Oven Baked Salmon with Crispy Topping ++ Can Be Prepared Gluten Free !

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As you may know, I’m seriously ‘on a mission’ lately to eat more healthy and I’ve discovered eating healthy does NOT mean dining on meals that taste like cardboard!!

Just because I’m trying to eat better doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in the occasional treat, as I did yesterday when I lost my car key (it just dropped off the key chain….).  After searching the parking lot etc. I finally found it at my doctor’s office…. but that was AFTER I called AAA to open my car in the hopes the key had dropped off inside.  I ended up rewarding myself, after all that frustration, with a (not too big…) piece of carrot cake – and I enjoyed every single bite !!

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++  If you prefer to prepare this “gluten-free” – just use gluten free corn flakes, such as Nature’s Path Organic. 

++  Corn itself is gluten free but many products containing corn, such as corn flakes, may have flour (wheat) in the ingredients.

++  Recipe makes enough for 4 people, depending upon the size of your piece of salmon.    ++  I prepared 1 piece of salmon and stored the extra topping in the fridge.

INGREDIENTS                Oven at 375 F           ++ Bake for salmon for approximately 20 minutes

  • a bit of olive oil, to grease skillet….. about 2 tsp.
  • 4 pieces of salmon about 5″ long and 1/2″ in center    ++  Can be either with – or without – skin.
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • some freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups corn flakes
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pine nuts      ++ I used 1/4 cup – – pine nuts are expensive!!
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • a bit of fresh parsley         ++  optional

Preheat oven 375F

Put all the ingredients into a food processor.  Pulse into ground.

++  If you don’t have a food processor, put all topping ingredients in a ziplock bag and crush.

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Sprinkle between 1/4 to 1/3 cup of crumb mixture on each piece of salmon, pressing the crumbs into the fish a bit.     ++  Leftovers of crumb mixture can be stored in fridge !

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Place salmon pieces on a broiler broiler  OR  on a rack, as shown above.

Bake in 375 F oven for 20 minutes, depending upon thickness of salmon.    ++  Salmon should be firm in the middle and look opaque. 

It does NOT get much easier than this. And – believe me, this Oven Baked Salmon with Crispy Topping is delicious.   Enjoy!!

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Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Gratin with Toasted Pine Nuts

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Toasted Pine Nuts

++ This can be prepared GLUTEN FREE  !!

++  UPDATE – – EVEN BETTER WHEN MADE A DAY AHEAD !!      I just discovered that the next day the flavor of the roasted red peppers and cheddar cheese is infused throughout and the cauliflower is lovely & creamy !!  It tastes a lot like a very special version of Mac & Cheese.

It amazes me, now that I’m actually paying attention, how many fabulous recipes can be found which are healthy AND delicious.  Not only am I losing weight in my effort to eat healthy, I also have a lot more energy.  LOOK OUT WORLD !!

If you think you don’t like cauliflower, this may be the recipe to change your mind !  This is NOT your mother’s (or grandmother’s) ‘boiled all to hell’ cauliflower.  A light cheese sauce graces the roasted cauliflower with loads of flavor and there’s a tiny bit of heat from the cayenne pepper. And, except for garlic salt with herbs, there’s no salt in this recipe.  (This was my dinner last night, that’s how much I enjoyed this dish.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 7 cups cauliflower, cut into pieces 2″       ++ Uses 1 head of cauliflower, with perhaps a bit leftover
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1/4′ strips
  • 1 – 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. flour      ++  For ‘Gluten-Free use 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt with parsley      ++  Or garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt-free seasoning      ++  I like ‘Mrs. Dash – Garlic & Herb’
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 14 – 1/3 cup pine nuts       ++  a.k.a. pinola nuts        ++  You could also use walnuts or pecans
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk      ++  I used 1% & that worked fine!
  • 1 1/4 grated Cheddar cheese

SET OVEN AT 425 (F)       TOTAL COOKING TIME – 25 MINUTES    (10 MINS, THEN 15 MINS.)                                           

Mix together cauliflower pieces, red pepper strips and 1 – 2 Tbs. olive oil.

