Monday, November 12, 2012

Ground Serrano Pepper Recipe

OK, it's not really a recipe since there is only one ingredient! Sorry, I didn't take pictures of the first part of the recipe!

1 lb. Serrano Peppers

Wash peppers. Slice down the middle, lengthwise. Place in dehydrator trays. Set temperature dial at 135F. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours or overnight until thoroughly dry (hard, but brittle.)
Place dried peppers in small food processor in batches. Pulse continually until ground, adding more peppers until all are done.
Some of the seeds may not be completely ground.
Using a small funnel, pour ground pepper into jar or other small container.
1 lb. of Serrano peppers made about 1/3 cup of ground pepper. Use sparingly in soups, sauces, etc. It is very spicy! The aroma as you are grinding can be overwhelming, so take breaks.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I bought a Ball 1884-style water bath canning set today. It was on clearance at Tractor Supply Company. $20.00 off! I've been wanting to learn how to do this for a while and when I saw this the other day, I knew I wanted it! Comes with everything I need, other than the jars which I already have! Now to decide what I want to can first! And, I'm so glad it is blue spackle enamelware. I love that old style! Almost as much as I love cast-iron cookware! Though I wish that half the utensils weren't plastic. Want to find metal or glass replacements eventually.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cookbook for sale!

I have a brand new cookbook up for sale at my Bonanza shop!
It's hardcover, 96 pages with illustrations for each recipe! There are some really good ones in it! Check it out!

Now You're Cookin' Oven Dishes Cookbook - New Hardcover!

Nutty Cereal Recipe

Having gone totally wheat-free and gluten-free, my mom was still craving 'cereal', so I found a way to satisfy her.

1 cup roughly chopped raw walnuts
1/2 cup finely chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup finely chopped raw macadamias
1/2 cup finely ground raw pecans
1/2 cup finely ground raw cashews
1/4 cup chopped raw pine nuts
1-1/2 Tablespoons raw cacao nibs
2 Tablespoons dried cherries
2 Tablespoons dried blueberries
2 Tablespoons raisins
2 Tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon raw maca powder
2 Tablespoons raw shredded coconut
(Raisins and sunflower seeds not pictured above.)
Mix together thoroughly and store in glass jar.
Serve 1/2 cup of nutty cereal with raw milk.

Purple Avocado Smoothie Recipe

I'm starting to experiment more with avocados.

8 oz. fresh blackberries
1 frozen banana
1/2 Hass avocado
1/4 teaspoon maca powder
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1/2 cup raw cream
1/2 cup raw milk

Blend until smoothie consistency. Depending on your preferred smoothie thickness, use more or less cream or milk. I normally use 1 cup cream, but I ran out. So, I did half and half.
You can also add a tablespoon of raw pecan butter for a really nice extra bit of flavor.