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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

zoku pops

today the sun is shining in midland and the temperatures are rising.  i think the weatherman said it would be fifty degrees this afternoon.  sounds like time to pull out the Popsicle maker. 

this zoku maker has so many options and i have only begun to test it out.  since i purchased it late in the year, i really haven't had a full summer to see what creations i could design.  so, today was a first try for cherry vanilla cream Popsicles.

the directions come with the zoku maker, and for today's treats i tried maraschino cherries.  positive thinking will bring spring and summer sooner to midland Michigan.  the zoku must stay in the freezer for 24 hours and the freezing time for the individual treats is only 7-9 minutes.  the maker will make up to 6 Popsicles before having to refreeze. 

lots of fun for the summer months ahead.

turkey meatball sauce

turkey meatballs pair nicely with a lighter sauce for a change in routine from the standard tomato based sauce.  for dinner tonight, try using your favorite meatball recipe, or purchase premade meatballs from the meat counter at the market.

after the meatballs have baked for 20-25 minutes, add this sauce for something new.

to make the sauce:
heat 1/2 bottle of Heinz chili sauce with 1/2 cup of grape jelly in a saucepan. that's it.

pour the sauce over the meatballs for the last 5 minutes of baking time and serve with pasta or for a meatball sandwich with the trimmings.

sweet and just spicy enough to make the turkey meatballs taste terrific.

baked stuffed onions

if you are looking for an easy side dish that would taste great with chicken, beef or fish, here is one that i would recommend.  i found this recipe in the everyday food collection by Martha.  the prep time is about 30 minutes and the bake time about 30 minutes as well for nice tender onions.

i made two onions, one for each of us, however; go ahead and increase the recipe for your dinner party.  i am certain that everyone will love the taste and flavor from this dish.  to make the recipe, begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees.  peel and hollow out the inside of an number of yellow onions.

place in a ceramic baking dish and pour about 1/4 cup of low sodium chicken broth around the onions.  cover the dish with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.  remove the onions from the dish, and pour off the hot liquid.  return the onions to the dish and add the filling.

filling recipe
while the onions are baking, cook 4 slices of bacon oven medium heat in a skillet.  make sure the bacon is crisp and then chop the bacon in the skillet and add chopped onions saved from the centers of the large onions.  cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until onions are soft and brown.  remove from stove top and mix in about 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup of shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese and 2 tablespoons parsley either fresh or dried, salt and pepper.  stir. 

fill the onions with this mixture and sprinkle the tops with more cheese. i put the extra filling around the onions in the dish.   bake uncovered until golden brown on the top. this will take another 20 to 25 minutes.  serve as a side dish.  delicious !  the crispy filling is so tasty and the onions are so mild.