Come On Up To The House

August 28, 2017
by Ashley
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Overnight Oats – Carrot Cake

I have been experimenting with overnight oats for about a year now. I don’t personally love cooked oatmeal in the traditional sense, but I do love oats. So I make oatmeal cakes,  muffins, energy bites, muffins, cookies etc with oats.

Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 carrot, shredded
1/4 apple, cored and diced
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp dried cranberries

Pour everything into a jar, seal it up with a reusable top and shake. Refrigerate until morning and enjoy!

Top with walnuts or sunflower seeds.

August 23, 2017
by Ashley
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Orange Chocolate Biscotti

My new favorite treat for my afternoon coffee has to be these Biscotti. I found a cook book at the library recently that had a different combo for their biscotti. So I changed mine up to what I had in my kitchen and absolutely love these. I keep them in a glass jar on the counter for up to one month.
 
Orange Chocolate Biscotti
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp orange marmalade
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp orange extract
Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and beat until well blended. Add in flour mixture and mix until blended. Add in marmalade and orange extract; mix. Add in chocolate chips and mix. Split dough in half, wrap each half in platic wrap and refrigerate until firm for about 20 – 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat. Roll out dough to 12 – 14 inch log. I use the plastic wrap they are wrapped in to help roll them out so I don’t touch the dough. Transfer the log to the baking sheet and space them about 3 – 4 inches apart. Bake until light and golden and dry to the touch. About 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Allow the logs to cool for about 15 minutes. Then transfer to a cutting board and cut using a serrated knife, slice the logs on a diagonal into about .5 inch slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet standing upright, and bake them until they are dry and golden – another 20 to 30 minutes. I tend to use my convection oven for this last step

August 21, 2017
by Ashley
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Menu 2

I had planned on making more menus of my day in food to remind myself of what eating within my points is like. I have a relative that has asked me several times to create a menu for them and I have made only one. Here is another menu from my day yesterday.

Menu 2

Breakfast – 1 egg, 1 camp biscuit, cherries, coffee with cream (6 points)

Lunch – Multigrain slim sandwich bread with 2 oz smoked turkey, lettuce and tomato along with a small fruit smoothie (4 points)

Snack – Homemade breadstick, light string cheese, apple and espresso (2 points)

Dinner – Vegetable Fried Rice (1 1/2 cups), Chicken Dumplings (5 pieces) and crispy kale. (6 points)

Snack – Red wine, 1 vanilla meringue cookie from Trader Joe’s and two coconut almonds (7 points)

Total points eaten 26. There were 4 more points left for the day but I decided not to consume them. I am trying to make up for a lot of fun (but bad eating) days that happened this summer.

August 16, 2017
by Ashley
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Risotto

Risotto

1 cup Arborio Rice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup onion, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
2 tsp olive oil
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup white wine

In a stock pot, bring chicken stock to a boil. Turn on low and keep warm.

In a saute pan with high sides, saute the garlic in the olive oil until lightly brown on medium low heat. Add in the onion and celery and sauce for about a 1 minute. Add in the rice and stir. Add in the wine and let reduce until wine has almost disappeared. About 1 – 2 minutes. Stir in one laddle of stock at a time. Let the stock soak into the rice until almost a creamy look and then add another laddle of stock in, until the stock in gone. This will take anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes.

Add in any additional flavorings that you desire. Mushrooms (with the celery & onions), spinach before the last laddle of stock, fresh herbs, shrimp, chicken etc. Be creative. My favorite version is spinach, basil and shrimp.

 

 

August 14, 2017
by Ashley
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Eclair

I have made these several times and each time am amazed at how easy they are. I have stuffed them with different things each time. Sometimes strawberries and whipped cream, sometimes nutella. So many options!

Eclair

2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 tsp sugar
⅛ tsp kosher salt
1 cup All Purpose flour
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Prepare cookie sheet with a silpat or grease it.

In a sauce pan, combine the butter and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the butter melts. Reduce to low heat and add the flour and salt. Stir mixture constantly until the dough begins to form a stiff ball. Remove from heat. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well to incorporate them. With a spoon or pastry bag, pipe the dough onto the cookie sheet into 4 inch strips.

Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven and then reduce the heat to 325 for 20 minutes. Eclairs are done once golden browned a hollow sounding once tapped. Cool completely before eating.

You can fill with puddings, frostings, jams, fruit etc.

