Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

Soba Noodles with Vegan Lemon Picatta Cream Sauce

 Any time you need a delicious fancy dinner to serve or you just want to fill up on a great comfort food meal, try this lemon sauce with pasta.  All you’ll need is a few basics like Lemons, butter, Nut Milk and pasta…and you’re 30 minutes away from sitting down to a great healthy meal that won’t leave you sleepy from carbs.  The sauce is a healthy cousin to the traditional Italian Picatta sauce served with Chicken or Veal and pasta.  A meal I used to enjoy frequently before moving to a plant based Vegan diet.  This version is so much healthier, kinder and actually so much easier as well.  It’s all good!  Soba noodles are usually in with Asian foods in the grocery.  They have Buckwheat flour mixed with wheat usually and take only a few minutes to cook.  This sauce is slightly creamy but definitely not thick like a cheese sauce.  It lets the pasta be the texture of each bite, not the cream.  Very light and flavorful. This meal just cries out for a few slices of hot toasted homemade bread…uummmmmmmm PrintSoba Noodles with Lemon Cream Sauce 51 Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2…

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Humpty Dumpty 6 Bean Soup & ‘Repin To Win’ Contest Winners!

This contest is now closed.       Okay, okay, okay!  Enough silliness……. And the winners are: Grand Prize winner, winning first choice of the 3 prizes for ‘repinning’ over 600 Valentine’s Day Pins is……… Laura Chassagne Laura, contact me at cannedtime11@gmail.com to claim your choice for 1st prize 🙂 And the 2nd place winner, with almost 300 ‘repins’ and winning 2nd choice of the prizes is….. Carol finally: Blake Cook  Is my 3rd place winner.  Nice job Blake!  You’ll get the 3rd prize in our contest 🙂 I want to thank Kathy Hester, Cocomama Foods and Becky Striepe for providing great prizes for the contest and a special thanks to Annie at anunrefinedvegan.com  for her help in getting things going for the event! And thanks to everyone who spent time repinning for the contest.  I hope you found some great Valentine’s Day ideas and recipes along the way.  Canned-Time gained over 800 new followers during the contest and I welcome each and every pinner to the site. Thanks and have a Healthy  day!!!  

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My WordPress Move Healthy Cookbook Giveaway!

 I’m having posting withdrawals this week while trying to get the new and improved Canned Time up and functioning on WordPress after moving from Blogger. I thought a good giveaway would calm my frustration and get me going with posting to WordPress. The giveaway is for 1 lucky reader and the prize is 2 of the best healthy eating cookbooks out there: Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free: Over 70 Delicious and Nutritious Recipes a wonderful book with big beautiful pictures and easy to follow recipes like: Banana Pancakes, Spicy Carrot Soup or Orange Syrup Cake!  YUM. Plus the winner will receive: 100 Best Health Foods This is a great little reference guide with 100 nutritious recipes and beautiful pictures. Wouldn’t you love to own these two for yourself? Just follow the directions on how to enter and you just may soon……. To enter the Giveaway: (you must leave a separate comment on this posting for each entry) 1. You must Facebook ‘Like’ Canned Time and/or 2.  Subscribe to Email Updates from my blog (upper right hand corner of screen – enter your email address and confirm subscription) For more chances to win: Twitter Follow Canned Time Pinterest Follow Canned Time…

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The WordPress Move

http://cannedtime.wordpress.com/ This week I’m S-L-O-W-L-Y moving the blog to WordPress from Blogger. If you’re not a blogger, it may surprise you that with cooking, (cleaning up), photography, editing, writing and taking care of life in between a post can take up to 5 hours of your life before it’s worth publishing. Not something that’s worth that much time! WordPress has so many built in functions instead of having to build codes and configure pics myself.  It’s a MUCH more time friendly browser. I’ve had a lot of fun in the last 3 years posting and configuring.  But it just is so much more fun over at WordPress, I can’t resist any longer. (Moving over so many postings is tedious.  Some actually might not make the move) I’ll most likely leave my Blogger version up and running for quite a while but the Move to WordPress is ON! See you all over there soon I hope………….. I will be cooking some too so I keep my sanity……working on a spicy fennel cracker with a Lentil and Black Bean Dip to go with!  Have a great weekend.

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Sprouting & Anti – Inflammatory Charts

I wanted to share 2 charts I came across in the last week that are really helpful summaries of healthful eating.  The first one deals with Anti-Inflammatory Dieting. Courtesy of Dr. Weil, this chart really defines how we should choose our food. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet I’ve used this diet guideline for the past 2 years and it REALLY does help with joint pain. Last week I recommitted myself to sticking with this food parameter again as part of my Getting Back On Track efforts this month. I’m using Vega smoothies daily for the next few months to take off 20 lbs. They work perfectly with Anti Inflammatory Dieting. The second chart is goes hand in hand with Dr. Weil’s Diet guidelines. SPOUTING!! I fell in love with spouting foods last spring and this chart is wonderful at organizing techniques and general information. When I saw it on Anna’s Facebook page, I knew I had to save it for a reference. Do any of you sprout your food? Any good ideas for keeping the sprouts fresh longer, or what your favorite tastes are? Great references here.  Thanks Anna, thanks Dr. Weil!

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Blogger Favorites Today

I’m squeezed for time today, trying to replace our 10+year old dishwasher so no cooking today. But I wanted to share a few of the fantastic recipes that other bloggers have out there right now. Really beautiful and healthy. First off is a blog I’ve just started looking at and can’t believe how fresh and lovely her desserts look: Vegan Peach Raspberry Dream Cakes http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/ I’ve been following Bojon Gourmet for a while and always love what her unique combinations, check out these yum yums: Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Bars http://www.bojongourmet.com/ Chockohlaway has a great homemade cozy feel to her recipes.  They have wonderfully healthy ingredients with a flare: Graham Crackers http://chockohlawtay.blogspot.com Finally it wouldn’t be right not to include a special post from my favorite food blog Averie Cooks.  Averie’s blog really got me into my current ‘blogger status’ and she has a wide range of topics. So many to choose from but here’s a one of many favorites: Peanut Butter And Jelly Chocolate Protien Fudge Averie Cooks So many great food blogs out there, be sure and check these five out for sure and then let me know what else you all are looking at! Enjoy! Back to…

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NuNatural’s Giveaway!

We’re starting off June with a BANG!! A fantastic giveaway from my favorite ‘sugar free’ sources: NuNaturals Every three or four weeks, I receive my iHerb order restocking my favorite healthy baking products and nutritional supplements. 9 times out of 10 times,  the box includes a restock of one or more wonderful items from NuNaturals. In May, I received my first container of NuStevia White Stevia Powder.   A powdered Stevia that works fantastic in my drinks and recipes. It dissolves easily in hot or cold drinks.  It’s just a low-non sugar eater’s dream! I’ve really loved using it.  But of course, NuNaturals has improved even their own great product to now include a powdered Stevia, just for baking. NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend! MoreFiber makes it easy to reduce or take sugar out of your conventional recipes  while adding high quality fibers. My other long time favorite is their liquid Stevia. I’ve been using the NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia in my recipes for over a year now and it is just awesome for substituting sugars. NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia For individuals that are sensitive to alcohol, here is a product especially for you. For everyone else, the unique sweet…

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Sugar Free Sunflower Seed Butter

This is the Sunflower Seed Butter mixed with a Mocha powder.  Lot’s of variety options for this. Blend the nuts, scraping down sides until the smooth texture you want is made. You can add in a variety of flavors to this base or just enjoy the Sunflower flavor.   I’m storing the Sunflower Seed Butter in a canning jar. Don’t think that this one can be preserved by canning method but stores in the freezer well for at least 1 year. This nut butter has so many variations: Use Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts or Brazil nuts instead of Sunflowers. I used Sunflower Seeds today because I found 1 pound for just $2.50 so it’s definitely an economical option to store bought nut butters. After I made up this first batch of Sunflower Seed Butter, I poured half in another container. Then I stirred in 1 Tbs. of Cocoa Powder and 1 Tbs. of Caffix Coffee Substitute to make a Mocha version of this dipping sauce.  It can be flavored many different ways to suit your own tastes.  Vanilla, Raspberry, or mix in your favorite jam to create an even richer sauce.  It can be heated to pour over desserts as…

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Nutella Flax Seed Coco Butter Bars

I needed something to munch on this holiday weekend with all my time at home and these bars are perfect.  A little sweet, a lot healthy and freezer convenient as well.  They took less than 10 minutes to mix up and get chilled ready to eat.  The Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread is low sugar, the ground flax seed works well as a binder instead of white flour, and the Coco Butter helps keeps the shape. Nutella is running a Sweepstakes right now to win a case of Nutella! Now that would be awesome!  Check it out here: http://www.nutellausa.com/giveaway.htm Any bar with Chocolate, Hazelnuts, Coco Butter and Shredded Coconut can’t be half bad right? Just don’t tell anyone they’re held together with Flax Seed and they’ll be a new favorite to snack on. The recipe for these lovely little bits couldn’t be easier: Line a container with wrap to make cutting the bars easier or spay w/ vegetable spray Cover the batter with shredded coconut and push down into batter Be sure and check out the great Cookbook giveaway going on now through Monday at “Averie Cooks“

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Watermelon Jam

Last year I experimented with some unusual canning ingredients and this is one of my favorites. I saw this recipe on line and had to give it a try. My favorite fruit is Watermelon!   And being able to enjoy those juicy flavors in the chill of winter as well……… sounded like a perfect idea.     The recipe is included here: http://blondiescakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/watermelon-jam.html With most canning processes, it’s just easier to put out a tested recipe since canning is more science than a lot of food we enjoy.   And I didn’t puree the fruit in advance. I used an immersion blender to smooth while cooking the fruit for a while to save some time and mess. The rest was the same process. My $3.99 Watermelon made up much more jam than I expected.  This works out to about .75 per jar!       Can’t wait to spread a little on a biscuit!

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Vegan Poblano Corn Chowder

This Dairy Free version of one of my favorite soups is still creamy and spicy.  Just like a cream filled recipe.  It goes well with just chips or along side of any main Mexican dish.   Freezes well for quick meals on busy nights.  Vegan Poblano Pepper Corn Chowder 6 Cups of Vegetable Stock 5 Cups of cubed white potatoes 3 Roasted Poblano Peppers cut into small pieces 1 large (29 oz.) Can of Corn 1 tsp. Celery Seed 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder Salt and Pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a large Dutch Oven sized pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour until potatoes and pepper have softened. Remove from heat. If you have an immersion blender, carefully puree most of the soup leaving some chunks of corn and potato. Or Carefully blend 2/3 of the soup in a blender until smooth then add it back into the pot. Serve with chips, tortillas or bread.  Makes about 4 quarts Freezes well. Congratulations again to Margaret Sarro, winner of the Kindred Bliss Bath & Body giveaway!

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Omnium-Gatherum – May 2012

Summing up my month so far: I saw a baby Praying Mantis looking for lunch while I was eating mine in Winchester VA. I found out that Biscoff Spread is the tastiest stuff I’ve eaten in a long time: http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/05/dairy-free-biscoff-cookie-spread.html A much quicker treat than cupcakes is just to spread it on a couple Granny Smith Apple slices. Picked up stuff for work at Union Station in DC. Snatched a picture of Mr. Butterfly spreading the pollen around in Kensington, MD I made my first, and definitely not my last batch of homemade brown sugar. http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/05/homemade-brown-sugar.html Got lucky with my first Watermelon of the Summer and found a really sweet one! More details on a great Popsicle recipe with the rest of the Mellon coming up this month……………   Watched a few seconds of sunrise over Damascus, MD Took a quick walk on Mother’s Day to enjoy all the beautiful flowers out right now before I drove down to see my Mom. I took a walk around a Revolutionary War Memorial in Harper’s Ferry WV                                                                          Helped Floydy celebrate his 7th Birthday………………….. Found this beautiful little teapot at an Antique Shop downtown for just $5. http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/05/strawberry-honey-mustard-dipping-sauce.html I created a Canned Time…

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Dairy Free Biscoff Cookie Spread Cupcake Cheesecakes

I wanted to make my Mom a special treat for Mother’s Day so I started with a great main taste….Biscoff Spread: These are No Bake Cupcakes, Dairy Free, almost Sugar Free and need to be kept frozen until you want to eat them. Thaw for just a few minutes and they’ll be just like a cheesecake texture. Makes about 12 Cupcakes, here’s how: Crust / Bottom 1/2 Cup Date Pieces 1/3 Cup Slivered Almonds 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar 4 Biscoff Cookies & 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Manna Grind 1st 4 ingredients until a smooth crumb is obtained. Stir in melted Coconut Manna with the crumbs and mix until a wet pasty batter is formed. Spoon 1 Tbs. of wet crumbs down into each cupcake liner, smooth out and press down firmly into each paper to create a cake base with the crumb mixture.  Set aside while you make the next layer. Cheesecake Cream Filling: 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 1 15 oz. can Organic Pumpkin puree 1/2 Cup Biscoff Spread (yummmm!) 1 8 oz. tub of Tofutti Non Dairy Cream Cheese (or other brand) 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Liquid Vanilla Stevia 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves The Steel Oats here are optional but why…

