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things that have made it into our make again list.

Herb Rub Flank Steak click to see recipe

Smoked Brisket on a gas grill – 12 hours of love or red meat

basic rub ( salt and pepper

created tin foil smoke pack

placed tin pan with some water under cool side grill

heated half with smoke pack up to about 225-250 degree

waited for the smoke pack to start to smoke.

placed brisket on grill fat side down thikcest side toawarads the heat.

Watched the heat to keep steady, I used a dual purpose remote thermostate one for meat temp one ofr grill temp.

When it reach the stall temp 160-165 I kept on for about 1 more hour then wrapped in butcher paper and replace back on grill until done 200-205.

I then I wrapped paper wrapped brisket with towel and placed in cooler for a few hours.

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

Easy and additions are unlimited.

Portland Pie Company Pizza Beer Dough

Challah French Toast

Mike and Gail like to bring us Challah so Lyn get this for her weekly Sunday breakfast in bed.

Guess who brought two kittens from DC. We lucked out they all stayed at our house.

Spiced Apple Baked Oatmeal

Spiced Apple Baked Oatmeal

Thanks to Kelli McGrane, RD

This spiced apple baked oatmeal is the ultimate cozy breakfast that’s simple to make and perfect for meal prep.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course: Breakfast

Keyword: Apple Baked Oatmeal Recipe, Healthy Baked Oatmeal

Servings: 6

Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples diced
  • 2 cups rolled oats certified gluten-free if needed
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 egg lightly whisked
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and set out an 8-in x 8-in baking pan.
  2. Place diced apples in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt. Once mixed, whisk in the almond milk, egg, maple syrup, and melted butter.
  4. Stir in the microwaved apples and slivered almonds. And then pour the mixture into the baking pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top of the oatmeal is set and it doesn’t jiggle when you lightly shake it. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before slicing. The longer you let it sit, the less it’ll fall apart when you remove it from the pan. Cut into 6 pieces and enjoy with toppings of choice!

Lyn’s oat brand and hazel nut flour waffels

Lyn made some hazel nut milk the other day and dried out the leftover pulp then ground in food processor to make flour.  With this she made some of her waffles. We have one of those mini single serve waffle makers, she will make a batch and freeze them as a make ahead ready to reheat breakfast.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut flour ( you can use almond flour)
  • 1 large egg (see notes for egg-free version)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your waffle iron, as this batter will come together quickly.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat bran and hazelnut flour, egg, arrowroot, olive oil, maple syrup, water, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Use a whisk to stir well, making sure to break up any clumps.
  3. When the waffle iron is hot, grease it with spray oil, then pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of the waffle iron.
  4. Cook until your waffle iron lets you know that the waffles are done, roughly 4 to 5 minutes. (This will vary based on your waffle iron.
  5. Use a fork to carefully remove the cooked waffle, then repeat with the remaining batter, making 5 waffles in total. Be sure to spray the griddle with oil between each waffle, to prevent sticking. Keep in mind that the waffles may look flimsy right when you remove them from the waffle iron, but they will crisp up quickly– within 60 seconds– when you transfer them to a plate.
  6. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
  7. She likes to take leftover waffles and freeze and pops them in the toaster to reheat!

Lyn’s egg sandwich stuffer

Before the pandemic Lyn would make these and freeze so she would have a quick breakfast she could have here or at work.

In muffin tin in oven. Thin slice of ham. I get Ultra thin from Whole Foods or can use any breakfast meat on bottom. Then put leaf of spinach or basil ove another herbs, drop egg into cup, sprinkle with spice. I like Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel spice. Bake 350 for about 20 minutes. Viola!

To reheat when frozen 30 second depending on the microwave.

