Archive for June, 2013

Lemon drop moonshine

June 23, 2013

Amazing. Didn’t know I liked moonshine!

6 cups water
2 cups everclear
2 cups sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)

Dissolve the sugar in warm water, let it cool. Add the lemon juice and alcohol. The more it sits, the more mellow.


Baby purée: Butternut squash

June 3, 2013

Good for babies 4 months and up

1 butternut squash

Preheat oven to 400. Half the squash, scrape out seeds and fill a baking dish with an inch of water. Add,the squash face or cut side up and bake for 30-40 min until fork tender.

Let cool and remove the skin by scooping out the middle or peeling it off in chunks. Purée in food processor and freeze.

Good for 3 months in the freezer.

Baby purée: sweet potatoes

June 2, 2013

Good for babies 4 months and up

Two large sweet potatoes
10 crystals of crystallized ginger
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t cinnamon

Heat the oven to 400. Wash the sweet potatoes, cut off the ends and poke with a fork. Wrap in foil. Bake for 30-49 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. When they are wet and tender all the way through, pull them and let them cool a little.

Remove the skins or scoop the middle out of the skins (mine just tend to peel off) and cut them into 2″ chunks for the food processor. Put it all in there and add the spices and you’re ready to freeze!

Keeps in the freezer for 3 months.

Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps

June 2, 2013

Best and easiest buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. And healthy!

4 large chicken breasts
16 oz chicken stock
1 celery stick
1/2 onion chopped (white)
1 garlic clove chopped
1/2 c Franks (or similar) hot sauce

Bibb or similar lettuce leaves for cupping
5 oz crumbled blue cheese
Fresh carrot and or zucchini strips for topping
(ranch also if desired)

Combine all the first set of ingredients ACCEPT the hot sauce. Cook in a slow cooker on high for 4 or low for 8. Reserve 1/2 cup broth from the pot and discard the rest. Transfer the chicken to a dish to cool, then tear apart. Transfer back to the crockpot, turn to high and add the hot sauce and reserved broth and cook for another 30 minutes.

Serve hot with other ingredients on the side and let people build their own.