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ABM Rosemary Focaccia

ABM Rosemary Focaccia

ABM Rosemary Focaccia

 

1.25 cups water (between 100 – 115 degrees)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tsp. salt

2 T. crushed rosemary (dried or fresh)

3 cups bread flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 T. yeast

1/4 cup shredded asiago or parmesan cheese (fresh is nice)

1 T. kosher salt – optional

1 T. crushed garlic – optional

 

Place ingredients in your bread machine per your appliance instructions. (But usually it is wet, dry, flour, yeast.) Turn on bread machine to dough cycle. When cycle is completed, turn dough on a well-floured surface and knead well to form a ball.  (It’s okay to knead this a little more than usual. I’ve found the more I knead it, the better the quality of bread at the end.)  Place dough on an oiled baking sheet or un-oiled baking stone. Pat dough into a rectangle that is 1/2 inch thick. Optional: Mix together kosher salt and crushed garlic and sprinkle on top of bread. Cover dough with cotton cloth and let rise for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 450 degrees.. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and back for an additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle Asiago or Parmesan Cheese on top and bake for 2 to 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted. 8. Remove from oven and place on baking rack and cool for 10 minutes.

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Whether it conjures up a crusty, flavorful loaf of bread or a bubbling crock of flour/water starter, sourdough is a treasured part of many bakers’ kitchens. But where does the path to sourdough bread begin? Right in your own kitchen, with your own homemade sourdough starter.

Sourdough baking is as much art as science. The method you’ll read here for making sourdough starter isn’t an exact match for the one you read on another site, or in a cookbook, or in your great-grandma’s diary

Getting it started takes a lot of steps, but once its established, its easy to maintain and use.

1 cup (113g) whole rye (pumpernickel) or whole wheat flour

1/2 cup (113g) cool water

 

To feed your starter

 

scant 1 cup (113g) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup (113g) cool water (if your house is warm), or lukewarm water (if your house is cool)

 

Day 1: Combine the pumpernickel or whole wheat flour with the cool water in a non-reactive container. Glass, crockery, stainless steel, or food-grade plastic all work fine for this. Make sure the container is large enough to hold your starter as it grows; we recommend at least 1-quart capacity.

 

Sourdough Starter – Step 1

Stir everything together thoroughly; make sure there’s no dry flour anywhere. Cover the container loosely and let the mixture sit at warm room temperature (about 70°F) for 24 hours. See “tips,” below, for advice about growing starters in a cold house.

 

Day 2: You may see no activity at all in the first 24 hours, or you may see a bit of growth or bubbling. Either way, discard half the starter (113 grams, about 1/2 cup), and add to the remainder a scant 1 cup (113 grams) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, and 1/2 cup (113 grams) cool water (if your house is warm); or lukewarm water (if it’s cold).

 

Sourdough Starter – Step 3

Mix well, cover, and let the mixture rest at room temperature for 24 hours.

 

Perfect your technique

How to make sourdough starter-1

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How to make your own sourdough starter

BY PJ HAMEL

 

Day 3: By the third day, you’ll likely see some activity — bubbling; a fresh, fruity aroma, and some evidence of expansion. It’s now time to begin two feedings daily, as evenly spaced as your schedule allows. For each feeding, weigh out 113 grams starter; this will be a generous 1/2 cup, once it’s thoroughly stirred down. Discard any remaining starter.

 

Add a scant 1 cup (113 grams) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, and 1/2 cup (113 grams) water to the 113 grams starter. Mix the starter, flour, and water, cover, and let the mixture rest at room temperature for approximately 12 hours before repeating.

 

Day 4: Weigh out 113 grams starter, and discard any remaining starter. Repeat step #6.

