Thursday, November 24, 2011


Saute in 2 sticks of butter:
3 1/2 c. chopped celery
3+ c. chopped onion

1 t. thyme
1 1/2 t. salt
2 t. rubbed sage
1 t. pepper

Separately, in large bowl:
1 loaf of Brownberry Health Nut bread, cubed
15 oz. sliced mushrooms
1/3 c. craisins
1/3 c. raisins
3/4 c. walnuts

Pour butter mixture over bread mixture and stir to combine.

I put mine in the oven for an hour, or in the crock pot, and topped it with some pomegranate seeds since I had them on hand.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blackberry Pie

I started here:

But, (as usual) I made some substitutions.  Not that this pie needs any, as I've tasted the original.  Here it is anyway:

1/2 of the flour was whole wheat
2 T. cornstarch vs. 1.5T
1/2 t. ground cloves vs. 1 t. cinnamon
and finally, blackberries instead of apples

Verdict: Mmmm!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

The Biscuits:

I liked them a lot.  I will try them again.  I used brown sugar instead of white.

The Gravy:
most of the drippings from 1 lb. of breakfast sausage
about 1/3 c. flour (some whole wheat)
enough rice milk to make it saucy
salt and pepper to taste

My gravy was too thick and salty, but otherwise, it was a good meal.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thai Pork Burritos

from my cousin-in-law Kara, from Nancy

I often do this without the pork, and serve it with whole grain tortillas


1 lb. ground pork (ground turkey works too)

2 T grated ginger root

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 bag coleslaw mix

1 tsp. sesame oil

3 T soy sauce

2 T lime juice

½ tsp. crushed red pepper

Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

8 flour tortillas


1. Heat dutch oven over high heat. Add pork. Cook, crumble & stir 4-5 minutes or until pork is no longer pink.

2. Add ginger, garlic, onion & coleslaw mix. Stir-fry with with pork 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are wilted.

3. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except tortillas & cilantro. Add to skillet. Stir constantly to blend all ingredients well.

4. Spoon into tortillas. Garnish with cilantro. Roll up.

If you’re really feeling adventurous, this also makes a great filling for egg rolls – use the directions on the egg roll wrapper package. Yum!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Accidental Vegetable Goulash

from the Vegetarian Bean and Barley Soup recipe at this link:

Saute in 1 T. butter, 1 T. olive oil:
I minced onion
4 ribs of celery, chopped
4 larger carrots, chopped
approx. 3/4 c. cauliflower
2 cans of vegetable broth, and also added some water
2 cans of crushed tomatoes.
2 cans of beans
1 1/2 + c. pearled barley
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. basil
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. thyme

Bring to a boil, simmer for 1 hour.

Served with cornbread muffins from my brother's recipe.

Verdict: good, filling.