Thursday, December 15, 2016

Homemade hummus in less than 30 seconds!!

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Over the years we've perfected our hummus recipe.  It is so simple but incredibly delicious.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if buying dry, 1cup dry will become 3 cups cooked) 
  • 1 cup Tahini (for buying options click here
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (about 4 Tbls)
  • 3Tbls Roasted garlic olive oil 
  • Salt to taste 
For top:
  •        EVOO and 
  •        Smoked paprika 
You will also need
Blender or food processor.

Instructions:
  1. This will be the easiest recipe I've shared.  Put all the ingredients in the food processor 
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Taste for salt and season to taste
  4. Plate hummus and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and smoked paprika 
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fried Green Cherry Tomato Jalapeno Poppers

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Farmer J creates some amazing recipes from what we have on hand.  We got a large crop of jalapenos this year and he has smoked some of them, then dehydrated for a Chipotle chili powder, dehydrated some without smoking for a jalapeno chili powder, made several batches of hot pepper jelly, and is still fermenting Tabasco style hot sauce.  

But this ... THIS has to be my favorite ... Fried green cherry tomato jalapeno poppers!!!! 

We went out on the last day of the season just before it frosted and picked all the tomatoes we had left on the vine.  We ended up with about 10 gallons, half of which were green cherry tomatoes.  We used a few dozen to make the poppers.  Here is how he made them:

What you will need (you may need to adjust amounts based on the size and number of your tomatoes):
24 green cherry tomatoes
8 oz cheese (we’ve done chevre, cream cheese and pesto cheddar)
4 oz finely chopped jalapeno peppers
Salt and black pepper

For the breading station: (adjust as needed for larger batches)
Station 1:
  • ½ c Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper

Station 2:
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp water
Station 3:
  • ½ c Flour
  • ½ c Bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Onion powder

Directions:
  1. If using a hard cheese like cheddar or pepper-jack, chop it finely.
  2. Mix your cheese with the jalapenos and add salt and pepper to taste
  3. With a paring knife, cut a hole in the stem end of the tomatoes just large enough to allow you to core the seeds out of the tomato.
  4. Core out the tomatoes using the paring knife or a mini melon baler, removing the seeds and any inner flesh.
  5. Stuff each tomato with the cheese mixture, making sure not to leave air pockets.
  6. Bread the tomatoes using a 3 part breading station
    1. Seasoned flour
      •  Flour, salt, pepper
    2. Egg wash
      •  Egg beaten with a tsp of water
    3. Breading flour
      •  Equal parts flour and bread crumbs, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder
  7. Heat frying oil to 375 degrees. Lower breaded tomatoes into frying oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oil and place on flour-sack (or paper towels) to drain off excess oil.
  9. Wonderful served with your favorite dipping sauces (we use ranch, ketchup, bbq sauce and jalapeno jelly) or just as they are. 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rabbit loin (backstrap) Nuggets

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If you are following our menu this week (click here to see it) you'll know I added a bonus lunch recipe to share this week ... Bunny Nuggets.

We raise Flemish Giants and usually use the backstrap portion (the most tender part) to make grilled or fried nuggets.  If your farm rabbits are smaller than a flemish giant you can make this recipe using the leg meat.

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:
  • Rabbit loin (aka backstrap)
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbs half n half or milk
  • 1/2 Cup Panko or breadcrumbs (optional, can use additional 1/2 cup flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper (to taste)
  • Frying oil (you can also do these in the air fryer if you have one)
Instructions:
  1. Cut up the loin pieces into 1/2 inch rounds 
  2. Season one side with salt and pepper to taste, 3/4 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder.  
  3. Flip pieces over and season the second side with salt/pepper to taste and the remaining spices.
  4. put the flour into a medium size bowl with high sides
  5. Toss the seasoned nuggets in there one at a time shaking the bowl to coat them, then place them back on the cutting board.
  6. Mix egg and milk in a small sized bowl
  7. Add 1/2 cup of panko or breadcrumbs to flour in medium sized bowl.
  8. Coat each nugget in the egg mixture then toss into the flour mixture and put back on the cutting board.
  9. When completely done heat up your oil to 375F or get the air fryer ready.  
    1. For deep frying, fry for 5-7min or until they float and are golden brown, then drain on flour sack towel.  
    2. For air fryer, lightly spray basket with oil and put nuggets in single layer, spray nuggets and cook for 15min. 
  10. Allow to cool before diving in, they will be HOT! 
*Note: You can do steps 1-8 ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator for a few hours until ready to fry.