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Weekend Beverage Sampling

I have a few days to spend by myself indulging in selfish interests and I’m starting the time with 3 new beverages to try out. I love being married, but sometimes it’s nice to just have your own space and relax without trying to please anyone but yourself…… The Ginger Ale is like no Ginger Drink I’ve ever tried, strong but refreshing Old English Dandelion & Burdock  I’ll miss him by tomorrow………… but for now its my time. Natural Ingredient Maine Root Beer So I bought 3 drinks today to try out:  A Dandelion Burdock that I read about last year when I was on my Burdock Root craze, a natural Ginger Ale that I’ll have with dinner, and a natural Root Beer made in Maine. Just a light dinner enjoying some veggies and crackers with the Whole Grain Spicy Honey Mustard that I made last week and also trying out some Kumquat Jam and the good people at iHerb included in my last order to sample. I was happy to try out the Kumquat Jam to compare it to my own version I canned last month. Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade. The Kumquat Jam from iHerb is less chunky than mine, more…

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Homemade Brown Sugar

I don’t use a lot of Brown Sugar and I’ve always had trouble keeping it from getting rock hard no matter how air tightly I had it sealed up after opening a box.  So this homemade version will really work out nicely for me.  I can make it up fresh for a recipe even! Use a canning funnel if you have one to fill the jar Super easy…………….all you need is some ‘white’ sugar and a little molasses……. When you first start stirring the molasses in, it will clump up but soon it will blend in completely I found this cool old Mason Jar at an Antique store yesterday that will work perfectly for storing the Brown Sugar and keep it from drying out. I think this would be a fun project with kids helping.  I used the fork to stir at first but then got in there with my hands and it mixed the molasses in much more quickly.  Little fingers would love that! Floydy helped with the photos as usual.  Not sure what he thought he was going to do after he rolled on the railing?  DUH! Homemade Brown Sugar……Give it a try!   Linked to: http://willingcook.com/allergy-free-wednesdays-may-16-2012/

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Happy Birthday Mr. Pink Floydy!!

Mr. Floydy turns 7 years old today.  To celebrate, I’m posting his film debut: He’s a clean cat and has this routine anytime he hears us go into the hall bathroom: The rest of his days are spent watching for the UPS man from the front window: Guarding the Crock Pot:                                                                                                      Birdwatching:  Playing with his new New Birthday Toy: And then of course, a nap: Mr. Floydy got his name when we picked him up from the Animal Shelter and they had a bright Pink collar on him….didn’t really suit his character, but he’s stuck with the name. 

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Microwave Palm Sugar Cashew Brittle

Ingredients 1 cup Coconut Palm Sugar 1/2 cup light Agave syrup 1 cup salted Cashews 1 teaspoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ( I used Orange extract) 2 teaspoon baking soda Directions Butter a cookie sheet. Combine Palm Sugar and Agave syrup in a 2 quart glass bowl and microwave on high 4 minutes. Stir in Cashews and microwave on high 3 minutes more, then stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 minute. Stir in baking soda (quickly) until light and foamy.  CAREFULLY pour immediately onto cookie sheet and spread out on pan lightly, the candy will spread by itself so don’t force it too much.  It should be about 1/2 inch thick on the pan after spreading. Cool completely and break into pieces. Sugar / Syrup after 4 minutes microwave and stir Added Cashews and microwaved 3.5 more minutes / Added butter and stir After adding Baking Soda, stir immediately and pour onto buttered pan.  Allow to cool and then break apart. READ MORE INFORMATION ON THE SUGAR ALTERNATIVE ‘ COCONUT PALM SUGAR’ http://www.naturalnews.com/028996_palm_sugar_natural_sweetener.html http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/palm.html http://www.sugarpalmtree.com/palmsugar-notes.html ENJOY! // Pin It

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Ginger Snap Truffles

Winner of the Best Price Nutrition Probiotics Giveaway was Courtney. This is a quick and easy recipe from Kraft Foods for tasty little ginger bites. They only took 30 minutes to make and will probably be gone before I finish posting this if I’m not more controlled. They’re wonderful! I’ve adapted it to be Dairy Free: 1 8 oz. tub of Toffuti Non Dairy Cream Cheese (or TJ’s or other non dairy) 40 + Organic Ginger Snap Cookies ( I used Nature’s Promise) finely crushed to make about 2 1/4 cups, divided 8 Oz. of Non Dairy Chocolate, melted MIX cream cheese and 2 cups cookie crumbs until well blended. CHILL the mixture until it is firm enough to roll in your hands.  I had to work fast here. SHAPE into 30 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in shallow pan. Freeze 10 min. Dip in chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated. Here’s the Kraft Foods version for regular Dairy Cookies: Ginger Snaps Cookie Balls recipe Thanks for all the Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway Entries

