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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 96

Do you have the day off today? We do, and we're so grateful for some extra time together. We had a fantastic weekend, which included watching our nephew play football, attending a Hawkeye football party to watch the game, a baby shower for a friend, some time on the Harley, and plenty of time in the garden. 

Check out my carrot harvest: 




My garden is almost done for the year. I still have plenty of tomatoes and a variety of peppers yet to harvest, as well as cauliflower and green and purple beans. Our leaf lettuce is pretty much done, and I don't think we'll plant a fall crop. We do have a variety of herbs that are still going strong, like sweet basil, rosemary, parsley and chives. 

Anyway, on to the party:



Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Jess from Scratch Mommy

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sweet & Smoky Grilled Chicken Hindquarters {Caribbean-Inspired Cooking - Day 5}

Perhaps I've saved the best for last on this week of Caribbean-inspired cooking. Today we're sharing another quick and dirty recipe that's made for the grill. Summertime isn't over with yet, folks - lets use that grill as much as possible!

Caribbean Trading Company sent us a bottle of their Sweet and Smoky Wing Sauce. While drummies are one of John's favorite comfort foods, I had a bag of chicken hindquarters in the freezer that would work perfectly for a hearty weeknight dinner.

Of course, the night before I set out two hindquarters - that's the leg and thigh - in the fridge to thaw.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Tangy Mango Habanero Honey Mustard Sauce {Caribbean-Inspired Cooking - Day 4}

Friends, I'm here to tell you one thing: Never underestimate the power of a condiment. Now, I don't consider myself a foodie. I simply enjoy cooking, especially with food we grow in our backyard or source locally. Sometimes I create a real winner in the kitchen, but more often than I'd like to admit, I have a miss.

When I'm not feeling particularly risky - like when cooking an expensive steak or hard-to-come-by ingredients, I like to stay on the safe side by playing around with condiments that can accompany the main dish.

When Caribbean Trading Company sent us a bottle of their Mango Habanero Mustard, I knew a marinade or glaze would be a bit of a stretch for us. Instead, I whipped up a suuuuuuuper easy honey mustard sauce, starting this Mango Habanero Mustard.


To make your own honey mustard, just stick to the 2:1 ratio - 2 parts mustard, 1 part honey.


This Tangy Mango Habanero Honey Mustard was perfect with oven baked chicken strips. We also added a few dollops to the yolk mixture in deviled eggs for a spicy flavor infusion.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spiced Rum Grilled Ribeyes & Smashed Garden Taters {Caribbean-Inspired Cooking - Day 3}

Welcome to Day 3 of our week of Caribbean-inspired cooking! We were lucky enough to partner with Caribbean Trading Company, and were able to try several of their popular seasonings and sauces. Today, it's a juicy ribeye steak, seasoned with Spiced Rum Grill Seasoning. Plus some buttered, smashed taters and a side salad from the garden. 


This meal proves exactly why it's a great idea to have some pre-made seasonings on hand when you're in a pinch to whip up a weeknight meal. Whether those seasoning blends are store-bought or homemade, they can be a lifesaver when you want to add flavor to your dinner STAT.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cracker-Coated Spicy Pepper Chicken Strips w/ Garlic Onion Green Beans {Caribbean-Inspired Cooking - Day 2}

I don’t know how you’re going to feel about this statement, but I have to tell you that one of my go-to cuts of protein are boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins.

Yes, I know they’re just as ‘bad’ as boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Yes, I know that I could purchase a whole chicken at a fraction of the cost (which I do, by the way). Yes, I know that unless I am buying responsibly sourced chicken, I am perpetuating the problem of factory farmed meats.

Hear me out, though: These chicken tenderloins are the perfect portion of lean meat, and for just two people the waste is nearly non-existent. I would estimate that for every bag of chicken tenderloins I purchase, I buy 2-3 responsibly raised whole chickens. These tenderloins are a handy alternative. And, lets be real, there are some things that I am just not willing to give up on our quest to sustainability.


I’d like to share a recipe for cracker-coated chicken tenderloins, with a spicy, peppery kick. However, you can easily substitute your favorite cut of chicken for the tenderloins. Maybe you choose a breast, or a wing, or a thigh. Whatever blows your skirt up, sister.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Adobo Baked Chicken w/ Spicy Pepper Zucchini Chips {Caribbean-Inspired Cooking - Day 1}

We are a house divided. No, we’re not a Iowa Hawkeye versus Iowa State Cyclone rivalry. We’re divided on the amount of spice and heat we enjoy on our foods. When it comes to John’s tastebuds, the spicier the better. He likes a sweaty brow and runny nose when digging into some fiery cuisine. Me? Not so much. I don’t have a tolerance {at all} for spicy foods. It’s the Midwesterner in me, perhaps.


There is a dish that we created together in the kitchen that meets both of our preferences - a little spice and super savory. And yes, you read that correctly. This simple meal was a joint effort, and is perfect for two people. You can easily double the recipe for a leftover lunch the following day.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 95



Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Jess from Scratch Mommy

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 


A special thanks to The Teacher's Wife for linking up 5 Tips for Getting Out the Door On Time With Kids to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Perfect white bread recipe (for bread machine)

This post was originally published in the winter of 2011, however I've adapted it slightly since then, making it worthy of republishing.

This recipe is geared specifically for white bread in a bread machine. I use a bread machine several times a month for making pizza dough, and baking basic breads like this one. I also make a no-knead artisan bread with a crusty, flaky crust using this recipe

Without further ago, let's talk bread.

...

I had a divine revelation about a year ago. And it all happened as I was making a tuna salad sandwich with some whole wheat bread from our local supermarket.

Curious, I read the nutrition label on the bread. Then it hit me.

The second ingredient in the whole wheat bread, that I assumed was full of nothing but nutritious, wholesome goodies, was actually chock full of high fructose corn syrup.

A few weeks later my parents bought me a bread machine for Christmas, and the rest is history. Except that I couldn't master a perfectly moist, fluffy sandwich bread recipe. After many, many attempts and adaptations to both my favorite bread machine recipes and the white bread recipe that was published in my bread machine user manual, I finally found a combination that suits us perfectly.
White Sandwich Bread (for bread machine) 
1 1/3 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of sugar
3 teaspoons of yeast
1/3 cup of olive oil
4 cups of flour (2 cups should be bread flour)
2 teaspoons of salt
2 eggs 
Set on 2 pound loaf, white bread setting. I cook mine on a light crust color. I recommend not over baking. This is also a GREAT dough for cinnamon rolls!  

Editor's Note: I am not a bread snob. In fact, I am a bread freak! We love carbs and eat all sorts of breads without discrimination. If you don't find yourself impressed by the use of all-purpose flour, that's totally cool. I won't hold it against you. But I won't share my buttered bread with you either ;)
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