Archive | October 2010

My Dehydration Station

This past weekend I finally got that dehydration win that I’d been waiting for.

But, first things first.

Friday night was spent doing this:

Then on Saturday morning I learned the secret to speedy grocery shopping.

Go on Saturday morning at 8:30

during a snowstorm.

True story.

After shopping I braved the roads back to my apartment. By that time it was so bad out that I could barely see across the lake.

Perfect cleaning weather. I’m talking serious deep-cleaning, removing-everything-from-the-counters and scrubbing the floors kind of cleaning.

That, my friends, is where the “magic” happens. The magic that I’m speaking of is…dehydrating! On Sunday morning I set up the “dehydration station”.

On the dehydrating menu was fresh apples and mango (that I dipped in Fruit Fresh to prevent browning)

and canned pineapple, peaches and apricots.

Yes, you can dehydrate canned fruits! It’s way cheaper and it comes out tasting like those expensive “fruit leather” you can buy at the store.

Here’s what 10 hours in a dehydrator does to apples.

And pineapple

and peaches & apricots

and the most entertaining…mango.

I must say, my favorite of the bunch is the apples. It’s probably due to the cinnamon and sugar I sprinkled on them but, who knows?

Now I finally have the confidence to attempt beef jerky again…at some point. Baby steps.

My Scalloped Corn

Ever since reading about Caitlin’s Corn Casserole, I have been craving our family’s version…something we like to call SCALLOPED CORN.

This is probably hands-down one of the easiest yet tastiest side dishes you could make or bring for any dinner. (Besides a can of Pilsbury Crescent Rolls).

Preheat oven to 350*.

Grease a casserole dish.

Mix together:

~1 stick of melted butter

~1 can of creamed corn (not drained)

~1 can of corn kernels (not drained)

~2 eggs, beaten

~1 package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

~1 Cup of sour cream

Bake in greased casserole dish until center comes out clean when knife inserted. (Approximately 1 hour but keep an eye on it!)

YUMMMM! Tonight my scalloped corn was served with some Stovetop Stuffing, squash, mashed potatoes and turkey burger. I topped the turkey burger with Wegmans Cranberry Orange Chutney.

Delish!

What more can you ask for on Halloween than a Thanksgiving-inspired meal? A scary movie of course! I’m off to watch Halloweensince I never got to it yesterday.

Happy Halloween!

Jack-o-lantern

My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Original post dated October 31st, 2010)

this morning my mom had the ingredients for chocolate chip cookiesset out bright and early.

BEFORE

AFTER

Though my mom and I have many things in common, we differ on our chocolate chip cookie preference. I like mine more flat and chewy, she likes hers more cake-like or crunchy.

Either way, these stacked up to deliciousness!

My Pumpkin Murder

(Original post date October 6, 2010)

This past weekend, I committed pumpkin murder and, like any good hunter/gatherer, I didn’t let the guts go to waste. The seeds went into the oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, with some olive oil, Sriracha and S&P.

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While the seeds roasted I got to carving. I planned on one traditional Jack-o-Lantern and one not-so-traditional.

 

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I failed miserably at the not-so-traditional pumpkin.

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Time for plan B: I decided a simple moon and stars was much more logical.

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The finished products:

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I officially encourage everyone to commit pumpkin murder ASAP!