Quick Mix – Muffins

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 27, 2017
Yield: approximately 2 quarts mix, 1 dozen muffins
Time needed: 25 minutes

Several of my cookbooks have a recipe for a baking mix which can used to make pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, etc. in a jiffy.  Quick Mix is one of these.  Of course, a well-prepared cook would have made the mix a week or more ago and just need to reach into the fridge for it.  Bulk food sections often have similar commercial mixes. But if you would like to make your own, here is the recipe. The soy flour, instant dry milk and wheat germ make this a protein-packed mix.

I found the plain basic muffins rather tasteless and regretted that I had not tried one of the optional additions.

Quick Mix

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Vareniky

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date: December 19, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 1 hour more or less. Actual cooking time 5 minutes.

I approached making these with some trepidation as my first attempt was unsatisfactory and my second was a disaster. I can’t say this was great, but finally they held together and they did taste quite good. The cream gravy was far too thin; my daughter suggested using a thick cream rather than my coffee cream (half & half) might remedy that problem.

The recipe notes that some cooks brown the vareniky briefly in butter after boiling them. This would also be a very good improvement.

Vareniky

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Budget Bean Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date: December 13, 2017
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Cook kidney beans if starting with dry beans rather than canned.
Cook peas.
Hard-boil eggs

A rather unusual bean salad as it calls for only one kind of beans, not a combination for colour contrast. No doubt this helps it live up to its name. It is quick to put together provided some ingredients are prepared ahead of time. And it also needs time to chill. So although prep time is minimal, it can stretch over much of a day.

Budget Bean Salad

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Cheesecake

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date November 23, 2017
Yield:6 servings
Time needed: 45 minutes

Of course, one can’t make a crust without filling it, so here is what went into that graham cracker crust. Cheesecake is always one of my favorite desserts. The topping is a raspberry fruit syrup that could have used more raspberries.

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Dandelion Salad

Source:More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried:November 9, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

I made very little of this as I was quite unsure whether I would like it. I am not fond of cooked salad dressing and was a little suspicious that dandelion leaves would be quite bitter. It was better than I expected though. Perhaps bacon improves everything.

Dandelion Salad

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Cold Chicken à la Hay

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried:November 5, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours cooking time depending on size of chicken + cooling time. Best to cook a day ahead of serving. I allowed 1/2 hour per pound and that worked well.

I was not at all impressed with this dish. The chicken itself was very tender, and if the point was to make it especially for sandwiches or salads, it would do fine. But serving it with a very plain, unseasoned cream sauce made for a virtually tasteless meal. Perhaps good for a person needing a very bland diet for some reason.

The name “Hay” refers to Dr. William Howard Hayes, a Pennsylvania doctor of the late 19th and early 20th century who developed and promoted a diet that came to be known as the Hay System and had many devotees among the foodies of the day.

Cold Chicken à la Hay

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