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Tropical Traditions Hair Oil Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for the entries Lavender is one of my favorite scents.  So relaxing and mild, especially fresh lavender live on the plant. http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp I have a lavender plant growing in the front yard that did pretty well it’s first year, sprouted 4-5 shoots with blossoms. Then this spring I transplanted it to a better area so we’ll see how it does. Until then, I’ll rely on better sources for my lavender fixes. Tropical Traditions sent me a lavender scented coconut oil hair treatment to try. It smells wonderful. I have used it on the tips of my hair for a couple weeks now but I really prefer it as a moisturizer for my legs. To each her own right? Well now Tropical Traditions will offer one of my readers a bottle to try out for themselves. Tropical Traditions is the best place to get Virgin Coconut Oil I think.  I’ve used their Coconut Oil in my recipes and love it! Like my Diary Free Raspberry Mocha Cookie Cream Cake, YUM!!  And now that I’ve tried their haircare products, I’m loving my options for all the Coconut products they have. http://www.youtube.com/embed/4h6eycjf29M Tropical Traditions has formulated three different…

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Spiced Up Pears

I had some help from Mr. Floydy this afternoon canning up some spiced pears.  I canned some pears 2 years ago to give as gifts (ate 2 jars myself though)  and everyone loved them. This batch, I decided to use a little more spice and to leave the skins on too. They turned out really nicely sweetened and with a tender but not mushy texture. I think leaving the skins on helped the slices to not break apart so much as my first batch did.  The first batch tasted fine but this one was more like fresh fruit.  Here’s the link for my first batch: http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2010/12/spiced-pears.html Spiced Up Canned Pears                                    5 – 6  Pears Cored and Sliced (any type or a mix) 1 Cup of filtered warm water 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 tsp. Allspice 3 Tbs. Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sweetener) 2 droppers full of lemon flavored liquid Stevia (or 1 tsp. of lemon juice + 1 tsp. Stevia Powder) Add in additional Stevia to taste and ripeness of the pears.  Heat water to a boil, add in pear slices and all other ingredients. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes then…

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Getting Away

Getting Away

We’re taking a few days away from the city rush and traffic to get some fresh air (and pollen unfortunately) I started out the day with my favorite smoothie since I wasn’t leaving before sunrise like most mornings: Frozen Bananas Frozen Pineapple Almond Milk Flax Meal Liquid Vanilla Stevia (NuNaturals of course) Cinnamon and a big Mason Jar to pour it all into So nice to have time in the morning to enjoy heathy fresh ingredients….. I found a couple real bargains yesterday to take along too: $10 for the jacket and $5 for the t-shirt?  Can’t beat that…………………….. It’s going to be one of those chilly morning and hot afternoon weekends so I need a little of everything to have on hand to wear.  These should work out well, especially for the price! Definitely a shopping find! Bringing along this bargain too: This Coconut Oil Hair Treatment from Tropical Traditions is awesome. I got the Lavender scented and it’s wonderful to rub on your skin before bed. Smells so light and relaxing! I know, it’s supposed to be for hair, but hey, if it works? Pink Floydy will have the weekend off as well….  He’ll be doing mostly this………………..                                                                                         …

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Collecting

For some reason, a lot of people start collecting things that have similarities or are just special to them.  Eventually our homes are full of a lot of ‘stuff’…… I started (about 3 decades ago) a collection of unusual salt and pepper shakers: My first set was the birds here near the bottom. They belonged to my Grandmother and I think I just wanted to be a part of her past somehow. I didn’t get very far as you can see here………..but somehow, I wont ever throw this tiny group away for the sake of saying, ‘I collect salt n pepper shakers’ Which obviously, I don’t or I would have a lot more sets than 4. Maybe someday I’ll get a few more? One of two walls we have of Sports Memorabilia I was a little more successful at collecting sports items for my husband.  Mostly because it gave me something to give him as gifts that I knew he would actually appreciate instead of  say…..socks!   But this collection was much more expensive and now we have to ‘worry’ about it anytime a repair guy or stranger comes in the house. Starfish Collection? Then at some point, I tried collecting Star Fish.I do…

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Flavored Sea Salts

So easy and can really jazz up a simple chicken or fish meal with some extra flavor, great for popcorn even! Proportions are 1/2 Cup of Sea Salt to 2 Tbs. of flavor, ground and mixed well. Here I made a Citrus Red Pepper Fennel. I had already dehydrated some Blood Oranges so I just ground up a couple slices of those first then added in the red pepper and fennel to blend everything. And this one is Rosemary Paprika  Sea Salt. Same proportions but you could adjust to your own tastes of course. Be sure to store the Salt in an sterilized, air tight container. What flavors can you think of to try?