 

Day 5: Weigh out 113 grams starter, and discard any remaining starter. Repeat step #6. By the end of day #5, the starter should have at least doubled in volume. You’ll see lots of bubbles; there may be some little “rivulets” on the surface, full of finer bubbles. Also, the starter should have a tangy aroma — pleasingly acidic, but not overpowering. If your starter hasn’t risen much and isn’t showing lots of bubbles, repeat discarding and feeding every 12 hours on day 6, and day 7, if necessary — as long as it takes to create a vigorous (risen, bubbly) starter. Note: see “tips,” below.

 

Sourdough Starter – Step 8

Once the starter is ready, give it one last feeding. Discard all but 113 grams (a generous 1/2 cup). Feed as usual. Let the starter rest at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours; it should be active, with bubbles breaking the surface. Hate discarding so much starter? See “tips,” below.

 

Remove however much starter you need for your recipe — typically no more than 227 grams, about 1 cup. If your recipe calls for more than 1 cup of starter, give it a couple of feedings without discarding, until you’ve made enough for your recipe plus 113 grams to keep and feed again.

 

Sourdough Starter – Step 10

Transfer the remaining 113 grams of starter to its permanent home: a crock, jar, or whatever you’d like to store it in long-term. Feed this reserved starter with 1 scant cup (113 grams) of flour and 1/2 cup (113 grams) water, and let it rest at room temperature for several hours, to get going, before covering it. If you’re storing starter in a screw-top jar, screw the top on loosely rather than airtight.

 

Store this starter in the refrigerator, and feed it regularly; we recommend feeding it with a scant 1 cup (113 grams) flour and 1/2 cup (113 grams) water once a week.

 

Tips from our Bakers

Why do you need to discard half the starter? It seems so wasteful… But unless you discard starter at some point, eventually you’ll end up with a very large container of starter. Also, keeping the volume down offers the yeast more food to eat each time you feed it; it’s not fighting with quite so many other little yeast cells to get enough to eat. You don’t have to actually discard it if you don’t want to, either; you can give it to a friend, or use it to bake. There are quite a few recipes on our site using “discard” starter, including pizza crust, pretzels, and waffles, and even chocolate cake. If you’re still uncomfortable dealing with discard, though, try maintaining a smaller starter: the smaller the starter, the smaller the amount of discard.

 

Why does this starter begin with whole-grain flour? Because the wild yeast that gives sourdough starter its life is more likely to be found in the flora- and fauna-rich environment of a whole-grain flour than in all-purpose flour. What if all you have is all-purpose flour, no whole wheat? Go ahead and use all-purpose; you may find the starter simply takes a little longer to get going. Also, if you feed your starter on a long-term basis with anything other than the all-purpose flour called for here, it will probably look different (thicker or thinner, a different color) and act differently as well. Not to say you can’t feed your starter with alternate flours; just that the results may not be what you expect.

LTS Sprouted Seed Sushi

LTS Sprouted Seed Sushi

LTS Sprouted Seed Sushi

 

2-3 T. alfalfa seeds

Bottled water

Nori (sheets of dried seaweed)

1 can of asparagus

1 can of crab

Low-sodium soy sauce

Wasabi powder, mixed with water per directions to form wasabi paste

 

To sprout seeds: Place in a jar or container with holes poked in the lid. Add l C. water and soak for 8-12 hours. Rinse and drain; repeat this process for 3 days. Then place jar and seeds in a space that has light (even a little bit of light will work). Keep rinsing and draining for 2-3 more days; you will have a lot of sprouts at this point! Lay out nori sheets. Drain cans of crab and asparagus. In the first 1/3 of the sheet lay out sprouts, asparagus and crab. Roll everything up and seal the outer edge of the nori sheet with a little bit of water. Cut each roll into 5-6 pieces. Serve with soy and wasabi paste.

