Archive for June, 2015

 Total time 6 hrs. 15 minutes


  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 lbs carrots or 15 medium carrots, scrubbed, tops cut off, and chopped
  • 1 -2 small garlic cloves, pressed
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 12 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 4 -6 cups water or 4 -6 cups chicken broth, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 12-1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, 6 to 8 menutes, stirring often to cook evenly.
  2. Put the potatoes, carrots, garlic, and herbs in the slow cooker; add the onions and oil, scraping them out of the pan. Add enough of the water or broth to cover everything. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.
  3. Turn the cooker to LOW and cook until the vegetables are soft, 5 to 7 hours. Puree in batches in a food processor or right in the slow cooker with a handheld immersion blender; the soup will be nice and thick. Stir in the honey and grate the nutmeg right over the crock. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm on LOW without letting it come to a boil until serving. Ladle the hot soup into bowls and enjoy.

  • 1 cup corn (fresh grated off cob)
  • 12 cup flour
  • 12 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil with tiny piece of butter


  1. Scrape or grate corn from cob.
  2. Mix flour/ salt , herbs with egg and almond to make a batter.
  3. Stir in the corn.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil/butter  and fry until brown; turn over and brown other side.
  5. Serve hot either plain or with a ranch dip

(I use cast iron skillet and preheat on medium, melt butter into oil , turn to low  as cast iron on gas stove is pretty hot, soon as bubbles up, flip and cook other side until just golden brown with slight crisp)

Zucchini Pie
Photo by Christopher Baker
Hands-On Time 15 minutes
Total Time 80 minute
3 cups grated zucchini
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup grated provolone cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan.
  2. Spoon the zucchini mixture into a 10-inch round glass pie plate or metal pie pan that has been coated with vegetable cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with the reserved Parmesan. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 289
  • Calcium 255 mg
  • Carbohydrate 20 g
  • Cholesterol 122 mg
  • Fat 18 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Protein 12 mg
  • Sat Fat 6 g
  • Sodium 723 mg
Spicy Eggplant With Cauliflower and Basil
Photo by Ann Sratton
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 4


1 1/2 cups basmati rice
kosher salt
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen)
3 small or baby eggplants (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut lengthwise into wedges
1/2 head cauliflower (about 1 pound), broken into florets
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large


  1. Heat oven to 450º F.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the rice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 2 ¼ cups water and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer on low until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the garlic, ginger, oil, curry paste, 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, and ½ cup water. Toss with the eggplants and cauliflower.
  5. Transfer to a roasting pan in a single layer. Roast until tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding the chickpeas during the last 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the vegetables from oven and toss with the bean sprouts and basil. Place 1 cup of rice on each of 4 plates and top with some of the vegetable

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories 537
  • Calcium 89 mg
  • Carbohydrate 79 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Fat 20 g
  • Fiber 12 g
  • Iron 5 mg
  • Protein 13 mg
  • Sat Fat 3 g
  • Sodium 1140 mg

German pancake with apples in cast iron skillet

  • Total Time 35 minutes

Serves 2

 This pancake is more akin to Yorkshire pudding than to griddle cakes, since both are based on light batters and baked at high temperatures. The pancake puffs up dramatically in the oven. Simplify the recipe by skipping the apples and serving with just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.


  • 2 Golden Delicious or other sweet apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 5-6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, plus sugar for dusting
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss together the apple slices, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 5-6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, adjusting the amount of sugar to the tartness of the apples.

Place a heavy, oven-proof 10-12-inch frying pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter, allow to melt and then add the apple mixture. Sauté until the apples are tender but not misshapen, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a separate pan over low heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a bowl, combine the eggs and milk and whisk until well blended. Sift together the flour and salt. Slowly pour the sifted ingredients into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add the melted butter and whisk until a smooth batter forms.

Arrange the apple slices around the bottom of the frying pan. Pour the batter evenly over the top. Immediately place in the oven and bake until quite golden and puffed up, about 20 minutes. Turn out the pancake onto a warmed platter, apple-side up. Drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice and dust with the extra confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately.

Potato and Onion Flat Bread
 Hands-On Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced into circles
1 russet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon whole rosemary needles
 kosher salt and black pepper

cornmeal for the skillet
1 package (about 1 pound)  refrigerated pizza dough


  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Transfer the onion to a bowl. Add the potato, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and toss. Set aside.
  3. Wipe out the skillet, turn it upside down, and sprinkle the bottom with cornmeal.
  4. On a work surface, with your hands or a rolling pin, gently shape the dough into a round the same size as the skillet.
  5. Place the dough on the bottom of the skillet. Top with the potato mixture, arranged evenly, leaving a 1-inch border.
  6. Transfer the skillet to oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Slice the flat bread into wedges.
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