^^If you are looking for a good side to these nuggets, try this crispy oven baked fries recipe^^

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Weekly Menu plan for Nov 27th through Dec 3rd

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My husband surprised me with a fun gift on black Friday (he might have heard me talking about these once or twice haha).  An electric canner and pressure cooker.  I'm excited to try it in this weeks menu! 
Coming up this Week (Nov 20th-26th):
  • Sunday, Green bean and tomato meat sauce with rice in the pressure cooker.
  • Monday, Stuffed Manicotti 
  • Tuesday, BBQ Pulled rabbit sandwiches using the pressure cooker with homemade chips  
  • Wednesday, Make your own pizza bar
  • Thursday, Shrimp scampi with broccoli 
  • Friday, Leftover buffet and Family Movie Fun Night 
  • Saturday, Corn chowder with side salad 
Bonus:  I'll be making Bunny Nuggets for lunch this week so I'll post the recipe for those too :)  *Edit* It is now posted, click here for the Bunny Nuggets recipe.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Garlic and herb roasted turkey drumsticks with roasted veggies

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If you followed our meal plan last week (click here to see it) you know that we are using one of our farm fresh turkeys for a total of 8 completely different meals in 2 weeks.  I can generally use one turkey for 6-8 full meals.

I have prepared these many times in 2 different ways.  In the crock pot (this is the one I use) or in a roasting pan (this is the one I use for the drumsticks).  Both sets of instructions are listed below :)  Enjoy!!

Ingredients:
  • Two turkey drumsticks
  • 8 medium red potatoes (halved)
  • 4 Large carrots (peeled and cut into 2" long pieces)
  • 4 Large celery stalks (cut into 2" long pieces)
  • 1 Medium onion (peeled and cut into 4 half moon pieces) 
  • 4 Large garlic cloves (peeled)
  • Garlic and herb spice mix (see below)
  • 4 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1/2-1 cup of water
Garlic and herb spice mix:
  • 2 Tbs Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbs Turmeric
  • 1 Tbs Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs Onion powder
  • 1 Tbs Thyme 
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 2 tsp Freshly ground black peeper 
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Salt + more to taste if needed

Crock pot instructions:
  1. You can do this recipe in a crock pot or in the oven (if doing this in the oven look for the oven instructions below). 
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of your crock pot.
  3. Add the turkey drumsticks and evenly sprinkle 1/3 of the garlic and herb seasoning mix on them.
  4. Add all the veggies around and on top of the drumsticks.
  5. Evenly drizzle the olive oil onto the veggies and sprinkle the rest of the spice mix over the veggies.
  6. Cook on High for 6 hours in the crock pot.  (Do not lift the lid to "check on them" ... it will increase the cooking time).   

Oven instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 380F. 
  2. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of a small roasting pan.
  3. Add the turkey drumsticks and evenly sprinkle 1/3 of the garlic and herb seasoning mix on them.
  4. Add all the veggies around and on top of the drumsticks.
  5. Evenly drizzle the olive oil onto the veggies and sprinkle the rest of the spice mix over the veggies.
  6. Cover and roast at 380F for 75min. 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekly menu plan for Nov 20th through 26th, and a review of last week's with recipes

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Coming up this Week (Nov 20th-26th):

Review of last Week (Nov 13th-19th):
  • Sunday, Veggie turkey rice - this is a quick go to meal that is ready in less than 25min!!  Please let me know if you would like the recipe in the comments below :)
  • Tuesday, Homemade Chipotle bowls - So.Much.FOOD .... we were all so full and had lots of leftovers!  yummy beans and rice for the win :)  Pictured above is my bowl that included Guacamole (recipe here), corn salsa, pico de gallo, black beans and lettuce.  Farmer J and the kids added lemon cilantro rice, chipole turkey, sour cream and shredded cheese. 
  • Thursday, Steak, cheese and mushroom sandwiches with homemade fries - We baked some fresh baguettes using natural yeast, then turned them into sandwiches with steak, sauteed onions/mushrooms, cheese, and homemade mayo.  *Edit*I got lots of questions about the pan pictured above.  Its actually an insert you put onto your cookie sheet.  You can find it here (affiliate)
  • Friday, Leftover buffet and FMFN - Family Movie Fun Night is our most favorite night of the week!!  We do leftover buffet, games and a movie picnic.  More info in the "Bring dinner home again" post click here to see it.
  • Saturday, Our first big family thanksgiving dinner of the season!
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