Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drying Herbs in the Car

There are many ways to dry freshly picked herbs, but drying them in my car is my favorite method. Cars can get very hot in the summer when the sun is beating down on them. It makes a great oven for drying herbs, without the risk of burning them. When I dry herbs in the car, I don't have to worry about bugs getting into the drying herbs and any bugs that were on the herbs quickly die in the heat. Being a cat owner, cat hair can also be an issue when drying herbs. There is no cat hair in my car. Also, the drying herbs make my car smell great.

My method for drying herbs in the car is simple. I spread newspaper over the seats. I then gather my herbs and spread them out over the newspaper. I crack two of the windows just a tiny bit so that moisture can escape. Finally, I turn the herbs every 4 hours during daylight. I close the car windows and turn them once before going to bed. The next morning, I give them another turn and crack open two windows. I continue this until the herbs are completely dry. They are usually dry in 2 days, but I like to keep this up for three days just to be certain that everything is fully dried.

Years ago, I used to tie herbs in bunches and hang them to dry, but they would collect dust, cat hair,and an occasional spider web. Drying my herbs in the car has given me cleaner herbs to use in my cooking, and the herbs dry quickly without wasting electricity.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mexican hamburgers recipe

Mexican hamburgers recipe

1 lb ground beef 
1/3 cup crushed corn chips 
2 tbsp  finely chopped green chilies 
1/4 tsp salt 

Put all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Shape into 4 patties and grill.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunflower hamburgers recipe

Sunflower hamburgers recipe 

1 lb ground beef 
1/4 cup chopped sunflower seeds, unsalted 
1/4 cup finely chopped onion 
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp salt 
Dash of pepper 

Put all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix and shape into 4 patties. Grill.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Great toppings for hotdogs

Summertime is hotdog time. Here is a list of great toppings you can put on your hotdogs.

Leftover chili
Chili sauce, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese 
Cottage cheese and chopped onion 
Leftover sloppy Joe
Chopped bacon and shredded cheddar cheese 
Barbecue sauce and chopped green pepper 
Pineapple and ketchup 
Sauerkraut and shredded Swiss cheese 
Potato salad 
Baked beans 
Shredded lettuce and shredded Swiss cheese 
Chopped onion and ranch dressing

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chicken salad

Use leftover cooked chicken to make this recipe.

Makes 3 cups.

3 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup finely chopped celery 
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1/8 salt 

Put all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over lettuce or as a sandwich filler.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Blueberry muffins made with coconut oil

I have been slowly experimenting with coconut oil in my baking. These muffins taste great with coconut oil.

Makes 12 muffins.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 2/3 cup milk 
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil 
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 

Preheat oven 400 degree f. Grease or paper line muffin tin.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder , and salt. In a small bowl, mix milk, coconut oil, and egg. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the flour is just moist. Fold in blueberries.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees f for 20 minutes or until done.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pennsylvania Dutch deviled eggs

These are the most tastiest deviled eggs you can make.

Makes 1 dozen deviled eggs.

  • 6 hard boiled eggs 
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped pickle 
  • 1 tsp white vinegar 
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard 
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/8 tsp salt 

Peel the eggs. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put the yolks in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend with a fork. Fill the whites with the yolk mix. Sprinkle tops with paprika if desired. Cover and chill until ready to serve.