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Spread vegetables evenly on baking sheet with sides.  

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Roast veggies in a 425 (F) oven for 10 minutes.  While cauliflower is roasting, toast pine nuts and prepare cheese sauce.

                                       Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper – After 10 Minutes

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TOASTED PINE NUTS  

In a small (ungreased) frying pan over medium heat toast pine nuts, shaking pan occasionally, until nuts become lightly browned.

CHEESE SAUCE

In a small bowl mix together 1 Tbs. flour  (For ‘Gluten-Free use 1 Tbs. cornstarch), 1/4 tsp. garlic salt with parsley, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp. salt-free seasoning and 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Once butter is melted, add the flour and spices.  Whisk together and cook, stirring with whisk, for about a minute. 

Slowly add 1 1/4 cup milk and continue whisking until mixture is well blended.  Continue to simmer sauce for 4 – 5 minutes if using flour, whisking occasionally.  ++  If using cornstarch, the simmering time will be less.   ++  If sauce becomes too thick when using cornstarch, add a bit more milk.

REMOVE SAUCEPAN FROM HEAT.  Add 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese and whisk until cheese sauce is smooth.  Add toasted pine nuts.

Remove baking sheet from oven after 10 minutes.  Using a spatula, gently turn the partially cooked cauliflower and red pepper strips.  Drizzle cheese sauce slowly over veggies.

Return baking sheet to oven and roast for another 15 minutes, or until tops of cauliflower are nicely browned.  Serve & Enjoy !!

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Nutty Oatmeal and Wholewheat Bread

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Makes One Loaf

Oatmeal and Wholewheat Bread - My Yellow Farmhouse.comFor Bread Machine directions, follow this link – http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2015/01/22/nutty-oatmeal-wholewheat-bread-bread-machine-version/

This is the latest recipe in my Eating Healthy series.  And I’m happy to say that after only a week of ‘eating healthy’ I’m back in my jeans – and I can actually sit here and work on this post without having to unzip them.  If I’m hungry, I eat.  I just watch what I eat.  Believe me – I have a long, long way to go weight-wise.  But I’m motivated and enjoying the process.

It took me two tries to get this recipe the way I wanted it… and it was definitely worth the effort.  Nutty Oatmeal & Wholewheat Bread has a delicious, nutty taste.  And it’s good for you! There’s a cup of oatmeal and a cup of wholewheat flour, plus a cup of regular bread flour (because I don’t like heavy bread).  I added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, which are so very good for you – or – you could add some bran in place of the chia seeds.  I  also added 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, which, like chocolate, make everything taste better.    ++ This bread makes wonderful toast!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbs. honey            ++  Or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. butter             ++  Or Olive oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup flour      ++  In the United States, bread flour is different than regular flour.  In Canada, regular flour has the same qualities as bread flour.  I use bread flour but this recipe works with either.
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • OPTIONAL    –    1 Tbs. Chia seeds    ++  Or wheat germ
  • OPTIONAL    –    1/3 cup chopped walnuts  ++  Walnuts will be added once dough has been kneaded a while.

METHOD

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Measure 1 cup very warm water.    ++  The water should feel warm on your wrist – not hot.  Too hot and you kill the yeast.  Too cold, and the yeast just sits there. 

Add 2 Tbs. honey and stir briefly.  Add 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast.  Again stir briefly.  I’ve never seen directions to ‘stir’… it’s just what I do.)

Allow water, honey and yeast to sit for 15 minutes.

++  I usually give the mixture a little stir after about 7 minutes.

++  During cold weather you may want to place the measuring cup somewhere out of drafts.  I use my microwave!

After 15 minutes the water, honey and yeast should’ve bubbled up to resemble the photo above.  ++ If it does NOT – your water may have been too cold or too hot – or – your yeast may not be good anymore.  Just dump the contents out and try it again.  DO NOT GIVE UP!  The first bread I made was heavy as a brick!!

