Yesterday was Egg Day So Today I make Thanksgiving Noodles! (Got Eggs from Harry the Egg Man Down the Road.)
|Holiday's are not holidays in our family without the home made noodles.|
|Tomatoes in my kitchen window.|
|Green and partially green tomatoes ripening in one dinning room window.|
|The third window of ripening tomatoes!|
|You do need a sharp knife to slice them!|
|The vintage doilies add to the "character" of the patchwork coverlet.|
|Doilies come in various sizes and colors I have found!|
Late Sunday afternoon our middle son called and they were on their way here from Indianapolis where they had attended the High School's band contest. He said they would be picking up pizza and heading over to treat us for Sunday supper! Soooo.......I hurried up and baked two of their favorite pies for dessert!
I keep two sticks of butter cut into dice and in my freezer for times like these. It is a fast start to Food Processor French Pie Pastry! And, here is the link for this favorite recipe! thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2014/09/french-pie-pastry-in-food-processor.html
Then to mix up a Buttermilk pie filling and a Pumpkin pie filling and bake. And here are these links for the fillings. thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2010/11/buttermilk-pie-my-oh-my.html and thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2011/11/pumpkin-bourbon-pie.html If you do not care for bourbon, just leave it out!
We have a great supper with lots of catching up and conversation, good food, and very little mess!
|Two sticks of butter cut into dice and frozen.|
|Beautiful and delicious pie pastry from the processor.|
|We ALL love Buttermilk Pie!|
|And we love Pumpkin pie too.|
We have a great supper with lots of catching up and conversation, good food, and very little mess!
|Every fall I always make Gingersnaps and this is my mot favorite recipe!|
|This 1-2-3 banana bread is as easy as it gets!|
|Mmmmm! Need I say more?|
and shredded cabbage for Cole slaw I heard my cell phone and it was a weather alert! Winter Storm warning. NO, I am not ready for this! Not yet!
Oh gees! The days have already been so grey. That is bad enough but for the early cold and now snow before Thanksgiving. Uncommon her but not unheard of. And then all of the illness and hard times that have befallen those I love.
So much for my pity party. Get on with it and rejoice in so many things! Not in any particular order.
1. I live in the USA. While I strongly disagree with the direction things are currently headed we still are a wonderful nation and have been so very blessed. I will remember to thank God every day for this and for those who guard and protect us all.
2. My wonderful husband and family. I will thank God every day for every one of them.
3. Clean air and water. I will thank God every day for this.
4. Food and our home and Molly. I will thank God every day for this.
5. Prayer. I will speak with God every day through this.
Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. (KJV)
|Make in your oven or in a dehydrator at home.|
I remember Alton Brown rigging a dryer out of a box fan and furnace filters. I don't think I want to do that but with an oven and a home dehydrator there is potential for coming up with a decent jerky I hope.
This morning I have been on a quest for potential recipes. Many are similar to Alton's. I found a top ten list in Men's Journal and between them and Alton I hope to be inspired!
|2 1/2 pounds sirloin.|
Ingredients for Alton Brown's JERKY:
2 pounds red meat (beef, elk, bear, venison, wild boar, or any critter you can hunt)
2/3 C. Worcestershire sauce
2/3 C. Soy sauce
2 t. ground black pepper
2 t. onion powder
1 t. liquid smoke
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 T. honey
|Semi-frozen meat slices much easier.|
|Remove and fat or gristle.|
|Mix the brine in the bag.|
|Push out excess air, flatten into a flat container, and refrigerate.|
Remove the meat from the brine and drain well, pat it dry and discard the brine.
|This recipe smells wonderful as it drys!|
If using your oven spray the racks. Next you can place a drip pan on the bottom of the oven to catch any drips then turn the oven's heat to the lowest setting. Place the strips across the racks and prop the door open with a wad of foil. Leave until dry and leather like. I would check every hour or so to start.
Or dry per mfg. instructions in a food dehydrator.
I am very pleased with the way these turned out. They are very flavorful. I like to send to work with my husband in the event he does not have time for lunch. It is a much better snack than chips or candy!
This was a much less messy endeavor than my past attempts due to the use of the non stick cooking spray and the semi-freezing of the meat before slicing. Both made this a snap. I load the dryer shelves in the dishwasher and am done.
|All of the binding has come loose and I am carefully making repairs.|
|I love these bright colors and the yellow she bound it with!|
|The happy quilt!|
|Wild Indiana Persimmons are usually about the size of an English |
|They grow on Persimmon trees and are full of hard black seeds between the size of watermelon and pumpkin seeds.|
The recipe for her Persimmon Pudding is at this earlier link if you would like to see more about it. thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2011/12/old-fashioned-persimmon-pudding-my.html
Today I am making something new Persimmon Bread. My husband's friend who had the trees from where these fruits came Saturday asked my to make him Persimmon Bread so I am testing recipes today!
|I cannot think of another way to remove the seeds from the pulp than a food mill.|
|I add the juice of a half of a fresh lemon to 3-4 cups of pulp.|
|I have seen persimmon pulp compared to apricots and honey. They do sort of look that way!|
|The loaf came out a dark glossy jewel like loaf.|
1 3/4 C. flour
3/4 t. kosher salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 1/4 C. sugar
1 stick (1/2 C.) cooled melted butter
2 large lightly beaten eggs
1/3 C. Kentucky bourbon (Cognac, bourbon, or whiskey will due)
1 C. persimmon pulp
1/8 t. Fiori Di Sicilia (intense citrus vanilla flavoring) You may substitute grated orange zest and vanilla)
1 C. pecans rough chop
1 C. golden raisins
Butter loaf pan and line with parchment paper or dust with flour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir altogether well.
Spread into the prepared pan and bake 1 hour or until a skewer placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool. Yield 1 large loaf.
|It is truly delicious!|
|Steaming hot oyster stew serve with crisp saltines.|
|Drain the liquor from the fresh oysters and reserve for the stew.|
Ingredients for Oyster Stew:
1 pint fresh shucked oysters, drain and save the liquor
1 C. sliced celery
1/2 C. diced onions
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 C. milk
1 C. cream or half and half
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
pinch of Cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce to taste
juice of 1/2 small lemon
|Saute the vegetables.|
|Add the liquor, cream, and milk.|
|Eggs and Tomatoes|
It has been tough going lately but I was very happy this morning when I weighed and say more pounds gone without my even thinking about it or making any special efforts. Perhaps I have just made piece with what has come to work for me? I am happy if that is the case! The tough going has nothing to do with eating but with the happenings in life to those we love. But that being said it has kept me from the normal flow of things. Here is the link explaining the program as it started. thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2011/09/slow-carb-diet-how-to-lose-20-pounds-in.html
Starting and stopping when I had lost interest I lost 30 pounds and never gained it back. Recently I started up again and as of today have lost an additional 15 pounds so that is a total loss of 45 glorious pounds! You may recall the essence of losing the weight is that I have eminent knee surgery in the future and I am trying to make this easier on ME.
|Tomatoes and Eggs|
|Scrambled eggs with asparagus and zucchini.|
I very very rarely drink any calories sticking to plain (reverse osmosis) filtered ice water for the past three years, The exception to this is if we happen to eat out I will often order a plain with sugar Coke rather than drink the chemicals in the water I feel exist here. I do NOT consume any artificial sweeteners or chemicals EVER if I can help it.
Some of the easy changes I attribute the weight loss are I cook chili with no pasta but make it on the side with the shredded cheese for those who prefer it that way. I never have to any big extent.
I use a lot of onions and turnips and cut down on potatoes in soups and stews, which is delicious! When I just have to have a piece of toast with butter I make rye bread toast which I love instead of white or wheat.
When you have the FREE day to enjoy anything you have a craving for or just want it makes life good. For me, it is to the point now I don't even change much on the free day with the exception of adding dessert and potatoes to Sunday Dinner. I also fudge a little buy running my FREE time from Saturday night to Sunday night. This way if we happen to go out on Saturday night I can do what I want. Often I stay on the program but I like to think I have the option.
|Oven zucchini fries with horseradish sour cream sauce.|
|Zucchini spaghetti can either be microwaved with a little olive oil or dropped into salted boiling water 2-3 minutes depending on what you prefer.|
|Topping zucchini shreds with sauteed shrimp in hot sauce is our favorite!|
We also enjoy a lot of soups for suppers loaded up with vegetables, barley, mushrooms, and more so the longer I concentrate on this life style as they say the easier it gets. Just saying......
Recently I went to the doctor with my husband and a new person introduced herself as the patient advocate. Being a devotee of cynicism I jumped to the conclusion it was another step of the governments sticking it's nose in our business. This still may be a correct case but she had screened Brian and found him to be "pre" diabetic. In the spiel that commenced and in her questioning it sounded like we have in the adjusting of our diet already done for the most part what she was recommending to avoid it's occurrence.
Hope this encourages folks to make their diet work for them. It seems to be working for us.
|I pin and trim and as I go I turn the quilt on the table to get to the next section.|
The quilt top measures 6 1/2' by 7 1/2' so it is nice and big but it will be awkward to work on because of the size. I start by lining up the backing on the corner of my dinning room table with all of the leaves in. With Brian's help we laid the batting on top lining up the starting corner and sides. It was much easier with a little help! Next we placed the pieced top on the batting forming the three layers of the quilt.
|The new long straight pins did make this go with more ease.|
|Honking big gaudy basting stitches!|
|The basting is done at about a 6" interval in a rectangular spiral pattern from the outside in.|
|Luscious and delicious this French Oven Beef Stew was perfect on the evening of our first hard frost.|
|Easy one pot meals herald the fall season and coming of winter.|
3 pounds beef stew meat cubed (recipe asked for 2 pounds)
2 onions cut in eights
3 stalks celery in 1" dice
4 large carrots in 1" dice
1 can undiluted tomato soup (recipe called for 1 C. tomato juice)
1/3 C. quick tapioca
1 T. sugar
1 T. salt
1 t. pepper (recipe asked for 1/4 t.)
1/2 t. basil
2 potatoes cut into 1" chunks
1 can beef stock
NOTE: You may as I did substitute a 2 1/2 pound bag of frozen stew vegetables for all of the listed vegetables. Skipping the add potatoes step.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
|Brown the chunks of beef.|
|Adding a 2 1/2 pound bag of frozen stew vegetables really makes this a Quick Fix meal.|
|Soup, stock, tapioca, and seasonings are whisked together.|
Add the potatoes and return to the oven in covered casserole for an hour longer. Yield 6-8 servings.
What a nice warming dish for a cold dreary fall day! Baked a batch of Cinnadoodles to have for dessert! thehiddenpantry.blogspot.com/2011/09/cinnadoodles-great-new-cookie.html