LTS Lemon Chicken Soup

LTS Lemon Chicken Soup

LTS Lemon Chicken Soup

 

1 ½ C. Minute Rice

4 tsp. Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp. Lemonade Powder

1 Bay Leaf

¼ C. dried diced Carrot

1 T. Butter Powder

2 T. Flour

2 T. OvaEasy Whole Egg Crystals or Thrive Life Scrambled Egg Mix

¼ C. dried Celery

¼ C. dried chopped Onions

½ C. freeze dried Chopped Chicken

 

Combine rice with 1 ½ C. water and pinch of salt in small saucepan.  Cover and cook until rice is tender.  Fluff with fork and set aside.  To 3 quart soup pan, add 4 ½ C. water, bouillon, lemonade powder, bay leaf and carrots.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook 5 minutes.  In a small bowl mic the butter powder, flour, and egg; set aside.  To soup pan, add celery, onion and chicken.  Continue to simmer until vegetables and chicken are rehydrated and soup is warm.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the soup, whisking constantly. Simmer an additional 5 minutes, then remove bay leaf.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve over rice in soup bowl.

LTS Apple Coffee Cake

LTS Apple Coffee Cake

LTS Apple Coffee Cake

 

1 C. dried Apple Slices

Water for Soaking

3 C. Flour

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/3 C. Whole Egg Powder

1 ½ C. Sugar

½ C. Shortening

1 ½ C. Water

 

Topping:

2/3 C. Brown Sugar

½ C. Flour

¾ C. Butter Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

2 T. Water

 

 

Break up apples into small pieces. Cover with 1-2 C. boiling water, let sit, covered, 15 minutes until softened.  Meanwhile, make topping in separate bowl.  Combine all dry topping ingredients, and mix in water with a fork until topping is crumbly like coarse meal.  Drain apples and return to bowl. Blend in all remaining cake ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the top with topping mix. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Hurricane Popcorn

Hurricane Popcorn

Hurricane Popcorn

 

6 T. salted butter

8 to 9 C. freshly popped popcorn (about 1/2 C. unpopped kernels)

1/4 C. nori komi furikake (see this page)

1 C. mochi crunch or Japanese rice crackers (arare)

 

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the butter until it becomes foamy, then turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer and bubble for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bubbling stops. At this point, you should see lightly browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Drizzle the butter, being careful to avoid pouring out the browned bits, over the popped popcorn. Sprinkle with the furikake and toss with the arare. Hurricane Popcorn is best eaten the same day

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This tangle of noodles with a peanut dressing upgrade tastes great. If you like more heat, add another 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. If you don’t like heat, leave it out.

 

1/2 C. peanut butter

3 T. tamari or other soy sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 C. water

8 oz. rice vermicelli or ramen noodles

1 T. toasted sesame oil

1 (8-oz.) can Carrots, drained (You can use a shredded fresh carrot if you have some in your root cellar)

1 (8-oz.) can Straw Mushrooms, drained (sub 2/3 C. peas, if they are available)

1 (8-oz.) can water chestnuts, drained

1/4 C. dry-roasted peanuts

 

In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, tamari, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder, stirring to blend well. Add the water, stirring until smooth. Set aside. Soak the noodles in enough boiling water to cover until softened (if using rice noodles), otherwise cook according to package directions.. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with sesame oil to coat. Add the carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and peanuts to the bowl with the noodles. Add the reserved peanut sauce, tossing gently to combine.

 

LTS Lentil Barley Soup Mix

LTS Lentil Barley Soup Mix

LTS Lentil Barley Soup Mix

 

¾ C. medium Pearl Barley

½ C. dried Lentils

2 tsp. Parsley

¼ C. dried Minced Onions

¼ C. Beef Bouillon Granules

2 tsp. dried Celery Flakes

½ tsp. dried Thyme

2 Bay Leaves

¼ tsp. Pepper

¼ tsp. dried Minced Garlic

 

Mix all ingredients in a quart canning jar. To make soup, add jar ingredients to a large pot with 10 C. water. Simmer 90 minutes to 2 hours, until legumes are softened.