++  The quality of yeast goes down the longer you have it.  Use ‘6 months’ as your guide for when it’s time to discard it BUT your bread won’t fail if the yeast is older.  Your bread will just not rise quite as much and will have less flavor.  (I buy small jars of yeast but the same applies to packets.)

Pour the liquid into a medium-sized bowl.  Add 1 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 Tbs. butter, 1 cup quick-cooking oats, 1 cup wholewheat flour, 1 cup flour (see note above), 1 Tbs. Chia seeds and 2 pinches nutmeg.  ++  You’ll be adding the walnuts a bit later.

Using your hands (or a large spoon if you wish) mix the ingredients until combined, which should only take about a minute.

KNEADING THE DOUGH

Place dough on lightly floured work surface.  ++  I usually use a ‘tea towel’ (a.k.a. ‘dish towel) but this dough is a bit sticky, just I just used the counter.

Knead dough about 5 minutes.  ++  To knead dough, push away from you with the palm of your hand, turn dough, fold over and repeat. If dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour.

++ Now add 1/3 chopped walnuts and knead just until walnuts are incorporated.  Form dough into a ball.

++  Here’s an excellent link to learn how to knead bread –  http://bread.wonderhowto.com/how-to/knead-bread-dough-by-hand-355638/

Dough After Kneading

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ALLOWING THE DOUGH TO ‘RISE’    

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After dough has been kneaded, place it in a greased bowl.  Turn dough over to grease top.  Cover bowl with a dish towel or plastic wrap.  Let rise in warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until double in size. 

++ During cold weather, place a 10′ x 13′ pan half-full of VERY HOT water on the bottom rack. of your oven.  Place the covered bowl containing the dough on the top rack.

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ALLOWING THE DOUGH TO RISE A 2nd TIME

Once dough has risen, you’re going to ‘punch it down’, which seems pretty counter-intuitive…but allowing the dough rise a 2nd time will make the bread much lighter.  ++  If you like dense bread – then just skip this step!

Cover bowl with dishtowel and repeat step above for rising the dough.  Again – allow to rise for 30 – 40 minutes or until double in size.

 FORMING THE DOUGH  –  This is fun and easy!!

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Remove dough from bowl.  Place on a lightly floured surface.  Using fingers, press dough into an 8′ x 12′ rectangle.  Beginning at short end, roll up tightly.  Place in a greased (I use olive oil) 9′ x 5′ loaf pan.

Bake in a 375 (F) oven for 35 – 40 minutes.  Allow the Nutty Oatmeal and Wholewheat Bread a few minutes to cool off due to the denseness of the bread…. that is….if you can wait.  (I didn’t!)     Enjoy!

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Nutty Oatmeal & Wholewheat Bread – Bread Machine Version

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Follow this link for Nutty Oatmeal and Wholewheat Bread made without a bread machine -   http://myyellowfrmhouse.com/2015/01/22/nutty-oatmeal-and-wholewheat-bread/

This is the latest recipe in my Eating Healthy series.  And I’m happy to say that after only a week of ‘eating healthy’ I’m back in my jeans – and I can actually sit here and work on this post without having to unzip them.  If I’m hungry, I eat.  I just watch what I eat.  Believe me – I have a long, long way to go weight-wise.  But I’m motivated and enjoying the process.

It took me two tries to get this recipe the way I wanted it… and it was definitely worth the effort.  Nutty Oatmeal & Wholewheat Bread has a delicious, nutty taste.  And it’s good for you! There’s a cup of oatmeal and a cup of wholewheat flour, plus a cup of regular bread flour (because I don’t like heavy bread).  I added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, which are so very good for you – or – you could add some bran in place of the chia seeds.  I  also added 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, which, like chocolate, make everything taste better.    ++ This bread makes wonderful toast!

INGREDIENTS        ++  According to my bread machine directions, this is the order of the ingredients as they’re put into the bread machine.  Check the directions for your bread machine, just in case they differ.

