Toasted Almonds and That’s All

I had almost forgotten how good plain toasted almonds were-no salt, no oil, nothing else.  In fact, I am munching on some and drinking my herb tea as I type this post.  Of course, I like the raw ones also, but there is something special about the taste and crunch of toasted ones.

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1,  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2.  Spread the almonds out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

3.  Toast until golden brown and aromatic, about 15-20 minutes.

4.  I then store mine in a jar with a tight-fitting lid on the countertop for quick snacking.

I don’t know if you are able to tell clearly or not, but the second picture is after the almonds are toasted.  Also, you can always dip them in melted chocolate and let cool for a sweet treat.

 

Pesto from Basil

I want to be specific that this pesto is made from basil, after discovering that one can make pesto from so many different things. I had a bumper crop of basil in my raised bed this year and decided to use most of it to make pesto. This is a recipe a good friend shared with me five years ago.
I also dried some basil by hanging the stems upside down in the attic (see picture).

PESTO
4 cups coarsely chopped sweet basil leaves
1 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter (optional)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
a dash of salt and pepper

Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Use immediately, freeze or put the pesto in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator. If you put in in the refrigerator, pour a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto in the jar and screw the lid on. This will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
This recipe makes about 1 1/2-2 cups.
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Try “Parched Peanuts”

Finding raw peanuts might be the hardest part of this little snack.  I get raw peanuts at a local country grocery store close to my house.  Preheat the oven to 450, and when it reaches that temperature turn it off and put the peanuts in.  Peanuts can be in a single layer or more.  When they get cool, they will be ready to shell and eat.  Growing up we called these “parched peanut.”  Hope you enjoy them.

What to do with left over ham. . .

2017 Ham in pot         2017 ham corn chowder

If you cooked ham for the weekend you probably had some left over.  I did, and today I made HAM CORN CHOWDER. This dish is so simple and a very very tasty use of the ham.    

            Ham Corn Chowder

1 can cream of chicken

2 cups chopped ham

1 can whole kernel corn, drained (11 oz., no liquid)

8 oz. Sour cream

5 medium potatoes

2-2 ½ cups chicken broth

1 pat butter (optional)

 

 

  1.  Peel and cube potatoes.
  2. Cover with chicken broth.
  3. Cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  4. Add other ingredients and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.  Simple and Delicious!!!!

 

 

The Most Dangerous Dessert

SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE!!!

MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE

This little recipe can be dangerous. Why? Because now you are only five minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

 * 4 Tbsp. S.R. flour

* 3 Tbsp. sugar

* 1 Tbsp. cocoa

* 1 egg

* 3 Tbsp. milk

* 3 Tbsp. oil

* 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips (optional)

* A small splash of vanilla extract

  1. Add dry ingredients to a large coffee mug and mix well.
  2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
  4. Add the chocolate chips (if using them) and vanilla extract, mix again.
  5. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 2 ½ -3 minutes on high. Microwave temps vary.

The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed.  Allow it to cool a little, then tip out onto a plate.  It’s great served warm with ice cream or cool whip.

This can serve 2 if you feel like sharing.  Oh so good!chomugcake