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Bird Watching

There’s no help from my friend Floydy today.  He’s busy watching for a nest building birdie who continues to peck her beak on a ledge of this window.  I held him up to the window right next to the bird at one point (the glass has a reflective shield on it so the bird can’t see in) and Floydy thought he would die because the bird wasn’t reacting to his paws clamoring at the glass. Busy times.   I’m busy boiling away some apple cider trying my hand at making Apple Cider Syrup to can for summer drinking. And I’m munching on a few of these:  Yummy Amaretto Cookies More later on how the Cider turns out.  It’s taking a LONG time to boil away half the liquid! Meanwhile………..the bird drama continues for poor Floydy: His hunger is growing with all the bird watching calorie burning………… Our lovely little visiting birdie doesn’t seem to care at all about Floydy’s troubles, more about her new nest outside for her future family………….. Somedays it just hard work being a smart cat like Mr. Floydy

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Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade

Adapted from Cake Walk’s Kumquat Habenaro Marmalade Makes 4 Pints 4 Cups Kumquats (Sliced, deseeded, seeds set aside) 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar or other sweetener 1 Sliced Jalapeno Pepper 1 Ripe Pomegranate 2 cups Filtered Water 1/8 tsp. Sea Salt Place the kumquat seeds into a spice bag, or tie them up into a small piece of cheesecloth. Put the kumquat slices, water, and bag of reserved seeds into a large preserving pot along with the Chile pepper and Pomegranate seeds. Bring to a boil, and boil uncovered for 15 minutes skimming off any foam that may form. Remove the pan from the heat and cover with a towel. Let it stand at room temperature for 8-12 hours. After standing, fish out the Jalepeno pepper (but leave the bag of seeds in), add sugar to the pan and place over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Then, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, then remove the pan from the heat, cover again with the cloth, and let sit for another 8-12 hours. Prepare jars, lids and rings as well as a hot water bath. Bring the kumquat mixture to a boil slowly,…

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No Cooking Today = Election Judging

NO COOKING TODAY! My husband and I are busy today helping out at the Election Polls for the State Primary.      We can’t even bring our cell phones in the building or check them all day………..ARRRGGGG!!! Can’t handle being out of touch!! We have to bring our own snacks since we can’t leave the voting area until the polls are closed and we turn the ballets all over to the State so  I’ll definately be bringing some of my favorites to munch on…………..like these http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/02/cheerios-creamy-peanut-butter-cookies.html Or maybe a couple of these: http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/03/chocolate-donuts-with-key-lime-frosting.html I’ll be out of touch from 6am till after 9pm so hope you all have a great Tuesday in the REAL world. ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM TODAY EVERYONE…………(And your cell phones)

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Dandelion Greens Strawberry Salad

A quick dinner tonight.  Really hectic work week but I have to get some good greens in me. Nothing better than freshly picked Dandelion greens with big beautiful Strawberries and a light vinaigrette.http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/04/nunaturals-liquid-stevia-orange-lemon.html Dandelion greens are wonderful for their anti-inflammatory qualities as well as diuretic and a host of good nutrition to boot.  I tried like crazy last year to grow my own………..never thought it would be so hard since they’re  a weed right?  But I never did succeed at getting any to get bigger than a couple inches in any confined soil.  So I get them at the health food store or forage away for fresh uncontaminated ones.  The tiny little new leaves that are growing right now here are the best for salad. Mustard Dill Cucumber & Orange Relish I used the last of the vinaigrette I made up for Averie’s Mustard Dill Cucumber & Orange Relish from Averie Cooks and it worked perfectly with the strawberries sweetness and the spicy mustard seed. Make sure you gather your fresh dandelion leaves from an area you are Certain hasn’t had any chemical spray for at least the last 2 years.  And wash your leaves thoroughly. Definitely will be making this…

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