Juicing – Orange with Attitude

Juicing - Orange with Attitude

 

Adventures in juicing.  Well, it is always an adventure in our house because we tend to throw in some wild combinations, or whatever we have.

On this morning we added the following ingredients to create a beautiful color orange.  They say orange is the new pink, well I’ll say orange is the new delicious!

3 oranges

1 whole pineapple

5 kiwis

a bag of mini carrots.

Of course this one was sweet and didn’t stick with us as long as some of the blends we have made with more serious vegetables included.  We find the nice balance of sweet fruits with a lot of vegetables gives us that quick burst of energy but doesn’t end with a sudden spiral into the hungries. 

This combo was great though, and I would love to serve this to brunch guests in small crystal juice glasses.

Orange ya glad this one is sweet?……DebraJ

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Summer’s Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Is there any pie that says “Summer” more than the basic lemon meringue pie?    This is a simple and delicious pie that is made from the most meager ingredients.  As I put together the ingredients for this pie I was curious about other combinations that could used as alternates to the lemon juice.  Orange juice, lime juice, cherry juice, pineapple, apricot nectar?  I wonder.  I am curious.  I plan to experiment to see what happens, but what I believe will be the result is that the thing that makes this pie so delicious is the tangy sour lemon along with the sweetness.  Perhaps other juices will work well if some lemon juice is also included.  We’ll see.  Has anyone else experimented with this combination using the basic principles for creating the lemon meringue?

Lemon Meringue Pie

 

Summer's Lemon Meringue Pie
 
Summer is the time for this age-old sweet tart delight.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 9 inch pie crust baked
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 tbs sugar
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
LEMON FILLING:
  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water & lemon juice (and some lemon zest if desired).
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter.
  3. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in ½ cup of the hot sugar mixture.
  4. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into the remaining sugar mixture.
  5. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour filling into baked pie crust shell.
MERINGUE:
  1. In a large glass or metal bowl whip egg whites until foamy.
  2. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until peaks form.
  3. Spread the meringue over the pie sealing the edges at the crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.

Sweet & Tart by DebraJ                

 

 

 

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Beef Pepper Steak for the Slow Cooker

 Crockpots are our friends.  You can load them up and forget about the responsibilities of dinner.  For working folks – dinner is done when you walk in the door.

This recipe has been around our house for a number of years and got a 4-thumbs up back in the day when we had boarders (a.k.a. kids).

Beef Pepper Steak

Beef Pepper Steak

 

Beef Pepper Steak

 

Beef Pepper Steak for the Slow Cooker
 
Press a crockpot into service and you will come home to the comforting smell of home-cooked dinner -- even when everybody has been at work all day!
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of beef round or sirloin steak
  • Olive oil - a drizzle
  • ¼ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce (we like Kikkoman)
  • One large onion chopped, more or less (one cup-ish or so)
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped (I use a big heaping scoop of pre-chopped garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (or 4 baseball size fresh tomatoes if you are lucky enough to have a garden)
  • 3 large green peppers (or any color you prefer or have on hand) - cut in strips
  • Cold water - about ½ cup
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Brown Rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Cut the beef into small bite-sized pieces and remove any fat.
  2. Warm a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet and saute the beef strips until they are slightly browned.
  3. Place one can of the diced tomatoes in the crock pot
  4. Spoon in the beef pieces (draining any liquid away)
  5. Place the chopped onions on top of the beef.
  6. Pour the next can of diced tomatoes over the onions.
  7. Mix the soy, garlic, sugar, salt, ginger in a small bowl.
  8. Pour the soy mixture over the diced tomatoes.
  9. Place the pepper strips on top last.
  10. Turn the crockpot on low (for an all day workday) or high (for a faster week-end meal). Cook about 5-9 hours depending on whether you selected high or low heat and the individuality of your own crockpot.
  11. When the mixture has cooked it will be thin and needs thickening
  12. Place about ½ cup of cold water in a cup or dish.
  13. Spoon in a large tablespoon of corn starch into the cold water and stir to blend.
  14. Pour the blended corn starch mixture into the pepper steak mixture and stir well.
  15. Spoon the thickened pepper steak mixture over a serving of brown rice.

Beef Pepper Steak

FREEZE ME:  This freezes well in individual servings for a quick meal later.

HEALTHY – We use olive oil and brown rice to make this recipe a little more nutritious.  You could also decrease the amount of beef steak and increase the quantity of onion and peppers to further reduce calories and the amount of meat.

ECONOMY – already a very wallet-friendly entree.  To further reduce costs, watch for SALES and try your hand at growing  your own peppers and tomatoes.

Peppered delicious…..DebraJ

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QUICK & Easy Stuffing with Apples & Onions

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Looking for a quick way to make a spectacular stuffing side dish to accompany your meal?  This is the simplest thing to do:

1.  1 box cornbread stuffing mix

2.  1 large onion chopped

3.  2 stalks celery diced

4.  2 or 3 apples, peeled and diced in large pieces

5.  Pecans – a handful

6.  Chicken broth — enough to moisten.

Chop the onion and apple and celery.  Drizzle a little olive oil in a non-stick skillet and saute the onion and celery.  When they become tender add the apples and heat through.

Mix the stuffing mix according to the package directions.  Add the cooled onion/celery/apple mixture and the handful of pecans.  Stir in enough chicken broth to moisten the ingredients slightly.

Pour into a baking dish and bake until heated through – about 20-30 minutes, depending upon the size of the dish.

