Recipe: Chipotle Aioli, Habanero Ghost Pepper Jack, Pesto, Red Quinoa & Turkey

47DF2D5C-4F2E-4B78-8A99-52772E849269I had a big batch of red quinoa. I made it earlier today to have in an asian greens salad with blueberries, habenero ghost pepper jack and lemon ginger seseme dressing.

So for dinner I whipped out the quinoa and shredded the habenaro jack into it, followed by generous dollops of pesto, 3 torn up turkey slices and some chipotle aioli. I mixed it up w/ a fork and thought I was going to heat it, but ended up loving it at temp. Though I think it might be good with the cheese melted in by heating.

Quick meal or side and yummy. Slide scale of proportions as you like for taste and consistency.

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Dip: Sauerkraut, artichoke pesto

After a wknd prep of many meals for T’s wks away, I found a smidge of  Stonemill’s artichoke, jalapeño & parmesan in the fridge.

To bulk it up I added some:

Sauerkraut

Bold-n-Gold Moosetard: Alaskan Mustard

Avocado Mayo Oil from Chosen Foods

Basil Pesto

First I tried it with

wheat thins,

then corn chips

then melted on toast in the toaster oven.

I liked all the versions.

This is one of those no dishes, easy recipes.

Add all the ingredients in one place, mix it up and voila!

Turnip, Caribou, Squash Stew Recipe

Right now we are living in a primitive dry cabin.  It does have electric, but no sink set up.  Most dry cabins have a bucket to empty beneath an unplumbed sink, and a spigot tank on top to use as a faucet.  Since we don’t have even a basic sink set up, or a stove, or an oven, I have to change gears when thinking of making a meal!  A small toaster oven, a single element pot and a crock pot are my main resources.

Living this way really brings to surface how AWESOME crock pots are!  With very little mess or prep I’m able to make a whole lot of good healthy food.

Fortunately we have a great u-pick farm nearby, and though I was a bit late in the season for picking, I still got some great local farm fresh AK produce.  In addition, my boyfriend got a caribou this season, which we just finished processing. There’s meat in the freezer!  Yippee!!  So, as always, this recipe is a result of some goods I had on hand.  Enjoy!

Crock pot on High for first 1-2 hrs, then Low until you are ready to eat.

(Can be ready within a few hours, but some veggies like turnip may still be a bit firm)

Process:

Water- 2 in.

1 turnip diced

1 crushed beef ramen w/ seasoning

1 caribou roast chunk

(place turnip, and ramen in crock pot with a few inches of water, then I stand the roast up in the middle and put future ingredients around it)

1 radish diced

1 carrot (rounds)

1 turnip diced (2nd one)

1 crushed chicken ramen noodle and seasoning

1 diced apple

3-4 C summer squash cubed (and rind & seeds removed)

Add all this to the crock,

then add:

White wine and Kombucha for some more taste sensation (fill to level of veggies, above for more soup like, less if more stew like)

On top of everything:

I added ground mustard, oil from marinated artichokes, some marinated artichokes, and roasted garlic.

And of course, taste as you go, adding whatever other spices you feel like!

Kombucha Fireball Cocktail

So this may be too simple to even call a recipe, but I wanted a little sip of something and didn’t have any soda to speak of.  So I just mixed my homemade kombucha which has great zing and some fireball whiskey.  It tastes pretty much like a very smooth straight shot of fireball.  Of course a bit weaker than straight, which I enjoyed.

Just a cocktail idea for you~

Beet Juice Quinoa

This recipe is so simple I probably can’t call it a recipe, but thought it was worth a share. I had some beet juice and water chestnut liquid left from another food preparation, so instead of throwing them out I used them to replace half the water for my quinoa.  It not only gave the quinoa a nice tinted color for an interesting plating, but also was a nice twist on the taste buds.  Also if you live in a dry cabin like me, it’s an easy way to use a little less water and utilize available liquids instead of them going to waste.  This experience has made me more open to trying this again with some other veg. juices.

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Pickled Salmon Sushi Roll

For me the key to sushi enjoyment is the right balance of dry and wet and mingling of flavor components. This one was a hit.

I started using seaweed wraps while I was living in Hawaii.  They are the perfect travel food because they serve as a catch all container that you can carry 100 of in your backpack without even noticing they’re there.  That’s my secret backpacking tip.  Now onto this dish.

My boyfriend’s family gave us a jar of their wonderful homemade pickled salmon.  It’s one great way Alaskans use to save their fish catch of the season.  This was my first time trying it, and it was delicious.  The salmon was pickled with slices of onion, peppers, lemon, and peppercorns.

