Food

Pico De Gallo and Chips

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When I go to a Mexican restaurant I fill up on chips and salsa before I ever get my entree. I can easily make a meal out of chips and salsa. I just can’t help myself.

Make this fresh flavorful pico de gallo right at home. It is very easy and so delicious. I make big batches of this salsa during the summer when I’ve got plenty of tomatoes from the garden.

The chips are so simple. No frying. Just a quick sheet pan of tortillas in the oven. Easy peasy.

Enjoy this super simple delightful chips and salsa recipe.

Happy Eating!

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food,” Genesis 1:29

Pico De Gallo

2 to 3 medium tomatoes, finely diced

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 small fresh jalapeno, finely chopped

1 clove of chopped garlic

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

½ tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Season to taste with additional jalapeno and salt. 

Notes: I prefer to use the food processor for the jalapenos. I recommend using a small amount of jalapeno at first. Let it sit for a while, taste it, then add more jalapeno if you like. 

Baked Tortilla Chips

12 6-inch corn tortillas

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush both sides of the tortillas with oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the pile into sixths to make chips. Spread the chips in a single layer on two large baking sheets and season with salt. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through cooking.

Notes: Use a thin baking sheet. The chips will come out crispier. 

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Homemade Granola

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Walk into any grocery store and there are numerous varieties of granola. Some are good and some are not so good. The taste of homemade granola is superior to store bought. You can customize the granola with your favorite oil, fruits, and nuts. This basic granola recipe is a great foundation to build upon and make it your own. 

Granola is calorie dense and loaded with all kinds of goodness like vitamin E, iron, folate, magnesium and a host of other vitamins and minerals. It tastes so delicious that it doesn’t seem possible that it’s packed with so much nutrition. This is my kind of healthy eating. Good tasting and good for  you. 

Granola is a versatile food. It’s a great snack all by itself. Mix some granola into your favorite yogurt. Have granola with milk for a real breakfast of champions. Add granola to a smoothie, or pancakes, or muffins. Be as creative as you like. No matter what you do with this delightful granola you will enjoy every morsel.

Making your own granola is cost effective compared to the high priced store bought stuff. There is no stirring involved with this granola recipe. Just press it into the pan and bake. So simple and so tasty. You will save money, have a nutritional snack, and feel great. 

Happy Eating!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 

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Homemade Granola

 

Ingredients

½ cup vegetable oil

⅓ cup maple syrup

3 teaspoons vanilla

⅓ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

5 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 cups slivered almonds 

2 cups dried fruit

 

Yields 10 cups of granola.

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in the oats and almonds and mix until evenly coated. 
  3. Spread the oat mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula to press the mixture firmly until it’s compact. 
  4. Bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through for even browning. 
  5. Cool for 1 hour until the granola reaches room temperature. Break the granola into pieces and mix in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to one month.



Notes 

  • Spray your cooking utensils beforehand with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Add-ins: flaked coconut, any dried fruit you prefer, chocolate chips, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Use chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or any nut you like.
  • Use coconut oil or olive oil if you prefer. 

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Two Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream

I checked my calendar and it still says summer. That means we are legally allowed to eat ice cream. There are no laws about when to eat ice cream, but most of us enjoy this creamy treat in the hot summer months. We can do better than just consume some overpriced store-bought ice cream, we can make our own. 

This is the easiest homemade ice cream you will ever make. There is no ice cream machine involved, and no special equipment is required. If you have a stand mixer or a hand mixer, you can make this tempting ice cream. And it really only takes two ingredients to make the sweet, light, fluffy ice cream base. The rest is up to your taste buds and your imagination. 

I love to use my family as guinea pigs when I try new recipes. This one was so much fun to play with since the flavor possibilities are endless. To be safe for our first round, we stuck with some classics. We made strawberry, mint chip, coffee, cookies and cream, cookie dough, and vanilla. All six are delicious.

The consensus from my panel of taste testers, my husband and sons, is that this ice cream is a winner. My panel of judges raved about the light creamy texture, and yummy flavors. We are already planning our next batch with some fun new varieties. This homemade ice cream gets my families stamp of approval, and I think your family will love it as well.

Happy Eating!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 

Colossians 3:15

Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, using the whisk attachment, beat whipping cream with a mixer until soft peaks form.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk and whip on high until stiff peaks form.
  3. Divide up ice cream base in batches and add in flavors before freezing.
  4. Place prepared ice cream in air tight containers and freeze for 6 hours until it’s frozen solid.
  5. It can be kept frozen for up to 6 weeks.

Notes:

  • Soft peaks will take a few minutes and the cream will be thickened.
  • Stiff peaks will hold their shape and be firm. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Refrigerate the condensed milk beforehand.
  • You can purchase ice cream containers online, but they aren’t necessary.
  • This recipe will make 3 ½ pints (56oz) of ice cream.
  • Carefully fold in cookies, sprinkles, chocolate chips or whatever you want.