LTS Berry Muesli

LTS Berry Muesli

LTS Berry Muesli

 

1 C. Quick Oats

½ C. Applesauce Powder (Thrive Life)

½ C. freeze dried Blueberries

½ C. freeze dried Raspberries

½ C. freeze dried Strawberry Slices

2 C. Apple Juice (or other juice, milk or water in a pinch)

 

Add dry ingredients to bowl and toss to combine.  Pour juice over the top, stir to moisten well, and let sit several minutes to absorb juice. If you have them on hand, top with slivered almonds or other toasted seed or nuts.

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

 

6 oz. Macaroni

1 can Chicken Broth

¼ C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Celery

1 can Chicken

1 can Creamed Corn

1/3 C. Cream of Anything Mix + ½ C. Water (or a can of cream of chicken soup)

8oz. Velveeta (or similar processed shelf stable “cheese”), cubed

1 tsp. Parsley Flakes

1/8 tsp. Pepper

Dash Worcestershire Sauce

 

Simmer noodles in broth until almost done.  Drain off most broth, leaving enough to rehydrate the onion and celery. Add in the dried vegetables and let them sit a minute or two to absorb the warm liquid.  Strain in chicken juice, add water and cream of chicken soup mix and stir until combined.  Add all other ingredients, including strained chicken.  Spread in greased 8 x 12 casserole dish and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Sheltering In Pumpkin Chili

Sheltering In Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

 

1 can Chicken

2 cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained

1 15oz. can Pumpkin Puree

1 can diced Tomatoes

1 can Chicken Broth

½ C. dried Bell Pepper

½ C. dried Onion

1 ½ tsp. Oregano

2 tsp. Cumin

2 tsp. Chili Powder

 

Combine all ingredients and heat through.  (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

 

6 oz. Pasta

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Chicken, undrained

1 can Carrots, drained

1 can mushrooms, undrained, optional

1 jar alfredo sauce (or follow make it from scratch LTS)

½ C. dried Broccoli

1 T. Basil

Simmer pasta in broth until softened, stirring occasionally.  Add remaining ingredients and heat through.  If fresh broccoli is available, steam one cup separately and add at the end after the soup is heated, stir gently.

 

Alfredo Sauce from Scratch:

 

1 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. water

3 T. Milk Powder (not instant non-fat)

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

 

Combine 3 T. milk powder with 1 C. water until dissolved.  Stir the flour into the milk until it is completely dissolved. Put a T. of olive oil in the skillet and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the minced clove of garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour-milk mixture and cook until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the evaporated milk, salt, and cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt to taste. 

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

2 (16 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can creamed corn

1 can white meat chicken

1 can castleberry barbecue pork

1 can castleberry barbecue beef

 

Open all the cans. Empty them, including the juice, into a large stock pot. Cook over medium heat for at least one hour.  If you have an onion that you can sauté first, do that.

Dutch Oven Brown Bears in the Orchard (Applesauce and Gingerbread)

Dutch Oven Brown Bears in the Orchard (Applesauce and Gingerbread)

Dutch Oven Brown Bears in the Orchard (Applesauce and Gingerbread)

 

2 lb. jar of (chunky) applesauce OR 2 cans apple pie filling OR 1 (16 oz.) can apple sauce and 3 apples cut into chunks

1(14 oz.) box gingerbread mix (complete kind)

 

Line Dutch oven with foil, shiny side up. Put applesauce in bottom of greased Dutch oven. Mix gingerbread according to package directions. Pour gently over applesauce. Cover tightly. Bake in coals about 30-40 minutes. Serve warm with Cool Whip or ice cream or plain.

LTS Bread Sticks

LTS Bread Sticks

LTS Bread Sticks

 

3 ½ C. Flour, Divided

2 T. Sugar

1 tsp. Salt

1 T. Yeast

1 1.2 C. Hot Water

Shortening for greasing pan

Toppings, optional – seeds, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, etc.

 

Add sugar, salt, and yeast to 2 cups flour and toss.  Stir in 1 ½ C. hot water.  Slowly add 1 ½ C. more flour.  Knead 10 minutes.  Allow to rise until double.  Roll into rectangle, cut in 1 inch strips.  Twist and place on greased baking sheet.

