Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, October 24, 2010

free form apple galette

one day last week i decided to try a free form apple galette recipe.  this one uses refrigerated pie crust which is thawed and then shaped into a round.  i simply sliced four gala apples and mixed them with cinnamon and a small amount of sugar.  i placed them on the round and baked the tart for 35 minutes at 375 degrees. 

when the tart cooled, i dusted the dessert with powdered sugar.  this tart is excellent served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  it can be served heated or cooled.  for interest, nuts or raisins can be added as desired.

baked green tomatoes

fall is a wonderful time for baked green tomatoes.  instead of the fried version, these tomatoes are simply delicious and lower in calories and fat grams.

first, i slice the firm green tomatoes, and then coat them in heart smart Bisquick which is seasoned with black pepper and very little salt.

i spray the sheet pan with canola oil and then bake the tomatoes for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  it is important to turn the tomatoes during the baking time.

they are crisp and flavorful and better than any fried tomatoes i have tasted over time.

they can have added seasonings to taste and must be served warm to hot from the oven for the best result.

asian shrimp stir fry

here is another recipe for shrimp and vegetables.  in this one, i used a very light batter on the shrimp and then removed them from the skillet.

next, i sauteed the vegetables for the dish, which were carrots, scallions, and red pepper.  other options would be green or yellow pepper, mushrooms and any variety of onions.

the shrimp are very flavorful and are cooked with plum sauce at the finish.  very tasty and a wonderful substitute for a night out at a Chinese restaurant.