Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pear and Pepper Salsa

(From the Monterrey Bay Spice company…modified by Judy.)This peppery, sweet salsa is a great condiment served with fish, chicken or pork. It’s also surprisingly good with eggs or as a dip for corn chips. Try a dollop on a cracker spread with cream cheese. This recipe makes about 8 or 9  8-ounce jars.  Can also be bottled in pint jars…
1/2 C. white vinegar
1/2 C. lemon or lime juice
7 cups pears, peeled and chopped (you can also use bottled pears, drained and diced in small pieces.)
5 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped (optional: 2 can be red bell…for additional color)
You can also substitute 1 Anaheim pepper for additional spice.
1 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
2 t salt
pinch of dry mustard
1/4 t powdered ginger (or 1 t fresh crushed)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Place the vinegar and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Toss in the pears as you chop them, stirring to cover with the vinegar (this will prevent browning. If you use bottled pears, skip this step and add the pears after the other ingredients have cooked). Stir in the peppers, onion, sugar, salt, mustard, turmeric, ginger and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and continue to cook on low, stirring often, for about 3 minutes. (Save some out for immediate use. J) Ladle salsa into prepared canning jars, leaving ½-inch space at the top. Remove air bubbles, if necessary, and wipe rims clean. Secure lids and bands in place. Process in a hot water bath or steam canner for 20 minutes.    

Monday, October 26, 2015

Best Ever Jerky

About 3 pounds venison steak. (Can be round or even rump roast.)  Can even be beef (although made this way, you can't even tell the difference between beef and deer.) Slice while mostly frozen. Make sure it's really lean.  That's why venison is a good choice.  Pieces about 1" by 1/8".

2 T soy sauce
6 T worch sauce
2 T catsup
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
3/4 t salt (depending on your taste for saltiness)
3 T brown sugar
1 t paprika
3 T lemon juice
1/2 t fresh ginger, crushed OR 1/4 t. powdered
Pinch of Old Bay seasoning (optional)
(If you want an extra "kick" of spiciness, add 1/8 t cayenne)
2 drops Cade essential oil (smoky kind) or 1 T liquid smoke
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop thyme essential oil
6 drops orange essential oil

Mix all ingredients except oils and heat, but don't boil.  Add oils.  Set aside while you slice the meat.  Add the sliced meat, stir thoroughly to coat all pieces.  Let marinate for 1-2 hours.  Then arrange slices on trays in the food dryer.

Dry in food dryer at 150 degrees for  3-5 hours until done.  Should be slightly pliable.  Store in glass jars.  Don't know how long it keeps.  Some sources say almost indefinitely, some say 1-2 years depending on storage conditions. I would say vacuum packed would extend the shelf life.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

14 Karat Cake

(developed from several recipes.  Better than Taggart Grill's… If you don't count salt, it has 14 ingredients including the frosting)
Mix together:
1 C. whole wheat flour and 1 C. white flour (or use all white)
1 ½ t baking Soda
2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
½ t. nutmeg
¾ c. sugar
Then add;
¾ c. veg. oil
4 eggs
Then remove from mixer and stir in:
3 c. grated carrots  (can be part grated zucchini), ½ C. chopped pecans or walnuts.  Pour into dripper size greased pan.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes until done. (toothpick test)
Frost with cream cheese frosting.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temp
3 Tb Butter 
About 2 ½c. powdered sugar

2 Tb. Milk or orange juice to thin

Raspberry Lime Freezer Jam

Raspberry Lime Freezer Jam
(from "Within the Kitchen Blog") Who knew making jam was so easy???   BUT freezer jam is beyond easy - crush, stir, pour, done. 

Of course, freezer jam can't sit in your pantry because it is not properly sealed but it is great to make small batches of jam - keep a few jars for your family and give away the others to deserving friends!

This jam has not only sweet, delicious raspberries but also a hit of lime zest which adds an amazing citrus zing to the jam.

Note: Also can be made with blackberries…

4 c raspberries
1-1/2 c sugar
1 package (45 g) freezer pectin or 2 Tbl. Ultra or Clear jel (Add the jel to the sugar first and stir before adding to raspberries.  This helps it to dissolve better.)
zest of 2 small limes (after you have "zested" the limes, use the lime juice for limeade)
4-5 drops of Lime essential oil (optional)

Stir everything in a large bowl for 3 minutes. Use a mixer for best results.
Spoon into jars. Wipe clean and add lids. Close tightly.
Let sit for 30 minutes so it thickens.

Refrigerate - will last up to 3 weeks

Freeze - will last many months

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles
(Inspired by Maria of "Two Peas and Their Pod", Modified by Judy)
Take about 10 caramels, unwrap them and cut into quarters. Set aside.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside:
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt

Combine 3/4 c. dark brown sugar, 1/3 c. white sugar in a mixing bowl.  Add 3/4 c. margarine or butter. Mix.  Then add 1 large egg, 1 Tbl. vanilla, 1 Tbl. yogurt. Mix.
Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

Chill at least 30 minutes and preferably overnight.  Form balls from 2 Tbl. dough, dip and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture (1/4 c. sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon). Take one caramel piece and put in the middle of the cookie ball.  Cover it with dough, then roll the cookie in cinnamon and sugar mix again.  Put on slightly greased cookie sheets 2 " apart.  Put a few grains of sea or earth salt on each cookie.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 350* until the edges turn golden brown. Makes about 30 cookies.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuna Casserole

(My version without using “cream of” soups)

 Begin cooking 3 c. dry noodles to desired tenderness and drain (takes about 15-20 mins) (You can add the liquid drained off the tuna in the water to cook the noodles)
Melt 4 T. butter or margarine, then add
4 T. flour, stir thoroughly, then add
2 c. milk, stir again until no lumps, then
Simmer until thick and just barely bubbling.
Then add—
½ c. Italian salad dressing
½ c. Ranch dressing
2 cans tuna, drained
½ cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
Milk to thin
Salt, pepper to taste
1 t. all purpose seasoning (optional)
Optional:  Add 1 cup frozen peas

Place in casserole pan and sprinkle grated cheese and/or breadcrumbs on top, heat thoroughly, then serve!  (OR, just serve from the saucepan after warming)

Shrimp Enchiladas Verde

(a delicious way to stretch 1 # of shrimp)  
(Serves 4-5)

1 # peeled, cooked shrimp, tails removed and cut into smaller pieces. (you can buy the uncooked shrimp, saute in butter and garlic)( Also can use chicken or turkey instead of shrimp.)
1 C. frozen corn
4 oz. can chopped green chilis, (not drained)
1  to 2 C. canned green enchilada sauce or  mild green salsa (depending on how saucy or spicy you like it)
15 oz. can of black OR pinto beans, rinsed and drained
8 corn tortillas OR 6 cooked flour tortillas
8 oz. shredded cheese (Mexican style, Mozzarella, Jack or Cheddar)
1/2 C. chopped fresh cilantro
Lime, cut into wedges

Coat 9 x 13 or dripper pan with cooking spray.
Combine  corn, chilis and 1/2 of enchilada sauce.  Microwave until heated through.  Add beans and shrimp.
Layer 1/2 of the tortillas onto the pan.  You may have to tear them to fit.  Top with the shrimp/bean mixture. Layer the rest of the tortillas.  Sprinkle cheese all over the top.  Cover with foil.  Bake at 300 - 325 for about 30 mins. until all ingredients are heated and cheese look bubbly.  Remove foil, top with cilantro.  Serve with lime wedges and ranch dressing if desired.

DUTCH OVEN CAMPING OPTION:  Use a 14" DO.  Use canned shrimp, canned or fresh corn.