I know I am not a trained or traditional sushi maker, but I love how it’s such a fun way to combine flavors.  For me the key to sushi enjoyment is the right balance of dry and wet and mingling of flavor components.  This one was a hit.

Pickled Salmon Sushi

I spread a little mayo on a flat seaweed wrap and then made of bed of Calrose rice over this.  (I had previously cooked and seasoned the rice so it was more flavorful).

Then I spread pesto generously in a wide line next to the rice and spread chunks of creamy goat cheese along the line of pesto. Then I cut the pickled salmon into bite sized pieces and lay them perpendicular to the direction I would roll the wrap to ensure clean easy bites.  Then I drizzled some of the juices from the pickled salmon jar onto the rice and added a few onion and pepper slivers out of the pickled jar.  Wetting the points of contact on the seaweed I wrapped it up… this is the hard part and just takes practice…and Voila! Yum time

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Personally I was happy to drain the juices off and make a little cherry juice/ fireball cocktail to drink while I was baking.

I have never made cupcakes before… which I decided after having made these is a true shame.  Cupcakes are so awesome and that paper cup is such a perfect vessel to get the chocolatey goodness to school or work without a mess.

We luckily still have some cherries in the freezer from our picking spree in Montana this fall, and I pulled out a bag to make a cherry pie.  But I also wanted to make an easy treat to share with our neighbors who helped dislodge my car from the snowbank the other morning!  So with the left over cherries I decided to make some cherry chocolate cupcakes.  My mom has a recipe I used last time I tried to make cherry chocolate cake, but we weren’t thrilled with the results. So this time I decided to try another recipe I like and just give it a cherry/ chocolate chip twist and see what would happen.  I also happened to have bought the cutest cupcake paper cups at the craft store (which is so unlike me that if my friends read this they will probably think I’ve been abducted).  So I decided CUPCAKES!

I didn’t want the cherries to burn, so I poured each cup half full of batter, threw in 2-4 pitted cherries and a few choc. chips. Then I put in more batter to fill the cup 3/4th fill and added a few more chocolate chips on top.

They are disappearing fast, but here’s how I made them:

Quick Chocolate Cake:

Mix dry ingredients:

3 C flour       2t baking soda       1 t salt     1C sugar     1C brown sugar    1/2C cocoa powder

Add:

1t vanilla     3/4C coconut oil      2C cold water

blend well and then see above (below the pictures) to add cherries and chocolate chips into the batter in muffin cups to prevent burning.  I was using frozen cherries, so I drained off all the juices after they thawed, and again after pitting.  I’m not sure how differently this recipe would behave if you tried to use all the juices as well.  Personally I was happy to drain the juices off and make a little cherry juice/ fireball cocktail to drink while I was baking.

Voila, enjoy!

 

 

Pesto Mozzarella Eggplant Fold-overs Recipe

These are so easy (10 minutes start to table) and cheap to make, yet so tasty everyone will want more.  This is a great treat to make as an appetizer/starter dish or a main meal.  Also works great as an easy vegetarian dish.  But not vegan.

You Need:

Lg Eggplant- thin sliced lengthwise (1/2 of one eggplant fed 2 people dinner, but we weren’t starving)

olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt

Cookie pan (prefer with raised edge) covered in foil

Oven with broil setting

Tomatoes- thin sliced

Smoked Mozzarella cheese (or Mozz with liquid smoke)- shredded or sliced

pesto or basil

( I cut up half an eggplant for a first round and we were so full after one pan that we saved the other half an eggplant to cook a few nights later. Delicious both times.)

How to:

Turn on oven to broil.

Slice a large eggplant lengthwise with a good knife so each slice is uniform width about 1/4 in. or less.

Cover 1-3 baking sheets with foil, dependent on how many you want done at a time. each pan will hold about 3 large or 4 small. Lay eggplant strips on foil til sheet filled, do not overlap.  Then grind some salt lightly onto each piece, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic oil and rub into surface til some is all over.  Flip the strips over and do the same on the other side. Put in the oven on a med. high shelf.

Broil flat until eggplant starts to look translucent. (7-10 min, keep an eye on them)

I usually shred my mozz and slice toms while the eggplant is broiling. Easy to do in those 7-10 minutes and then also easy to keep an eye on the eggplant cooking progression if this is your first rodeo.

Then remove from oven, add a spread of  pesto, mozzarella and thin sliced tomato to middle third of eggplant. (You could easily play with this combo by changing up the cheese or veggie rolled inside).  Then fold the sides up over the filling and stick with a toothpick to hold them closed.  Or you can flip the whole thing over once it’s folded to have gravity hold the flaps under.

Sometimes I just call it good and let the heat of the eggplant melt the cheese if the strips are already very translucent.  If the strips are still whitish in patches I put them back in for a minute or two.

