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Sweet Potatoes

Posted by mrspriceisright on 2006.12.15 at 00:44
I've been exploring the use of new (well, new to me) veggies and a recent addition has been the sweet potato. I didn't used to think I liked sweet potatoes because all I had been exposed to were the brown sugar and marshmallow concoctions that were more of a dessert than a vegetable side dish. I first got an inkling that I actually like sweet potatoes after I started feeding my daughter solid mush-type food and I tasted her sweet potatoes and have been expanding ever since. I've also had to introduce my husband to the fact that sweet potatoes don't just come in cans...there are actually items in the produce department that are raw sweet potatoes.
Any, I've recently made this recipe that was very yummy. It gave my husband the idea of sweet potatoes as he knows them without putting me in a sugar coma.

Sweet Potato and Squash Bake
Weight Watcher POINTS: 2

1 sprays cooking spray
1/2 pound sweet potato(es), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 pound acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tsp canola oil
1 Tbsp unpacked brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

Place sweet potatoes and squash in prepared pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; toss to coat mixture well.

Bake, covered with aluminum foil, for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yields about 1/2 cup per serving.

I also have a wonderful chicken and sweet potato crock pot stew but the recipe is currently packed, so I will have to leave you in suspense.

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.12.10 at 20:16
so, many times I get inspired to make an entry by going out to my garden and picking stuff. I do not claim to have a huge garden, but it had a nice variety throughout the year.
well, a little over a week ago, we suddenly had freezing temps at night (ice in the hose even). I know that is something that most everyone eldo takes for granted, but living in Phoenix, it can be a rude awakening. Especially when it comes on suddenly like this one did.
So, I got the joy of walking out one morning and seeing a bunch of black and wilty plants. This was after the first night of the low temps, so I hadn't done anythingto protect them.
so, there hasn't been much inspiration for new entries. Just sad looking sticks in the dirt.
Well, today, I got the energy to trim it all back, see if there was anything salvagable.
pretty much everything has fresh growth on it.
well, not the okra, and most the tomatoes look like they aren't going to recover, but all the peppers and eggplant definately look good.
and while I was trimming back, I picked quite a few eggplant and peppers. I didn't realize that there had been that many growing. I have a big pile of poblano peppers that are begging to be roasted. And a basket-full of Jeruselem Artichokes.
have I wooted yet?
I am sad about the okra and tomatoes, but overall am very happy.
So perhaps I shall find the inspiration to post again soon!

waving monkey
Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.12.04 at 20:05
pomegranate flower

I love pomegranates, although they are a bit of a conundrum sometimes (and I have a habit of mispelling them). Persephone ate the seeds and gave us our seasons, they were the symbol of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian and gave their names to the hand grenade. Clearly this requires a little more looking into.
Pomegranates!Collapse )

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.11.30 at 16:37
sorry about not posting lately.
had the house replumbed and then at work we have month-ends and a client being discharged, so things have kept me away.
I should be back this weekend, monday at the latest. I am all filled with the joys of pomegranites.
I think that posting is open to everyone right now, so feel free to post if you have something to share or ask.
thanks for your patience.

Pumpkin apple strudel muffins!

Posted by amandalucy1979 on 2006.11.30 at 17:12
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 cups finely chopped peeled apples (my favorite is one red, one yellow or green)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, pumpkin and applesauce; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples and raisins. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. For topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle 1 teaspoon over each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
I adapted this recipe from one I found on all recipes.com. It's much better my way, believe me!

waving monkey

looking for Chard help

Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.11.17 at 18:23
Current Location: worky work
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: "Happy Birthday to Me" on tv
I grow the stuff and it is all pretty in the garden, but honestly I end up just feeding it to my iguana. It is just too beet-like for me.
But I am willing to give it another try.
So I am now asking if any of you have any suggestions on how to prepare it. I will also take beet suggestions also, since I should probably give them another try also.

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.11.11 at 18:04
it isn't always about the fruit and veggies, you know. Ya gotta give the herbs some love too.
basil basil flowers

So, without further ado, here is Basil!Collapse )
Basil is a symbol of Love in some places, and is Holy Basil is important Hinduism. It is said to have been found around Christ's tomb after his resurraction. Not bad for a quiant little garden herb.

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.11.07 at 18:39
Current Location: at work
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: watching 'They Live'
so I have been out of touch for a couple days. Sorry about that. While not too busy, I have been distracted with work (need to get rid of a staff member) and activities during the week (lots of company), so I haven't been inspired to post. I have dug up a couple of my books. so I can give you even better information.
I have lifted the moderation from our current members, so if anyone wants to, post away. It will be interesting to have people's input in shaping this community.

I had thought about us all introducing ourselves, making us a happy little family, so I shall start us off-

My name is Edward and I am your lovely moderator. (hold your applause until I finish) I also run geekmakers in case any of you wish to indulge your inner geek.
I live in Phoenix an dhave for most of my 37 years, but most of my social family hails from the southern mid-west. This has influenced my liking of vegetables and such, as well as having good friends who were Arabic, Mexican and Asian.
Last year was filled with lots of changes, and when I found myself in possession of a house, I decided to finally have the garden I always wanted. While still a work in progress, I must say that it has been quite nice having fresh produce and herbs whenever I want them.
for while I had thought of starting a community like this, but it took twenty1days and their current 'five a day vegetable and fruit challenge' to get me off my but and actually do it.
I have blue/green eyes, am a sagitarius and like cats. I hope that winning the title of Miss America will help to bring peace to the middle-east. Oh wait, wrong speech. Anyway...

I look forward to hearing from you guys.

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.10.30 at 09:23
Current Location: geekroom
Current Mood: rushedrushed
I planned on doing our long overdue meet and greet posts, but I saw a request for Pumpkin recipes, and with Halloween being tomorrow, I thought I better get to working on this.

PumpkinsCollapse )

waving monkey


Posted by monkeyarcher on 2006.10.28 at 03:04
Current Location: Working
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
The eggplant, also known as aubergine, is a wonderfully versatile fruit. more under hereCollapse ) There are many other great recipes out there for eggplant, ranging from Japanese stir-fry to Italian family favorites to even ice cream. It is even said that without eggplant, there would be no Turkish cuisine. Right by my side here is a cookbook by Rosemary Moon called The Egglant Cookbook. And it takes well to experimentation. So go out and have some this weekend.

edit The links have been fixed. I typed everything up on my phone first, then pasted it over, and I guess LJ didn't like the type of quotation marks being used. but I changed them and now they should be working fine.
I forgot about Imam Bayildi which is a classic middle eastern eggplant dish. (the name translates as "The Imam Fainted" for anyone who is curious)
also, here is a link to some more recipes (173 in total, they claim). This should be a good start.

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