Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cabbage - Cole Slaw

Sweet Cole Slaw

The season of fresh produce from local farmer's markets is here.  Fresh cabbage is plentiful - or will be in a few days.  This is a very simple recipe for a delicious cole slaw.

1 head of cabbage
1 small can of crushed pineapple
1 granny smith apple
1 pint jar of Jimmy's Cole Slaw dressing
Poppy Seed- a tablespoon or so.

Chop the cabbage - I use the slicing disk on my food processor, but otherwise just slice very thinly with a sharp kitchen knife. Chop the granny smith apple into small chunks, then add in a small can of crushed pineapple (drain), shake on some poppy seed, and stir the Jimmy's Cole Slaw dressing on the cabbage mixture.

Simple, fast, tasty -- very good.

Very young cooks will be able to make this cole slaw with just a little help with the food processor and with the chopping of the apple.  Makes a great side dish for meat loaf, spaghetti and meat balls, lemon baked chicken, actually any main dish that requires a salad of some sort.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rhubarb - 'Tis the Season


  1. The thick leaf stalks of a cultivated plant of the dock family, which are reddish
    or green and eaten as a fruit after cooking.
  2. The large-leaved Eurasian plant (Rheum rhaponticum) that produces these stems.

Synonyms --pieplant

Rhubarb makes a delicious Rhubarb pie — whether alone or combined with strawberries. Rhubarb Pie is a staple in the restaurants in the Amana Colonies - a historical area in the middle of Iowa.  Making a good crust is a talent -- and if making it fresh, time-consuming.  Much quicker and just as delicious is a good rhubarb crisp.  It takes only minutes to put together and then into the oven while you are preparing for guests or making the rest of the meal.  Serve it warm with ice cream (we like using a butter crunch) or with whipped cream.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Celebrate Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss TODAY

March 2, 2014 is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss.  Celebrate with green eggs and ham

Or if you just can't deal with "green eggs" create your own version of Scrambled Eggs Super.

or party with some of the ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/mcelmeel2002/dr-seuss/ (thanks Christina)

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

This week's Favorites - BOOKS

This week we have two new favorite books -- both are by Chris Raschka --

Pryor reads them over and over (well he looks, someone else reads the words but I have not doubt but what he is reading in his mind as he knows every page.)
He's already learned that crabs have two claws, eight feet, and only walk sideways. And then he might like to try the Gluten-free Oatmeal raisin cookies (bet they are better tasting than chewing grass like cowy cow has to do).
These two books, Crabby Crab and Cowy Cow (both Abrams Appleseed, 2014) are new titles brought out to accompany  Lamby Lamb and Whaley Whale. In September 2014, new titles Buggy Bug and Clammy Clam will be published alongside refreshed editions of Moosey Moose, and Doggy Dog.   
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review of *new* Kitchen Aid Food Processor & Cranberry Relish

I LOVE my new Kitchen Aid food processor.  It slices and minces and chops - -and well you get it.  It all works perfectly EXCEPT for two things:

1)  Whoever designed the push buttons needs to get older and realize that finger strength in some of us is less than strong.  The buttons are absolutely too difficult to push to engage the action.  Three functions are plenty enough - no complaints there but to press a couple of times to get the mechanism to STOP is irritating.  I think I know why the buttons are why they are - ease of cleaning but I think engineering could figure out how to make the buttons easy to clean AND EASY TO ENGAGE.

2) What misguided person thinks that anyone is going to actually leave this "counter top appliance" on the counter top as if it is part of the home decor?  I have cute little gingerbread people, lovely Norwegian tiles with Rosemaling, a seasonal cookie jar perhaps but my counter top will not ever display a food processor, a mixer, or even a toaster.  Those are retrieved from my appliance cabinet when needed.  So what's my complaint.  The base of this food processor is extremely difficult to move.  It's not heavy (at least the basic seven cup processor) -- although plenty sturdy not to jump and shake when it is being used.  But there is no convenient way to pick up the base.  Put the plastic upper portions in the dishwasher when finished and then attempt to put away the base.  Easy to wipe off -- but then one has to squeeze one's fingers under the base; balance it against the other hand while struggling to get a grip on the second side.  Then carry it awkwardly to the appliance cabinet.  WHERE ARE THE HANDLES ON THE BASE?  It's nice that the product has a convenient and easy to grip handle on the work bowl, but that does not work for moving the base.  I do love what the food processor can do -- and wish I had gotten it in red, although I'm not sure that the basic model comes in red but every time I use it I grumble about the lack of a handle or a side indentation in the base so it can be picked up and moved easily.  I have a perfect solution to the storage of the work bowl and the  slicing blades and so forth.   A small rectangular wicker, cloth lined, basket sits right beside the processor base and when the work bowl or what ever comes out of the dishwasher just toss it into the basket and the next time grab the basket -- and the base by whatever method you can manage to move it to your counter top.

Kitchenaid Site (WEB) www.kitchenaid.com/countertop-appliances/food-processors/

Cranberry Orange Relish

And now a confession -- I LOVE cranberry relish and the main reason I keep a food processor in the house is to make this relish, especially for the holidays.  The recipe is simple... 

Cranberry Orange Relish - Recipe

12 oz. package of frozen cranberries
1 large orange (washed, ends cut off, and quartered; use peels and all except seeds)
1 cup of sugar or Splenda®

Optional:  You can add pecans or an apple if you wish.  I prefer not to use pecans and apples lower the shelf life of the relish. 
Put all ingredients in food processor, and chop (pulsing works best - make sure that you don't over process and make mush).  After chopping, and letting the relish sit for a couple of hours, the entire mixture will turn a beautiful red with a few bits of orange throughout.

 Store in a quart jar in the refrigerator.  Refrigerator life is several weeks if you have left overs.

Sharron McElmeel