Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Quick and Light Italian Wedding Soup #Recipe @PegCochran

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling even more stuffed than our Thanksgiving turkey!  So much great food!  If you want to enjoy a few light meals before the Christmas feasting begins, here's a great recipe for a warm and comforting dinner!  Leftovers freeze well or make a great lunch the next day.

I've taken this recipe from the site Girlversusdough.com with a slight adaptation.

1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan and more for topping soup
2 tsps. minced garlic
1 egg
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp pepper or several grinds of fresh pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans diced tomatoes with juices
1 bunch kale, leaves coarsely chopped (I substituted baby spinach)
2/3 cup ditalini or elbow macaroni (Optional -- this was my addition)

Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, egg, salt and pepper until mixed.  Shape into smallish one inch balls.




Heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened.  Add broth and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and add meatballs. 



Cook, without stirring, for five minutes or until meatballs float to the surface. Add kale (or spinach) and stir gently.  Add small pasta if using.  Cook five to six minutes until greens are tender, meatballs are cooked through and pasta is al dente.



Serve sprinkled with more Parmesan.




Buon Appetito!



Coming next week  -- 
the further adventures of Lucille and Flo!



The USA Today bestselling author of Unholy Matrimony is back with a new Lucille Mystery! This time Lucille must track down the killer of a diet guru who had a lot more to lose than just a few extra pounds.
With her best friend Flo’s wedding approaching, Lucille is desperate to trim down and joins Weigh to Lose, a weight-loss program led by a clipboard-wielding harridan who’s as unattractively thin as she is shrill. When the bossy woman turns up dead with her throat slashed and a tasty-looking cannoli stuffed in her mouth, Lucille figures she got her just desserts.

But when the local police come up empty-handed, Lucille sinks her teeth into the mystery and narrows the list of suspects to a husband with a wandering eye, a sexy young Swedish au pair, and a gambler deep in debt to the wrong people. Until one of the suspects becomes the victim of another gruesome murder.

Afraid she’s bitten off more than she can chew and worried that she might be next on the killer’s list, Lucille puts her own neck on the line with a wild plan to trap the culprit and tip the scales of justice.

If you want a very funny murder mystery, then this book is for you. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading before.” —Goodreads, on Unholy Matrimony, Book 2 in the USA Today bestselling Lucille Mystery Series
 



The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

#Thanksgiving Cranberry-Fig Compote #Recipe @PegCochran

Do you love cranberry sauce (why do they call it "sauce" I wonder?)?  I love trying different variations on the theme so when I found this recipe in our Parade Magazine (you know--it's tucked into your Sunday paper if you still get one), I decided to try it.  I love figs--my grandparents always had fresh figs and dried figs on hand.

Of course, cranberries play a big role in my Cranberry Cove series!  Monica Albertson heads to Cranberry Cove to help her brother on his cranberry farm. What she doesn't expect is to harvest a body along with the cranberries!


1 cup water
1 orange--juice and peel
1 cup chopped, dried figs
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
10 ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt

Bring one cup of water to the boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in your dried figs and the juice of one orange.  Let sit for 15 minutes.







Return pan to medium heat and stir in one cup of sugar and one cinnamon stick.  Bring to a boil again and add one package of cranberries.



Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries start to burst.

Remove from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar, zest of one orange and a pinch of salt.



Cool completely, remove cinnamon stick and transfer to a container.



Keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!



The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms & Orzo #Recipe @PegCochran

I love dinners in a skillet, don't you?  This makes a one pan meal--add a green salad if you like to round it out.  It was very tasty and the tiny bit of cream gave it a decadent mouth feel that was lovely.

Ingredients

4 to 6 chicken thighs (boneless or with bone)
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 oz. sliced mushrooms (cremini, baby bella, etc.)
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup uncooked orzo
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup cream
2 cups fresh spinach
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated for topping

 Dry chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.  

Heat olive oil in skillet or dutch oven.  When hot, sear chicken on each side until lightly golden.

Remove chicken to a plate and keep warm.

Reduce heat and add garlic.  Saute for a minute then add orzo and saute for two minutes.

Add mushrooms and saute until golden.

Add chicken stock and cream and place chicken pieces on top.  Cook for approximately 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and orzo has absorbed most of the liquid.

Add spinach and cook until slightly wilted and orzo is tender.

Top with grated Parmesan if desired.

 
Sear chicken in hot oil
Saute chopped garlic



Saute mushrooms
Saute orzo

Nestle chicken on top
Add spinach

Enjoy!




