Broccoli chowder

15 Feb

Broccoli chowder (adapted from Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup at wellplated.com)

  • 1 c. carrots, julienne or grated
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 4 to 5 c. broccoli, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. meat (turkey/chicken), finely diced (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 c. frozen corn (optional)
  • 1/2 c. rice (optional)

If using the slow cooker: Place carrots, onion, broccoli, garlic, cream cheese, oregano, nutmeg, and broth in the crockpot on high 2 hrs. or low 4-6 hrs. (until broccoli is tender). Add the heavy cream and milk, then puree until smooth. Let cook on high until warmed through, then add cheese, salt to taste and pepper. Can also add in meat, corn, and/or rice and heat until warmed through.

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Spicy and Crisp Gingerbread Cookies

22 Dec

Spicy and Crisp Gingerbread Cookies (adapted from Extra-Spicy Gingersnaps at http://www.foodnetwork.com)

  • 2 1/2 c. einkorn flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. spicy paprika or cayenne
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c. unrefined dried whole cane sugar
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 egg whites

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the dry ingredients (first 8 ingredients). In the Assistent mixer, cream the butter and sugars until smooth using the cake batter whisks. Add in the egg whites one at a time. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the mixer with the wet ingredients. Once batter is uniformly mixed, you can refrigerate the batter for one hour to firm it up or spoon out 1 inch balls onto parchment paper on cookie sheets. The cookies spread out and get much larger, so give them lots of space.

Diced sweet potatoes and spices

22 Dec

Diced sweet potatoes and spices

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. spicy paprika or cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (375 degrees F if in hurry). Toss the sweet potato dices with the spices and oil. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread potatoes out in thin layer. Bake for one hour. Be careful not to burn.

Green lentil soup

15 Nov

Green lentil soup (adapted from joanne-eatswellwithothers.com)

  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin and chopped
  • ~1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 c. diced tomatoes, drained
  • 6 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 c. dry french green lentils or 3 c. presoaked lentils
  • 1 1/4 c. coconut milk
  • large handful chopped greens
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Saute the onion in the coconut oil ~5 min. Add the tomatoes, thyme, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Cook for another minute. Add the broth and lentils. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down, cover, and simmer. When lentils are soft (~25 min later), add the greens, coconut milk, and salt to taste. Heat until warmed through.

Good with tortilla chips on top. 

Venison Liver and Onions

28 Oct

Venison Liver and Onions

  • Butter and lard
  • Fresh venison liver, rinsed
  • 1 to 4 onions, cut in half and sliced
  • 5 stalks celery, cut into 3″ long pieces (optional)
  • 1 c. flour (used einkorn)
  • 1 to 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 to 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp. beef base (used better than bouillon)
  • ~1/2 c. water

Slice the venison liver into thin strips (can remove skin before hand if you want less chewy pieces, but not necessary). Place in medium sized bowl and cover with buttermilk. Set in refrigerator for at least one hour.

Saute the onions and celery in 2 Tbs. butter until soft (about 10 min) in a large deep pan. Remove and set aside.

Place the liver strips in a colander and drain. Whisk together the flour, salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Coat the strips with the flour mix (can use gallon bag to shake, can dip, etc…). Heat 2 Tbs. butter and 1 Tbs. lard in the large pan over medium high heat. Cook the liver strips, stirring occasionally. When the flours sticks to the bottom of the pan a bunch, add water and beef base. Add the cooked onions and celery. Cook until liver is cooked through (15 min. should do it).

Brine for raccoon

19 Oct

Brine for ~12 lb. raccoon (from heraldstandard.com)

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. kosher salt
  • 1 handful of fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbs. black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 gallon of water

Bring all the ingredients to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 quart of ice or more to cool the brine down quickly. Strain the brine into a large pot and soak quartered raccoon for 24 hrs.

Followup: Wrap in foil and put in crockpot on low for 6-8 hrs. After cooked, debone and mix with barbecue pizza sauce recipe, then freeze in batches.

Barbecue Pizza Sauce

19 Oct

Barbecue Pizza Sauce (adapted from seriouseats.com)

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves/2 tsp. garlic, crushed and minced or 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1/3 c. rapadura
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. molasses
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

Saute onion in olive oil until soft, about 5 min. Stir in garlic, cook until fragrant (about 30 sec). Add in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer ~20 min. Use immersion blender to puree until smooth.