Poached Rhubarb.

Do you love rhubarb? I hope so because this easy and delicious recipe for Poached Rhubarb is just in time for the harvest!

Rhubarb is the one thing that I cannot wait to get planted, here in Montana! Mainly because I could eat rhubarb every day and now grow tired of it. Rhubarb can be prepared in so many different ways, making it one of the best plants for the home gardener to consider. With rhubarb, you plant once, eat often!

Poached Rhubarb can be enjoyed on its own as dessert! Place some in a small bowl, add a spoon full of vanilla yogurt, and enjoy. It is also delicious as a sauce for cake. It goes particularly well with a piece of gingerbread! That spicy flavor in the gingerbread pairs well with the tart yet sweet flavor from the rhubarb. 

Don't worry if you do not have a double boiler to use, it is easy to adapt by using one pan sitting inside a larger pan. I hope you give Poached Rhubarb a try because it is sooo good!

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Something for the Kitchen!

4 on Friday 05.29.2020

4 on Friday, is a collection of suggestions offered to help you manage your very own DIY Homemade we are discussing potatoes, pants, cleaning cloths, and more potatoes. 
When my daughter went down into our root cellar, we discovered that not only were the stored potatoes beginning to sprout, they were in a race to see who could grow the longest sprout! Since these potatoes were our last until our own little crop comes through later this year, we needed to act quickly. So we prepped the potatoes for stew and hashbrowns and stored them in the freezer for future meals. 

For Stew Potatoes, we cooked the potatoes about halfway, cut them into quarters or bite-sized pieces. On the freezer bag were a label, date, and directions to add during the last 30 minutes of cooking. 

For Hash Brown Potatoes, we cooked until almost done, shredded and seasoned. On the freezer bag was a label, date, and directions for cooking. 
These Cleaning Cloths have been in the daughter's kitchen fo…

Super Fruit and Vegetable Breakfast Squares.

Presenting a delicious and nutritious recipe for Super Fruit and Vegetable Breakfast Squares. Because eating a great breakfast is always a good idea! 

This recipe is not only delicious; it freezes very well, which is wonderful for smaller families. Plus every ingredient listed is available year-round. For those that like a bigger breakfast, it is also quite fitting to serve Super Fruit and Vegetable Breakfast Squares with eggs, simply cut into smaller squares, which is so much easier than individual muffins.
For our family, we cut and wrap squares individually in waxed paper, then freeze. Making it so easy to pull one out for a great start to the morning. They are moist enough to enjoy without a spread or butter. Which makes it easy to toss one into a backpack, for those that might prefer eating a little later in the day. And yes, Super Fruit and Vegetable Breakfast Squares would go great alongside a bowl of soup for a light supper, even though they are called breakfast squares!

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Taco Pickles!

Taco Pickles are just the thing for Taco Tuesday or anytime you want a bite of delicious flavor! Not too hot, not too spicy, they are just right!

When I eat Tex-Mex, I enjoy a spicy, vinegary condiment with my meal. Just like when we have fish for dinner, I want something with a bit of a bite to it. Something to add some excitement. For me, fish can be a little boring on the dinner plate. 

I would recommend that you tuck a spoonful of these crispy, spicy, sweet and puckery Taco Pickles into a sandwich or anywhere else a spicy flavor is desired! 

Hmmm, can you tell I like these pickles?!

Taco Pickles are easy to put together, but they do need 24-48 hours to ferment. Out on your counter is the perfect spot. You can keep an eye on them and after fermenting, simply put the jar of Taco Pickles in the refrigerator. 
The ingredients needed are very easy to obtain and for many, all you will need to do is go out to your very own garden! 

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Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning

Years ago Penzy's Ltd made a wonderful seasoning called Bay Leaf Seasoning. And then they stopped...I don't know why they stopped, but they did. Then one day when I went to the spice drawer and pulled out the Bay Leaf Seasoning, but the jar was empty. I closed the drawer and made a mental note, to stop at the Penzy's outlet on the way home from work. 

But when I got to the outlet store, I learned the sad truth. Penzy's no longer made Bay Leaf Seasoning...I went ahead and picked up what I needed from the shelves, but my new jar of Bay Leaf Seasoning was nowhere to be seen. When I returned home, I was glad I kept the empty spice jar, because the label listed the ingredients by weight. 

Now, I am no chemist, but I picked up some bay leaves, hoping I could re-create the blend. Using the ingredients list I set about putting together my best guess concoction of what I believed to be Bay Leaf Seasoning. Ironically when I emptied my homemade mixture into the jar, the jar was ful…

Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing

Does your family crave creamy salad dressings over a tangy vinaigrette? I know we do sometimes! Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing is calling out to you, why not give it a try?

Sometimes only a creamy dressing will do! Especially when offering salad to children, a vinaigrette is often too strong or "sour" if you were to ask "How is that, do you like it?" Fortunately Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan Cheese SaladDressing is easy to make, tastes great and fresh parsley (one of my favorite ingredients to work with!) is available year-round.

This dressing is also a great dunk for crisp vegetables or served alongside a steamed artichoke for a first course. Parsley Buttermilk and Parmesan CheeseSalad Dressing goes great drizzled over crisp Romaine, cherry tomatoes, and shredded carrots! Out of buttermilk? No problem, feel free to substitute half yogurt and milk. I hope you give it a try, it really is perfect for those salad days ahead!

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Dessert Apple Slices

Do you love apple pie? Never fear, this tasty recipe for Dessert Apple Slices will come in quite handy when the desire for pie strikes!  

I love apple pie, and that is precisely the problem, I do love it, and would eat the whole dang thing! But if I want to keep wearing my current clothes, I really don't need to can't eat that much pie. Just know, however, I would take one for the team, if I needed too…I am just the person you could call on!
But my husband is not a lover of pie, he is an ice cream guy, all the way. So that created a conundrum for me, how do I get the enjoyment of apple pie without baking a pie? Let’s see, what do I have to work with? Well, let's see, along with apples add in an electric pressure cooker, a bit of sugar, cinnamon, and four minutes cooking time to make Dessert Apple Slices.
There is a bit of hands-on work, peeling and sugaring the apples. Then a resting period of resting to allow the apples to juice out, followed by 4-minutes of cooking time. Th…