Fruit cobbler–easy as pie

Four cups of fruit/  I have used blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, persimmons, etc

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Melt the butter in the baking dish. (an iron skillet is a good choice).

Lightly mash the fruit with a potato masher to release juices.  If the fruit is tart add some sugar.

Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Mix in the milk, melted butter and vanilla.

Pour the mixture in the baking dish and pour the fruit and their juices into the center.

Bake at 350˚ for about one hour.

Eat some before the rest of the people find it.

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Super bowl nachos

 Saute fresh spinach from the garden in olive oil with garlic.  Cook black beans, mash them with a fork and combine with the spinach. Take organic corn chip, spoon the spinach/bean mixture on individual  chips and top that with local chevre.   Add pickled jalapenos from the summer harvest or pickled green tomatoes if you are not a jalapeno kind of person.  Heat in the microwave or broiler.

*it is important to use organic chips because they are the only ones guaranteed to be GMO free.

Greens and cheese pie–a takeoff from spanakopita

I used to make spanakopita by a recipe and have adapted it throughout the years.  I now use a variety of greens and gave up on the filo dough because it takes so long and I cannot buy it at my local store. So I bake it in a pie pastry.  I use Martha Stewart’s recipe but you can always just buy a frozen one at the store.

1 pound greens–I prefer spinach, chard, kale, broccoli raab, and napa cabbage.  Whatever happens to be growing in the garden.  I find mustards  a bit too strong for my taste but I often use some combined with milder greens.

5 to 6  green onions or equal amount of chives chopped

1/4 cup parsley minced

a sprig of dill

1/2 pounds feta

1/4 pounds white cheese–ok often I use cheddar because it is what I have handy and you might try riccota

1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano

4 eggs beaten

1/4 cup melted butter

3 tbs olive oil

Pepper

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and dump into a pie pastry.  Bake at 375˚ for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Greens grow year around but the parsley and dill die out in our 100˚ summers so I just leave them out or experiment with other herbs.  Basil tasted kind of weird.

Herb vinaigrette

I make a vinaigrette from local supplies using the herbs in my garden. The recipe varies a bit depending on the season but this is pretty much the basic plan.

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (nothing local, even the ones who say they are)

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I use Texas Hill Country Olive Company)

1 1/2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (so far no local  source)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

one teaspoon of each chopped finely:

Thyme

Oregano

Basil

Mint

Stevia

Tarragon

Persimmon pie

4 cups of fuyu persimmons that are barely beginning to get soft
1/4  tsp cinnamon
1/4  tsp nutmeg
1/4  tsp allspice
1  unbaked pie shell (I use Martha Stewart’s)
2 eggs
2   tbls flour

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2   cup sugar

Toss persimmons with spices and place them in the pie shell. Combine eggs, sugar, butter and flour and pour over the persimmons.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes and turn the temperature down to 300˚ and bake for about 45 more minutes.  It should be bubbly and the crust brown.

Watercress soup

We grow watercress 12 months a year.  We mostly eat it raw but we do love this soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2  cups chicken or vegetable stock
2  cups milk or coconut milk
1  pound watercress
1/2 cup watercress leaves for garnish

 

This is a good soup to add kale, collards, spinach etc.

Directions

Heat oil medium hot in a large saucepan. Add the potato and onion–stir. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in the chicken stock and the milk, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Stir in the watercress and cook  for 4 to 5 minutes.
Put the soup in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.    Garnish with watercress leaves.

Kale and bok choy recipes

Just a few ideas for using kale and bok choy (also mustard, chard and collards)

#1

Greens with sweet potaoto

peel and chop one sweetpotato
one cup vegetable broth
chop:
8 oz kale or bok choy
5 scallions
mince:
1 garlic clove
1/2 inch piece of ginger
2 cups cooked rice

brown the sweetpotato in a skillet with oil, add vegetable broth, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and cook until soft –about five minutes.  Turn heat to high, add more oil, and add all other ingredients and saute for three minutes
Serve over rice
Season with fish sauce and soy sauce.
Try adding some good spicey peppers

#2

Sauté kale or bok choy with fresh garlic in olive oil.
Serve over rice with soy sauce or pasta with parmesan

#3

Saute chopped kale or bok choy with apples. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and chopped nuts.

#4

Combine uncooked chopped kale or bok choy, pine nuts and feta cheese with hot pasta drizzled with olive oil.

#5

Use kale tossed in olive oil as a pizza topping.  It will become crispy

#6

Kale, collard or mustard chips–wash, dry, remove the stem and cut greens into large chip size pieces. Toss with olive oil and salt, spices, maybe parmesan or whatever.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper  and cook at 300˚ until crisp–about 30 minutes

Or make these green chips in the dehydrator