Sunday, January 29, 2017

No Flour Cornbread


2 cups white cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk (I used goats milk)
1⁄4 cup butter


Preheat oven to 425°F.

Put first 3 ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk together. Lightly beat the eggs and combine with the milk. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.

Put butter in well-seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet and put in oven until the butter melts. Swirl to coat bottom and sides. Pour extra into the batter and mix.

Pour entire mixture into the skillet.

Place skillet on middle rack of oven. Bake until cornbread is springy in the middle, browned and pulling away from the skillet on the sides (about 15-20 minutes).

Remove from oven and invert skillet over serving plate.

Original recipe used 1/4 cup bacon grease instead of butter. If using butter, adding about 1/4 tsp salt might be better.

Adapted from

Friday, December 25, 2015

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal


2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).

Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

Source: The Yummy Life

From Food Network, just simply add 1 cup steel cut oats with 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup dried figs and 4 cups water and 1/2 cup half and half. Cook 8 hours on low. I'm going to substitute raisins for cranberries and add the spices and flax seed from above and use water instead of half and half.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

8 cups veggie broth
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
1 cup sliced celery stalks
1 cup large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 pound (3 cups) butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 cup turnip, peeled and diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, and secure the lid.
Turn it on low, and leave for eight hours (or on high for five hours).

Credit: Popsugar

Changes: I just substituted 1 cup parsnips for the turnip and it was better. Also, add more salt and about 1-2 tbsp mustard to the recipe.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Steak Marinade

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp dried basil
1 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp ground white pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp minced garlic

Combine all ingredients. Pour marinade over meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Note: until I use it up, I substituted 4-5 Tbsp of a spice mix that I have for all the powdered spices in the list above. It's a close enough match and worked fine the first time.

Source: Allrecipes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup

1 cup dry lentils
½ cup uncooked pearly barley
1 quart beef broth
1 cup dry red wine
14 oz can of diced tomatoes 
8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms quartered
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 tbsp mustard
4 garlic cloves minced
Bay leaves
1-2 teaspoons ground fresh black pepper
Salt to taste
One medium potato chopped


In a slow cooker, mix all ingredients. cover, and cook 4 to 6 hours on High or 10 to 12 hours on Low. Remove bay leaves before serving.

(Recipe called for ¾ cup each of the barley and lentils. I guess it’s ok as long as it adds up to 1.5 cups. This would be a fine recipe with just barley)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

French Press Coffee

Some notes:
2 Tbsp beans for each 8 oz of water,
Set burr grinder to 8 for french press (2 for auto drip)

And the process (from here)

Preheat the glass and plunger by pouring hot water inside the pitcher and plunge once to warm everything up. Discard the rinse water.
Add ground coffee.
Pour hot water (30 seconds off the boil or about 205 degrees F) into the French press, saturating all of your grounds, and pouring to the halfway mark. Start your timer for 4 minutes.
After 1 minute, stir the “bloom” (or top layer) and pour the rest of the water evenly to the top and affix the press pot lid.
After 4 minutes, plunge and serve. Any coffee not served immediately goes in a thermos so it doesn't sit in the used grounds.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Slow Cooker Chili


1.5 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 14-oz. cans chopped tomatoes, with juices
1 14-oz. cans tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup beef stock
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/6 c. cornmeal
1-2 Tbsps chili powder, to taste
1 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
1.5 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 cup brown sugar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a slow cooker. Add onions to the skillet and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Drain fat and add onions and garlic to slow cooker.

Add the ground turkey to the skillet, brown it, and transfer it to the slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Add all the remaining chili ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to blend. Cover and cook for 6 hours – 5 on high and the last hour on low.

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