Monday, June 14, 2010

strawberry lemonade

(this was created by my 6 year old... tasty summer treat!)
4-5 strawberries (we pureeed with hand held blender)
2 squeezed lemons (juice)
1/3 c sugar or sweetener
mix all in pitcher, adding ice and water to fill.  Can garnish with fresh mint leaves.  Yum!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Refer back to ice cream post...
1 to 1 1/2 cup blended fruit (we like strawberry, or mixed berry or mango)
3/4 cup (can do 1/2 cup depending on sweetness of fruit!) sugar
mix well and pour in ice cream maker or container to freeze.

tamale pie

great use for leftover barbque, pork, hamburger meat, chicken or turkey...
~1 lb meat, if pulled, shred in food in bottom of large casserole dish, set aside.
in a bowl mix:
1 cup milk or unsweetened soy milk
2 eggs (or substitute)
1 c yellow corn meal
salt and pepper
1 tsp each garlic and onion powder
1/2 c grated cheese
1/2-1 stick melted butter
1 cup corn (I use fire roasted), blended
Mix well and pour over meat mixture. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
Serve with salad and black or refried beans.  Top with sour cream or salsa and tortilla chips!

corn meal buns

Our new favorite starch!  I do the dough in the bread machine... the dough cycle is so easy, throw ingredients in and leave alone... can leave in for hours and get back to it!
1 1/4 c water
1 equivalent egg replacer (or egg)
3 tbs sugar
6 tbs veg based butter, cut up
4 c bread flour
1/3 c nonfat dry milk, can exclude
4 tbs yellow corn meal
1 tbs +1 tsp wheat gluten
1 tsp salt, kosher
2 1/2 tsp machine yeast
put all ingredients in machine and set on dough cycle.  (Or mix with dough hook in mixer and cover and let rise at least 2 hours).  After either time above, turn dough out onto corn meal sprinkled cloth and cut into 12 pieces and place on parchment covered pan.   Let rise again 20-30 minutes.  Brush with melted butter or egg wash.  Place in oven and bake at 350 convection for 20 minutes.

Wonderful for homemade burgers or pulled pork sandwiches.  Great toasted for breakfast the next day, similar to english muffin, not as chewy!  Also great as corn dogs...when cutting dough, place hot dog inside and continue with rise process.
This is similar to a recipe in The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook  we adapted it to be egg/dairy free and added the cornmeal twist.