ZUcchini & Cheese Casserole

Here’s my throw together recipe – adjust yours to taste and preference.

  • 3 cups spiralized or sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Sea salt
  • butter or olive oil

On low to medium heat saute onions and zucchini in butter or olive oil until desired softness, sprinkle in flour and stir to thicken, then add eggs and stir to mix. Add salt and mozzarella and cheddar. Stir until blended, then top with Parmesan – turn off heat and cover. Once the Parmesan is slightly melted, serve it up.

Now, to jazz this up by adding protein and calories, i would cook up some sliced beef sausage or home made beef sausage, then in the same pan, continue with this recipe.

Simple, easy, delicious!

Easy stovetop preparation. Add beef or lamb sausage for a hardier meal.

Making SAUSAGE

Sausage can be expensive to buy, but it’s easy to make at home with a bit of effort and time. However, you may find that if you have lean sausage, it will be more difficult to break into small pieces. I usually cook it, then chop it in a food mill if i want small pieces like i use as pizza toppings.

  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground or leaf sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Thaw out the ground beef or lamb, then thoroughly mix in the spices. It is best to allow this to meld at least 24 hours. Typically, i make a couple pounds at a time, then freeze it back up in 1/2 lb packages. Then just thaw out as much as needed.

Scrambled Eggs with Okra

Breakfast can be simple and cheap. Most of us eat too much anyway, so why not save money and cut back on food? Best choice is to eat unadulterated, local, healthy in small portions.

Depending on how hungry i am:

  • 1-2 okras
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1-2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to tasted
On very low heat, saute 1 or 2 sliced okra in 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.

Israeli Salad Decked Out!

With mostly freshly picked home grown vegetables, I assembled Israeli Salad sans the peppers (my plants were started too late), then spruced it up a bit with sliced hard cooked eggs from my dear Welsummer ladies.  Had some mushrooms that needed using, so sliced a couple of those as well to add.

Israeli Salad with eggs

 

Buttermilk Biscuits

Have at last found a milk producer from whom i can get real milk again.  However, they don’t do butter, so skim off the cream from the jugs i purchase and shake it for butter.  Shaking separates the butter from the buttermilk.  Perfect for buttermilk biscuits.

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sunrise Mills Flour (or other all purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons chilled butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425˚F.  In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  Using a pastry blender or I just use my fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Add the buttermilk, tossing with a fork until a dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Gather into a disk.  Knead lightly a few times just until smooth.

Pat the dough to ¾ inch thick.  Using a biscuit cutter or a glass dipped in flour, cut out biscuits.  Place the biscuits 2 inches apart on a pan or cast iron skillet.  Gather dough trimmings and pat to ¾ inch and cut out more biscuits.

Bake the biscuits until golden 12-15 minutes.  Serve hot.

NOTE:  to produce flaky biscuits, take care not to over handle the dough.

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Using Sunrise Flour Mill older variety Red turkey flour.  

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Best light and flaky biscuits i’ve ever made.  Enjoying the home churned (shaken) butter and Rafter 7S Sandhill Cowboy’s Jelly from The Whistle Stop in Bassett, Nebraska.

Baking Seldom A Failure

While in this case, my first two attempts following a recipe with the Sunrise Flour Mill resulted in less than desirable loaves, they were still very tasty.  Sometimes, however, baking experiments simply aren’t an enjoyable eating experience – in those cases, one can either throw them out to your pets or chooks, compost them, or whir them into excellent bread crumbs to be used in myriad of recipes.

Flat bread loaf

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Slices were a bit tough though very tasty.

Here’s what i did with the bread since it was a bit stiff.  Soak those slices in fresh farm eggs and slowly cook in butter.  Serve with local honey or maple syrup.

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Daily Bread Baking

Daily Bread Baking – how hard can it be?  With the right flour, it’s easy!  Tracking down non-hybridized wheat or ancient wheat varieties grown and processed in the United States without the use of unnecessary chemicals and not sprayed with glyphosate (think Roundup) at harvest is much harder than it should be.  But i found a couple sources.

The most recent and i’m very excited about this one is from Sunrise Flour Mill in North Branch, Minnesota.  Mrs. Glanville pointed out in her quick response to my question via their website that she and her husband are the millers, not growers.  Yet, her husband takes the time to visit and vet the growers from whom they purchase the Red Turkey variety of wheat they use.

Easy Heritage Yeast Bread

So, when my flour arrived, i found the above recipe and set about making the bread.  I made a loaf and it did not rise as i thought it should.  I had weighed my ingredients and had the water just right.  I broke the rules by using my Kitchenaid Mixer with dough hook for kneading.   However, the loaf was excellent taste and disappeared quickly.

Another stab at it, but i increased the yeast to 1 tsp vs 1/2 tsp like before, but this time i kneaded by hand.  Same result as before.

The third time was a charm and resulted in a stunningly attractive and delicious loaf.  I got this now.  What did i do differently?  Below is my recipe.

HERITAGE YEAST BREAD

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups (1lb  or 450 g) Heritage White or Bread Blend Flour Weighing ingredients is the most accurate way to bake.
  • 1-2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/3 cup lukewarm tap water (10- 12 oz (300 G)Chlorine-Free Water 75-80 degrees F
  • 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast

Instructions:

Mixing and Kneading

Using a large spoon or fork, stir the liquid into the flour. When all the water has been added it will be a rather sticky lump. With wet hands, knead the dough by pushing, pulling and stretching it. After kneading for a few minutes, the dough will become less sticky and wet, beginning to look like a bread dough. Go ahead and grab a bit more flour to alleviate stickiness if needed.

Proofing

Cover and let sit on the counter for 1- 2 hours. This is proofing time (the dough is rising). It will rise more quickly if the kitchen temperature is 70+F. if it is less than 70 F it will take longer which is the reason for the 1-2 hour range.

Final Proofing

Now the dough needs to be handled gently so as to not deflate it. Round it up and shape it into an oblong loaf.  Place in a bread pan that has been oiled with both butter and olive oil. Use this combination for best release. Cover the dough to keep it from drying out. Leave it on the counter and let it proof while the oven heats, about 30-45 minutes.

Baking

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place dough in the preheated oven and bake for about 35-45 minutes.

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