When in doubt… Sprout!

My garlic began sprouting in its container in the kitchen, so I decided to separate them and put them in water.

Aren’t they beautiful?

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I’m having a time of it battling the winter blues this year, so I decided to break down and try the “produce you can regrow from scraps” method that I found via Pinterest: read the article here.


My friend Dan, at work, decided to do the same thing. He took a romaine stump and placed it in a shallow dish of water. After enjoying a head of green leaf lettuce, I kept the stump to it and did the same.(His is growing faster than mine.)

Aren’t they pretty?  So nice to see green and growing this time of year!

Once they have roots, we will be transferring them to pots.

We’re going to farm veggies in the print shop at work this year!

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Easy Taco Pizza

Okay. This one’s easy. Get some taco meat of your choosing. We mixed ground turkey and ground pork this time around, but anything goes. Season it and cook it up. Meanwhile, take 2 tubes of crescent rolls and spread them out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Throw it in a preheated 375 degree oven for 11 minutes.

Mix 8 oz. salsa and 8 oz. brown gravy together in a jar. Spread over pizza crust when it comes out of the oven. Layer taco meat over that. Layer shredded cheese, onion, and any other toppings you like over the taco meat.

Bake 10 minutes at 375. Take out of oven, let sit for a few minutes before cutting into pieces. Enjoy.
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Hold the crab, just gimmee the rangoon!

I have a confession to make.

I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t care for seafood of any kind.

Here’s the kicker: I love crab rangoon… and it would be even better if there were something other than crab in it.

I picked up some wonton wrappers, a package of cream cheese, and came home and started grabbing random things to mix with the cream cheese. I was determined to make some sort of rangoon that didn’t have a crustacean as a prerequisite.

I used small portion cups, and put about 1/5 of the package of cream cheese in each cup. I added diced jalapeno and adobo seasoning to one cup, diced pepperoni and onion with garlic powder to another, diced broccoli, carrot and fresh ground pepper to another, fresh red chili paste to yet another, diced onion, garlic powder and celery salt in still another.

I added a small-ish teaspoon of filling to the wonton wrapper, moistened two adjoining sides of the wonton wrapper with my finger dipped in water and pressed the corners together to seal it up. I repeated the process until I filled a baking sheet (lightly sprayed with cooking spray). I then baked them at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Success! I liked every filling mixture that I tried!
I’ll be doing this much more often, and hopefully I will remember to take photos this next time!

Kale Chip Experiment

I wasn’t too sure if I’d be able to get kale chips to turn out, since I have heard mixed reviews concerning attempts made by my friends. Since I grow kale for my pet bearded dragon, I decided to give it a go.

Here is the recipe I used:

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Before baking: Kale chips - before baking

After baking: kale chips - after baking

My first attempt at Red Curry Chicken & Vegetables

I took 2 Tablespoons Red Curry Paste and added it to 1 can of Coconut Milk (lite) and brought it to a boil.  I reduced the heat to a simmer, and started chopping carrots, peppers, onion, zucchini.  I put the veggies in the steamer with a can of water chestnuts, and a can of baby corn, both drained.  I tossed in a handful of snowpeas too, then started the steamer.  I went back to stirring the curry and coconut milk. I placed enough rice in the rice cooker, then went back to the curry sauce.  I added some cooked chicken (fajita sliced) and kept stirring until the vegetables and rice were done steaming.  I shut off the heat on the stove, grabbed my plate.  I placed a bed of rice on my plate, scooped out some veggies and covered them with the curry sauce and chicken mixture.  It was a very good meal, but next time I will double the coconut milk and add more curry paste.  I had too much meat and veggies and not quite enough sauce.  Here is a picture of my plate: