There are many different buzz words that explain this phenomenon: flexitarian, semi-vegetarian, and week day vegetarian; where you only eat meat on the week-ends. But anyway you want to say it, you are cutting back on the meat you eat. Some do it for health reasons, animal rights, the environment or all of the above!

Removing high fructose corn syrup and preservatives from our table.
This is my on-line recipe book with my adventures into finding healthy food for my family to eat....
Trying to cook more from scratch with less prepared foods.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche means "sweet of the milk" or "milk candy". I found out how easy it was to make....

I not sure if you heard about the recipe of boiling the can for 4 hour. It's kinda scary and I'm sure you have heard the horror stories of the cans exploding. So I really didn't want to go that route.

I really got lucky and stumbled on a recipe that was in the microwave... plus another stove top recipe.... From Company site. Nestle's

Pour a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk into a large bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on half power (50%). Stir and microwave for 2 more minutes on half power.

Then microwave on medium low (30%) power for 2 minutes at a time. Stir with a whisk between cooking times, for 8 to 12 minutes. Until the mild turns a light caramel color...
The milk will start to bubble up and when you are microwaving it. But when you stir it; the constancy becomes very smooth....... specially after it starts to thicken.

Or you could cook it on the stove in a double broiler about the same way...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spanish Rice

2 cups rice
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili seasoning
1 tsp onion powder

Add to crock pot. Cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Braid

Cinnamon Sugar Braid 
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, cut up
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon yeast


place in machine in order. Use dough cycle.

After cycle is done let sit for 10 minutes. divide into thirds. Roll each piece into 18-inch rope. Braid loosely together; tucking ends under. Place on greased cookie sheet. Let rise for about 1 hour till double in size. Brush with melted butter.

mix together
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

sprinkle over loaf

Bake at 350 F
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes