Monthly Archives: July 2020

Zucchini chocolate chip muffins

I am sitting on the porch again writing today’s blog. So far no turkey or hawk sightings but the hummingbirds are always around and always hungry. Last weeks post I mentioned there were around 6 baby turkey’s. Later that day they all showed up in my back yard and there was actually 12 of them running around. I tried to get a picture but they would not cooperate at all.
IMG_3121Guess what my garden has been over producing? Yup you are correct here we go again with the zucchini recipes.  I haven’t made anything other then grilling them with olive oil, salt and pepper but the baking is about to begin; I shared this recipe a couple of years ago. I have been seeing a blueberry zucchini bread floating around on Facebook and I may just have to check it out or some resemblance of it. If I like it stay tuned as I am sure I will share it.
IMG_3112I am not sure if I mentioned how much it has turned into animal kingdom around here since my dog passed away. I have since apologized to him; in my own way. He pretty much was an indoor / outdoor dog meaning he asked to go outside ALL the time and at night we would just run around and bark. We figured he was just crazy but I now believe there were actually things out there he was barking at. We have had several bears, tons of deer and this is the first year I have seen a bobcat around here. I am hoping to see a Moose before the end of the summer but it’s been awhile since we have had one of those in yard. I can only hope my brother-in-law Michael will be here for that. It’s on his bucket list to see a moose. Whenever he is here he is always on the lookout for one.  
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

great way to use up some of your harvest

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or substitute 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded/drained
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Combine in a large bowl the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • In another bowl mix egg, oil, milk, lemon and vanilla.
  • Stir wet ingredients into the dry till combined. Fold in zucchini, chips and walnuts.  
  • Fill cups about ⅔ full
  • Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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BBQ Brisket Nachos

Current situation is me sitting on my porch with a cup of tea, the hummingbirds having breakfast and watching a turkey and what looks like a half dozen little ones sneaking across my field. Ooooh a hawk just flew over, he either didn’t notice or he’s thinking of coming in for a sneak attack. I’ll keep you posted.
Update: the Mom turkey watched the hawk the entire time and then shortly there after they all jumped the stone wall and into the woods.
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So I mentioned last week that I was making a brisket; and I did. It marinated for 2 days before I threw it in the oven for about 6 hours. I know not ideal for summer months but I found brisket at the store so I bought it.

I wanted to share with you a couple of things I made with it. because I don’t think they make small briskets or at least I have never seen one. Mine was a little over 8 pounds. Besides just grabbing a chunk and eating it by itself. We of course had it for dinner with mashed potatoes and some carrots.  

During the week I made shepherds pie with it. I had this at a BBQ joint a couple of years ago and went back again for more. So I have been wanting to make it ever since. I Shredded some of the meat to fill the bottom of my baking dish and I use a combination of whole kernel corn and creamed corn and then topped it with mashed potatoes and some shredded cheddar cheese and baked it till golden brown and bubbly.
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Yesterday I finished it up by shredding the leftovers and I also had a little of the BBQ sauce I made and I added the rest of that to the brisket and then made a tray of nachos. It was so good I highly recommend; if you are not going to make a brisket; when you see BBQ brisket nachos on the menu; give it a try!

BB Brisket Nachos

dclarkabal
Brisket several uses

Ingredients
  

Brisket marinade

  • 2 cans beef consomme
  • 1 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or mix it up for some salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 5-7 cloves chopped garlic
  • 8-10 pound brisket

BBQ sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nachos

  • 1 bag corn tortilla chips I like the scoops so you can fill them
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1-2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • leftover brisket shredded
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions
 

Brisket instructions

  • Combine the beef consomme, soy sauce, lemon juice, liquid smoke and garlic in a large roasting pan; if you need to use a disposable pan. Place the brisket in the marinade, fat-side up. Cover tightly with foil. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.
  • when you are ready; pre-heat oven to 300'F
  • keeping the foil on the pan cook the brisket until fork-tender, about 40 minutes per pound (6 to 7 hours). Transfer to a cutting board, slice against the grain and put the slices back into the cooking liquid. Serve immediately, spooning the juice over the slices
  • You can store the meat in the juice in the fridge for a couple of days, remove the fat once it solidifies.