LTS African Chicken

LTS African Chicken

LTS African Chicken

 

2 cans Chicken Broth

½ C. Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 can Chicken, undrained

¼ C. dried Celery

1 C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Bell Pepper

1 C. quick-cooking Rice

Dash Hot Pepper Sauce, optional

 

Start with one can broth in a large pot and mix with peanut butter until dissolved.  Add remaining ingredients, except for rice, and bring to a boil.  Stir in rice, turn heat to low, and let sit 10 minutes, or until rice is done, stirring once.  Serve with Black-Eyed Peas. 100-Day Pantry

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

 

1 ¼ C. Rice

1 Can Chicken Broth

1 Can Chicken

1 can Pineapple Tidbits

1 can Mandarin Oranges

1 16oz. Bottle BBQ Sauce

¼ C. dried Bell Pepper

¼ C. dried Onion

 

Cook rice in broth in separate pan.  Combine remaining ingredients, without draining first, and heat through.  Serve over rice.  Serve with cornbread.  (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

 

Originally Brunswick Stew was made with rabbit or squirrel, but now is most often made with chicken.  If available, this stew benefits by first sautéing an onion from the root cellar.

 

1 can Chicken

1 can Potatoes

1 can Tomato Soup

1 can Stewed Tomatoes (fire roasted for extra flavor)

1 can Corn

1 can Lima Beans

3 T. Onion Flakes

1 Bay Leaf

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

½ tsp. Worcestershire

Shake or two of BBQ Sauce or a little Brown Sugar

Salt & Pepper

 

Do not drain cans.  Combine all and heat through.  Remove bay leaf before serving.  (100-Day Pantry)

 

LTS Canned Corn Chowder

LTS Canned Corn Chowder

LTS Canned Corn Chowder

 

1 (15 ounce) can corn (whole kernel or creamed style)

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (15 ounce) can canned sliced potatoes

1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth (or water)

3 chicken bouillon cubes

salt and pepper

 

Combine all ingredients in a pot, including all liquid from cans. Heat until just steaming. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like, you can also add some frozen corn to make it “cornier”.  As with many LTS recipes, if available, start by sautéing fresh aromatics (garlic, onion, shallot, celery, etc.)  before adding canned ingredients.

LTS Chicken a la King

LTS Chicken a la King

LTS Chicken a la King

 

1 ¼ C. Rice

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Mushrooms

1 can Chicken

2 can Cream of Chicken Soup (OR use the Cream of Anything Mix from the Basics section)

2 oz. Jar Pimiento, drained

½ C. Sour Cream Powder

¼ C. dried Onion

¼ C. dried Celery

¼ C. dried Bell Pepper

 

Cook rice in broth in separate pan.  Drain juice from mushrooms and chicken into a pot.  Whisk in sour cream powder, then add dried vegetables.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Simmer for 10 minutes; serve over rice.  (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

 

1 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. water

3 T. Milk Powder (not instant non-fat)

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

 

1 can Chicken

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Mushrooms

8 oz. Linguine

½ C. dried Broccoli

Salt and Pepper

 

Combine 3 T. milk powder with 1 C. water until dissolved.  Stir the flour into the milk until it is completely dissolved. Put a T. of olive oil in the skillet and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the minced clove of garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour-milk mixture and cook until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the evaporated milk, salt, and cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt to taste.

 

You can choose to replace the first 6 ingredients and the steps above with a jar of prepared alfredo sauce.  I don’t care for the chemical flavor, so I like to take the extra steps.  Add remaining ingredients to the sauce, and simmer until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.  Continue to heat on low until liquid has reduced to the texture that you like.

