Homemade Granola and Yogurt

Feb. 27, 2018, noon


HOMEMADE GRANOLA

Makes about 9 cups

4 cups rolled oats
In a bowl, measure out the oats. Add any or all of the following ingredients:
 
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 
1/2 cup flaxseed 
1/2 cup slivered almonds (or other nuts, chopped)

Over a medium-low flame, heat:
½ cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
½ cup water
¾ teaspoon salt

Stir with a wooden spoon until well-combined. Pour this liquid over dry ingredients and mix well until liquid is well-distributed. Spread out in a thin layer on a sheet pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour or until evenly browned and crispy. Turn with a spatula every 15 minutes or so so that the mixture browns evenly. During the final 5 minutes or so, add:

Raisins
Dried cranberries
Dried fruit of any kind

Allow to cool and then stor...


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Homemade Pasta

Jan. 30, 2018, noon


This is a basic recipe for the dough for whole egg pasta, used for making homemade tagliatelli, papparadelle and all stuffed pasta shapes.

Use one egg for every two people
2/3 cup all purpose flour or ¾ cup “00” Italian flour

Put the flour and egg in the bowl of a food processor. When it comes together and pulls away from the side of the bowl, remove it to a floured counter and knead for a little while. Try not to add too much flour as this makes the dough tough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for ten minutes.

Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Using a pasta machine, run the dough through on the widest setting for about 15 times. Then begin to reduce the size of the opening and run through one time on each setting.

Lay the pasta on a kitchen towel and sprinkle with a little flour. Repeat with the other 3 pieces.

Go back to the first piece of pasta and run it through the cutters. Put pasta on a kitchen towel and sprinkle...


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Cast Iron

Oct. 31, 2017, noon


WHERE TO FIND OR BUY CAST IRON
Antique stores and junk stores are great places to find cast iron skillets and other cast iron pieces. You can find Lodge cast iron at the grocery store or places like Walmart and also amazon.com.
COOKING TIPS

New cast iron comes seasoned and ready to use! Just give it a quick rinse and hand dry, and you’re ready to start cooking. Used cast iron might need to be seasoned. Instructions are below.
Use any utensils you like, even metal. There is no chemical coating to damage.
Cast iron can be used on all stovetops, from induction to electric to gas, even on the grill! It also works well on glass top stoves.
Cast iron performs best when heated and cooled gradually, so give it a few minutes to pre-heat before adding your food. 
Cast iron retains heat very well, so using a lower heat setting can prevent food from sticking. And don't forget to use an oven m...


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Soups and Stews

Oct. 17, 2017, noon


HOW TO MAKE SOUP WITHOUT A RECIPE
From Modern Alternative Momma

INGREDIENTS
1) CHOOSE YOUR FAT
Start with some type of healthy fat like butter or olive oil.  This is to sauté any root vegetables or other initial flavors.  Pick whatever you have on hand that will mesh well with your flavors. Choose olive oil if you want to make an “Italian” soup with a tomato base, and butter if you are making a cream soup; otherwise it’s a toss up.)
2) CHOOSE YOUR BASE
What do you have on hand?  Chicken, beef, or fish stock?  Tomato purée?  Cream or milk?  Choose one — or two.  Stock mixed with tomato purée is delicious, as is stock with milk.  Or even cream with tomato purée!  You choose the flavors you want.
3) CHOOSE YOUR MEAT
If you want meat, that is.  Is this a chicken soup?  Ground beef (like a chili, or made into meatballs)?&nb...


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