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Hummus

February 8, 2014

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happy homesteader hummus

This fresh, yummy hummus takes 5 minutes to make and will keep in the fridge for several weeks if properly stored. Perfect as a quick and healthy snack.

Recipe

1 16oz can Chickpeas

1/8 cup tahini

1/8 cup Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 tblsp Cold Water

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

When serving, top with anything you like. Olive oil, pine nuts, chopped olives, etc. The picture above is topped with a sprinkling of Cayenne Pepper.

To store, simple place in a clean glass jar and keep in the fridge.

- Corinna

Spicy Chipotle Two Bean Vegetarian Chili

January 4, 2014
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INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 stalk celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped chipotles in adobo
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
3 cups cooked red kidney beans, drained
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained
DIRECTIONS
1. In a large pot, combine: oil, onion, carrots, celery, and peppers and ook until soft (about 10 minutes)
3. Stir in chipotles, oregano, cumin, chili powder and salt
4. Add tomatoes and 4 cups water
5. Simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
6. Add beans and simmer another 45 minutes.
7. Top with shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese if desired

Old Fashioned Banana Bread

December 27, 2013

 

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bananabreadI like simple things and simple cooking. My tattered copy of The Joy Of Cooking is always with me, and I refer to it often for basic recipes that I adapt to make my own, and I highly recommend it for every kitchen, whether antiquated or not. This recipe is a slight variation on the Joy Of cooking  Quick Banana Bread recipe. Enjoy!

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°

COMBINE:

1  3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

COMBINE:

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup sugar

The juice of 1/2 lemon + 1 tsp grated lemon rind

STIR IN

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups ripe banana pulp

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds

place batter in a 4×8″ greased bread pan. Top with 1/4 cup more nuts or seeds, and bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.

Let cool.

Happy National Spinach Day!

March 26, 2013

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HH Vege JuiceWell, I have to admit I didn’t know it was National Spinach Day until a friend on Instagram clued me in, but really…what day isn’t spinach day?!

(or juice day for that matter)

Blender Breakfast (2 servings)

1 banana

1 cup grapes

2 cup spinach

1/2 cucumber

1 cup cold water

2 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed (i use a coffee grinder)

1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C-1000 powder

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Combine ingredients. blend. enjoy.

- Corinna

Herb Crostini

January 29, 2013

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Crostini is a great use for home dried herbs, and is my current favorite snack. Crostini, meaning “little toasts” in Italian, it is easy to make, works great as a use for day old bread, and keeps for up to a week in a plastic bag or glass container. They are also amazing served as appetizers, topped with fresh mozzarella, pate, roast peppers, or anything that strikes your fancy.

Fresh Herb Crostini

1 loaf French bread, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Extra virgin olive oil

Dry herbs: Any combination you can think of (this batch is simply Rosemary & Thyme)

Salt & Freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400*F

2. Arrange the bread slices on the baking sheet and generously brush with olive oil.

3. Combine herbs, Salt & Pepper and sprinkle over bread slices.

4. Bake for about 6 minutes, turning the baking sheet around in the oven halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.

5. Cool Crostini completely before serving.

Enjoy!

- Corinna Mantlo

Cauliflower, Leek, Potato Soup

December 4, 2012

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happy homesteader leek soup 1

A member of the onion and garlic family, leeks have a uniquely wonderful, almost sweet flavor. They are a rich source of vitamins C & A, and Folate. If new to cooking with leeks, have no fear, it couldn’t be simpler. Choose firm, stalks without withered tops. Remove tough, green tops, slice lengthwise and rinse thoroughly to remove sandy soil they are grown in. That’s it. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 head Cauliflower, chopped

2 Leeks, chopped (use the white and light green portion)

1 Red Potato, chopped with skin on

1 tablespoons Butter

2 tablespoon Olive Oil

2 cups Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock

4 cups Water

1/4 cup White Wine

Salt & Pepper to taste

fresh or dried Parsley for garnish

happy homesteader leek soup

Directions

1. In a large pot, saute leeks in butter until soft, about 2 minutes.

2. Add olive oil, wine, and cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

3. Add stock, water and potato and bring pot to a boil.

4. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes until all vegetables are soft.

5. Let soup cool, then puree in a blender, in 3 batches.

6. Reheat, garnish with parsley and serve.

Pumpkin Butter

November 26, 2012

Butters of all sorts are a winter staple. Pumpkin butter, though not can-able (see the USDA site for details)  it’s a great fall harvest treat that’s quick to make, especially if you have frozen Pumpkin puree waiting in the freezer. See the Pumpkin Harvest post for details on preparing pumpkin for pie, butter and freezing.

 

Ingredients: Simply blend and serve

2 cups homemade pumpkin puree

1 tbsp freshly ground sunflower seeds (raw, without shells)

2 tbsp raw sugar

1/2 tbsp fresh, grated ginger

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp nutmeg

pinch of salt

 

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