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Black and Bleu Broccoli

The husband loves bleu cheese. I’m talking borderline fanatical… I could probably add bleu cheese to liver and onions and he wouldn’t care – he’d probably love it!

We’ve been attempting to eat more vegetables. Some of our favorite easy ones are grilled zucchini, sauteed asparagus, mashed cauliflower and broccoli. Recently, we tried beets… they still need work.

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Our favorite way to eat broccoli is steamed – a little melted cheese and butter never hurt either. My mom makes a casserole using crushed Ritz crackers in the topping. Almond flour isn’t quite the same, but it works.

I’m sure this is a recipe many people could throw together on their own. It is very simple, but worthy of documenting here. You never know when you may need something…

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BLACK AND BLEU BROCCOLI
serves 3-4

1 large bunch broccoli
1/4-1/2C bleu cheese (depending on desired level of intensity!)
1/4C almond flour
2TBSP butter – cut into small pieces
1/2tsp sea salt
1/2tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350degrees. Cut broccoli into manageable pieces (florets and stems if desired). Steam for 8-9 minutes until knife easily pierces stem. Place broccoli into 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle with salt/pepper and then spread bleu cheese and butter pieces over top and then almond flour last. Bake for 8-10mins until cheese and butter are melted. Serve hot.

This one can be changed up for almost any cheese you want. Sometimes we use 1 to 1 1/2C shredded cheddar. I bet havarti would be good too!
Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers (can be even better than the main event!)

Sorry, this was supposed to be posted the other day. WordPress and I had a fight. I lost… lost most of my post that is. I tried to click ‘save draft’ and it sent me to a screen that said, “Are you sure you want to do this?” Well, I thought I did, but now I’m not so sure… and gone.

Well, we had expected to have more leftovers. After all, 4 people, 2 turkeys (24lbs total), 4 big sides… that’s a lot of food person. Overall, we did pretty good. My parents took home half of the leftovers.

turkey carving my dad and the husband carving the turkeys

In our family, Turkey Tomato Soup is a newer tradition almost as big as the Thanksgiving dinner itself. My mom has been making it for several years now. It’s a great way to use up that last bit of turkey.

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Thursday night, I threw the carcass in pot and made some nourishing bone broth to use in my soup. Once it cooled, I removed a bit of the fat layer. You can tell if you have good broth if it gels when its cold (gelatin is released from the bones). Homemade broth is really good for your digestive system.

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If you have the time and patience, you can gather quite a bit more meat by picking the bones of the carcass. Sometimes I feel like it, sometimes I don’t…

I suggest if you still have some leftover turkey, throw it in some soup. If not, you can always use chicken from next week!!

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TURKEY TOMATO SOUP

3C turkey chopped (or more if you have it!)
2cans (14oz) tomatoes (dices, stewed or combo – SCD legal if necessary)
1can tomato paste
2-4C chicken/turkey stock
1can Cannelloni beans (white kidney)
4-5 cloves garlic chopped
1lb baby carrots
1 large onion diced (2C)
1C chopped celery
4TBSP butter
1TBSP basil
1tsp parsley
sea salt/pepper to taste
splash red wine
cheddar cheese (optional)

In a heavy bottomed pan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add onions and celery and salt/pepper to taste. Cook until softened and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add garlic and tomato paste, stir well and heat through. Next, add stock, 2cans tomatoes, basil, parsley and splash of red wine. Bring to simmer and add carrots and meat. Cook for 45mins. Add beans, check salt/pepper flavoring and cook for another 15 mins. Serve topped with cheese if desired, crackers if you can!

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This is a great meal to make for leftovers/lunches throughout the week, as it reheats really well. Also, it can be done in the slow cooker. If you use frozen sliced carrots, you can reduce your cooking time by almost half (cook 20-25mins, add beans and cook 10-15). I used whole baby carrots because that’s what I had and was too lazy to chop them smaller.

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My mom and I have a conversation about tomato paste every year about this time. It usually goes something like – Why does the recipe only call for 2oz of tomato paste, when the cans only come in 6oz size? Do they expect me to freeze the left over paste and actually remember to get it out later? Fat chance… What a waste! – So, needless to say, we’ve started using the entire can. Feel free to use 2oz and save the rest for another recipe. The extra paste deepens the tomato flavor and we really like it.

Also, red wine… I know they say you should use a wine you would drink. I haven’t been drinking much lately, let alone red wine. I’ve found that Pompeian Burgandy cooking wine works great for our tastes. Go ahead, roll your eyes, shake your head… I don’t care. Use what works for you!

Enjoy!

Crustless Sausage Egg and Cheese Quiche

I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends and safe holiday weekend; we sure did! On Thursday morning, I made a quiche for breakfast. My mom and I always experiment with new recipes on company – this holiday was no different.

I needed something for breakfast and was looking for something quick and easy. However, I didn’t want to make everyone feel like they had to eat something SCD made with tons of almond flour. Google searches turned up a couple interesting options for ‘crustless‘ quiche… I thought it might have some potential.

