Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cherry Muffins

These were good, not too sweet which was a plus. I used a can of sour cherries for a double batch, did not chop. It fit in a 9x13 and cooked quickly. Would make again!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chocolate cake cupcakes and buttercream frosting (makes 24 cupcakes) (1/3 recipe is adequate)

I used 1/3 of the cocoa called for in the frosting recipe. It has too much IMHO. These were for Ila's birthday

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Beef Mushroom Stir Fry

This was pretty good! I didn't have rice wine so put in a little rice vinegar instead (much less than called for).

This was part of a meal plan from Simple Roots Wellness, week 50 of 2017.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Potato Latkes

Made these for our Hanukkah 2017 meal. I put 1/2 inch of canola oil into a skillet and had temperature on 6.5. I measured it with a candy thermometer too, it was close to the 360-375 range recommended for latkes. I used 6 cups of frozen shredded potatoes, that were thawed. Grated onion, got extra water out of onion and potato with towel. The latkes turned out great. I cooked 6 at a time, and it made 24 total.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spiced Applesauce Cake with Icing
Spiced Applesauce Cake with Icing

I made a tiny fraction of the icing recipe. Probably used only 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar and it was plenty. The clove in the cake is a significant amount. It will be spicy and add a big kick to the cake. But it was great! I used more like 3/4 cup sugar since my homemade applesauce was slightly sweetened.

Clyde wanted applesauce for this birthday cake and this was what I made. It was a hit! It was great that it was a small cake in an 8x8 pan also.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brownie Cheesecake

I used swerve in this recipe but in slightly smaller amounts. It was terrific dessert. I served it to guests and they said they liked it.  I weighed the flour and cocoa.

I might make the brownie part less so its more of a crust next time. Also will use straight up erythritol next time since i'm nearly out of swerve.

Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This was great. I made it while on week 1 of the authors free low carb meal plans. I cooked the spaghetti squash according to these instructions using the "softer spaghetti" option. Since this is oven cooked also, next time i'll try al dente and see if it's any better.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One pot meal Chicken and Brown Rice Instant Pot
One pot meal Chicken and Brown Rice Instant Pot

This was great. It made a huge amount though. I'd say 1 cup of rice would have been more than enough for our needs. I made this with 2 huge chicken breasts and cut them in thirds. They shredded easily after 28 minutes + natural release.

note: my kids hardly ate this at all. They don't like their dinner mixed together I guess. Too bad.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

I made this as written except put in half the relish. And i put in onion powder instead of onion. It was really great!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I used a 9 lb bone-in pork shoulder for this. I cut off the top skin/fat layer and cut it into 3 pieces: 1 large piece that would fit into the bottom of my pot, and then 2 smaller pieces that could squish in beside it. I let the pot heat up to high on saute function and browned the pieces on multiple sides after applying the rub. This made a huge amount of  meat, as expected! After searing (~4-5 min per side) I pressure cooked it for 2 hours and 30 minutes. So yes I had to add another 30 minutes onto the end since my pot only goes up to 120 minutes. 150 minutes was enough time to make the pork super easy to shred and the bone literally fell off, which was what I wanted. It tasted great.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jerk Pork Loin or Roast

Do NOT use nectresse next time in seasoning blend. Also, if doing pork loin chops, use 25% or less of this recipe. I'm not so keen on the sweet spices in it, mayb eleave those and the sweetener out completely. I made this and it was overwhelming and weird, we scrapped off the seasoning as best we could. I smelled good while baking though, and a variant is a great idea for thick cut pork loin or a roast.

Turbo Soup

This soup is so delicious. It's got a long scary name but the flavor is phenomenal. Definitely a keeper. The broth is amazing, Ila had 3 bowls of it. I swapped radishes for the celeriac, only because celeriac was too expensive. I'll have to make this again when I get celeriac from my CSA.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tilapia in coconut milk

I made this recipe up. It's the best preparation of tilapia I've had in a while.

Put 1 cup coconut milk into 9x13 dish. Set 4-6 tilapia fillets into the milk (1 - 1.5 lb), getting it onto both sides of the fish.
On top of the fish, sprinkle dried chopped onion, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Then I sprayed some olive oil pam on top of the fish to moisten the herbs. I'm not sure if that step was necessary.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Or something. I didn't set the timer. I used 6 tilapia and they were all touching.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quick Pizza Crust

This was great. I used 1 cup = 120 gram weight using all purpose flour. I had extra time so I mixed the proofed yeast liquid with the flour and let sit for 10 minutes before mixing in the salt and oil. Then I covered and let that sit for 20 or 30 minutes. Then I floured a small baking sheet and stretched the dough onto the sheet. It turned out great, but next time would do 1.5 the recipe to be adequate for our family.

Definitely do this one again. It is flexible for how much time you have. Can easily be converted to sourdough also.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Low Carb Waffles

This was a good low carb waffle. It was not enough for my family of 4, so i disagree with the "4 servings" thing. I served it with bacon and eggs also, but my kids wanted more. I would definitely double this next time and serve with bacon and/or eggs. I used swerve for the sweetener and put plain greek yogurt and a couple sliced strawberries on top. It was good when I needed a change.