Cabin Waffles (DIY Waffle Mix)

Dry mix
3 1/2 cups/312g all purpose flour
1/4 cup/50g granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. To gift, you’ll need two pint jars with a screw-top lid. Place two cups of waffle mixture in each jar.

For waffles 
Yield: 4 Belgian waffles, or 6-8 standard waffles
2 cups/256g waffle mix (above)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups/ 360g buttermilk

Place waffle mix in a large bowl. Stir in wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Pour batter into a heated and buttered waffle iron (capacities will vary). Cook for 5 minutes or until waffles are golden. 

Notes: When I take this mix to-go, I include a vanilla bean in each jar of mix. Although it’s not necessary, I enjoy the extra layer of flavor. The bean can be split and scraped then added in with the wet ingredients.
Buttermilk substitute – 1 cup sour cream mixed with 1/2 cup whole milk.

Cabbage soup

3-4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 large potatoes, cubed
1 lg onion, diced
1/2 head cabbage thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 veggie stock
1 tbsp olive oil
14-16 oz tomatoes
thyme
basil
parsley
salt and pepper

Sautee veggies in olive, add all ingredients to instant pot. Cook for 20 min, let sit for 5 min then release pressure.

Instant Pot Creamy Red Lentil Soup


  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup diced onion
  3. 1 cup diced carrots
  4. .5 cup diced celery
  5. 5 cloves garlic minced
  6.  16 ounces cans tomatoes
  7. 1 quart reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  8. 2 cups water
  9. 1.5 cups red lentils, rinsed
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  14. 2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  15. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  1. Select Browning/Sauté and add the olive oil to the pressure cooking pot. When the oil is hot, add the onion, carrots, and celery. Saut. for about 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the tomatoes, vegetable broth, water, lentils, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 10 minutes cook time.
  3. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and finish with a quick pressure release. 
  4. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Transfer 2 cups soup to a large bowl. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot until smooth. (You can also use a standard blender). Stir in the reserved soup, spinach, and red wine vinegar.
  5.  Select Simmer/Sauté and cook for just a few minutes until the spinach wilts. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with a swirl of heavy cream.


crusty baked cauliflower and farro from smittenkitchn.com

1 cup dried farro
3 cups water or broth
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pound head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons capers (brine-packed), drained
2 large or 3 regular cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely grated, lightly packed Italian Fontina (Val d’Aosta variety, if you can find it) (buy about 8 ounces with rind)
1/2 cup  ricotta cheese
1/2 cup panko (plain Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
1/3 cup finely grated pecorino romano cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

Cook farro: Rinse and drain farro. There are many, many ways to cook farro and any of them work here. You can follow the package directions on any farro you buy for best results.
On the stove: If you plan to cook this on the stove and want to save time, you can presoak the grains overnight in their 3 cups of liquid and they should then cook in only 10 minutes of simmering. Otherwise, simmer the farro in water or broth for about 30 minutes, until quite tender. Drain any excess liquid. Transfer farro to large bowl.

In a rice-cooker: I cook mine on the quick setting and have been very happy with the results. Drain any excess liquid once the farro is tender. Transfer farro to large bowl.

Meanwhile, parcook cauliflower:

In the oven: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Brush a large baking sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Spread florets in one layer, drizzle with 1 more tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes until lightly browned and crisp-tender (they will finish baking with the farro). Reduce heat to 400 degrees.

One the stove: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add half the cauliflower and cook, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add to bowl with farro. Repeat with more olive oil and second half of cauliflower, then add to bowl. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Assemble casserole: Add the sage, capers, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to cauliflower and farro and stir to combine. Stir in fontina. Transfer half of the mixture to an oiled 10-inch ovenproof frying pan or equivalent baking dish. Dollop rounded tablespoons of ricotta all over. Sprinkle remaining cauliflower and farro over the ricotta, leaving the pockets of it undisturbed.

In a small dish, combine panko with pecorino, parlsey and 1 tablespoon olive oil until evenly mixed. Sprinkle over cauliflower and farro.