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbs. honey            ++  Or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. butter             ++  Or Olive oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour      ++  In the United States, bread flour is different than regular flour.  In Canada, regular flour has the same qualities as bread flour.  Follow your manufacturer’s directions.
  • 1 Tbs. Chia seeds    ++  Or wheat germ
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 tsp.active dry yeast  ++  I use Bread Machine yeast but regular yeast may be used
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts   ++  The walnuts should be added during your machine’s ‘add’ cycle, which is part way through the kneading process.  Your machine should give you a signal.  If not, add the walnuts after machine has had time to knead the dough for awhile.


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Set bread machine on ‘grain’ cycle.   ++  Your machine’s grain cycle will allow for the bread to rise twice, which gives the bread a lighter texture.  Enjoy !!

++  This step is NOT necessary but if you want a darker, crisper crust, up-end your baked bread into a 9’x 9′ square pan.  Remove bread machine pan from bread.  Turn bread over so crust side faces up.  Place in a 400′ oven for 5 – 6 minutes. 

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Herbed Blackened Salmon Fillets

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You know you’re in trouble when you can’t zip your jeans !!  And you know you’re in trouble when your doctor tells you that you’ve gained 13 pounds in three months !!  POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THIS WEIGHT GAIN.  1. Trip to ‘all-inclusive’ resort in Cancun in October.   2.  Holiday Eating… beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with a two-week trip to Florida during Christmas and the New Year.   3.  Copious amounts of cooking during said trip, which meant copious amounts of eating – not to mention copious amounts of white wine and just lazing around like a nice, warm happy slug in the sunshine.  Oh, I forgot to mention Margaritas in both Mexico and Florida… yes… copious amounts!

I refuse give in and buy new jeans, so I’ve decided to begin taking care of myself and eating right. My guideline for this new endeavor is the Mayo Clinic’s ‘Dash Diet Program’ which is NOT a diet.  Rather, it’s an excellent guide to eating well.  And by eating well you lose weight, have more energy and also lower your blood pressure and possibly your cholesterol.

Herbed Blackened Salmon Fillets is the first of several posts which will feature delicious, healthy recipes.  I do hope you come along on this new journey with me.  If you’re already eating healthy, you might find a few new ideas.  Or, if you’re like me and need to lose some weight to improve your life, you may discover recipes to inspire you.  ++ I’ll keep you all informed as to my ‘progress’ with the too-small jeans!

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Salmon Fillet = uneven thickness                           Salmon Steaks = even throughout.

INGREDIENTS            ++ Enough salmon for 2 servings

  • 1 lb. salmon fillet   OR   1 lb. salmon steak
  •           Blackening Seasoning
  • 1/4  to  1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash ‘Garlic & Herbs’    ++  Contains no salt !
  • 1/2  tsp. Italian Seasoning

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METHOD

Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towels.  Place salmon on a plate.  In a small bowl, mix blackening seasoning  ingredients .

++ For salmon fillet with skin on one side, rub blackening seasoning on the flesh side of the fillet only.   (You won’t need all the seasoning.)       ++ Allow fish to rest for 10 minutes.

++  For skinless salmon fillet  OR  salmon steak, rub 1/2 the blackening seasoning on one side of fish.  Repeat on other side.                      ++ Allow fish to rest for 10 minutes.

Drizzle about 2 Tbs. olive oil in large, heavy skillet. Heat skillet over medium-high heat.  (Skillet is hot enough when a bit of water, sprinkled onto heated skillet, ‘dances’.)

Lower heat to medium.

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++  For Salmon Fillet

  • Place salmon fillet, skin side down, in center of heated skillet.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, depending upon thickness of fillet.   ++ Cooked skin should peel right off !!
  • Flip fish and continue cooking for another  3 minutes or so.

++  Cooking time will depend upon the thickness of the fillet.  My fillet was rather thin, so I cooked it for 3 minutes on the first side and only 2 minutes on the second side.

++ Cooked salmon will be lighter in color and should look opaque.  Use your best judgement.  It’s actually better to undercook fish slightly than to overcook it.

++  For Salmon Steak

  • Place salmon steak in center of heated skillet.
  • Due to the thicker nature of salmon steaks, they take just a bit longer to cook.
  • Turn the fish when the bottom half looks opaque.
  • Continue cooking another 5 – 8 minutes.

++  Cooking time will depend upon the thickness of the salmon steak.

++  Cooked salmon will be lighter in color and should look opaque.  Use your best judgement.  It’s actually better to undercook fish slightly than to overcook it !

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Recipe adapted from ‘The DASH Diet for Beginners’.

Photo of organic salmon steak courtesy of ‘Graig Farm’.

‘Quick ‘n Easy’ White Chocolate Peppermint Bark with Pecans

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      This is a great recipe for those times when you want to share a homemade treat but have very little time to prepare something!

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You may know I call myself “Organized/Disorganized”…  Example – I have a folder in a closet full of Christmas ideas/recipes and another folder for Thanksgiving, which is the ‘organized’ part of my personality.  But because my kitchen is my office, my workstation and basically where I spend much of my time, it’s usually a mess.  Which is the shows the ‘disorganized’ part of my personality.

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I reorganized my Christmas folder and found my recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Bark with Pecans – which I had totally forgotten about.  Making candy doesn’t get much easier than this – just a few ingredients, a bit of time cooking in the microwave, a bit of stirring et voila –  CANDY!

++  For a delicious change-of-pace, use two (12 oz.) bags of semi-sweet choc.! Candy Canes - clipartbest.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups white chocolate morsels – divided      ++  Two (12 0z.) bags of morsels
  • 2 Tbs. shortening – divided
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped salted pecans
  • 1/3 cup “smashed up” candy canes or peppermint candies

++  To break up candy canes, place several in a plastic zip lock bag and smack with a hammer, a can or a rolling pin.  (Of course, if you have a high-powered food processor you can chop them up in that… I think!)

++  Leftover candy canes can – like any type of hard peppermint candy – be saved for later use.  

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1.  Place 2 cups (1 bag) white chocolate morsels in a medium-size microwavable bowl.  Add 1 Tbs. shortening.

2.  Microwave – on high – for 2 minutes.     ++ This is only half of the white chocolate morsels – 2 cups (one bag) at a time are melted in 2 batches.  This ensures the chocolate doesn’t seize, meaning it won’t thicken or harden during melting

3.  Remove chocolate from microwave and mix well with a large spoon.

4.  Return to microwave for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove and stir well – ‘smooshing’ any chocolate morsels which may remain a bit unmelted. 

5. Spoon melted chocolate into another bowl & repeat the process of melting 2 cups of white chocolate morsels with 1 Tbs. Crisco.

6.  Stir in 1/3 cup “smashed up” candy canes or peppermint pieces and 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans.

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7.  Drop by large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet which has been lined with waxed paper, parchment paper or plastic wrap.

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8.  When candies are cooled and hardened, which won’t take long, they’re ready.  Enjoy !

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Pull-Apart Breakfast Biscuits with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries

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Pull-Apart Breakfast Biscuits with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries could be called Deconstructed Monkey Bread with Caramel Sauce, Pecans and Maraschino Cherries but that seemed pretty pretentious for this simple re-working of good old Monkey Bread.

Because I’m endlessly curious, I did a quick check on the meaning of a ‘deconstructed dish’.  “Deconstructed dishes may take foods that are normally combined in the dish, change their forms, and then plate them together in a different way. It’s not just about taking the dish apart, but putting its elements back together.”  So, I guess I did deconstruct what we usually think of as Monkey Bread… how about that?!

I had fun making this and I had even more fun sharing it with my neighbors.  I actually took the last two photos at their house – and even talked Lad into being my ‘hand model’!!

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Ingredients & Method

Oven at 350F       Bake for about 35 minutes, or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked

Lightly grease a 10″ x 13″ pan with shortening or cooking spray

Two 9′ round or square cake pans can be used.  Just divide sugared biscuit quarters, pecans, cherries and sauce evenly between each pan.  Bake about 25 minutes, or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked.

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  • 2 cans (16.3 oz.) Pillsbury Grands Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine  ++  I recommend butter !!
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans – – or walnuts   ++  I used pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries    ++  I chopped the cherries pretty small.  However, when I make this again, I’ll roughly chop the cherries.   ++  For Christmas you may want to use both red & green maraschino cherries!

Arrange 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries evenly on the bottom of a greased 10″ by 13″ pan.

Open both cans of biscuits.  Separate biscuits.  Cut each biscuit into quarters.  ++ I found it went faster if I stacked two biscuits together and then cut them into quarters.

Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon in a gallon food storage bag.  Shake to mix.

Place biscuit quarters in the bag and shake to coat.  ++  I found it worked well if I shook about 1/4 of the biscuit pieces at a time.  Repeat until all pieces are coated with sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Arrange the biscuit quarters on top of the pecans and cherries, squeezing them together a bit to fit in one layer.  ++  As I went along, I added a bit more cinnamon to the bag because the first biscuit pieces seemed to have picked up all the cinnamon. 

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Now it’s time for the caramel sauce. Place 1 cup packed brown sugar and 3/4 cup butter or margarine in a small microwavable bowlHeat in microwave just until butter melts.  Using a fork or whisk, mix butter and brown sugar together well.  Pour over the biscuits.    ++  Don’t worry if the sauce isn’t poured evenly over the biscuits  – it’s going to end up at the bottom of the pan, where it’ll blend with the pecans and cherries to form a yummy, sticky topping for the biscuits.

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Bake 350F for 35 to 37 minutes – or until biscuits in middle are fully cooked.  ++  To check for doneness, lift up the top of a middle biscuit to see if it’s cooked.  If not, continue to bake a few minutes longer.

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Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn upside down onto a large serving platter. ++ If you don’t have large enough platter, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and serve from there.  Enjoy!

++ Quote  http://www.cheftalk.com/

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Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

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This recipe yields 16 cups – or around a gallon of soup.  Of course, you can easily halve the ingredients, which would yield around 8 cups of soup.

Few things are more glorious to gaze upon than a perfectly roasted turkey, it’s golden goodness and luscious aroma a precursor of delights to come.  Guests often gather around, oohing and ahhing, their expressions similar to those of grandparents staring at their first grandchild.  Yes indeed, Mr. Turkey is Center Stage – he’s the Big Event in the multi-ring circus called Thanksgiving.

My friend Tina is THE world’s best Turkey Cooker!!

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However, once the feasting has ended, Mr. Turkey’s Glory Days are seemingly over. He sits forlornly on the kitchen counter . .  abandoned, unloved, surrounded by the detritus of what was. Still, what remains of Mr. Turkey can be raised to a whole new level of delish-a-tude.

Today’s post, Turkey Noodle Soup, is certainly not a new concept for left-over turkey but I bet it’ll make your family’s tummies very happy.  Soup, in any form, is just so appreciated when the days are cold and dark, as they always are during this time of year.

 Turkey Strata (Casserole) - Uses Leftover Turkey and Stuffing! - My Yellow Farmhouse.com++ If you happen to have both turkey and stuffing left over you may want to prepare Turkey Strata.  It’s a snap to put together and is just another idea for what to do with all that turkey!!

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2012/12/27/turkey-strata-casserole-uses-left-over-turkey-and-stuffing/

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Mr. Turkey – Starring in “Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup”

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Ingredients and Method

  • turkey (or chicken) carcass    ++ You’ll need 3 cups chopped turkey or chicken
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes     ++  I use Knorr.  If using another brand, use 4 chicken cubes.
  • 1 1/4  to 1 1/2  cups chopped baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4  to  1 1/2  cups frozen peas  ++  The peas are added towards the end… still frozen.
  • 3 cups COOKED egg noodles     ++  Just measure out 3 cups dry egg noodles to equal 3 cups cooked egg noodles.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt  – –   or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper – –  or to taste

Place 12 cups water, 2 Knorr chicken bouillon cubes (If using another brand, use 4 chicken bouillon cubes.), 1 1/4  to  1 1/2  cups chopped baby carrots, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 large garlic clove, minced and 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning in a very large saucepan or Dutch Oven. Add turkey carcass, breaking carcass apart to make it fit, if necessary.   ++  Remove skin and fat as much as possible.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.  Cover and allow to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, turning turkey carcass over once or twice.

