?! And it’s actually really easy, and not overly time-consuming!!!

I had MY doubts at first too…but it’s TRUE! I couldn’t believe just HOW simple this was the first time I did it. I can’t take credit for the idea though, I found the recipe/idea here…Homemade butter. (You will find the ingredients list there and most of the directions. Read my comments below for making it in your food processor instead of stand mixer).

As you know by now, I usually don’t follow something exactly. I didn’t add the milk or carrot (Those are just to add more color to it so it has a more yellow color). I just used the heavy cream(Organic of course) and salt. (If you want unsalted butter, I believe you could just leave out the salt) I tried to make this in my mixer…at first…and I believe she states that it can be messy, it was a disaster for me…(Of course I can be a bit of a neat freak.) There was cream splattering out of the mixing bowl and all-over my mixer, even with a towel over it. So, I decided…or read in the comments (Can’t remember which) to make it in my food processor!! That way it could splash around all it wanted and it’s not everywhere in my kitchen, it that would only leave me ONE thing to clean…in the dishwasher!! 😉

This is one of those recipes you have to watch closely, there are stages you need to watch for. You do NOT want to over mix it. (Which of COURSE I did…but managed to make it work) Once you see and hear the food processor sounding a bit more labored than usual, and the cream is sticking together, you want to change to just pulsing the machine. It won’t become like a dough-ball where it ALL clumps up and spins in the processor, but you’ll notice there is less and less liquid. When you hit that stage, stop the processor and strain the “buttermilk” (with a bowl under the strainer from the butter. (Now you have some buttermilk for other baking needs as well). Then follow the rest of the directions at the link above. Starting at around step 5.

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough I make this ahead of time. Divide it into 6 dough balls, put them in Ziplock bags and put them in the freezer till I need them. (6 dough balls will make 6 individual pizzas, if you want to make family pizzas just divide the dough into 2 dough balls.)

Of course I make this dough in the bread machine, why make a mess of the kitchen counters and use up extra time when you don’t have to? 😉

For the recipe, please click here.

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