Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kale Chips


Wash the leaves

Tossed in oil

Baked chips

I made some kale chips this afternoon. They are delicious! And very easy to make.
I bought two kale plants for decoration outside and decided to start eating them. If you pick off a few leaves everyday to eat, buying the plant works out to be much cheaper than buying a bunch at the grocery store. Next year I need to plant them in the garden.
If you need to eat more leafy greens this is a good way to do it.

Kale Chips

1 bunch of kale
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tahini sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
dash salt
dash cayenne pepper

Wash and dry the kale. Tear into pieces and put in a mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients and toss together. Spread the leaves out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Making Crackers

Homemade crackers

Mix the flour, water and oil

Add the cheese

Roll out the crackers

Swiss garlic, swiss pepper, and cheddar pecan crackers

These crackers are light and delicious! And very easy to make. Here is the recipe:

Homemade Crackers

3 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 c water
1/3 c oil
1 1/2 c shredded cheese
sea salt

Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. If you want to add any herbs or pepper add it now (eg. 1 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp dill, 1 tsp oregano, etc.)
Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the water and oil. You can use different kinds of oil for more flavor. I used Walnut oil. Stir with a wooden spoon. Then mix the cheese in by hand. Roll out very thin on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. I found it easier to roll out strips of dough than to roll out the whole mass.
Bake for 10 minutes (or until brown) at 350. Break into pieces to serve. Great with soup!
I added pecans to one batch - you can add 1/2 c of any kind of nuts for more crunch.

You'll be amazed at how simple and addictive these are.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sweet Potatoes and Sage

I made this dish today for lunch and it was yummy!

Sage from my mother's garden

Sweet Potatoes




My son was over for lunch and he is a vegetarian so I made this dish for him. It's really good so you might want to try it.

Sweet Potatoes and Sage

1 large sweet potato
6 sage leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 c water
2 tbsp butter

Shred the sweet potato - I like to use my food processor. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Saute the sage leaves. Add sweet potatoes to the pan and saute about 10 minutes. Boil some water in a tea kettle. Make a well (a space in the middle) in the sweet potatoes and pour about a cup of the water in the middle. This will steam the potatoes. Stir around until the water evaporates. Then add the butter and serve with the sage leaves. 2 servings

This is a great fall dish.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Getting Ready for Halloween

Halloween - it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Scaredy cat

Young zombie couple

Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkinhead

Here are a few things I've been working on for Halloween. Some can be seen in my shop Picturama. It's getting cold here and the leaves are falling. I just hope it doesn't snow like last year!