The old meets the new in this updated recipe for Skillet Cornbread. Baking cornbread in an iron skillet comes from way back and was made with a few simple and inexpensive ingredients. It took no time to make and was a great substitute for bread to go with big pots of beans, stews and soups. I have an antique wedge skillet but you can use any kind of iron skillet that you have. There are also corn pone skillets that have indentations that look like ears of corn. A round iron skillet works great – you just cut the bread into wedges after it is done baking. I would say to NOT use an iron skillet that was larger than 8 or 9″ in diameter.
I am very excited to bring the recipe Navy Bean Soup to you. It actually brings back childhood memories of my mom and all the dinners she made for us over the years! Sound familiar? Whether you are the mom or the child the remembrance of home cooked meals makes them all seem like comfort food. Even my nieces speak of moms Navy beans. You know, over the past few years you could only find them as ‘small white beans’ and I remember my niece asking me how she could get Navy beans like grandma use to make. I explained to her that they just changed the packaging and she loved that they were not going to be ‘just a memeory’. Lately I have seen that the packages are back with the historical moniker of Navy beans. So lets celebrate and make them extra simple by using the crockpot.
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Healthy Morning Muffins are even more enjoyable when paired with a nice big cup of warm Bigelow Tea. A perfect day begins when I curl up on my sofa and breathe in the warmth and aroma of my tea as I pinch off bits of these flavor packed muffins. The muffins have multiple grains, oats, nuts and fruit that make my morning ritual complete. So so good.
Comfort food here we come! Veggie Stuffed Pasta Shells are flavorful, warm, satisfying and delicious. Stuffed with a wonderful tomato sauce, ‘sausage’ crumbled into small pieces and little florettes of broccoli. This recipe is reminiscent of lasagna … but … there are little bits of broccoli and the meat is not hamburger but a wonderful faux sausage with all the spicy flavors of a great Italian sausage. Non GMO and delicious! We eat a lot of pasta in our house and I am always trying to find something different and to show off so I can say – I got skills. This was a hit and I am glad to say Ed is happy and, ahem, very lucky. Big smile.
Easy Apple Strudel is SO GOOD it will make you think it is Hard Apple Strudel From The Finest Bakery. Today I told my husband that the photos turned out so beautiful and he said ‘Oh, you made some more?” He was so excited but I had to tell him that these were the original photos – I just hadn’t got to them yet. That is so funny how ‘The photos turned out beautiful’ changed in Ed’s head and became “I made more apple strudel and the photos turned out beautiful”. Guess I can take a hint. No problem here. Did I tell you they were easy? You buy a pre-made puff pastry (yep, it’s vegan) and tweak it with a few ingredients. Perfection.
Spicy Green Lentil Burgers are my favorite veggie burgers. You would think that all the combinations possible have already been used. Nope. This one has lots of texture, wonderful flavor enhanced with the spices and the best veggie combination you could ask for. The mix is easy and the ‘burgers’ fry up so nice and get a crispy outside layer. That is important to me. Try these soon so that you are not missing out and your kids will love them too.