I made sure all the ingredients were gluten free. The apricots are Newman's own and they are GF. The Ghirardelli White Chocolate baking bars are safe. I added extra vanilla to the recipe, about 1 teaspoon and the bark was delicious. Enjoy!
I purchased the large bag of pre cut butternut squash chunks at Trader Joe's. I tossed the squash with olive oil and salt. I roasted it for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. I used Gorgonzola cheese instead of Blue Cheese. I didn't have any onion so I sauteed the spinach and added I clove of finely chopped garlic. I finished off the dish with about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
The colors and flavors are wonderful. This makes a nice side dish for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!
This is the time of year when garden tomatoes are everywhere. My generous neighbor shared garden tomatoes and some especially delicious, yellow corn. I decided to make salsa. Try this recipe if you have beautiful ripe tomatoes. It's a perfect snack to eat while watching Fall Baseball and Sunday Football. It is delicious and super easy to prepare:
ElegantKB Tomato and Corn Salsa Recipe 1-1/2 cup seeded, and diced garden tomatoes 1 ear of yellow corn 1/2 cup minced, red onion 1 Tablespoon minced, fresh California jalepeno pepper 1 Tablespoon organic olive oil 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice Salt and Pepper
Boil the corn for about 5 minutes. Cool and cut the kernels off the cob. In a large bowl, add tomatoes, red onion, jalepeno peppers, and the corn. Stir and then add the olive oil and lime juice. Add salt and a small bit of fresh ground pepper. You can adjust the heat by adding more jalepeno peppers. You can eat this right away but it tastes best if you let the salsa chill for a couple hours. I like to eat salsa with Trader Joe's Organic Blue Corn Chips.
Try this... Juice 2 or 3 lemons, fill a glass half full with white grape juice, add the fresh lemon juice and ice. It makes refreshing lemonade without adding all that sugar. I used Trader Joe's white grape juice and Meyer lemons from my neighbors tree. Simple and delicious!
Here is a delicious, hot drink to make. I love to have some after a brisk walk around my neighborhood with my dog.
Pour 2 oz Apple Cider into a mug. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a fresh Navel Orange into the mug. In the meantime heat some water to boil. Fill an infuser with Trader Joe's mulling spices. Add the spices and fill water to the top. Let steep for about 4 minutes. Enjoy!
My Kindle, my keys, the local paper, Glamour magazine and Victoria magazine are all on my coffee table this morning. I plan to enjoy the coffee and read the San Francisco Chronicle on my Kindle. Later I will check the local paper for the Sudoku puzzle. I hope you enjoy this look at my coffee table. What does your coffee table hold?
Here is my natural cork collection from the last few months. I saved them in a yogurt container under the sink until I had enough to drop off. This is a cool recycling program that you should know about. I deposited my corks into the cork bin at my local Whole Foods market for the Cork Reharvest program. Recycled corks are given a new life as post consumer products such as cork tile floors. Transportation of the used corks is organized using trucks already in transit so the carbon impact of the program is close to zero! This saves our landfills and reduces the demand for cork production in the Mediterranean cork oak forests. It's a really great idea. Cheers!
I have a new coffee routine. I've traded in the old Mr Coffee maker for a greener alternative. I start with coarse ground, fair trade coffee from the bulk bins. I plug my electric tea kettle in my solar powered kitchen. I am amazed at how quickly the water heats up to the perfect temperature for the coffee press - 200 degrees. I put the coffee in the press, then the water and give it a quick stir. After 4 minutes I plunge and pour! Later, the coffee grounds will go right into the compost. My cup of coffee tastes so much better than the old coffee maker. Thanks to my facebook friends for your suggestions! I love to relax and enjoy my coffee break.
Here's our family recipe for Cauliflower Paprikash. People who aren't fond of cauliflower will eat this! And it's a great option for Meatless Monday. Enjoy!
1 head cauliflower, cut into small chunks 1 yellow onion, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 cup broth or sherry 1 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons Paprika Salt and Pepper
Heat oil, add onion and pepper. Saute over medium heat until soft. Add mushrooms and sprinkle with salt. Let mushrooms cook down. If veggies get too dry add a splash of broth or sherry. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add cauliflower, and remaining broth or sherry. Cover and cook until cauliflower is soft. Lower heat and add sour cream and paprika. Stir well. Cook until cream is heated through.
Serves 4. Serve over wide egg noodles, or brown rice. This makes a great meal served with seeded rolls and apple chicken sausage.