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Hungarian Mushroom Soup May 6, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 7:54 pm
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I had this soup at a restaurant recently and liked it so much that I decided to learn how to make it myself. Like about everything I make, it’s quick and easy.

Ingredients:

About 10 mushrooms, thinly sliced

½ cup onion, diced

2-4 cloves garlic, to taste

2 cups veggie broth

2 cups almond milk

½ teaspoon dill

¼ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon mustard powder

Fresh parsley, to taste

Salt & pepper, to taste

Olive oil or butter for sautéing

 

Directions:

Sautee mushrooms, onion and garlic about 10 minutes. Add the broth and milk and stir. Add spices and simmer 20-30 minutes to blend the flavor. A green salad goes nicely with this soup.

 

Enjoy!

 

Fruit Salad with Yogurt April 24, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 5:38 pm
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I was invited to brunch yesterday and asked to bring a fruit salad. I have a favorite recipe for this that is a little different than most and was excited to prepare it. My favorite brand of yogurt is Nancy’s. but if you want to make it vegan, just use a vegan yogurt. This is quick, easy, and oh so delicious. You can, of course, use whatever fruit you desire. It does need to be prepared shortly before serving, as it does not keep well overnight.

 

Ingredients:

2 bananas, thinly sliced

1 pint raspberries,

½ cups grapes, sliced in two

1 orange

¼ to ½ cup vanilla yogurt, to taste

About ¼ cup thawed orange juice concentrate

A teaspoon or so honey, optional.

 

Directions:

Mix fruits, then mix the yogurt, orange juice concentrate and honey. Pour the yogurt mix over the fruit and mix gently, but well.

 

Serve & Enjoy!

 

Apple Cake with Cinnamon Icing April 5, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 7:53 pm
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My oldest son lives in Seoul, S. Korea and is home for a visit for the first time in 2 ½ years. When he comes home, I make him birthday cakes for the years he has been gone. He always comes up with unique cake ideas which are a fun challenge. I made this one twice—the first attempt was okay but not great. I had grated the apple but it was too subtle to really taste. The nest time I diced it and added more, and it had a much stronger apple taste. Using vinegar is an old cooking technique from the depression when there was a shortage of eggs.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup canola oil

½ cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon vinegar

 

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Pour batter into an oiled cake pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a inserted toothpick comers out clean

 

Icing:

 

4 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons softened butter or earth balance

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

 

Mix together well.

Let cake cool, then frost with icing.

 

 

Cranberry Ginger Walnut Quick Bread January 18, 2017

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It has been a very cold and snowy January which has inspired me to do a lot of baking to warm the house up. I was going to make some banana bread, but after mixing the dry ingredients together, I discovered that the bananas were too far gone. That led me to devise this new recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
¼ to ½ cup organic sugar, depending on your sweet tooth.
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup canola oil
½ cup almond milk
¼ cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup diced ginger
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup flax seeds, optional
¼ cup sesame seeds, optional

Directions:

Mix the first five ingredients together. Add the oil and milk. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the sesame seeds and mix well. Oil a bread pan and sprinkle sesame seeds on top, if desired. Bake about 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

 

 

General Tso Tofu January 5, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 7:02 pm
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My son was up visiting for the holidays and found this recipe online for me. I modified it some, as I always do.It’s quick, easy and tasty.

 

Ingredients

1 block firm tofu

3 tablespoons olive or peanut oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons chopped ginger

2 tablespoons maple syrup (I used half maple syrup and half agave syrup.)

2 tablespoons tamari

1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce

1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

¼ red onion, diceda

3/4 cup vegetable broth

Directions

Cube the tofu and add the oil to the pan and heat.

In a saucepan heat the oil. Add tofu and cook until they are golden brown and crispy. Add oil if necessary.

Stir in garlic, ginger, maple syrup, soy sauce, ketchup, Sriracha sauce, scallions and vegetable broth.

Let it cook until it thickens. If it gets too thick, add some water.

I served it over rice, and it would also be good over noodles.

 

Chocolate Coffee Biscotti October 15, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 11:07 pm
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These are an Italian breakfast cookie, made to be dunked into your morning cup of coffee. The name appropriately means twice-baked. It is a stormy autumn day and thus perfect for making the house smell good and baking something yummy. I have been invited to Sunday brunch tomorrow by a very nice new friend, and I am making these as a hostess gift. Sssshhh. Don’t tell her. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sugar

 

1/3 cup canola oil

¼ cup brewed coffee

¼ cup almond or other plant based milk

 

¼ cup walnuts, chopped, optional

 

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients well. Mix the next three ingredients together. Pour oil mixture into the flour and stir well. Add more liquid if needed. Add walnuts. This will make a soft dough. Half the dough and roll each out into 1” logs. Place on unoiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes. It should still be soft when you take it out. Let rest for about 10 or 15 minutes. Cut into ½ “pieces and return to a 375-degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes. They should be crispy after baking the second time to hold up to being dunked. This makes about two dozen pieces.

 

ENJOY!

 

CACIO E PEPE September 2, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 5:55 pm
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The seasonal change in light has a big affect on me. I feel the change as the bright, brilliant summer light gives way to the softer, weaker sun of the autumn season. It leaves me feeling a bit melancholy and low-spirited. Does anyone else feel this way? This past Tuesday was when I felt the light sifting as another season slipped away. I have by now figured out ways to combat this feeling, by burning candles and stringing white lights all over inside, and I adjust pretty quickly.

The good thing about this change is that I feel like cooking and eating again. I’ve never had much appetite in the summer time and mostly just munch on whatever’s ripe in my garden. I made myself a new recipe last night and I think it came out well enough to share.  Like most of my recipes, it is quick and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

6 oz. pasta

1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Several fresh basil leaves, diced

About ¼ cup reserved pasta water

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. I also added a sprinkling of cayenne.

 

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

While pasta is cooking, put the rest of the ingredients, except the pasta water, in a large bowl and mix well. When the pasta is done, drain, remembering to reserve some of the water, and add cooked pasta to the bowl and stir, adding enough water to help coat the pasta. Serve with French garlic bread and salad, if desired.

 

ENJOY!