Meal Planning Week 1

I decided to try my hand at meal planning now that retirement is officially kicking in. I’m quite bored with all of the things I normally cook and we found last spring we were eating take-out much more frequently than we should. Decision #1 – Start with Supper. Planning all of the breakfasts, lunches and…

Fig Newtons(ish)

INGREDIENTS: For the fillings 500 g. (18 oz. or 10 large) fresh figs 250 g. (9 oz. or 1 1/4 cups) sugar 1 lemon (juice and zest) 1 tsp. Vanilla extract. For the cookie 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1 1/4 sticks butter 1/3 cups + 1 T sugar 1 t baking powder 1/4 t…

Asian Slaw

Ingredients 1/2 head red cabbage – shredded 4 green onion – thinly sliced on the diagonal 4 carrots – shaved 1/8 c cilantro – roughly chopped 3/4 c vegetable oil 1/3 c rice wine vinegar 1/4 c sugar 2 T soy sauce 1 t sesame oil 1 t red pepper flakes 1 t garlic powder…

Beavercreek Honey-Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients 4 lb boneless/skinless chicken thighs Marinade: 1 1/2 c teriyaki sauce 1 c brown sugar 3 cloves garlic – minced 1 t fresh ginger – minced 2 green onions – chopped 1 t sesame oil 1 t red pepper flakes Glaze: 1 c teriyaki sauce 2/3 c honey 1/2 c brown sugar 2 green…

Almond Cake with Figs

It’s August and the figs are ripe. The biggest problem I have with figs (other than I can’t seem to keep the tree controlled) is that they all ripen at once. I have no fresh figs for 51 weeks of the year and then suddenly I have pounds and pounds of them. I’ve tried fig…

Challah for Lughnasadh

Ingredients: 3 ½t t dry yeast ¼ c honey 1 c water 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks ¼ c corn oil 4½ c AP flour 1½ t kosher salt 1 beaten egg for wash Instructions: Combine the yeast, water, honey, eggs, egg yolks, and oil in the bowl of the mixer and whisk to…

Chocolate Chip – Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 2/3 c castor sugar 2/3 c packed brown sugar 2 sticks of butter at room temperature 1 t vanilla 2 large eggs 1/2 t baking soda 1/4 t kosher salt 1 1/2 c all purpose flour 1 1/2 c rolled oats 1 c chocolate chips 1 c white chocolate chips Instructions Preheat to 350F….

Instant Pot Mexican Beef

Ingredients 1.5 t dried oregano 1 t cumin 1.25 t salt 0.5t ground pepper 1 T olive oil 1.5-2 pounds trimmed top round beef roast cut into 4 or 5 pieces 0.5 c orange juice 0.5 c beef stock 0.5 large yellow onion, quartered 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped INSTRUCTIONS Stir together the oregano, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Add…

Braised Short Ribs

Ingredients thick-cut beef short ribs 4-5 pounds ¼ c brown sugar ¼ c soy sauce ¼ c late harvest riesling 1 t toasted sesame oil 1 T finely grated fresh ginger 4 cloves minced garlic ¼ t cayenne pepper About 1 cup chicken stock Instructions Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, wine, sesame oil, ginger,…

Golden Milk (Tumeric Tea) Concentrate

INGREDIENTS  1/4 t black pepper 1 1/2 t powdered ginger 1 t cinnamon 1 t cardamom 1/4 t salt ½ c turmeric powder 2 c water ½ c coconut oil 1/4 c honey INSTRUCTIONS Combine pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a bowl. Combine turmeric and 1 1/2 c of water in a saucepan…