Saturday, June 23, 2012

What's going on in our garden

Blueberry bush


Raspberry bush


One of several pepper plants


Green tomatoes, several varieties




Zucchini that we are consuming today!



Two big green onion plants


The flowers in my garden

The first gladiola bloomed, and needed staking today. It's next to my hydrangea bush


Lots of day lilies









Purple and orange cone flowers



Catering 200 people

Catering for 200 plus people is quite a challenge but it's something my husband likes to take on himself instead of just paying for catering.

Appetizers
Chips
Salsa
Popcorn
Veggies
Dip
Grapes

Main course
105 pounds of pork butt
Turkey and vegetarian burgers

Sides
Coleslaw
Mac n Cheese
Baked beans

Dessert
Cookies, store bought and homemade
Texas Sheet Cake
M&ms

Sauces
My husband's homemade BBQ sauce
My husband's homemade Hot Sauce
Store bought BBQ and hot sauce

105 lbs of pork butts all rubbed the night before are getting unwrapped for smoking.


This smoker is only supposed to handle 80 lbs of meat. We went through a LOT of wood!



My husband manning the smoker


Having ourselves a pulling party. We had about 10 people help pull all the pork in the end. They were also very happy to help taste test.





My snickerdoodles.




A party picture

Zucchini Tots

These things are pinned all over Pinterest. My husband made them for his breakfast at work, but made two batches. They were a bit like mini quiche made with zucchini to me.

Zucchini Tots

Ingredients
Yield: 12 mini tots

1 cup zucchini, grated (for me this was one zucchini, about 7 inches in length)
1 egg
¼ of an onion, diced
¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
salt and pepper


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel. Wring all of the excess water out of the zucchini that you can (it won't be much, but every little bit counts).
3. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
4. Fill each muffin section to the top, pushing down on the filling with your spoon so it's nice and compacted (otherwise they'll fall apart more when you try to take them out of the tin).
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes in preheated oven. The top will be starting to golden. To easily remove from the pan (without scratching it to death), run a plastic knife around the edges of each tot and they should come right out.

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

My husband has breakfasts at work. This time around he made blueberry cinnamon rolls and zucchini tots.

He followed this recipe for dough and baking instructions. He used blueberry jam with whole Maine blueberries in the jam for the rolls filling plus some butter, cinnamon, and sugar instead of fresh blueberries and he did not make the frosting.

Dough Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
4 cup flour
1/2 cup flour
1/2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 scant tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp salt

Blueberry Filling Ingredients

Butter, melted
Cinnamon
Sugar
Jar of blueberry jam with whole blueberries

Dough Process
Mix whole milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald to 150 degrees. Let cool until lukewarm (~45 minutes). Sprinkle in yeast and let sit. Then add 4 C flour, stir mixture together. Cover and let sit for one hour.

Add 1/2 C flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir mixture together.

Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle surface generously with flour and form into a rectangle, roll the dough thin, maintaining a rectangular shape.


Adding the filling

Brush melted butter onto the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Next smear the blueberry jam on.

Roll, rest, and heat
Roll the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it. Grease foil cake or pie pans. Cut rolls 3/4 to 1 inch thick and lay in greased pans. Repeat with other half of dough and filling.

Cover the rolls and let sit for 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 for 15 to 18 minutes.




Friday, June 22, 2012

Vitamixer Fresh Tomato Sauce

I made the Vitamixer recipe for fresh tomato sauce last night. I really think it would be better with roasted tomatoes but that would add a lot of cooking time. I was surprised it called for brown sugar instead of white. I didn't taste a huge difference it was just different from a typical spaghetti sauce. I like that the only thing that came from a can was 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.

I overheard a woman at Fresh Market telling her kid that they couldn't have spaghetti and meatballs because it was almost noon and it would take too long. I made tomato sauce, baked chicken parm, and spaghetti last night for dinner and it took about 30 minutes. I feel bad for that kid who probably really wanted spaghetti and meatballs.
Spaghetti is one of my favorite foods!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Foods

Today the farmers market had garlic scapes. I bought a handful of them.
I also bought some squash that was not the yellow long neck or zucchini that we grow in our garden. I plan on making alfredo tomorrow with it all.




We also saw a quince at the grocery store and bought it on a whim. My hubby read an article about old fashioned fruits and it was mentioned. We will have to try baking into it's pink or red goodness. Also in the article were loquats which my brother remembers eating as a kid as jelly but I don't remember them.