Recipes

Apple Puff Packets

Wonderfully simple dessert to make that can be packed in a lunch or carried on a hike. Rich and flaky crust really means they should be eaten outside. Plan on making them on the next family picnic.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

Spanikopita aka Spankies

I'm not sure when we found these as little triangles of deliciousness in the frozen food section, but I always thought that they would be hard to make. When we looked for them again we couldn't find them, and I thought, "Why not make my own?"  I must admit I was intimidated working with the Phyllo dough to make little triangles. So, I thought I'd give it a try with a sheet and simply cut to suit. No complaints and plus I love the unorthodox add of sunflower seeds. Oh yeah, not sure why we simply call them "Spankies". It was just fun to say in the grocery store, "Do you want Spankies tonight for dinner?"

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 15 good sized squares.

Cream Puffs

Makes 12 decent size Cream Puffs

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins

Spice Pastry Cream

This is a Spice of Life Organics spin off of a classic pastry cream. However I always crave more flavor. The Cardamom and Nutmeg add that memorable pizzazz. This makes enough to fill 1 dozen small cream puffs or 6 huge ones that weigh more than a .... well you fill in the blank. At any rate you get 1 cup of Pastry Cream.

Lemon Mint

Homemade Minted Lemonade

Being very mindful about additional sugar in our diets from "store bought" summer drinks we enjoy making lemonade the old fashioned way. The best lemonade we ever had was made from just the yellow part of the lemon rind itself with lemon juice too. That yellow part makes a wonderful winter tea as well. In this recipe we infused it with the ever present mint that grows in well watered shady place in our yard. The use of Agave Nectar is an excellent choice for people that need to maintain a low glycemic diet. It adds sweet without flavor or harmful chemicals.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
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Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every once a while I get challenged to create something tasty that meets a dietary restriction. This time was for a couple of dear friends that absolutely do not touch anything with alcohol. I generally cook with vanilla, but what are cookies without a little touch of something exotic? This is a basic chocolate chip recipe, but instead of vanilla I used cardamom & cloves (Spices they can get in their country.) This is for Mensure & Kaltrina! They loved these cookies on hikes or just because.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: about 36 balls of knee buckling goodness

Dukkah – Egyptian Spice Blend

Dukkah is used as a condiment to sprinkle over a variety of dishes. I love the nutty hit with the exotic flavor of cumin and coriander. I've had it on lamb, rice and on my morning toast and yogurt! A super versatile condiment that goes with both sweet and savory dishes.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 1 Cup

Herbed Pizza Crust

This recipe comes from Brenda Meyers from Odessa, TX. This is her "go to" pizza crust recipe that never fails to delight the taste buds.
"Oh yeah, in the summer I go straight to the grill, I don’t mess around with heating up my kitchen with a hot oven.  No pizza stone on the grill, I just use a Pizza peel to get it on and off.  I guess you could use a stone though, I just never have."

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 Delicious Slices

Summer Berry Crepes

My first try making crepes and they turned out light and yet firm enough to wrap fresh summer fruit in the middle. The crepes have a nice hint of lemon from the lemon powder rather than lemon juice. Lemon juice would thin the batter too much and may curdle the milk. Hubby loved the special Sunday breakfast so much, he wants it for dinner too! Time to pick more berries, that is for sure!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings for 2 People

Janet’s Curry Salmon

Add a nice East Indian flare to your salmon steak with Janet's Curry. Janet's Curry features toasted aromatic seeds ground to perfection. The Salmon brings out a new depth of flavors with a whisper of warmth. Cool it with the Yogurt Dill Dressing. Shown here served with herbed couscous, cucumber slices and a nice cabbage salad with the Yogurt Dill Dressing on it.

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins