What was in those baskets on April 30th?

30 04 2011

What a crazy morning. Thanks to all the volunteers that stood in the cold wind waiting for the late truck to arrive.  Not only that but a big thanks to unloading and sorting the produce so quick. We defiantly couldn’t do it without you!!!!


So what did we get a great basket filled with 4 bananas, 2 grapefruit, 3 apples, 1 broccoli, 2 cauliflower, 2 strawberries, 5 ears of corn, 1 cucumber, 1 bag of cherry tomatoes, and 1 pineapple.

I am defiantly making the strawberry cake again. It was such a great dessert that my family loved. But check out the strawberry lemonade recipe, it was a great summer drink as well. I always love to get cauliflower in our baskets so that I can make cauliflower with white sauce, a childhood favorite of mine. The corn I plan to barbecue on the grill for a great side dish. I have some great ideas for the spinach but check out the other spinach recipes I have made.

Hope everyone enjoys there basket and we will see you next week!

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

29 04 2011

So I know everyone has there own version of sweet potato casserole. The casserole with the marshmallows on top. It is a favorite in our household. In  fact when my husband and I were first married we would just buy a can of yams at the store and make it for our dinner side dish any time of year. Over the years I have adapted my sweet potato casserole a bit and to serve along with our ham I made a mashed sweet potato casserole. It can be adapted to fit anyone’s taste by adding less sugar, rolled oats, pecans, and any variety of spices. Make it your own and I hope you enjoy.


Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

~ 1lb sweet potatoes or yams

~ 1/2 cup brown sugar

~ 4 Tbsp. butter

~ 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

~ Marshmallows

1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Then boil until fork tender.

2. When the sweet potatoes are fork tender drain and add to a bowl. Mash up the sweet potatoes until the desired consistency and then mix in the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

3. Place in a 8 x 8 baking dish and top with marshmallows. Bake at 350o F for about 10-15 minutes or until marshmallows are brown and sweet potatoes are heated through.

* Mix in chopped pecans or rolled oats for added flavor.

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Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

Itty Bitty Cinnamon Roll Bites

28 04 2011

My husband loves Cinnamon rolls and I have made them homemade before but they take a lot of word and in the morning when the kids are hungry a lot of work is not what I want to mess with. As I was cruising around the web I stumbled across the Picky Palate blog and she had a recipe for Itty Bitty Cinnamon Roll Bites. What I liked about this recipe was that it used store bought biscuit dough which cuts down the time drastically. We gave them a try and they were fantastic. My husband said the were amazing and the kids gobbled them up so it was a hit.


Itty Bitty Cinnamon Roll Bites

~ 1 can refrigerated biscuits, 10 count

~ 5 Tbsp. softened butter

~ 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

~ 2 tsp. Cinnamon

~ 1 cup powdered sugar

~ 4 to 5 Tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 350o F and line a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Unroll biscuits onto a clean counter top and press out with fingers to about 3 inches wide. Spread each biscuit with 1/2 Tbsp. of butter then top evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon. Starting at the bottom of each round, roll up and with seam side down use a sharp knife to cut 1/2 inch slices. Place onto a prepared baking sheet. I cut 4 slices per biscuit. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, until light brown and cooked through. Remove from oven.

3. Place powdered sugar and milk into a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar to get the consistency that you want. Drizzle glaze over hot rolls. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Itty Bitty Cinnamon Roll Bites

Baked Onion Rings

27 04 2011

Who doesn’t love onion rings? My husband and I do and since I had a lot of onions left from my Bountiful Basket a few weeks ago I thought this was the perfect time to try some baked onion rings.  Since they are baked they are a lot healthier than the deep fried version and they still had lots of flavor.


Baked Onion Rings

~ 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced into thick rings

~ 1/2 cup flour

~ salt and pepper, to taste

~ 1 egg

~ 3 Tbsp. milk

~ 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs

~ cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 450o F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Slice the onion into thick rings then separate them.

2. Pour the flour into a bowl and season it with salt and pepper to taste, then mix well. Mix the egg and milk in a bowl until well combined. Pour the Panko crumbs into another bowl.

3. Dredge the onions first in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the Panko crumbs until fully coated. Place each coated ring on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining rings. Spray the rings with cooking spray then place into the oven.

