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Rutabaga and Potato Mash

February 17, 2020

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I love potatoes and was looking for a way to enjoy mashed potatoes with a little twist. This was an excellent side dish — perfect for ham, steaks, pork, chicken, or whatever you have planned.

You will need:

  • 3 rutabagas, peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 8 T butter, divided
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1 c panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3/4 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c cream
  • 1/2 c fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 c grated Parmesan, divided

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Then you will…

  1. Put the rutabaga and potato pieces into a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft enough to mash, about 12-15 minutes.
  2. Drain and return to the pot.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and the milk.
  4. Mash until fairly smooth.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a deep casserole dish (should be able to hold about 8 cups) with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle the inside with 1/3 cup of the breadcrumbs.
  6. In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
  7. Sauté the onion until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  8. Mix the onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg into the mashed mixture.
  9. In medium bowl, combine the eggs with the cream. Mix into the mashed mixture.
  10. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan and all of the chives.
  11. Spread the mash mixture in your prepared casserole dish.
  12. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter (melted), with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan and remaining 2/3 c of breadcrumbs.
  13. Spread the topping on the mash mixture and lightly season with pepper on top.
  14. Bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly golden.
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Braised Red Cabbage

February 11, 2020

This is a simple and delicious side dish. It is great with pork or roasted chicken.

You will need:

  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 c red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled with the non-root end sliced off slightly to make flat
  • 24 whole cloves
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 tart apples, peeled and cored and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 c cold water

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Then you will…

  1. Remove the outer layers of the cabbage. Quarter it and finely slice it into ribbons.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the honey, red wine vinegar and salt.
  3. Mix in the cabbage and allow to sit for an hour, stirring periodically.
  4. Stud the onion with the cloves.
  5. In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  6. Add the shallots and apple, and saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Mix in the cabbage.
  8. Create a space in the middle for the onion.
  9. Add the bay leaves and water.
  10. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour until soft.

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Green Curry Noodle Soup

January 18, 2020

Our toddler is on a soup kick, and this is a great one! We usually roast the butternut squash on the weekend. Then this becomes a super quick and delicious weeknight dinner.

You will need:

  • 3 c butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper of your color choice, chopped or sliced thinly
  • 4 oz green curry paste
  • 2 c stock (recommend vegetable)
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) coconut milk
  • 12 oz frozen chopped broccoli
  • Packaged, cooked udon noodles (ours were about 15 oz worth), prepped according to the directions
  • Small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a large, edged baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
  2. Toss your squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil plus the salt and pepper.
  3. Spread on the baking sheet and roast about 15 minutes. You want it to be soft enough to eat but not so soft it falls apart.
  4. In a large soup pot or a high-sided nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Mix in the garlic and bell pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the curry paste until starting to be fragrant.
  8. Mix in the coconut milk, stock and broccoli. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the roasted squash, noodles, scallions, cilantro, lime zest and juice.
  10. Allow to simmer about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Summer Pesto Pasta

August 27, 2019

This is another amazing summer recipe, perfect for lunches and picnics and family dinners. It is great warm or cold. We swapped in feta for Parmesan and walnuts for pine nuts for a fun, updated pesto.

You will need:

  • 1 c fresh basil
  • 1/3 c walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 c feta
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 lb of your favorite shaped noodles, cooked to al dente (we used some twisty cavatappi)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters or halves
  • Optional: 1/4 c light cream

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Then you will…

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the fresh basil with the walnuts and garlic until roughly chopped.
  2. Add the feta, olive oil, pepper and salt and blend until smooth.
  3. If the pesto feels thick, add more olive oil a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Mix together the cooked noodles with the corn, tomatoes, and pesto. (Optional: slightly warm the cream and mix in for a richer dish).
  5. Serve for happy tummies!
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Dijon-Glazed Roast Carrots

January 23, 2019

Super simple and delicious. How could it be better? This easy side dish is great with pork, chicken, steak, lamb…you name it!

You will need:

  • 16 oz baby carrots, cut into half-inch slices (recommend on a bias)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 T brown sugar

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the carrots, olive oil, pepper, and pepper in a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to brown.
  4. In a small bowl, melt the butter.
  5. Stir in the mustard and brown sugar.
  6. Toss the carrots with the mustard mixture and roast another 5 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Cranberry Cake

December 31, 2018

I am loving cooking with my toddler. He was very excited to help with this cake, and we all loved that it was not ultra sweet. The cranberries and lemon make it a very bright cake, even for the winter.

You will need:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries, picked through to discard any that have gone soft
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Approx. 1 c powdered sugar

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  4. Mix in half of the flour and the sour cream.
  5. Mix in the remaining flour.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spread into the prepared bundt pan.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until golden on the sides. A tester in the middle should come out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  10. Allow to cool another 15 minutes before icing.
  11. In a small bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice with the powdered sugar to make a smooth glaze. Drizzle over the cake before serving.

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One Pot Mac n Cheese

October 4, 2018

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Easy, cheesy and perfectly comforting. This simple mac n cheese comes together in one pot on your stovetop. If you want a cheesier taste, you could omit the pureed veg.

You will need:

  • 1 lb elbow or pipette noodles
  • 5 c milk
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz pureed carrot baby food
  • 4 oz pureed pumpkin baby food
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 4 c freshly shredded cheddar
  • Optional: crispy fried onions, roughly chopped (like you put on a green bean casserole)

Then you will…

  1. In a large saucepan, combine pasta with the milk, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow to cook until the pasta is just tender, another 5-6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter, carrot and pumpkin purees, mustard and cheddar until everything is mixed well and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve hot with crispy fried onions sprinkled on top!
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