Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Blueberries were on sale this week at the local Martin's.  This Sunday morning was the perfect time to try a Paula Deen recipe for Blueberry Gems.
Blueberry Gems

2 cups of self rising flour (I had regular flour so I added 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt to the mixture.)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup whole milk ( I used 2%.)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 18 muffin tin cups with paper liners.
2.  Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, oil, and milk.  Whisk together until well combined.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.  Pour in the liquid.  Mix with a spoon until flour is moistened.  Gently fold in the blueberries.
3.  Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling about half to two-thirds full.
4.  Bake for 23-25 minutes until browned and puffed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

End of the Garden Soup

The garden at Applejack Lane has come to a screeching halt.  With cabbage heads, peppers, and tomatoes finally gathered, I had a dilemma as to what to do with all the remaining bounty.  The cool, damp weather helped to decide the answer to this problem.  I concocted  an End of the Garden Soup this afternoon.
End of the Garden Soup
1 head of red cabbage, chopped
1 large onion, diced
16-28 ounces of tomatoes, chopped (I used a variety of ripened tomatoes that I had on hand.)
2 green peppers, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 package of dry onion soup
1 14 ounce can of chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
various herbs-rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, parsley to taste
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 cups of water

Combine all ingredient and bring to a rolling boil.  Let simmer for about an hour until all vegetables are tender.