The sky is the limit in terms of mixing up the ingredients.  You could omit and or add a number of things — additional veggies, raisins, cranberries, sausage, sliced almonds, etc.

Quick & easy does it for me………….DebraJ

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Juicing adventures – Roses are Red and so are Beets

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Adventure in juicing continues to be on our radar.  This week we pulverized a pineapple, some oranges, cantaloupe, carrots, and 2 giant beets.

For those skeptics out there, the beet juice is actually very subtle and delicious.

This one turned out so pretty that I just wanted to admire it, but I quickly drank it and found it to be one of the all time greats.  Literally every addition had the ability to add its own individual sugar, so this one was very sweet.

Beet red………….DebraJ

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Cranberry Gravy

This is a universal sauce that can be used to accompany a variety of meat. We have spooned it over chicken, pork, and cooked it on top of a beef brisket. I suspect it would also complement turkey burgers and a number of other things. The beauty of this recipe is that it is so simple!

The subtle flavors can be changed by using a variety of wine or broth.
The subtle flavors can be changed by using a variety of wine or broth.

 

Stir until the dry soup dissolves.  The cranberry sauce will melt as the mixture warms.
Stir until the dry soup dissolves. The cranberry sauce will melt as the mixture warms.

 

Here the sauce is shown poured over boneless chicken breasts. Cover before baking. Remember to save some sauce to pass at the table.

 

 

The cooked mixture will keep in the refrigerator for a long time in a sealed container.
The leftover cooked mixture will keep in the refrigerator for a long time in a sealed container.

Cranberry Gravy
 
A simple sauce that can dress almost any roasted meat.
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat together while warming and until the cranberry sauce melts.
  2. Add more broth if the mixture is too thick (it should be the consistency of brown gravy).
  3. NOTE: You may substitute chicken or vegetable broth for the beef broth.
  4. You may use white wine instead of red.
Notes
I used chicken broth and white wine when I poured it over chicken breasts, but I still like the red wine variety best.

You may use as gravy over chicken, pork, turkey, or beef. Save some to add at the table.

Pour the entire mixture over a beef brisket before baking in a sealed pan.

It’s all gravy…………DebraJ

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Carry In Meals

 Quilters Play DayCarry in meals are a a helpful gesture for a lot of    life-changing events.  Probably the most exciting one that I can think of  is the birth of a new child, but sometimes the challenge is illness or other struggles that make things difficult for those we love.   When adversity is at hand we tend to feel helpless.  “What can we do to help?”   It is murmured by friends and family, but really what CAN we do to help?

A simple meal is a tiny gesture that feeds those we love and takes a little bit of responsibility off of them at the same time.

One of the easiest things to do is make a one-potter that keeps in the refrigerator for an extended period of time and is easy to transport.  The recipe below is one that I have used for a number of years.  It is nick-named “Quilters Stew” because I was involved in quilting for a number of years and this crockpot powerhouse would cook on its own all day allowing me to enjoy other things, including quilting projects.

Quilter's Beef Stew
 
This hearty crockpot stew cooks all day while you enjoy something else!
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs lean cut beef stew meat
  • 5 potatoes, but into bite size pieces
  • 9 carrots, sliced into bite size chunks
  • 2 onions, peeled and wedged
  • 6 stalks of celery, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup cooking sherry or red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Place the bite size vegetables in the bottom of the crockpot. Place the beef stew meat on top. Sprinkle the entire pot with the dry onion soup mix. Pour the can of diced tomatoes over the top. Pour in the sherry and water.
  2. Cook on high for 8 hours.
  3. Just before serving, mix the cornstarch with the cold water and pour into the hot stew. Stir thoroughly as the stew thickens.

 

Crocked and sharing…………by DebraJ

I did not receive any compensation or receive any free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

 

 

The Final Touch to a Redecorated Bathroom

artwork found at MichaelsWe redecorated one of our bathrooms a couple of years ago and I never was quite able to finish because I couldn’t find the last item I wanted to hang on the wall.

When the project was first started, it took me a long time time to decide what to do in that room after I stood on a ladder for many hours with a scraper in one hand and a spray bottle of Dif in the other.  I thought I never would get that ugly outdated wallpaper off the wall, but I finally did.  But once I had it down to clean bare walls — now what?  I am not a genius or even talented at home decor – that would be my daughter.  Those genes must have been a distant throw-back because she didn’t get it from me.

I went through some magazines trying to figure out what I wanted and I finally stumbled across a color combination – flooring, fixtures, wall color,  etc. that suited me.  It was like a light bulb went on when I saw the photo, so from there I was on a mission to find similar floor tiles, similar vanity and sink top, similar paint.  I had this photo taped to the window in that room as I brought home numerous paint samples to find the right shade of purple.

It all went together well and I found a large print to put on the largest wall, but I never found what I wanted to hang over the toilet.  (Side Note:  A friend once told me that a bathroom has a female wall and a male wall.  The artwork across from the toilet is for the ladies, and the artwork over the toilet is for the gentlemen, but I digress….)

While strolling through Michael’s one Saturday afternoon I literally stumbled across the artwork that I thought might be perfect.  I wasn’t even looking for it — it just found me.  And guess what folks — IT WAS ON SALE!  Can this sequence of events get any better?

So the item was purchased and hung on the wall and I can say once and for all that the room is finished!

The struggling designer………..DebraJ

I did not receive compensation or receive any free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.