Oat Flour Pancakes

Oat Flour Pancakes

It is amazing how hungry one gets when you are doing nothing. These days especially when it is raining or snowing, we do a lot of nothing, physically that is. Since my rainy day venues have been closed to casual walking and I’ll melt in the rain I fall into that trap. These days our thoughts go quickly to what’s for lunch or dinner even breakfast. I’ve always been an early riser but have extended this to 5 AM, I know half the day gone. Those early risers like me understand. Lately we have been trying to hold off on breakfast and find something that is filling and taste good. Any suggestions are welcomed.

Back in 2012 I gave into one of Lyn’s cravings and made Lyn’s Blueberry Oatmeal pancakes. They were good and on this last Saturday Lyn hinted about this recipe she had found by Julie Harrington for her weekly Sunday breakfast in bed.  It was very good and surprisingly filling making lunch a small salad. Did not suppress the “What’s For …..” you got to have something to look forward to.

Anyway

These oat flour pancakes are whole grain and gluten-free, making them a perfect fit for any pancake enthusiast!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, canola oil, and eggs; whisk together.
  3. Slowly add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until it just comes together. (do not overmix)
  4. Let batter sit for 5-7 minutes. It will thicken.
  5. Lightly spray a hot griddle with cooking spray.
  6. Use a 1/2 measuring cup to scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle.
  7. Let the pancakes bubble before flipping. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  8. I also mashed a bunch of blueberries and heated in some maple syrup.

Notes

Make your own oat flour:
Place either rolled oats or instant oats in a food processor at high speed. Process until it turns into fine oat flour.

Batter makes 6 medium-sized pancakes.

Ratatouille Frittata

Ratatouille Frittata

Frittatas – so much you can do with them and I like to cut up left overs into single servings so I can pop out of the Freezer and into the microwave for a quick meal.

You need a 10” oven proof nonstick skillet and a little time.

Ingredients

  • medium potato cute into ½ inch cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 5 Egg whites – I used packaged
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided in two
  • 1 egg plant or 2 small Italian eggplants – cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2 plum tomatoes cube in 1/2″ inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons slice black olives
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Small handful of grated pizza cheese – or cheddar
  • About 1 tablespoon or less of olive oil

ingredients

 

How

Preheat oven to 350

In a steamer cook the potatoes about 5-7 minutes until fork tender

Meanwhile in blender combine eggs, tarragon, pepper, half the salt – Using the blender made a fluffier airier frittata.

In a large nonstick oven proof skillet heat oil over medium heat

Add zucchini cook about 2 minutes until it begins to soften

zucchini

Add eggplant and the remaining salt cook about 3 minutes

add eggplant

Add the tomatoes and olives stir to combine cover and cook about 3 minutes until the eggplant is mostly tender and the tomatoes have given some liquid.

 

Add potatoes and toss to combine

add tomatoes and olives

Add the egg mixture (I gave it a very short quick pulse to combine again) and cook about 2 minutes or until the edges start to set.

add egg mixture

sprinkle with cheeses

cook unitll sides start to fiem sprnkly with cheese

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the frittata is set, puffed and browned.

bake

Let set for 3-4 minutes before serving

serve

 

Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Fruit

Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Fruit

 

So many kinds so many questionsI used to be a Quick Cook Oats and even tried those instant packages (yuck) thanks to Lyn I am a Old Fashion Oats guy, while she is a Rolled or Steel Oats gal. Hey everyone has their own taste and who’s to say you are right or wrong.  Joe and my wife both cook a weeks worth Lyn has it all set in the frig in individual servings while I use my cook what I eat method every morning. I have been known to wander over to her side from time to time.