4. Bake for 10 minutes then flip the rings over carefully with tongs. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.  Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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Baked Onion Rings

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

26 04 2011

I am pretty sure the only place that I have ever had Swedish Meatballs is in the restaurant of that great big blue home store known as IKEA. When the IKEA was built in the Salt Lake Valley it was a big deal and my husband and I have made many trips up to that store to dream about how our house could look if we had enough money to furnish it from top to bottom instead of our mismatched hammy down furniture that we currently had. When I saw this recipe on the Tasty Kitchen’s Blog I wanted to give it a try just to see how much like the IKEA meatballs it tasted like. It doesn’t taste much like them but I think it is a much better recipe. Pretty simple to make and is packed full of flavor.


I wish I could say that this beautiful picture was mine but for some reason my pictures didn’t turn out very well. Even though the pictures didn’t turn out well the meatballs tasted amazing.

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

~ 1/2 cup minced fresh onion

~ 2 cloves garlic, minced

~ 20 ounces, lean ground turkey

~ 1 egg

~ 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

~ 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

~ 1/2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

~ 1tsp. ground allspice

~ 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

~ 1 whole 14.5 oz. can low sodium beef broth

~ 3 Tbsp. All-Purpose flour

~ 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

~ 1/2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

~ 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

~ 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste

~ 1/4 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350o F.

2. In small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute 2-3 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.

3. In medium mixing bowl, combine turkey, onions and garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 Tbsp. parsley, allspice, and nutmeg.

4. Shape meat mixture into 1” balls and place in baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

5. Pour beef broth and flour into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until flour is dissolved.

6. Pour beef broth mixture into large skillet with lid and add remaining Worcestershire, parsley, black pepper, and salt to taste.

7. Heat to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

8. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in sour cream. Add meatballs and cover. Simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over noodles if desired.

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Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Strawberry Cake

25 04 2011

I have never had strawberry cake or even thought of making a strawberry cake until I saw this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod. As soon as I saw it I knew that I had to give this a try and it was delicious. It was like having strawberry shortcake all rolled into one. A great summer recipe I am sure your family will enjoy!


Start off in the typical cake fashion by mixing together all the wet ingredients then mixing in the dry ingredients. Once all mixed together transfer batter to a buttered pie plate or spring form pan. Then arrange strawberry slices on top of batter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake it in the oven and when it is done you have a great strawberry cake.


Strawberry Cake

~ 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

~ 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

~ 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

~ 1/2 tsp salt

~ 1 cup sugar

~ 1 egg

~ 1/2 cup buttermilk

~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract

~ 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced

~ 2 Tbsp. sugar for sprinkling on top of the cake.

1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Butter a 10 inch pie plate or spring form pan. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in a bowl and mix until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. mix until combined.

3. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange strawberry slices on top of batter. Sprinkle sugar over berries.

4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325o F. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 50-55 minutes. let cool in pan. To serve, cut into wedges. Store cake at room temperature, for up to two days.

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Strawberry Cake

What was in those bountiful baskets on 4-23-11

23 04 2011

A great basket full of fresh produce to use for my Easter meal on Sunday.


The baskets had 1 basket of strawberries, 1 pineapple, 1 honeydew, 1 bag of apples plus 2 small apples, 2 grapefruits, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch of asparagus, 3 cucumbers, 4 yellow squash, 8 yams, and 1 daikon.

The daikon was the vegetable that I had not had before and I Googled it. It is a Japanese radish that is milder than a radish like we got last week. You can shredded it up and add it to salads. I am planning on making masked potatoes with mine. Boil 50% potatoes and 50% daikon and then make your mashed potatoes like you would usually make. It will be a new experience in our household.

For the rest of the produce I am planning on making Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce. It was a great dish that my family can not wait to have again. Try making strawberry lemonade with you strawberries. I will also be making a strawberry cake and will post that recipe in the next few days. Sweet potato fries are a favorite in our house and I will make that with the yams. I have still been obsessed with Greek flavors and have been making a Greek salad for lunch with the cucumbers but don’t forget about the Greek chicken wraps with taztziki sauce. It has been awhile since we have had asparagus and a favorite in our house is oven roasted asparagus but don’t forget about the prosciutto wrapped asparagus. I am defiantly making grilled pineapple with my pineapple one night.  A favorite in this house. Hope everyone has a great Easter and enjoys this weeks bountiful basket. Let me know what you plan to make with your bountiful basket.

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