The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

 




 


Monday, October 30, 2017

#Halloween #Pumpkin Cookies #Recipe @PegCochran

And Halloween week at Mystery Lovers Kitchen continues!  I made these delicious pumpkin cookies and alas, they are already all gone!  I'm not sure whether it was me or the recipe, but the cookies puffed up nicely and were almost more like "mini pumpkin cakes" than a hard, crunchy cookie.  In an attempt to keep hubby healthy, I substituted Splenda for both sugars although I did make the glaze with real sugar.  I also substituted pumpkin pie spice (I made my own) for the individual spices.  I used two teaspoons so feel free to substitute if you have some on hand already mixed.


COOKIE DOUGH

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt



GLAZE

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2-2 cups confectioners' sugar



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.


Blend in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.


Mix flour mixture into butter and sugar mixture.



Drop by the tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Place three inches apart.

* Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges.

Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.  Cool completely before applying glaze.






For Glaze

In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly.
Cook, stirring, for one minute or until slightly thickened.

Beat in the milk.

Blend in confectioner's sugar until glaze is smooth and spreadable. 

Spread glaze over cookies using a brush or drizzle from a spoon.

Warm glaze if it hardens.






* My cookies took longer to bake but my oven runs cool so check yours frequently and bake longer if necessary.

 I had some pumpkin leftover so I mixed it with one egg and enough whole wheat flour to make a dough and made cookies for my dog.  Those are also already gone!








The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

 




 





Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rosemary and Lemon Chicken #Recipe @PegCochran

This is one of those easy yet tasty and delicious one-pan dinners.  I found making it on a cookie sheet worked perfectly.  This is also open to interpretation--don't like rosemary?  Use thyme instead.  Don't want to use chicken thighs?  Go with breasts.  Lots of room for improvisation depending on what your family likes and what's in your pantry and refrigerator.

Ingredients

Chicken pieces--about four pieces but you can increase as needed
1 onion cut into wedges
4 red potatoes quartered or cut in eighths if large
1 lemon sliced
1 - 2 tsps. minced garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)
4 sprigs fresh rosemary (or less if they are huge--mine were like tree branches!)
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Combine onion, lemon, garlic, rosemary and olive oil in a bowl.  Add chicken and potatoes wedges and toss well to coat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread out on cookie sheet and cook until potatoes are done and chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Slice lemons


Quarter onion



Spread on cookie sheet


Bake at 450 degrees


 


The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

 




 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

#InstantPot Pork Loin Roast with Apples and Sauerkraut

I got an Instant Pot for my birthday!  My daughter has one and loves it.  It is a bit daunting at first, but I was determined to try out the pressure cooking mode.  I had a small pork loin roast in the freezer I wanted to use so I went searching for recipes.  I found one on Dr. Kelly Ann's site--it seems to be a Paleo recipe site but since my diets never last longer than a day, I'm not sure what a Paleo diet is!

It probably took me longer to cook this the first time around because I was constantly referencing the directions.  But it came out great in the end and I only burned my finger once!

The ratio of sauerkraut/applesauce to pork roast was a little off, but my roast was smaller than the one called for.  It was still good and hubby had the leftovers for lunch and proclaimed them "even better."

Ingredients:


  • 2 to 3 pound pork loin roast
  • ½ teaspoon Celtic or Pink Himalayan salt (a little precious--I'm sure plain salt would certainly do as well)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pasture-raised butter or ghee (I used olive oil which worked fine)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth (I used canned chicken broth)  
  • 4 to 6 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and drained (I used the yummy craft beer sauerkraut I found) 
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
 
  Directions


Season the roast with salt and pepper.  First use the saute function on your Instant Pot.  Heat the olive oil (or butter) and brown roast on all sides.


 Chop apples


 Chop onions 


Heat oil in cooker and use saute function to brown roast


Remove the roast from the cooker and add onions, garlic and broth. Scrape up brown bits from the bottom. Return roast to the cooker and using your cooker’s instructions, bring up to full pressure. (This takes a few minutes.)

Reduce heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 45 minutes. (I chose the meat/stew setting on my cooker and it auto set for 35 minutes which was fine.)

Using quick release method, release pressure and quickly add sauerkraut and apples to the cooker. Bring back to full pressure for 5 minutes and again use the quick release method. 



 Sauerkraut/apple mixture

Slice roast and serve with apples and sauerkraut.  I served it with mashed cauliflower.



 


The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways!