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Scones

One of the things I miss about cable television is folding the laundry and tuning into The Food Network.  Often their recipes have ingredients that I cannot easily obtain  but I always enjoy watching someone who is enthusiastic about food and cooking.  I  emailed my mother this scone recipe by  Giada de Laurentis because Giada makes everything look easy and delicious.  This recipe also has common ingredients.

My mother is the official baker in the family.  She made these for me when I visited and holy cow!  Words don’t do justice for describing how good these scones taste.  I give this 5 forks even though I pretty much inhaled a few by hand without pausing for breath.  I have more of a salt & fat tooth than a sweet tooth but this recipe makes me realize I have lots of teeth.  Thank you mother!  This recipe is a keeper.  Hope you are able to share it with friends or loved ones.

You can find the recipe here

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Blizzard Breakfast

We have had blizzard conditions for the past couple of days.  We woke up yesterday to no power and a very cold house.  About 5 minutes after waking up, I started to worry about things more important than a hot cup of coffee.  Issues like pipes freezing began to fill the mind.  After many hours, the power kicked back on but the telephone and internet services remained off.  Then last night I made some veggie burritos and was about to put them in the oven to bake and all went silent and black again – Argh!!  Luckily we have a camp stove so we pulled that out, lit some candles and heated up some leftover chowder.  This morning things were off to a better start.  It began with hot coffee and hot cobbler.  Here is Boucci’s recipe for making one up.  It is a nice way to enjoy a taste of summer when the weather is white.

1.  Thaw 1 quart of peaches. I usually place them in a bowl on the counter the night before making. Ours are frozen in a very light syrup.  If you use plain peaches, you may want to add a few tablespoons of sugar or maple syrup.  I also toss in about a cup of thawed blueberries for an antioxidant boost.

2.  Put the fruit in a pyrex casserole dish about 11×8.

3.  Make up a batch of the biscuits from this recipe.  Place the unbaked biscuits on top of the fruit.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and about 1 tablespoon of sugar.

4.  Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven until the biscuits have a nice golden hue.

Cool a bit so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth.  This also makes a nice dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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GAIA COOKIES

This is my favorite cookie recipe in the world and I’ve made it so many times that I don’t need to look at the recipe.  The inspiration for the recipe comes from a vegetarian restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In college, friends of mine lived close to the restaurant and we tried to go as often as we could afford to dine out.  My friends and I spent a lot of time trying to recreate the taste and this recipe is our best effort.  Before baking, I generally shape the dough into balls that are 1.5 to 2 tablespoons but if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to GAIA they make them about four times as large.  If you happen to visit Grand Rapids, I highly recommend going to the restaurant.  Their address is listed below.  You have to look carefully on the corner for the brick building because otherwise you might not realize it is a restaurant.  There is a nice funky vibe to the place and you can see employees washing pots, chopping produce and cooking food right as you walk in the door.  This is the only place I have ever dined where a hole-in-the-wall restaurant lures in people from all walks of life.   When it is busy you find dreadlocks and power-suits sharing tables.  I suppose their prices and daily specials make it appealing to just about everyone.  If I lived in that region of the state I’d definitely be a regular.

GAIA Cafe,  –  209 Diamond Ave Se, Grand Rapids , MI 49506

Their veggie hash rocks my world as do their burritos, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and well just about everything on their menu or specials board.  The proportions are generous which always makes me really happy!

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and in a large bowl beat until just combined:

1 stick butter

¾ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 Tbs vanilla

Sift the next ingredients together and then mix with the sugar mixture

1 cup all purpose flour

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

Then Add

¾ cup chopped dates (in a pinch you can substitute raisins)

½ cup unsweetened coconut

½ cup granola (my best results are with a oat-based granola with little or no dried fruit)

¾ cup toasted walnuts

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Stir everything until just combined, form into balls and bake on parchment or lightly buttered baking sheets at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes – rotate pans on the racks halfway through

These smell divine and be forewarned – you will get beggars if you make this recipe.  I keep telling Lobo that he cannot have chocolate, but he just doesn’t want to believe me.  I get “the eyes” each time I make up a batch.   




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Peanut Butter Cookies Plus Peanut Butter Giveaway!

I don’t think I have ever been so excited about peanut butter and Naturally Nutty will be sending one of you readers some!!!!

I just had a batch of cookies come out of the oven and Boucci and I scarfed a couple down and then he asked if he could take “some” for post-ride.  Some *cough* half *cough* seem to have disappeared!  Something tells me I won’t get any constructive criticism from the guys after they bike for 2 1/2 hours.  I have tried these cookies using all maple syrup but they aren’t as sweet as some people may like a cookie – more like tasty little protein bombs.  So unless you are looking for a great recovery fuel Powerbar tasting type of cookie, I’m advocating a 50 – 50 approach to sweetener for this recipe.  Plus, it is much cheaper than all maple syrup.

The goods:

1 stick of butter

1/2 firmly packed brown sugar (use a couple Tablespoons extra if you like a sweeter cookie).

1/2 cup maple syrup (if this breaks the budget, use turbinado sugar or granulated sugar instead)

Beat in:

1 egg

1 cup naturally nutty or another quality peanut butter

1/2 – 1 tsp salt (depending on if your butter contains sodium)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Add

1 cup flour (I use 1/2 cup whole wheat/ 1/2 cup all purpose) depending on the amount of oil in your peanut butter and type of sweetener, you may want to use a little more or less than 1 cup

Combine ingredients well (I used my mixer for about 1 minute till everything was smooth), roll the dough into balls and squish them flat w/ a fork leaving the marks on top.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.  I am a big fan of using a natural parchment paper.  It minimizes clean-up and gives you a little leeway avoiding burning the bottoms if  you should happen get a phone call and get distracted from removing them from the oven such as I did.

Naturally Nutty has offered to mail one lucky reader of my blog a jar of their peanut butter!

You may enter to win a jar one of two ways:  1.  Leave me a comment on this posting telling me how you enjoy peanut butter  OR  2.  Share this recipe via Facebook or email.  You may email me ( veggiesinmybelly@gmail.com )or post a comment saying you shared it.  I will contact the winner via email for the shipping address. You have until Friday, October 8th at 10 p.m. Eastern Time to enter.  The contest is open to US residents only.     Good luck!

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Blueberry Crunch

It is beginning to feel like fall already.  The dogs and I finally have our trails relatively tourist-free.  To celebrate we went for a hike through the

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Raspberry Coffee Cake

King Arthur flour http://www.kingarthurflour.com kindly allowed me to share their Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake recipe with you.  I did a riff on it by using the raspberries my mother picked in place of the blueberries.  Both versions are delicious!

This is a delicious way to use the fruits of summer!

Topping
1/3 cup (2 ounces) sugar
1/2 cup (2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine

Batter
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) butter or margarine
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries, well drained

First: Preheat your oven to 375°F.

Making the Topping: Mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut or rub in the butter or margarine with the side of a fork, two knives or your finger tips until it reaches a crumbly state. Set aside.

Making the Batter: Blend the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, butter or margarine, egg and vanilla. Alternately add the milk and the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, ending with flour. Stir only enough to blend. Fold in the blueberries.

Assembling & Baking: Pour the batter into a well-greased and floured, 9-inch cake pan. Sprinkle the topping over the batter and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester or knife comes out clean.

Let the buckle cool for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides with a knife or spatula. Holding the cake pan in your left hand, gently tip the cake out onto your right hand, remove the pan, and gently right the cake onto a serving dish.

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