Bake casserole: For 20 minutes, until browned and crusty on top. Dig in.

Do ahead: Farro can be cooked up to 3 days in advance, kept in an airtight container in fridge. Cauliflower can be cooked 2 days in advance. Casserole can be assembled and baked a day later, easily, although the crumbs might lose their crisp from absorbing the moisture below if not added right before baking. Casserole keeps for several days in fridge and longer in freezer.

salmon marinade

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
splash of olive oil
2-3 tbsp orange juice
Salt & Pepper

Combine in ingredients zip top bag, add fish and marinate for up to 1 hours.  Cool at 425 for 15 min.

Pressure Cooker White Rice this ole gal

  • 2 “rice” cups (12 oz) Jasmine, White or Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups (16 oz) Broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • Place rice in steamer basket and rinse rice using cool water until the water runs clear.
  • Add rinsed rice and Broth or Water to your Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
  • Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.  Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes.

  • When Beep sounds, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release.
  • Add salt and butter, if desired.

Strawberry avocado pasta salad from walmart

12 oz. Rotini
2 cups packed baby spinach
1 lb. strawberries sliced or chopped
4 mandarin oranges peeled, segmented
2 Avocados chopped
1 pear chopped
1 4 oz. pkg. macadamia nuts

Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 teaspoon dry minced onion
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

  1. Add all of the Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients to a medium bowl or measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Chill at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente – don’t overcook! Rinse and drain pasta in cool water. Add pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with a little of the dressing to keep it from sticking together.
Serving immediately/within one hour
  1. Add all of the salad ingredients to the pasta. Add desired amount of chilled dressing and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately or chill one hour.
Serving later
  1. Add strawberries and Mandarin oranges to pasta and toss with half of the dressing, cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, add pears, avocados, spinach, macadamia nuts, and remaining dressing. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

 

roasted veggie strudel from gardenandtable.net

Roast your vegetables ahead of time, I used 2 zucchini, 1 large eggplant, 1 large red pepper, 1 small onion, 3 garlic cloves and a half a bag of frozen artichoke hearts. Dice the veggies, drizzle with olive oil, S&P and roast at 425F until tender and golden.

The most important thing I can say about using phyllo is to keep it covered with a damp cloth as you go layering it. For this recipe I used 6 sheets, I did not drench them in melted butter either, instead I sprayed olive oil over each sheet with my olive oil mister as well as a sprinkling of grated romano cheese on each layer.

When you reach the 6th sheet spread your vegetables all over leaving about a 2″ border all the way around. Scatter your favorite cheese combination on top of the veggies, I used fresh mozzarella, grated fontina, asiago and romano. Fold up the border ends over the vegetables then carefully roll up starting up on the longer side until it becomes into a log.

I sprayed olive oil on top of the log along with grated cheese and black pepper and baked it for around 20 minutes at 400F until golden.

Let it cool down a little before you slice into it. This was so good I can’t wait to make it again! You can really choose any veggies you like as well as cheese. I served a little dipping sauce made of leftover marinara and roasted red peppers that I swirled in my food processor! What a great combination!

 

Andrew Zimmerman Baltimore style crab cakes


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup canola oil

Lemon wedges, for serving
note:  1/2 lemon juiced, 1/2 panko, 6 saltines, 1/2 tsp old bay, parsley minced

Step 1
In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.

Step 2
In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat with the cracker crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3
Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the crab cakes to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

The crab cakes can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste from thisoldgal.com

4 oz Fresh Ginger Root peeled
4 oz Fresh Garlic peeled
1-2 tsp Fresh Water
1 pinch Sea Salt
1 4 oz Mason Jars
1 Covered Ice Cube Tray

Place all ingredients into Vitamix, Blender or Food Processor and process until slightly smooth.
Store in refrigerator in a covered glass vessel or freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes
The Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste freezes well.
I store them in my freezer in individual servings in this Covered Ice Cube Tray.
When you need some paste, just pop out a cube or two. It is so convenient