Soaked Granola

Soaked Granola
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10 cups
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10 cups
Soaked Granola
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10 cups
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  1. Place butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Pour into a very large glass bowl and add kefir, buttermilk or coconut milk, water and vinegar; stirring well to combine. Add oats and rye flakes (or buckwheat groats); mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in a warm area of your home for a 12-24 hours. Once oat mixture is done soaking, you're ready for STEP TWO: BAKING. Notes
  2. GF Option: If you're gluten-free you can use ground buckwheat grouts for the soak. You can decrease the amount to 1 cup of ground buckwheat groats and then use 7 cups of GF rolled oats. The reason you need rolled rye or ground buckwheat groats is because they contain the phytase necessary to help break down the high levels of phytic acid in oats. Oats do not contain much phytase so soaking them without a phytase booster (like rolled rye, or ground buckwheat groats for those who are GF) doesn't do much to reduce the phytic acid.
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STEP TWO: BAKING

3/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions

After soaking time is completed, preheat oven to 200° F.
Add the honey, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to the bowl of soaked oats. Stir until well combined.
Spread the mixture out over two 12x17-inch rimmed-baking sheets. You may line with parchment paper if you like. Bake for 8 hours, turning the granola after two to three hours. Then turn off oven and allow to remain in the oven until completely cooled.
Remove cooled granola from the oven and mix in any “add-ins” you’d like. The possibilities are endless. I love raisins, cranberries, walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, other dried fruit options like apricots, bananas, etc. Makes 10-cups of granola (without add-ins).
Serve with as a great breakfast cereal, as a trail mix or over your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese. This recipe has been shared by many, including The Nourishing Home and Cooking God’s Way, which are excellent references.
Notes

It is important to turn granola (mix up) after 2 or 3 hours to avoid the big pieces that will occur if you don’t stir it. Take a spatula and flip pieces of the moist granola over and kind of chop it up into smaller pieces.

I haven’t found it really necessary to do this step again, although some recommend it. Once I’ve stirred it the first time, it seems to be fine. Return the pans back to the oven and let them continue drying for the remainder of the time. Once you’ve reached about 8 hours total, turn off the oven and let the sheets remain there until the oven is completely cool.

If you’re checking the granola before turning off the oven and find that it’s not completely dry, that’s okay. It will continue to dry after you’ve turned off the oven.

Due to some variances in oven temperatures, you may find that your granola isn’t as dry as you’d like it, just pop it back into a 200 degree oven for another 30 or so minutes and repeat the same process. Turn off the oven and let it cool completely.

Once dry, mix in other items you might want in your granola. I put into storage containers. If you don’t eat it fast enough, which is never a problem for me, you can put some in the freezer to help keep it fresh.

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Braised Asparagus

Braised Asparagus
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  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch sauté pan over high heat. Add asparagus in as close to a single layer as possible, season with salt and pepper, and cook without moving until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Shake pan and cook until browned again, 1 1/2 minutes longer. Add stock and butter to pan and immediately cover.
  2. Continue to cook until asparagus is completely tender and stock and butter have emulsified and reduced to a shiny glaze, 7 to 10 minutes. If stock completely evaporates and butter starts to burn before asparagus is cooked through,top up with a few tablespoons of water. Serve immediately.
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Recipe adapted from www.seriouseats.com

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Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
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4 tablespoons butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 28-32 ounces crushed tomatoes (home canned is best) 3 cups chicken stock (or vegetable) ¼ cup heavy cream Salt and pepper, to taste Fresh basil Grilled cheese: 8 slices Sourdough bread 8 slices Raw milk cheese Butter
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
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4 tablespoons butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 28-32 ounces crushed tomatoes (home canned is best) 3 cups chicken stock (or vegetable) ¼ cup heavy cream Salt and pepper, to taste Fresh basil Grilled cheese: 8 slices Sourdough bread 8 slices Raw milk cheese Butter
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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  1. In a large pot, melt 1-2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until they begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until the garlic smells delicious. Add the tomatoes, the stock, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in the fresh cream and garnish with fresh basil, torn into small pieces.
  3. While the soup is cooking, butter each piece of bread, cut your cheese, and grill the sandwiches are golden brown.
  4. I recently a saw a video that made rolled grilled cheese. They basically rolled out the bread to make it flatter, added the cheese and rolled it up and then grilled on all sides. Easy dippers for something different.
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Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese
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4 People
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese
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  1. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet or saute pan over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the asparagus and cook until just tender ("crisp-tender" in kitchen parlance). Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk with the milk. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper and add to the pan with the asparagus. Turn the heat down to low and use a wooden spoon to constantly stir and scrape the eggs until they begin to form soft curds. A minute before they're done, stir in the goat cheese.
  3. Remove from the heat when the eggs are still creamy and soft (remember, scrambled eggs are like meat-- they continue to cook even after you cut the heat) and fold in the smoked salmon.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Rodale’s Women’s Health Magazine

