Not Quite a Recipe: Healthy Carrot Muffins

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Many of my friends serve carrot muffins as a side dish at meals. The kids like them, but they generally have so much sugar in them that they might as well be cake. After hunting around, I finally found this recipe. I’ve made it 3 times, and I’ve been pleased with the results. Some notes on the recipe: Sugar: It calls for dark brown sugar, but I’ve used light brown …

Not Quite a Recipe: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I was making cranberry chicken the other day, and had half a bag of cranberries left. I was debating what to do with them, when I noticed this recipe for cranberry nut bread on the back of the bag. I decided to give it a shot, and it was a hit! My changes to the recipe: I didn’t add nuts. I added ½ cup of chocolate chips to the batter …

Not Quite a Recipe: Mushroom Barley Soup

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Cook 2 chicken leg quarters, along with 3 cloves crushed garlic, in a pot of boiling water for at least 1/2 an hour. Remove chicken. Add diced onion, sliced carrots, dried oregano, chopped up mushrooms, and rinsed barley (always rinse the barley!) and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hr. Add in shredded chicken meat, salt and pepper to taste, and eat.

Not Quite a Recipe: Chicken Soup Version 1

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I dedicate this blog post to my friend Alexandra, who was doubly unfortunate this week: First, she got sick. Second, she lives in Iowa, which is way too far for me to bring soup over. Saute crushed garlic, ginger powder (I was out of fresh ginger), diced onions, and chopped carrots in a little olive oil. Add a dash of white wine. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a …

Not Quite a Recipe: Beef Stew for You

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. There is nothing like a good beef stew. Many people are scared off because a good stew takes at least 2 hrs to cook. However, the actual  prep time for a beef stew is maybe 15 minutes tops. The rest is cooking time during which you don’t actually have to be in the kitchen (just check in on it every once in a while). (If you really really can’t stand …

Not Quite A Recipe: Guacamole

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. If you are in the US of A and celebrating Labor Day today, chances are you are either hosting or heading out to a BBQ. In our house, no BBQ is complete without guacamole. Either we eat it with tortilla chips, slather it on our burgers, or use it to top a fajita taco. These are the three types of guacamole you are likely to see at my house: 1. …

Not Quite a Recipe: Matbucha (Sort of)

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I’m really fond of this tomato/onion/bell pepper Middle Eastern dip known as matbucha. It’s spicy, but not what American’s generally think of as a “dip”. This is a chunky mixture you can dip pita bread into, use to top fish, or add as a chunky sauce to spice up a variety of foods. Sautee thinly sliced bell pepper ( I use red ones when I can) and onion with some …

Not Quite A Recipe: Pancakes

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. On days when I’m a good mommy and make a hot breakfast, one of the most popular options with the kids is pancakes. There are a lot of recipes out their for pancakes, but I pretty much stick with one of these two: Aunt Jemima – Yes, I use the whole wheat pancake box mix. I know for some people “box mix” is a dirty word, but sometimes I’m desperate …

Not Quite a Recipe: Chicken Salad

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. One of the Saturday lunch staples around here is chicken salad. Yummy, filling, and simple to make. Start with cooked chicken. I’ll dice a cooked chicken breast or shread the leftover meat from cooked leg quarters. Mix in additional items like chopped celery, slivered almonds, quartered grapes, or diced apple. Add just enough mayonnaise to hold together. For seasoning I’ll add salt, pepper, a hint of garlic or onion powder, …

Not Quite a Recipe: Salmon En Croute (or the ways of the puff pastry)

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. (Gets up on soap box) I am so tired of puff pastry. Everybody and their mother serves something made with puff pastry when they are trying to make a fancy meal. I mean, yeah, puff pastry tastes good- it’s dough and fat, why wouldn’t it taste good? But give me a break, there are other ways to make a delicious appetizer without resorting to puff pastry. Alot of times I …