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

 

1 can Chicken

1 can Black Beans, rinsed & drained

1 can Pinto Beans

1 can White Beans

1 can Kidney Beans

1 can Mexican-Style Tomatoes (or Rotel)

1 can Mexican-Style Corn

½ C. dried Onions

1 tsp. Garlic Flakes

1 tsp. Cumin

4-6 drops Hot Pepper Sauce, optional

1 Bay Leaf

 

Do not drain any cans except the black beans.  Mix all ingredients and heat through.  Discard bay leaf before serving. Serve over cooked rice if desired.   (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Pumpkin Soup

LTS Pumpkin Soup

LTS Pumpkin Soup

 

1 can Vegetable Broth

1 29oz. can Pumpkin Puree

1 can Chicken Broth

2/3 C. Powdered Milk

2 T. dried Bell Pepper

¼ C. dried Onion

1/8 tsp. Thyme

¼ tsp. Nutmeg

½ tsp. Salt

1-2 T. Parsley Flakes

 

Dissolve Powdered milk in broth in pan.  Add all other ingredients except parsley; heat through.  Sprinkle parsley over each serving. (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Chicken Capri

LTS Chicken Capri

LTS Chicken Capri

 

1 can Chicken, undrained

1 can diced Tomatoes

1 6oz. can Tomato Juice

1 can Mushrooms, undrained

1 can Chicken Broth

1 C. Couscous

½ C. dried Bell Pepper

½ C. dried Onion

1 T. Garlic Flakes

½ tsp. Rosemary

Salt & Pepper

 

Cook couscous in broth according to the directions on the package.  Combine remaining ingredients in a separate pan and heat through.  Serve chicken over couscous.  (100-Day Pantry)

Quarantine Chicken Corn Chowder

Quarantine Chicken Corn Chowder

LTS Chicken Corn Chowder

 

1 can Chicken

¼ C. Bacon Crumbles

1 can Potatoes, undrained

1 can Chicken Broth

2 12oz. cans Evaporated Milk

2 cans Creamed Corn

1 can Corn, undrained

2oz. jar Pimientos, drained

½ C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Celery

1 tsp. Parsley

Salt & Pepper

 

Combine all ingredients and heat through. (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Chicken Macaroni Stew

LTS Chicken Macaroni Stew

LTS Chicken Macaroni Stew

1 can Chicken

2 cans Mushrooms

1 can Carrots

1 can Green Beans

1 can Diced Tomatoes

1 can Chicken Broth

½ C. dried Onion

2 tsp. Italian Seasonings

Salt & Pepper

1 C. Macaroni Noodles

Do not drain any cans; use all the juice.  Mix all ingredients except macaroni. Bring to a boil, add macaroni, reduce heat and summer, covered, until macaroni is tender. (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Beef Barley Stew

LTS Beef Barley Stew

LTS Beef Barley Stew

 

1 can Beef

1 can Carrots

6oz. can Mushrooms

3 cans Beef Broth

½ C. dried Onion

¼ C. dried Bell Pepper

½ tsp. Thyme

½ tsp. Basil

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

1 Bay Leaf

¾ C. Barley

 

Do not drain cans.  Mix all ingredients in pot and simmer until barley is tender (about 1 hour simmering on the stove top).  Remove bay leaf before serving. (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Broccoli Cheese Soup

LTS Broccoli Cheese Soup

LTS Broccoli Cheese Soup

 

6-8 cups water

2 cups instant potatoes

2 cubes chicken bouillon

2 tablespoons dried onions

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 cup freeze-dried cheese (or cheese sauce mix + 1/2 cup water, blended)

1 cup dehydrated broccoli (reconstituted with 1 cup water)

salt and pepper to taste

 

In a large pot, heat water until hot and then add potatoes, stirring briskly. Turn heat down to medium and add the onions, chicken bouillon, parsley and cheese, mixing well. Add the broccoli with the water and stir in. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Correct consistency with more water and seasonings if necessary.

Cinnamon Vanilla N’Oatmeal

Cinnamon Vanilla N’Oatmeal

Cinnamon Vanilla N’Oatmeal

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup raw pecans

1/4 cup raw walnuts

1/4 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk

2 teaspoons raw honey

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Toppings (optional)

Fresh fruit

Dried fruit, such as raisins or unsweetened dried cherries

Canned full-fat coconut milk

 

Place the coconut flakes, pecans, walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground, stopping before the mixture breaks down into a powder. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the nut mixture. Slowly pour the coconut milk into the pan and stir. Cook, continuing to regularly stir as the mixture begins to bubble, until it starts to thicken, 4 to 5 minutes. When the mixture has reached your desired consistency, add the honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the n’oatmeal to a bowl and serve warm with your toppings of choice.  Prep ahead: Make the ground nut mixture in bulk ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Old Fashioned Fried Cornbread

Old Fashioned Fried Cornbread

Old Fashioned Fried Cornbread

3 C. water

3 C. cornmeal

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. sugar

1 C. lard (no substitutes)

 

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Meanwhile, combine the cornmeal, salt, and sugar in a heat-proof bowl. Pour the boiling water into the cornmeal mixture and stir until the dry ingredients absorb all the water and the cornbread batter is firm. If the mixture does not firm up or is grainy, add a little additional water and microwave it until it is fully cooked and firm enough to shape.  Heat the lard in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Dip your hands in ice water then form the cornbread into patties. The batter will be hot. Add the patties to the skillet (in batches if necessary) and cook until golden brown. Flip them over and cook on the other side until crispy and brown. Remove the cornbread patties from the pan and let drain on paper toweling. Serve warm.

LTS Chicken Tortellini Soup

LTS Chicken Tortellini Soup

LTS Chicken Tortellini Soup

1 package Dried Tortellini

1 tsp. dehydrated Garlic (powder, flakes or minces)

½ C. dehydrated Onion

4-6 C. Chicken Broth (or Water + Bouillon)

1 tsp. tomato paste (You can use the whole can if it’s not possible to reserve it for another use.  Use 5-6 C. stock, not 4)

1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

1 to 2 tsp. sugar, to taste

1-2 cans Chicken

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried parsley

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed

Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Parmesan Cheese

Fresh Basil, Parsley, or Thyme, for garnish, if available

 

Simmer tortellini with garlic and onion in broth until tortellini is not quite yet al dente.  Add tomato paste, marinara and sugar and stir until incorporated and heated through; the tortellini should be at the texture that you like before continuing.  Stir in chicken (undrained), and all herbs and spices.  Simmer just to heat chicken and serve.  In garden season, wilting spinach or other dark leafy green into this soup is lovely

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

1 ½ T. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Sugar

¼ tsp. Oregano

Salt, to taste

8oz. can Tomato Sauce

 

Place small saucepan over medium heat and add all ingredients except the tomato sauce. Stir until fragrant, toasting the dried herbs and spices. Add tomato sauce and 1 C. of water, stir well and simmer a few minutes to blend spices into the sauce.  Use for homemade enchiladas or enchilada tacos, or try spooned over poached eggs.

 

Yield: 8 ¼ C. Servings

Calories: 15

Fat: 0g

Fiber: 1g

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

We are camping this weekend.  4 families, 8 girls, daisies and incoming juniors.  I dunno why this is “Alpine”, its not made with pine needles or something.  Maybe just because they make it while hiking.   Since we are car camping, I may put fresh herbs from my garden in the cooler instead of using dried herbs.

Alpine Spaghetti

8 oz. of spaghetti or noodles

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of parmesan cheese

3 tsp of dried sweet basil

1 tbsp of parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced

Water

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add spaghetti. Boil for 10 minutes and drain. Add olive oil, mix with pasta, and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix again and serve.

Homemade Trail Bars

Homemade Trail Bars

Homemade Trail Bars

1/4 lb. of seedless raisins
1/4 lb. dry figs
1/4 lb. dried apricots
1/4 lb. roasted and chopped peanuts or almonds
1 tsp lemon juice
honey (enough to give the right consistency)

This recipe can be made at home and stored for use on the trail. Grind the fruits in a food processor. Place fruit in large bowl and mix in lemon juice and nuts. Add enough honey to make a stiff dough. Form into bar-sized chunks. Wrap each chunk in aluminum foil.

