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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Celebration Confetti Bundt Cake #BundtBakers


Time for August's #BundtBakers! This month's theme comes from Teri at Love and Confections. The challenge: Sprinkles off all sorts! Jimmies, colored sugar, nonpareils, dragées, candies, pearl sugar, etc. If it can be sprinkled and used to decorate a Bundt, inside and/or outside, it's fair game. 


Seriously, Teri! What a fun theme! And THANK YOU for hosting!


I had no problem deciding that I was just going to go 'heavy handed' with rainbow sprinkles and make a 'Celebration' Cake. What are we celebrating?



Friday, August 14, 2015

Chicken, Quinoa and Chickpea Stuffed Bell Peppers


Bell Peppers have made quite a showing at the Farmer's Market. Beautiful yellow, orange, red and green colors are too pretty to resist. They are perfect for stuffing! 

My husband and I purchased six peppers with mixed colors at our weekly Sunday market trip. I knew that I would stuff them somehow, but I didn't have a stellar stuffing recipe. Until now...


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Zucchini Oatmeal Bread #BreadBakers



Time for the August #BreadBakers challenge! Special thanks to Pavani at Cook's Hideout for selecting this month's theme: Summer Bounty. Bakers were instructed to use fresh summer fruits, vegetables or herbs from our garden or the farmer's market to make any bread to share with the group. 

Excellent theme, Pavani! Thank you for such a great theme selection and for hosting this month's #BreadBakers!

Summer is in full swing. What better way to celebrate than a twist on Zucchini Bread? I grew up in a small Midwestern town where no one bothered to lock their car. The standard joke during zucchini season was that it was time to start locking your car. If not, your neighbors and friends would place their over abundant zucchini in your car when you weren't looking!

We adore zucchini at my house. Our favorite method of preparation is stuffing. Depending on our mood, we will opt for Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini or Meat-Rice-Tomato Stuffed Zucchini for a great summertime meal. This leaves the inside pulp of the zucchini that I really hate to waste by discarding.  Preparing Zucchini Oatmeal Bread is the perfect solution. We get a meal and a bonus sweet treat from our zucchini!

This bread is perfect for breakfast, snacking or with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. I am always 'heavy-handed' (a nickname one of my co-workers gave me a few jobs ago) with the spice. If you aren't as keen on cinnamon as I am, you may want to cut in half.  



ZUCCHINI OATMEAL BREAD
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups shredded zucchini (or pulp left from stuffing zucchini, chopped fine)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare two 9 x 5" loaf pans with baking spray.  
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt and mix until well blended.
  4. Combine eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, shredded zucchini and vanilla.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and combine until just blended.  
  6. Divide batter between the two loaf pans and bake 45 - 55 minutes or until wooden toothpick or skewer inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. 
  7. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from loaf pans and cool completely.  

BreadBakers

Take the time to browse through what these innovative #BreadBakers have developed to celebrate Summer Bounty. I am overly impressed with their creativity!
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Warm Farfalle Salad with Mushrooms and Peppers


"What are we going to eat today?" is the question asked nearly every morning at my house either by me or by my husband. I always feel like the person who asks the question is the winner for the day. 

Why? Because the asker doesn't have to figure out what we were going to eat. The askee has to give a response with appropriate food options to put on the table for that day, thus losing the eternal "What are we going to eat today?" question. 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelet) #FoodieExtravaganza


Tortilla Española is a traditional dish in Spain prepared from potatoes, onion and eggs. In English, the dish translates to Spanish Omelette and is sometimes referred to simply as Tortilla.

In traditional Tortilla Española, potatoes and onions are poached in olive oil. I decided it was crazy to use such a method for a couple of reasons. First, I am not exactly a fan of deep fat frying and this seems pretty darn close. Second, I can't imaging 'wasting' this much olive oil. Once the potatoes and onions are poached, the oil is no longer needed. Most of the information I found on 
Tortilla Española suggested holding the olive oil for another use. Seriously? There is enough stuff in my over-crowded refrigerator. I don't need a container of used olive oil to sit there only to be thrown out in 6 months.