Inspired by an Affair

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Last year some friends and I partook in a tasty affair, Wine Roads Annual Food and Wine Affair, if you haven’t gone to this event check it out, it’s tasty and fun. I thought I remember this being a delicious recipe, but it was towards the end of a very long, hard day of wine tasting anything could have been delicious, or not, I don’t recall.    

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The winery, who’s name I also do not recall, served this on tri-tip. I served it on chicken that was marinated in white wine, herbs, lemon and a lot of garlic. I added a few herbs, changed the amount, added more acid and used black forest bacon. I don’t care for black forest bacon, it’s not nearly as flavorful as regular or apple-wood bacon. I took the left over chicken added it to some lettuce and called it a salad. I added some extra lemon and vinegar, then some water to the chimichurri and turned it into a salad dressing. I love this stuff!.

Bacon Chimichurri  

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¼ C garlic cloves
1 C flat-leaf parsley leaves, we used ½ the grocery store bunch.
½ C oregano leaves, we used a whole grocery store bunch
½ C cliantro
3 green onions
¼  cup rice vinegar
½ C lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
1 Colive oil
½ lb bacon

Salt and pepper
big pinch of chili powder

Roughly chop the bacon. Cook it in pan on the stove over med heat. When done, remove the bacon, chop into small pieces, save the grease.

In the bowl of a food processor add the garlic though the lemon zest. Pulse the everything about 5 times, for 2-3 seconds each time, until everything is chopped up.

To herb mixture, add ⅓ cup, give or take, of the bacon pieces and 2 Tablespoons of the bacon grease.

Turn the food processor on and slowly stream in the oil.

Season with salt, pepper and the chili powder.

The Seeds of my Soul

came from my Grandma.  We have many difference but we have very many similarities. I am beyond grateful for her and the family that she gave me. 

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My Grandma makes hands down the most loved carrot cake I have even come into contact with. I have been for bidden to give her recipe away.  A few years ago my Grandma made recipe binders for all the girls in the family. Real binder, a 2 inch binder full of recipes. Almost all of the recipes came from family member or have been in her collection for years.  Before handing over the ‘family bibles’ we each received a contract to sign. Stating that if we ever divulge the information in the binders that she would come haunt us in our sleep.  Not one ounce of my  being doubt her threat in anyway.  

 

This is a version of her carrot cake recipe. It’s my version and many ingredients are different. And, hell, I love the lady if she wants to come visit me in my dreams, why not?

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Healthy-er Carrot Cake:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Cups oil
  • 1 Cup apple sauce
  • 1 Cups sugar
  • ½ Cup honey
  • 1½  Cup Flour Whole Wheat flour
  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teas. cinnamon
  • 2 Teas. baking soda
  • 1/2 Teas. salt
  • 1 Cup pureed carrots (steam, boil or bake then run though the food processor)
  • 2 Cups shredded carrots
  • 3 large eggs

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Mix sugar, honey, apple sauce and oil

add all the dry ingredients. 

Mix

Add carrots, both shredded and pureed, and the eggs.

Mix well

Add some toasted nuts and raisins if you’re into that.

Bake at 350 degrees, until you can poke it with a toothpick and the toothpick comes out clean.

About 45 mins for a 9×13. About 25 mins for cupcakes.

 

 

Icing:

  • 2 8 oz cream cheese softened (It’s ok to use the light one, I go half and half)
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 teas vanilla    
  • 2 boxes powdered sugar
  • a few table spoons of maple syrup

Mix everything together, add milk if you need the icing thinner.

 

           

 

 

Genuine Health Chocolate Protein Waffle

20120319-130728.jpgMy friend Nocole work for Genuine Health. They are a pretty awesome company and make some pretty cool stuff. Check some of it out http://shop.genuinehealth.com/

I cleverly used my cooking skills to trick her into giving me some samples in exchange for recipes. I’ve kinda fell flat on my side of the deal.

Until now, the man friend wanted waffles… I wanted something chocolate, i mean healthy. We had these.

In all honesty these were pretty good… The waffle maker did nothing for them except change the shape, they would be great pancakes as well.

Genuine Health Chocolate Protein Waffle

Ingredients

1/2 cup egg white, whipped if you can
1 tbsp Agave Nectar
2 tsp Granulated Sugar
1.5 tbsp Canola Oil
2 Scoops Genuine Health vegan proteins+ Chocolate
1/2 cup Flour, white
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
.5 tsp Salt
1 cup Almond Low Fat Vanilla Milk (Pacific Natural Organic)
1 tbs Giant Baking Cocoa-Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Directions

If you can whip up the egg whites, if you can then proceed, other wise up add them out of the carton.

Add eggs, agave, sugar, oil and cocoa powder together. I used a hand bender for this, it’s wonderful!
When that’s all mixed, add the baking powder, salt, protein, wheat and white flour. Mix again, then add 1/2 cup of the almond milk, mix again….Continue to add the milk as needed until you get a regular waffle mix consistency.

I used Pam on my waffle maker and used 5 of 8 for the heat setting, leaving each batch in the waffle iron for about 7 minutes

Serving Size: 8 4 inch square waffles

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Summer fake out

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This weekend was beautiful! The graceful rays of summer time sunshine warmed my soul. But it’s March, not summer time. I went with mother natures confusion an celebrated, I made fake Blood Orange Margaritas for the fake summer day.

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Fake out Blood Orange Margaritas
Makes 2

Fill a blender with 2 cups of ice
Add
3/4 of a can of lemon lime soda
The juice of 2 blood orange and a lemon
2 Tbl agave
Tequila, to taste recommend about 1/2 cups.
Blend until frothy.

Enjoy with friends.

40 days and 40 nights….

It’s Lent, pretty much the only religious practice I follow.

LV and I are giving up sugar, processed sugar. Don’t laugh too hard, we might make it a day or two. We stashed all the candy we had at our desk in empty cubes at work…hope we don’t get ants.

A foodie friend of mine at work is giving up meat, and all animal products….what! Enzo had this to say about all that crazy business:

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You can read more about her adventure, both with and without meat here

I made her a rice salad….

If you would like to try this tasty meatless dish you can download the recipe here.

Wild Rice Salad

4-Cups cooked Wild Rice
4-6 Celery Stalks, sliced thin
8-Green Onions, sliced
2-Cups Thawed frozen peas (petite size works best; do not cook)
1+ Cup Pine Nuts, not salted (toasted, see #2 below)
¾-1 Cup Dried Cranberries
½-cup chopped parsley
Salt/Pepper to taste

Dressing:
½ Cup Olive Oil
¼ Cup Red Wine Vinegar, I used a white raspberry balsamic
Juice of half a Lemon
2 TBSP. Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP. Mixed dried herbs
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tsp. honey,
1 clove garlic, minced

 

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl gently mix cooked cooled rice, celery, green onions, parsley, peas, dried cranberries, pine nuts and dressing.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Chill completely before serving.

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Party notes:

Set up as much as you can the night before.

Don’t serve appetizers with brunch, it’s confusing and people fill up before the real food comes out.

When boys say they’ll come help clean up in exchange for food, they mean they’ll clean up some of the food, the part they want to eat.

I used strictly bottles of wine as prizes….Probably should offer something else too.

A 5 inch box of cookies is much larger than it sounds.

I have a secret crush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  http://spoonforkbacon.com/

 

 

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