So, I gave it a whirl…!

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The overall result was quite delicious! Most important, it was amazingly easy! You can even cook the sausage and grate the cheese the night before to cut down on prep time…

I tried to season my own breakfast sausage. That recipe still needs a little work. Hopefully, I’ll get to post that sometime soon.

For now, here is a great breakfast recipe for a crowd or just yourself! (It even reheats well).

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SAUSAGE, EGG AND CHEESE QUICHE
(inspired by yummly.com)

10 Large eggs
1/3C almond milk
1/2tsp onion powder
1tsp sea salt
1/2tsp pepper
1 1/2TBSP dijon mustard
1 1/2C cheddar cheese
1lb sausage – cooked
1C cherry tomatoes – quartered
1/2C scallions/green onions – sliced

(OPTIONAL: I think that some sauteed vegetables would have been a great addition. Next time I make it I will also include 1/2C diced onions, 1/4C diced mushrooms, 1/2C diced green or red bell pepper. Saute in 2TBSP butter until soft and most of the water has evaporated.)

Preheat oven to 350degrees. Butter 9.5inch pie plate.
In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, onion powder and mustard – whisk to combine. Add cheese and stir gently. Evenly spread cooked sausage (and optional sauteed vegetables) in bottom of prepared pan. Pour egg mixture in pan over sausage/veggies.

Bake 45-50mins. Serve warm and top with cherry tomatoes and scallions for a fresh taste with a little crunch!

Enjoy!

Our Semi-SCD Thanksgiving Menu

Well, it looks like its going to be a small Thanksgiving for us this year. The husband and my dad both have to work Friday and my sister and her husband will be staying with his family this year…

My mom and I hashed out the menu this week. So, we both have our shopping lists and assumed responsibilities. The husband naturally had his requirements for fried turkey… Since I can’t eat fried foods, we will also be roasting a turkey!

Two turkeys for four people should provided for sufficient amounts of leftovers. My mom and I love making turkey soup/stews and casseroles (those recipes will follow soon).

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We decided to go with regular mashed potatoes (instead of Garlic Mashed Cauliflower) so that everyone else has a couple reasons to use gravy. My mom will make her famous dressing (for some reason, I’m not a fan – never have been). Now i have an excuse as it’s made with a lot of bread.

Curried Carrot Souffle
image courtesy of Family Circle magazine

As a substitute for sweet potatoes, there will be a new recipe for carrot souffle. I found it this week in a magazine and will have to modify it slightly for SCD legalities (and to drop the curry). Also, we will be modifying green bean casserole on the fly Thursday to be SCD legal. I will post the modified recipes!

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So here it is, our Thanksgiving menu!

Fried Turkey
Roasted Turkey (see also Roasted Chicken)
-with Brown butter and fried sage Au Jus
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Carrot Souffle (original recipe Family Circle magazine)
Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry-Orange Sauce with honey (see my recipe here)
Pecan Pie (SCD legal of course – see my recipe here)
Pumpkin Pie

I hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!
I will post some really good leftover recipes after turkey day. Stay tuned…

“Mock”sgiving – Cranberry-Orange Sauce

We never, ever, had homemade cranberry sauce at our table growing up. I think I remember the can-shaped jelly slices alternated with pineapple slices… I can only remember eating the pineapple.

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When we were planning our first Thanksgiving, the husband insisted on cranberry sauce. Once we understood each other, I realized he wanted a dish made-from-scratch. So, off I went to Google Search.

All the recipes required a lot of sugar. But, since I didn’t know any better at the time, I followed the instructions. Not bad tasting, but that amount of sugar these days would probably kill me.

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I can definitely tell my tastes are changing. I find now that honey adds more to the depth of flavor than just sugary sweetness and am really enjoying using honey instead of refined sugar.

If you haven’t splurged on some ‘varietal honeys’, you should really consider it. When bees produce honey from one certain flower, the flavor becomes very distinctive. We highly recommend Sourwood honey. According to the folks at Savannah Bee Company, Sourwood has the lowest glucose content of all the mono-flower honeys. It is the only honey that can actually age and improve in flavor. Also, due to the low sugar content, it does not crystallize (well, at least not for 40-50 years).

If you’re ever in Savannah, stop and see them. They offer free tastings, body care products and are full of information. You can purchase all their products online and I’ve seen some honey in Fresh Market stores.

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CRANBERRY-ORANGE SAUCE
makes about 2 cups

12oz package cranberries
1C orange juice
1/2C water
1/2C – 2/3C Honey (amount depends on preference of tartness)
1/4tsp sea salt

Rinse and sort cranberries – pull out bad ones. Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Cover and cook on medium-high for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover once the “popping” stops and reduce to desired thickness. Serve warm or cold.

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This is an easy recipe to make the day before and allow you to reduce the ‘day of’ cooking. I served this over chicken and it was delicious – hopefully the turkey will be as good!

Enjoy!

Delicious SCD Pulled Pork

Growing up in the south has made me appreciate all different types of BBQ. We don’t eat pork very often – but we love bacon and pulled pork BBQ.

Now, you need to understand that there are pretty major regional differences in barbecue. If you were to take a drive down I95 from North Carolina to Georgia/Florida – you could have 3 completely different culinary experiences. The bases range from tomato to mustard to vinegar.  (this link explains them a little further).

While in college, we used to tailgate at a friend’s house. They were originally from NC and my first introduction to vinegar based barbecue. The boys used a special pre-mixed gallon jug of seasoning. I’ve looked for it for years to no avail.

About a year ago, I found this wonderful recipe on Martha Stewart’s website for pulled pork sandwiches. Its delicious.

We had some company over this weekend and the menu included this pork and (previously posted) garlic and onion mashed cauliflower. I didn’t manage to get any photos (I just couldn’t bring myself to bust out the camera and make everyone wait).

I did adapted a few ingredients to make it SCD legal. It’s easy to change the recipe for quantity as needed. I typically use a 4-5pound butt (1/2-1pound per person) and vary the spiciness for the crowd I’m feeding. Also, I prefer to slow cook it all day or overnight. It keeps for great leftovers too!

Southern Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
image from Martha Stewart

Everyone ate their pork on rolls with Sweet Baby Rays Sauce. Its so good and tender – I ate mine right out of the pan.

PULLED PORK
adapted from Martha Stewart

1/8C honey
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
1-2 tsp Coarse salt to taste
Ground pepper to taste
4-5 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into pieces
1 1/2C apple cider vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced/crushed
Water to cover

8 soft sandwich rolls, split (optional)
Store-bought barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Heat cider and honey in 5-quart Dutch oven on medium until just combined.
Add pork, garlic and spices.
Add water to cover meat.
Cook until tender and separates easily when pulled with a fork, 6 to 7 hours.
Transfer pork to a work surface, reserving pan juices.
With two forks, shred meat.
Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with pan juices to moisten
(you may not need all the juices).
-Here is where it helps to check the flavors and add more honey or salt/pepper as desired.
Pile pork on rolls, and top with barbecue sauce, if desired.

Brussels Sprouts CAN Taste Good! Who knew?!

I’ve now eaten more Brussels sprouts in the past month, than the rest of my life! I do not expect many people to actually try this. But just know that they can be good. I’m excited to say that I like Brussels sprouts. It may be that my tastes are changing or maybe I just found more evidence supporting the fact that bacon can make anything taste good!

I am an avid Cooks Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen reader/watcher. A couple weeks ago, just before I started the SCD, my husband surprised me with The New Best Recipe cookbook. It’s huge, over 1000 pages and recipes!

Initially, I got a bit depressed thinking how I should really send it back, because there won’t be anything in there I can cook for a while. But, I was wrong. They cover extensive chapters on different meats, veggies, fruit and regular baking stuff (if you can).

So, we decided to start by experimenting with some vegetables we would usually avoid. [Eventually I’m gonna make that gardening thing happen and I want to grow what we like and know how to cook it too!] When I got home the next weekend, the husband had bought some Brussels sprouts! Talk about stepping up to a challenge…

Cooks Illustrated gives 3 recipe options in the book. The first option is to braise sprouts in water and season with salt/pepper and butter. Sounded a bit boring. The second option started the same by braising in water, but you also made an apple cider reduction and topped with chopped bacon! The final option they deemed the biggest success, but it involves heavy cream. Since cream is on the illegal list, we scratched off option 3.

I cooked them the next night following option 2 and the overall flavor was a bit lacking. The apple cider reduction was good, but it didn’t penetrate the entire sprout. Bacon is always good, so no problems there! We made some notes and deemed them a moderate success.

I decided to give them another shot tonight and had much better results. Instead of braising them in water, I went ahead and braised them in the cider. Essentially, killing 2 birds – cooking sprouts and reducing liquid in 1 pan!  The flavor was much more balanced and I could taste the sweetness all the way in the center of the sprouts. The bacon compliments the dish without taking over the flavors and adds good texture.

One thing I love about Cooks Illustrated is that they are really good at trying to debunk food myths and explaining the details (i.e. why/when to use a specific cut of meat). For sprouts, they found that it is not really necessary to slice an “X” in the stem end. It doesn’t speed up the cooking time – it actually just wastes it! Also, if you have a choice for small or large sprouts – choose small, they are more tender and have better flavor.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS
(from Cooks Illustrated – The New Best Recipe 2012)

1-1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts (trim stem ends and remove damaged leaves)
1.5C apple cider
1/2 lb bacon
salt/pepper to taste
need wide bottom pan/skillet with lid

Cook bacon in pan until brown and crispy. Set aside on paper towel to drain. Remove all but 1TBSP of left over bacon grease.
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Carefully add apple cider to pan and scrape up bacon bits. Bring cider to boil for 1min. Add Brussels sprouts; cover and reduce heat to simmer for 8-10mins until tender – stir often. Meanwhile, rough chop crispy bacon for garnish. Remove from heat when sprouts are fork tender to center. Serve warm with sauce and bacon garnish.
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