About 10 minutes before end of cooking time for broth and veggies, cook 3 cups egg noodles according to package directions.  Drain and set noodles aside.

After 1 1/2 hours, turn off heat but leave saucepan containing broth and veggies on burner.  Remove turkey carcass.  Allow carcass to cool a bit, then remove and chop meat.  You’ll need 3 cups.

Add the chopped meat to broth and vegetables.  Add the drained egg noodles, 1 1/4  to  1 1/2 cups frozen peas (still frozen!), 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper or ‘to taste’. Bring soup to a simmer again and serve.  Enjoy!

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++ My son M. jokingly said I need to credit him for 1. use of his kitchen and  2. use of his place mats & bowls for the photos.  So I suppose I should also thank him for his critique of my soup, which he gave a thumbs up.  (And he’s one tough critic..)  I also want to thank Tina and Gary for hosting The Feast and for allowing me to abscond with the turkey carcass!!     Enjoy !

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Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds – Browned Butter Can Be Prepared Ahead !

Prepare Ahead Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds

++  The prep work for this recipe can be done one night before – or earlier in the day.  ++

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds is the last recipe in a series of 6 ‘make ahead’ recipes, all of which can be prepared – or prepped – a day or two ahead, which will help to make your busy life a bit easier!  By preparing a few dishes each night for two nights, all you’ll need to do the day of The Big Feast is roast the turkey, make the gravy and cook the green beans.

I’ve been preparing green beans this way for a few years but today it was a bit different as I had to list amounts and cooking times – I usually just ‘wing it’.  Guests often ask, “How did you make these beans?”  Well, now they know!

Everything was very casual the night of the ‘taste testing’.

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  MENU

  • Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/13/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-1-mashed-potatoes-with-sour-cream-and-chives/

  • Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-2-sweet-potatoes-with-cinnamon-nutmeg-and-a-splash-of-brandy/

  • Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onions

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-3-herb-stuffing-with-baby-bella-mushrooms/

  • Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds
  • Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Oranges  & + Savory Turkey Gravy

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/17/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipes-no-4-5-roasted-turkey-breast-or-whole-turkey-with-white-wine-oranges-and-apples-savory-turkey-gravy/

  • Bonus Recipe - Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/20/homemade-whole-berry-cranberry-sauce-with-apple-and-a-hint-of-cinnamon/

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++ The amount of beans shown here should serve between 5 – 6 people, depending upon how many other sides dishes you’re serving.  I figure approximately a handful of fresh beans for each guest… but I have small hands, so this ‘method’ might not work for you! 

++ If you’re having lots and lots of guests and need to cook more beans, just double or triple the browned butter.  But remember, the cooking time for the beans will be a bit longer.

Ingredients and Method 

  • fresh green beans, rinsed  –  ends snapped       ++ You don’t have to snap both ends… although I usually do.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. Mrs. Dash ‘Garlic & Herb’ seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp, salt
  • 1 Tbs. sesame seeds

Rinse beans and snap off end(s).  Snap beans in half if they’re are overly large.  (This step can be done either the night before or earlier in the day, just place the beans in a plastic zip lock bag and refrigerate.)

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Place beans and 1/2 cup water into a large skillet with a cover.  Bring water to a boil.  Cover and allow to cook at a light boil for between 10 -12 minutes.  ++  Beans will not be fully cooked at this point.

Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds - My Yellow Farmhouse.comWhile beans are cooking (or the night before/earlier in the day) prepare the Browned Butter, which only takes about 5 minutes!