Old Fashioned Oats, Steel Cut Oats and Quick Cooking Oats

Old Fashioned Oats, Steel Cut Oats and Quick Cooking Oats

Steel-Cut Oats – We get steel-cut oats when the whole groat is split into several pieces. Simmered with water, steel-cut oats retain much of their shape and make a chewy, nutty-tasting porridge. Substitute: Whole Oat Groats

Rolled Oats – Whole grains of oats can also be steamed to make them soft and pliable, and then pressed between rollers and dried. The resulting “rolled oats” re-absorb water and cook much more quickly than whole groats or steel-cut oats. When a recipe calls for “rolled oats” or the packaging mentions it, they generally mean the thickest rolled oat, which retains its shape fairly well during cooking. Substitute: Quick oats can be substituted, but the texture will be lost

Old-Fashioned Oats – The source of much confusion, old-fashioned oats are actually the same as rolled oats. You’ll usually see them called “Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats” on packaging.

Quick Cook Oats

Quick Cook Oats

Quick or Quick-Cooking Oats – These are oats that have been pressed slightly thinner than rolled oats. They cook more quickly, but retain less of their texture. Substitute: Rolled Oats or Instant Oats

 

Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal

 

Instant Oats – Pressed even thinner than quick oats, instant oats often break into a coarse powder. They cook the quickest of all and make a very soft and uniform mush (erm…for lack of a better description). Substitute: Quick Oats

Hotel Morning Oats – Then there was the oatmeal at the hotel in Minnesota last trip, I think you could have put up wall paper with it, talk about stick to your ribs Joe.

Joe P. Whitney Jr.
“This is what I make Tony and I every week for breakfast. I double the batch and add 16 dates, 1/3 c raisins, 1/3 c of walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. It’s so amazing!! It sticks to your ribs. Don’t really get hungry till about ten. Try it!!”

Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Fruit

Joe's oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter (optional)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons dried fruit, such as raisins, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup, agave syrup, honey or brown sugar (more to taste)
  • Fresh fruit (such as diced apples and pears, optional)

How:

1. Combine the water, milk and salt in a large, heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil. Slowly add the oats, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Stir in the butter, dried fruit and sweetener. Cover, and continue to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent the cereal from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the oats are soft and the mixture is creamy. Serve, with added fruit stirred in if desired, or refrigerate and reheat as desired. Or freeze as follows:

2. Line ice cube trays with plastic wrap. Fill each cube with oatmeal, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen solid, remove the cubes from the ice tray and freeze in a plastic bag. For each portion, thaw three or four cubes in a microwave on the defrost setting. Add additional warm milk if desired.

Yield: Four servings.

Advance preparation: Cooked steel-cut oats will keep for five days in the refrigerator and can be reheated atop the stove or in the microwave.

Note: Although my steel-cut oats come in a container with directions for cooking them in the microwave, I don’t find the results satisfactory. The oatmeal doesn’t have the time it needs to swell and release its starch into the liquid, so the liquid never gets creamy and the oatmeal doesn’t soften properly. A better way to save time is to soak the oats overnight. Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Combine the oats and salt in a bowl, and pour on the water. Leave overnight. In the morning, bring the milk to a simmer in a large saucepan, and stir in the oats and any liquid remaining in the bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer 15 minutes, until creamy, stirring often.

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             Blueberry Bread

Nothing Special except the Person I made it for, Sunday Breakfast in Bed.

Nothing Special except the Person I made it for, Sunday Breakfast in Bed.

She was still sleeping, the paper had been delivered and I thought to myself this would be nice.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Feta cheese
  • Sliced green yellow and red bell pepper
  • Canadian bacon
  • Vita English muffin
  • Strawberry jam
  • Fresh organic strawberry

sunday breaskfast

How

Dice the bell peppers and Canadian bacon

Sauté in a small amount of unsalted butter until the peppers slightly soft remove and set aside

Scramble the eggs with some salt and pepper and to the sauté pan let set sprinkle the peppers, bacon and feta.  Fold in half let sit for a second or two and flip. Cook until done and slide onto a plate.

Meanwhile toast the English muffin – butter and spread some jam. Slice a strawberry or two

Garnish with a little feta and some cilantro, arrange the strawberry and muffin on the plate grab the newspaper, egg and coffee and serve with a smile. Guaranteed to get me that smile and a kiss.

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