BBQ Sauce

  • combine all the ingredients together until smooth

Nachos

  • fill your dish with chips; if using scoops; turn them into cups and fill with the BBQ sauced brisket, sprinkle with cheese and bake in a 350'F oven for about 20 minutes, till the cheese is melted and they are lightly browned.
  • once removed from the oven, add the diced tomatoes and the chopped lettuce. cover with dollops of sour cream and serve warm

 

easy BBQ sauced short ribs

Good morning and I hope you are all well and still hanging in there – I hope some day we are doing more than just hanging in there. 2020 is in my opinion kicking our ass and taking names. The whole saying that things come in 3’s I am fairly certain went out the window a few months ago.
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On the lighter side my garden is doing much better; well to the extent we harvested the garlic and it is currently drying and I wasn’t disappointed with what we got; some years I wonder why I keep planting it; OK that’s a lie I will ALWAYS plant garlic. We got to the potatoes before the worms did. And it looks like zucchini will be the winning crop this year. Local friends in need come on over my husband just picked a dozen before 6 am this morning and he is currently out there as I write this.
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Before March I was the primary grocery shopper in the house. For a few months that role changed to my husband. I do go once in a while now and the last two times I was SO glad I did. We were making a list for the store and for the most part my husband went off the list. I will admit if I saw something that piqued my interest I would easily stray from my list.  Case in point I found beautiful short ribs at one store and was super excited to find brisket at another. I have had brisket on my list for about a month now and it has been marinating in my fridge for almost 48 hours. That’s whats for dinner tonight!
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Back to the short ribs, they were probably the nicest, boneless short ribs I have ever picked up so I was excited to cook them. I made a really easy BBQ sauce and baked them in the oven. We are not huge BBQ sauce people. I mean we like it and definitely make and eat it but it’s not our go to if you get my drift. However when we were eating dinner there were a lot of compliments going around about the sauce; most notably was that I could sell it. Plus the BBQ sauced ribs were still being mentioned a week later. So safe to say this recipe is a keeper!
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Easy BBQ sauced short ribs

easy slow baked boneless short ribs
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 14 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds boneless short ribs
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

BBQ sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300' F
  • season the ribs liberally with salt and pepper on both sides, place the ribs in a 9x13 dish
  • combine all the BBQ sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir till smooth
  • Pour about a 1/2 cup over the ribs. Flip the ribs over and spoon another 1/2 cup of the sauce over top. Reserve the remaining BBQ sauce to spoon over the cooked ribs.
    Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for 2-1/2 hours. Remove the foil and, if the cooking liquid is covering the meat, remove some of the liquid so that the tops are exposed.
  • Cook for 30 minutes more, uncovered, until the meat is tender and browned. If needed cut off any excess fat that remains around the short ribs (I did not need to do this) Transfer the short ribs to a serving platter. Slather the reserved BBQ sauce over the short ribs and serve.
Keyword bbq sauce, boneless short ribs, easy slow baked

Bacon wrapped Dates

Hope you are well and still healthy!
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How often do you take a look at what is in the back of your cupboards? Me not very often. Take in point I had bought duck sauce at the store quite some time ago. At least I thought I bought it, I recall it on my list and that was that.  I had some left over fried rice that could use a little sauce to spruce it up again. I “looked” which means basically I took a look around and ended up making my own with some apples sauce.
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I had purchased it and it was not a small jar so I have no idea how I missed it. too late for what I wanted but there it is.
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The other day I went through the cupboard between the stove and fridge and moved things to the front, threw out a couple of things and found a package of dates that apparently don’t go bad because they have been in the house for a long time. I personally do not have a love or hate for dates, my daughter was the one who buys them and she is the one that made these for a snack for us this past Wednesday. They were really good so here you go! Try them or make up your own very easy and just enough sweet and salty.
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bacon wrapped dates

sweet and salty appetizer
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 20-24 dried dates
  • 4 ounces goat or bleu cheese
  • 12-16 ounces bacon
  • add an almond for a little crunch

Instructions
 

  • pre-heat oven to 375'F. Arrange rack in the middle of the oven.
    Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, and place a cooling rack on top of the tinfoil
    Cut a slit the dates with a pairing knife. Use your thumbs to open the date slightly. Remove the pits if your dates still has them
    Stuff with your date using a spoon with your cheese; use the back of the spoon to press the cheese into the date. Press the date closed.
    Wrap the dates with bacon. cut the strips of bacon in half crosswise. Wrap each date with a half strip of bacon.
    Arrange the dates on the baking sheet. Evenly spaced.
    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and take them out of the oven when the bacon is crispy.
Keyword bacon stuffed dates

 

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