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German Pancake

German Pancake

German Pancake
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Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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4
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
German Pancake
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Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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4
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in a 9x9 or a 10” round pie pan and swirl to coat sides of pan or dish.
  3. Meanwhile, mix eggs, flour and salt until well blended.
  4. Pour into buttered dish and bake for 15-20 minutes. Sides will rise and top will be golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately with warm maple syrup or your favorite topping.
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Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Upside down Rhubarb cake

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
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Though it’s fine leftover, this cake tastes best fresh out of the oven while the rhubarb is still warm.
Servings
8-9 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings
8-9 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
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Though it’s fine leftover, this cake tastes best fresh out of the oven while the rhubarb is still warm.
Servings
8-9 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings
8-9 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In an 8-inch square or 9-inch round cake pan, toss rhubarb and 1/2 cup sugar and spread evenly. Drizzle cream over rhubarb.
  3. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, blend butter and remaining sugar. Add egg, milk, vanilla and lemon zest; cream until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Pour cake batter over rhubarb mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted through cake (but not rhubarb) comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake 10 minutes on a wire rack, then turn it onto a serving plate so the rhubarb is on top. Serve warm.
  7. Recipe adapted from www.motherearthliving.com
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Sourdough Texas Sheet Cake

Sourdough Texas Sheet Cake

Sourdough Texas Sheet Cake
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Cook Time
30-35 minutes
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8-9 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Sourdough Texas Sheet Cake
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Cook Time
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30-35 minutes
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  1. In a bowl, stir together the sourdough starter, kefir, water and flour to combine. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 8-12 hours.
  2. After more than 8 hours, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add in sucanat and cocoa powder, stirring until combined. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, immediately remove from the heat and add the vanilla and salt, mix together. Allow this to cool until it's lukewarm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and 8x8 or 9x9 pan and set it aside
  4. Beat egg into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add chocolate mixture to the bowl of starter-flour mixture and work in until smooth and combined. Quickly whisk in baking soda until evenly mixed. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Meanwhile, make the frosting recipe. Pour warm frosting over the slightly warm cake, spreading out evenly, if using chopped pecans, sprinkle those on top.
  5. Buttermilk-Fudge Frosting
  6. 2 tbsp. butter
  7. 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chopped up
  8. 2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  9. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  10. Pinch of unrefined sea salt
  11. 4 tbsp. kefir or buttermilk
  12. 1-1 1/2 tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
  13. Melt butter and chocolate in a double-boiler over simmering water. Stir in honey or maple syrup to dissolve, followed by vanilla, salt and kefir. Add in the flour, a little at a time, until thickened to your liking. Keep in mind that the frosting will thicken up a little more as it cools.
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Rhubarb Dumplings

Rhubarb Dumplings

Rhubarb Dumplings
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Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings
18-20 servings
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Rhubarb Dumplings
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Cook Time
35-40 minutes
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Cook Time
35-40 minutes
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare your biscuits, roll out to about 1/2" thick and cut into 3" rounds or if you'd like larger dumplings, use a 4" cutter.
  3. Place several pieces of rhubarb in the center of each piece of dough and fold over, place the pinched side down into a greased 9x13" pan.
  4. In a small saucepan, add the remaining ingredients, except the cinnamon and cook for about 5 minutes to melt the butter and thicken the sauce just slightly.
  5. Pour the sauce over the dumplings.
  6. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm. You may like to add milk or ice cream. Enjoy
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