Viola.  Enjoy.

** later….Remove foil from pan, clean up complete.

170131 Homemade Pizza Recipe

I melted cream cheese as a white sauce on the hot dough that had been in for a bit.

 

 

PIZZA RECIPES

(On the Left and bottom right) Taylor’s Pizza:

Goat cheese on half, Cottage Cheese on half

Then on half the goat cheese side and half the Cott. Cheese side

he added summer sausage meat cut up,

and on the other halves of each he added cooked ground beef.

Then Carmelized Onions and after the pizza came out of the oven Spinach

My Pizza (top right)

I melted cream cheese as a white sauce on the hot dough that had been in for a bit.

Then on one half I added avocado, spinach and shredded cheddar

on the other half I added a mix of carmelized onions and mushrooms and atop that shredded Citrus Lime Parmesan Cheese.  (Later this was voted best, but they were all so darn fantastic I’m glad we were sharing.)

Inspiration: Today the Great Alaska Pizza Company had a $5 medium pizza for Customer Appreciation day.  Taylor waited 15 minutes in line, but when they said it would be another 15, he decided life was too short and headed home.  A week ago we got a big bag of Bread flour and a container of yeast, so I guess today is the day, we start making pizzas.  My brother is a great pizza maker and sent me his secret crust recipe, but I was working and Taylor was chef of the night so he found a recipe online that would be ready in 30mins.  Ok, game on.

He called me down when it was time to stretch out my very own pizza crust.  I was pretty excited, it stirred up memories of make your own pizza nights from birthday slumber parties of my youth.  He used the round glass pie pan for his and I went with the Mirro baking pan cover.  Because we had no corn meal for the underside of the crust we just improvised with quinoa… but probably in the future will use nothing, it seemed fine without it.  Then I let gravity do the work stretching out my dough, I just turned and turned it, then laid it out and extended a bit further on the pan.

 

 

 

Crockery Cooking & Curried Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I rushed to the oven when I remembered it, imagining the blackened mess I would be scraping out using every muscle in my arm. But, instead I found the soup perfectly, deliciously baked with nice little vent holes.

If you can, I highly, highly recommend buying some oven and dishwasher safe ceramics to use for baking.  Today (Wednesday 1/25/17) was great proof of these hidden treasures.  This is my one bowl (See my Dry Cabin Minimalism Marriage post) for eating.  The amazing thing about this bowl is that I stuck it into the cold oven with cold soup, cranked it up to 350 degrees and literally, (accidentally!) forgot about it for over half an hour.  I rushed to the oven when I remembered it, imagining the blackened mess I would be scraping out using every muscle in my arm. But, instead I found the soup perfectly, deliciously baked with nice little vent holes.  The edges even had that delicious little crust that I only seem to achieve in ceramic ware.  I grated a bit of our current fancy cheese splurge, a Citrus Ginger BellaVitano, on top (it’s hard, like a parmesan) and within a spoonful I was in heaven.

The only thing you really MUST NOT DO to ceramics are to put them through an extreme heat change… so you always need to put it in when you are first warming up the oven.  If the oven is already hot, forget about using the ceramic, please!  If you are good to it, it will be oh so good to you.  With this dish I didn’t even have any residue to scrape away from the sides, amazing.

Here are a few examples of ceramics using a food safe glaze, but you can’t always tell by looking, best to buy from the artist and be sure they are confident about their glazes.

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Also, be sure you are using ceramic with a food safe glaze.  If you aren’t sure, don’t do it!  But these little puppies are worth their weight in gold, so if you find a good piece, nab it.  I made mine back in 2001, and it’s still going strong.  When looking for a sturdy piece, make sure the walls look like they are consistent in width, and that it won’t be to heavy for you to easily move in and out of the oven with your two hands covered in mitts.

In case you are interested, I’ll also include my

Curried Butternut Squash Soup recipe here:

(I bake the squash ahead of time while I’m doing something else in the oven, then it’s so quick to whip this together when you want to)

I chopped and cooked down

2.5 sweet onions, and

5 cloves of garlic

in a lg sauce pan with 2 T of butter.

Then I added 4C water with a lg chicken bouillon cube,

the 2lb of squash- (skinned and cubed in 1 in. chunks)

1t salt, 1t cumin, 1/2 t cayenne pepper

After it’s all warmed up, I remove it from heat and add

1/2 C half and half, 1 T honey, and 1/2C or more sour cream.

I blend it in batches in the blender, though I’d love to use an immersion blender if I had one…they are so slick!

When serving I put out cumin, pepper, and sour cream for people to add to taste.  Or fancy hard cheese if I have it 😉

Enjoy!