Peanut Granola

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried:October 11, 2017
Yield: 5 quarts 32 1-oz servings
Time needed:45 minutes

I am still enjoying this granola, though not always with strawberries.

Peanut Granola with Fresh Strawberries

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Dill Cheese Quick Bread

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: October 8, 2017
Yield: 1 loaf
Time needed: 1 hour

I made this from a baking mix created earlier. It is quite a nice loaf which we served as part of Thanksgiving dinner.

Dill Cheese Quick Bread

Dill Cheese Quick Bread
3 cups/750 ml baking mix
1 1/2 cups/375 ml sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/4 cups/300 ml milk
1 beaten egg
1 tsp dried dill weed or 1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill weed
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder

Preheat oven to 350oF/180oC.

In one bowl combine shredded cheese with baking mix.

In a separate bowl combine all other ingredients.
Add milk mixture to flour and stir well till blended; beat a little to remove any remaining lumps.
Pour into a greased loaf pan (8” x 4”/1.5-L).
Bake until golden (40-50 minutes)

Canned Grape Juice

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: August 28. 2012
Yield: 1 quart
Time needed: just a few minutes once the container has been sterilized.

I was pleasantly surprised, not only by how easy this is to put together, but by how good the resulting juice is.

Canned Grape Juice

Canned Grape Juice
1 cup/250 ml Concord-style grapes, washed
½ cup/125 ml sugar
boiling water to fill jar.

Place the grapes in a hot, sterilized quart jar.
Add the sugar and fill jar with boiling water to within ½ inch/1 cm of top.

Note: to avoid cracking jar, place a metal utensil such as a table knife in the jar to absorb the heat of the boiling water.

Stir briefly to dissolve sugar.
Seal jar with sterile lid.  No further processing is necessary.

To serve, just strain and discard the grapes.  The juice is ready to drink once chilled.

Mexican Chili Beans

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: October 6, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 2 hours + several hours pre-soaking the beans

Salt pork is one of those old standbys it has become almost impossible to find in today’s supermarkets, but is the best for flavour if you can get it. Bacon will substitute well, even the turkey “bacon” I used today. I haven’t tried vegan “bacon” so non-carnivores can experiment with that.

Using canned beans is a timesaver: no soaking, no hours of cooking. But using dried beans is just as easy, with most of the work confined to a few minutes.

Mexican Chili Beans

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Fruit Smoothie

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: June 13, 2012
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time needed: 5 minutes

I love smoothies.  This can be made with whatever fruit is in season and in June that means strawberries.

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie
2 cups/500 mL fruit (berries, melon, peaches, etc.)

1½ cups/375 ml plain yogurt
1 cup/250 ml milk
2-4 Tbsp. honey or sugar to taste

Purée the fruit in the blender
Add the other ingredients and blend till smooth.