Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

quinoabake Quinoa, it’s the new super food.  Or old super food.  I put a wee little bit of adobe pepper in mine because a.) I’m stupid and made a mistake once that worked out okay and b.) I like it a little spicy but not too much.  I’m getting old and so is my digestive system.

This is not a one pot meal but maybe just a pot and a baking dish if you’re really careful and neat.  I’m not.  I think I had enchilada sauce on the ceiling, on the cat and on the neighbor lady.

The recipe calls for avocado.  I don’t like avocado but you probably do so go ahead and add it.

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Candy Cane Cookies

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These are a Christmas favorite.  My wife makes them to give as presents.  Presents to my belly mostly.
Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened (you could use margarine but really?)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375º.  Mix butter, shortening, confectioners sugar, egg and flavorings.  Blend in flour and salt.  Divide dough in half, blend food color into one half.  As a side note we use red food color in half and green in the other.  It makes for red and green cookies and is so Christmasy that Rudolph may visit and refuse to leave. 

Shape 1tsp dough from each half into 4in. rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on a lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. (Not you, the ropes.)  Place on uncreased baking sheet.  Curve top down to form handle of candy cane.

Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very lightly brown.  Mix candy and granulated sugar.  Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet.

 

Source: an old copied sheet of a page from an old book.  We’re very sorry.  If anyone knows where this came from please email us.  

 

Choco Chip-Oatmeal Cookies

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 1/2 cups oats (not instant)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup walnuts (toasted and chopped)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda1
/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp. water
2 tsp. vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line two baking sheets w/parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Place oats, flour, nuts, choco chips, salt, baking soda in a large mixing bowl.  Mix with wisk.
  3. Place oil, maple syrup, water and vanilla in a small mixing bowl and beat vigorously with a wire whisk until emulsified. Stir into oat-flour mixture, mixing until everything is just moistened.  Let sit for 5 minutes or so.
  4. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of dough on the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.  The dough will be crumbly.  Flatten with your hand to 1/3 in. thick.  Smooth edges, gently press dough so cookies hold together.
  5. Bake one sheet at a time on the center shelf of the oven until cookies are slightly brown (about 12 minutes).  Transfer to a cooling rack.  Store in airtight containers.

 

Eggplant Fries

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Look, I know that perhaps some of the stuff that we’re posting here might be considered a bit weird.  For instance this recipe.  Eggplant fries? Really? Yes really and yes they’re good.  Just try them before you start calling us a bunch of unshowered, long haired hippie freaks.  Neither of us have long hair and we shower on a semi-regular basis.

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Quinoa Chili

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We’ve talked before about how we use these recipes as a kind of guide rather than an exact instructional manual.  Never so true as with this recipe.  We didn’t have any cocoa, lime or cilantro but it was still good.  Your results may vary and yes, there are a veritable buttload of ingredients.

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Lentil Soup

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The basics of this recipe are from where else…Alton Brown.  That being said we never make it the same way twice.  So the recipe is really just kind of a map to get us along the way and we choose different routes to get where we want to go pretty much every time.  And really, what in the hell are grains of paradise anyway?  I doubt that anywhere in Kansas City has grains of paradise.  Maybe grains of wheat…(I’m kidding we’re not that backwards here.)

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