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Canned Tomatoes

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We had a large tomato harvest in our backyard garden this summer. There were so many that a quick decision had to be made on what to do with the tomatoes before they spoiled. Enter the canned tomato. This was my first time canning, and I loved it. 

There is something so satisfying about preserving food that you’ve grown. Even the basil in each jar is from our garden. I have a whole new respect for the generations before me who had no choice but to preserve their food for those long winter months. No wonder not a drop of food was wasted back in the day. Each morsel meant hard work was involved.

A few things to consider before you decide to take the plunge on this endeavor. It will make a decent sized mess in your kitchen. It will take at least two hours of your time. You don’t need a canning pot. The only tool you should purchase or borrow is canning tongs, and of course jars. 

If you have ever wanted to try canning, tomatoes are a great way to start. They are probably one of the least fussy foods to preserve. You will still need to sterilize your jars and lids, but there is less concern over botulism because tomatoes are a high acidic fruit. You will have your very own tomatoes on hand to make sauces, soups, stews, or any other tomato based recipe. 

I love trying new things and canning tomatoes surprised me with happiness. Tomatoes are a staple in my cooking, and now I have my own canned supply from my garden. If you decide to take the leap into canning like I did, send me your pictures. I’d love to see what you accomplished. You can do this!

Happy Canning!

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

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Canned Tomatoes

 

Ingredients

  • ½ to 1 lb. Roma tomatoes per each 16 oz. jar
  • 1 bottle concentrated lemon juice
  • fresh sprigs of basil

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare canning jars. Place jars and lids in simmering water for 10 minutes to sterilize them. The rings do not need to be sterilized and just need washed in warm soapy water. To make it easy, just leave the jars and lids in the warm water until you’re ready to fill them. 
  2. Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Wash tomatoes and make an “x” shape with a knife on the bottom of each one. Bring a large pot of water to boil and place scored tomatoes in the pot for a minute or two. When the skins start to tear, scoop out the tomatoes and place them in an ice water bath. Remove the skins, cut out the core, and slice the tomatoes into quarters. 
  3. Cook the tomatoes. Place one fourth of the tomatoes in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Crush the tomatoes with a potato masher. Add the remaining tomatoes (do not crush these tomatoes) and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Fill jars with cooked tomatoes. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate per jar and one sprig of fresh basil. Fill jars with cooked tomatoes leaving ½ inch head space. Wipe the rims and place lids and rings on each jar until finger tight.
  5. Process jars in a hot water bath. Place the filled jars in a warm water bath covering them in at least an inch of water. Bring the water to a rolling boil and start timing. 40 minutes for pints and 45 minutes for quarts. Process times can vary depending on your altitude. https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/tomato_water_pack.html
  6. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when the center is pressed. You should hear a popping sound when they cool or even while they are boiling. Store canned tomatoes for up to a year. 

 

Notes:

  • Make sure to use canning tongs. It will make your job much easier and safer.
  • I used a stock pot when processing my cans since it was deep.
  • My jars are pint size (16 oz.) 
  • A wide mouth canning funnel is quite helpful when filling jars.
  • Use bottled lemon juice to ensure high enough acidity.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for quart size jars.

 

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Mock Mojitos

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There is nothing quite like a cool drink on a hot summer day. Sometimes, plain old water is not enough. You want something special every now and then to quench your thirst. This mojito does the trick without any alcohol. It’s crisp, sweet, and slightly bitter. 

You don’t need any fancy equipment or bartender tools to make this delicious mocktail. It comes together quickly. The only time consuming part is squeezing the limes, but so worth the effort. I prefer fresh lime juice over bottled. But by all means, use bottled juice if that’s your groove. 

Mint leaves add tartness while the basil brings some sweetness to balance out the mojitos. There’s nothing better than adding fresh ingredients to any recipe. If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty of herbs growing in your yard. If not, they are easy to find at your local grocery store.

I suggest using flavored sparkling water to sweeten the mojitos if you’re making these for kids. The sourness may be too much for some children. This delightful drink would be lovely for dinner guests at a barbeque, or pool party. Surprise your family with this refreshing non-alcoholic treat, just because. 

Happy Drinking!

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

 

Mock Mojitos

 

¼ cup mint leaves

¼ cup basil leaves

½ sugar

¾ cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1 liter sparkling water

ice

For garnish: lime wheels & mint sprigs

 

  1. In a medium pitcher add mint, basil, and sugar. 
  2. Using a wooden spoon, mash until the herbs are fragrant.
  3. Add lime juice and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Top with sparkling water.
  5. Pour into four ice filled glasses.
  6. Garnish with lime wheels and mint sprigs.

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