Place 2 Tbs. butter, 1/8 tsp. Mrs. Dash ‘Garlic & Herb’ seasoning and 1/4 tsp, salt in a small pan over medium heat.  It’s not necessary to stir the butter but you do have to watch it carefully !  After several minutes the butter will have foamed up considerably. Remove pan from heat and add 1 Tbs. sesame seeds.  Set browned butter aside until beans are fully cooked.

++  If you prepared the browned butter the night before (or earlier in the day) remove it from the refrigerator and rewarm in the microwave before adding it to the cooked beans.

Remove cover from skillet.  Lower heat a bit.  Continue cooking for another 5 – 6 minutes, stirring every once in a while.   ++ Any remaining water will gradually evaporate, which helps the browned butter to stick to the beans.    ++  Be sure not to overcook the beans – you want them crisp-tender!!

Add your prepared browned butter to the beans, mix well — and serve.    Easy and delicious!

Happy Holidays to All – Enjoy !

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Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

I consider my Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon a ‘bonus recipein my series of 6 ‘make ahead’ recipes, all of which can be prepared – or prepped – a day or two ahead, which will help to make your busy life a bit easier!  By preparing a few dishes each night for two nights, all you’ll need to do the day of The Big Feast is roast the turkey, make the gravy and cook the green beans.

Everything was very casual the night of the ‘taste testing’.

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

My Yellow Farmhouse.com - Make-Ahead Turkey Dinner

MENU

  • Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/13/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-1-mashed-potatoes-with-sour-cream-and-chives/

  •  Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a Dash of Bourbon

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-2-sweet-potatoes-with-cinnamon-nutmeg-and-a-splash-of-brandy/

  • Herb Stuffing with Baby Bella Mushrooms, Celery and Onion

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/15/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipe-no-3-herb-stuffing-with-baby-bella-mushrooms/

++  Green Beans with Browned Butter and Sesame Seeds

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/22/green-beans-with-browned-butter-and-sesame-seeds-browned-butter-can-be-prepared-ahead/

  • Turkey Breast (or Turkey) with White Wine, Oranges  & + Savory Turkey Gravy

http://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2014/11/17/make-ahead-turkey-dinner-recipes-no-4-5-roasted-turkey-breast-or-whole-turkey-with-white-wine-oranges-and-apples-savory-turkey-gravy/

  • Bonus Recipe - Homemade Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon

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I’m so pleased with how this cranberry sauce turned out.  Adding a bit of apple mellows out the naturally tart taste of the cranberries. And, the addition of just two small pinches of cinnamon and some brown sugar adds a subtle something extra.  (I’m heading down to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving & I’m taking this cranberry sauce to share.  I’ll be helping out where I can while I’m there. Still – it’s so nice to be a guest!!)

There are times… luckily not often… when I get a recipe idea that turns out really bad.  Such was the case recently.  I had the idea of substituting some orange juice for the water when making homemade cranberry sauce.  DON’T EVER TRY THAT !!   It was so sour – and I learned long ago that you just can’t fix sour… no matter how much sugar you add.  (Perhaps freshly squeezed orange juice would’ve worked…. what do you think?)

Ingredients and Method

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  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar    ++ NOT packed down !!
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped (peeled) apple   ++ See photo below to give you an idea of what size chunks.
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • ++ You can add a few tablespoons of chopped walnuts, filberts or pecans etc. AFTER the cranberry sauce had been made.

Open a 12 oz. bag of cranberries – discard any bad ones.  Set aside.

Peel and chop apple.  You’ll need 1/3 cup.  ++ No turkeys were abused during the making of this cranberry sauce.  I did all the work myself, even though Mr. Turkey looks so very proud !

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Bring 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed), and 1 cup water to a boil.  Add cranberries, 1/3 cup chopped apple and 2 pinches cinnamon.

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Lower heat a bit – continue to boil – stirring occasionally – for 10 minutes.

Homemade Whole-Cranberry Sauce with Apple and a Hint of Cinnamon - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Pour the cranberry sauce into a bowl, cover – allow to cool completely at room temperature.  Refrigerate until serving time.  Talk about e.a.s.y. !!

Happy Holidays to All  – Enjoy !

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