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Summertime Burgers – The Vegetarian Way

21 Jun

Cheese, onion, and California Avocado on a homemade roll.

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Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy burger topped with all their favorite toppings?  We love to make Morningstar grillers meatless burgers on the grill!  http://www.morningstarfarms.com/msfhome.html My burger has a slice  of California Avocado,  http://www.avocado.org/  Sweet  Onion and cheddar cheese. (I buy cheese that has no hormones or animal rennet) Of course I could make my own burger, but these are so delicious.  My burger is on a homemade bread roll made by my husband who loves to bake bread.  The bread roll is 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached wheat flour.  What a difference a home-made roll makes without all the preservatives.

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Better Than Candy

13 Jun

Better Than Candy

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Summer is here with strawberries everywhere. Organic, and traditional grown. Which should you choose? Oraganic would be the first choice since strawberries have a porus skin. Once you get your strawberries home, do not wash until you plan to eat. This will keep them from rotting.
Stawberries can be frozen for future use. Wash, dry, cut into peices, lay on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Pop into the freezer . After an hour, remove the frozen strawberries and put into a container for future use.

Tempting Cake Donuts

13 Jun

I have been craving donuts lately but I did not want to settle for the fried ones. So, I bought a set of donut pans and got busy baking to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For these donuts I used a basic cake recipe and cut back on the sugar and oil.

Wow!  These baked donuts turned out to be so delicious and I am quite proud of myself.  Hubby and I sat down to some good home-brewed coffee and freshly baked donuts.  Enjoy!

 
 
Cake Donut Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs (Or egg substitute) use 1/2 cup applesauce to replace eggs
3/4 cup skim milk (or soy, coconut or rice dream)
1/2 cup canola oil

 
lightly grease donut pans ( I have round and long john)
 
In large bowl mix dry ingredients
in med bowl whisk wet ingredients
make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix until combine. (batter will be a little lumpy)
 
 
Fill  baggie with cake mixture, cut the corner, squeeze mixture into donut slots.
 
 
 
 

Bake, rotating pans halfway for 10 -12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool.

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Toppings

Chocolate topping: Melt semi sweet chocolate chips for chocolate topping. No double boiler no problem.  Just fill pot with water, insert a glass bowl, boil water and watch your chocolate melt.

No double boiler – no problem
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Sugar Topping: Fill bowl with sugar, coat donut with oil, roll in sugar mixture.

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Vegetarian Loco Moco

17 May

Susan T's Kitchen

Hawaiian Treat

Aloha! When I was in the Army my husband and I were stationed in Hawaii. We loved eating the local foods and we would go out every weekend for breakfast before heading to the beach on the Island of Oahu. My husband would have the Loco Moco,  a  Hawaiian style dish, which is a  hamburger patty,  fried egg, and brown gravy on a bed of rice. There are many variations, but this version is the most popular. I came up with my own version of the Loco Moco which is a vegetarian patty topped with a fried egg and vegetarian brown gravy on a bed of  rice. Oh this is so Ono!  Mahalo!

  • 2 Vegetarian Hamburger Patties
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • hot cooked white or brown rice

Rice:  Ahead of time cook rice according to package directions either stove top or in a rice cooker.  I like using a rice cooker your rice…

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A Trip To Oatman, Arizona

20 Feb

Oatman is a town in the Black Mountains of  Arizona, named after Olive Oatman.  In 1863, a prospector by the name of Johnny Moss discovered gold in the Black Mountains and staked several claims but in 1921, a fire burned down much of the town, except for the Oatman Hotel, now the  oldest standing building.  On a recent drive  on Route 66 we decided to visit Oatman and to our amazement we found that one of the most  famous attractions are its wild burros, which freely roam the town streets.

If you ever have a chance to cruise Route 66, don’t forget to stop in Oatman to pet the Burros!1

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How To Plant A Catus

14 Jan

How to plant cactusI found using tongs to be the best way to plant a cactus. thanks to a friend of mine who told me this after I had pricks coming through my garden gloves!  All you need is a pair of inexpensive metal tongs and patience!

Mostly all cactus will root from breaking a piece off of the mother cactus,  Grab the tongs and gently tug a piece off, then place in a mixture of soil and sand, and water a little bit.

To decorate place small stones or rocks in the pot and place in a sunny location!

 

Planting cactus

 

 

Raised Beds and Uninvited Guests!

14 Jan

We installed some raised beds for gardening.  However the garden attracted some uninvited guests who came to dinner and ate all the carrot tops, broccoli, lettuce and radishes. So we had to come up with something to keep out the unwanted guests without harming them.  After all, they are cute and I love watching them play in the back yard.  But, again they are quite sneaky waiting and watching for when I turn my back!   They also like Germaniums.  Who knew!

Mr Squirrel eating my Geraniums

 

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This is what we came up with.  All I have to do is lift it to get at my plants!  Mr. Squirrel has been trying his hardest to figure out how to get into the garden!

 

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Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

21 Dec

Susan T's Kitchen

I love a bowl of hot broth while curled up on the couch watching a movie on a cold winter night!  You can make your own vegetable broth in these simple and easy steps to enjoy now or freeze the broth in containers for later use.  This vegetable broth is delicious and is ideal for making soups, just add your favorite ingredients such as noodles, pasta, beans, potatoes, or tofu to name a few.

vegetable broth

 You will need:                                             

  • 1 large onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 celery stocks chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • left over celery tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Wash trim and chop vegetables
  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours while stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a mesh strainer into quart size containers.  Freeze up to 6 months.

straining

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Homemade Hummus

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

All you need is a can of Garbanzo Beans, garlic, tahini sauce, and lemon juice.

  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 tsp  tahini

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup of water

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • In a food processor add garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, salt, water, and lemon juice

  • Puree until smooth and creamy.

  • Transfer to a bowl and top with a sprig of  parsley

  • Serve  with pita bread, veggies or tortilla chips.

  • Can be refregerated for up to three days.  Enjoy!

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Joy To The Earth – Recycled Packing Paper

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

Here is a thrifty alternative to purchasing bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Fill the gift box with remnants of shredded paper from your paper shredder and If you have unusable pieces of wrapping paper run the scraps through  the paper shredder for some color! This will not only save you a trip to the store and money, but it will help the environment.

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