Make 10 Eclairs for 3 points per pastry not counting fillings.

August 10, 2017
by Ashley
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Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

16 oz fresh mushrooms
½ cup onion, diced
2 cups carrot, diced
¾ cup celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
10 cups Chicken Broth
1/3 cup Pearl barley

Serves 6 for 1 point each serving.

In a sauce pan, add in mushrooms with 1 cup of broth to start cooking. Let reduce while mushrooms cook down. Add in carrots, celery and garlic and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and let cook for 30 minutes. Check to see if barley is cooked through.

August 7, 2017
by Ashley
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Breadsticks

Paul’s mother used to make breadsticks once a week. Everytime we head to his parents house, he immediately goes to the designated corner in the kitchen to eat them. So when I found this recipe, I felt I hit the jackpot. These are incredibly easy and delicious. You can add different flavorings to the dough to make them to your liking. We like cumin seed breadsticks.

Breadsticks

2 1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cup warm water
Cumin seeds

Add flour to a mixing bowl with salt and yeast. Heat up the water to 120°F and add to the flour mixture while mixing. I use my KitchenAid mixer with hook attachment. Add in olive oil while dough is coming together. Add in cumin seeds if you are using them. If the dough is still too dry, add in a little more water (1 – 2 tsp at a time). If the dough is too dry, add in a tablespoon of flour. The consistancy should be a soft ball that is smooth and not sticky.

Roll out on a silpat or parchment paper to about 15 inches by 12 inches. Brush with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 30 minutes or until double in sized.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the dough in thin strips and place on another baking sheet spaced apart. Cook in oven for 15- 20 minutes until golden brown. Leave to dry and crisp on a cooling rack.

I keep mine in an open jar so we can snack on them throughout the week.

 

August 5, 2017
by Ashley
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New Zealand Vanilla Ice Cream

We were on vacation up north Wisconsin this summer and met a woman from New Zealand. She was very nice and shared not only stories but recipes with us as well. This ice cream recipe I would like to save and see how many different versions I can make.

New Zealand Ice Cream

1 pint whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Mix two ingredients together and beat until custardy thick. About 5 minutes. Add in vanilla extract.

Put into the freezer overnight.

Simple! Now enjoy.

August 4, 2017
by Ashley
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Roman Style Gnocchi

I had never heard of these before and saw something on tv that a chef was making them. So here is my first try at these puppies.

Roman Style Gnocchi

3 cups 2%milk
1 cup semolina
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup parmesan
4 egg yolks
2 tbsp butter

In a sauce pan, bring the milk, butter and salt to a simmer, just bubbling along the sides of the pan on medium low heat. Slowly add the semolina to the pan while whisking. Keep whisking until hard thickened. Switch to a wooden spoon and mix in 1/2 cup shredded parmesan. Take off of the heat and add one egg yolk at a time until all four have been mixed in thoroughly. With a half cup measuring cup – wet in between using to measure out the gnocchi onto a baking sheet. Transfer each gnocchi to a buttered baking dish layering. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan onto the gnocchi and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until browned.

I made a tomato sauce to serve over these. They were delicious.

 

June 21, 2017
by Ashley
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Mulligatawny Soup

 

We recently went out for dinner at a local restaurant in our little town. I saw this soup on the menu and decided to try it. I loved it. Here is my version.

Mulligatawny Soup

1 tsp olive oil
5 raw chicken breast or tender pieces, chopped into bite sized pieces

1 tbsp butter
2 tsp oil
2 onions, diced small
2 carrots, diced small
4 celery, diced small
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp curry powder (hot or mild)
1/2 tsp salt
1 pink lady apple, peeled and diced small
2 cups cooked brown basmati rice
1/2 cup coconut milk
Cilantro for garnish

 

Saute chicken cut into small pieces with 1 tsp olive oil until cooked through and transfer to a dish for later. Saute diced onions, carrots and celery with butter and remaining olive oil for 5 minutes or so. Add in garlic and saute one minute. Add in flour, curry powder and salt and stir together. Pour in 2 cups vegetable stock and let come to a boil. Once at a boil, add remaining stock and let simmer another 5 – 10 minutes. Add in apple and let cook another 2 minutes. Pour in coconut milk and stir together. Right before serving, add in basmati rice and stir well. Serve warm with cilantro for garnish.

 

We like spicy food so I used hot curry powder, but if you don’t like spicy food regular curry powder will work well. Enjoy!