Canning Chili Beans

Canning Chili Beans

Canning Chili Beans

Boiled Water, kept at a simmer

7 quart mason jars

 

Per Jar:

1 C. dried kidney beans

1/4 C. tomato sauce

1/2 tsp. canning salt

1 tsp. smoked paprika OR plain paprika

1 tsp. granulated garlic

1 tsp. granulated onion

1 tsp. dehydrated onion

1 tsp. chili powder’1/4 tsp. cumin

vinegar to wipe rims of jars

 

Using clean quart jars…. add 1 C. dried kidney beans.

Add tomato sauce.

Add spices.

Fill remaining jars with boiled, hot water.

 

Debubble/stir contents. Wipe rims of jars with vinegar, checking for any crack, nicks and making sure rim is clean of debris. Add lid and ring, which has been soaking in hot, simmered water. Place into pressure canner. Canning: 1″ headspace, processed for 90 minutes for quarts, 75 minutes for pints at 10lbs of pressure for Michigan. Check your pressure poundage in your state. When pulling them out of the canner, cover them with a towel and allow them to cool for 24 hours. Check for sealing, remove bands/rings and wash jars in hot soapy water with 1/2 C. vinegar added to the water. Rinse and dry. Label. Place into your pantry.

Sweet, Spicy and Sticky Spam

Sweet, Spicy and Sticky Spam

Sweet Spicy and Sticky Spam

 

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tsp. minced jarred garlic

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. red hot. hot sauce. (or whatever you prefer)

2 T. honey

12 oz. can of spam (25% less sodium) or your pick

1 pinch salt

1 pinch black pepper

oil

 

Mix your soy sauce, garlic, honey, ginger, and hot sauce. Set aside.  Cut spam into small cubes, then add to an oiled pan over medium-high heat.  Fry up spam till browned as much as possible on both sides. Add salt and pepper.  Toss around to coat salt and pepper all over spam and now you can add soy sauce mixture. Stir to coat spam and let it cook 1-2 minutes until it thickens, but do not let it burn.  Turn them to coat well.  Once spam is covered in the sticky glaze, its ready to serve.

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

1 package of top ramen
1 can of vienna sausage

Boil a pot of water. Meanwhile, slice Vienna sausages into coins.  Add vienna sausages to boiling water. Add Top Ramen noodles and let boil for 3 minutes. Add Top Ramen flavored powder and stir. For better flavor and texture, you could slice the sausages, crisp them in a little fat, then add them to your cooked ramen noodles. But this would take 2 heat sources.

 

Creole Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

3 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. onion powder
3 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Salt – Sea salt or Kosher salt optional substitutes
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

Mix all the spices up in a bowl and then spoon into a spice jar that you’ve saved. Use this blend on just about everything – from Creole dishes to popcorn. Can be added to the flour dredge for spicy chicken or pork chops. Use this on tater tots – hot tots!

LTS Honey Mints

LTS Honey Mints

LTS Honey Mints

1 C. warm honey
green food coloring
4 drops oil of peppermint
2 3/4 C. powdered milk (non-instant)

Mix ingredients and knead until all milk is absorbed. Roll into 1 -inch balls. Allow to set until firm.

LTS Pantry Stable “Roux” Base

LTS Pantry Stable “Roux” Base

Pantry Stable “Roux” Base

2 C. Milk Powder (not instant nonfat dry milk)
1 C. Butter Powder
1 C. Flour

Whisk to combine, store in a mason jar in pantry. To make white sauce, mix ½ C. mix with 1 C. water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened.

Replace water with pan drippings or meat stock/broth for a gravy.

To replace a can of “Cream of X soup” in a recipe, mix a cup of the mix with 1 ¼ C. water. Add dehydrated celery, mushroom, onion, and/or chicken bouillon to match the type of Cream soup you need. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened.