Avocado Salad Dressing

 

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Avocado Salad Dressing

This dressing is so creamy and delicious

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 organic garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 juice of half of an organic lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp minced red onion
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2-3 tsp water optional

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender add all the ingredients except the water and pulse or blend until nice and smooth.

Recipe Notes

If the dressing appears to thick add the 2-3 tsp water or add oil and blend this should loosen the dressing.  

You can substitute the avocado oil with olive oil, if you are going to use olive oil make sure to use a light olive oil, I find the extra virgin olive oil is too heavy for this dressing.


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Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

 

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Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Adding some red pepper flakes gives this dish that added kick.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1lb. bag brussel sprouts
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin or organic refined coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black fresh pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar reduction optional

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

    Wash brussel drain off excess water, pat dry with paper towel and cut burssel sprouts in half. 

    Add brussel sprouts, shallots, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on to a sheet pan or cookie sheet add the olive oil and mix well then spread out evenly on to the sheet pan, do not over-crowd the pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until fork tender and a little crisp but not burnt. 

    Drizzle the balsamic vinegar reduction and serve immediately and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

*Be sure to check and shake your brussel sprouts in the pan or stir gently with a wooden spoon every 5 minutes so they cook evenly and do not burn.


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Why I stopped cooking at one point in my life 

I have been cooking since I can remember, I have always enjoyed cooking as I explained in my (About Me) page. I had started a new job and I was working rotating shifts and working lots of overtime and my cooking habits had declined.  My daughter and I began to eat out a lot, if we did not go out we would order our food and go around the corner to this pizza shop and pick up our food.  It had gotten so bad that we may have eaten from there almost everyday because of me working rotating shifts.  My daughter stayed with her grandmother when I worked midnight or the midday day shifts that is when she ate a home cooked meal at her grandma’s home, when she was home with me we ate out because I was just too tired to cook.   What stopped me from eating out was my daughter and I was gaining so much weight, I mean we just blew up and that is when  I had decide that we will not be eating out and that I would cook our meals from then on. I really believe that was the best decision I could have ever made concerning our diet.   It is very important I feel to cook your own food at home, I am not saying don’t go out to eat,  I am simply saying that food cooked at home at least you know who touched your food and you can control what goes into your food meaning sugar, butter and salt.

When cooking at home you can involve and teach your child/children that cooking can be fun because children are like sponges they absorb so much and it really helps to prepare them as they grown into their own.  To this day my daughter is a great cook and I truly believe cooking starts at home.  My motto is there is nothing like a home cooked meal it is like food to your soul.

Honey Glazed Ham

I love to make this ham around Thanksgiving this recipe is simple and so easy to make.  My mom always made this ham on all the holidays.  I made a few changes of my own by adding cloves which my mom don’t like at all.  If you don’t like cloves it can be omitted the key to cloves is not to overuse them because they are very strong and potent and you need only to use a few cloves with the stem. With that being said lets get to making this simple ham that my husband, daughter, and friends love…

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Honey Glazed Ham

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 15 people

Ingredients

  • 1 12-14 pound Ham Shank low sodium by Cooks
  • 1 can sliced Pinapples In its natural juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic raw honey
  • 6-8 cherries (Machinos ) without the stems
  • 22 toothpicks, soak them in water for about 5-10 minutes
  • 10-14 cloves with the stem attached
  • 2-3 tsp machinos juice
  • 1 can of the juice from the pineapples
  • 2-3 sheets aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. This is how the ham should look once you place the pineapples, cherries, toothpicks inserted to hold the fruits in place using three toothpicks, two to hold the pineapples and one for the cherry in the center.

Recipe Notes

Remove the plastic seal that covers the shank bone on the front of the ham and discard. Rinse ham and pat dry with a paper towel. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place five or six pineapples and place them on top of the ham it should be three on the top and three or two on the the back end of the ham. Be sure to place the toothpicks far as they can go but enough to be able to remove once the ham is done and cooled. Place the cloves around the ham and under the ham, place a few on front and back and sides as well on the ham, spreading them around the ham (see the above illustration). Sprinkle about 3 tbsp of the the sugar on the ham, drizzle about 3 tbsp of the honey. Place the rest of the pineapples in the pan with the ham if you don"t eat them I unusually eat one or two. Cover the ham with foil and roast for about 45 minutes then drizzle about 3 tbsp of the honey and  sprinkle about 3 tbsp of brown sugar over the ham and base with the juices at this time add the rest of the pineapple juice from the pineapples cover and place in the oven. After 1hr 30 min of cook time uncover the ham drizzle the rest of the honey and sprinkle the rest of the sugar over the ham bast again with the juices put back into the oven uncovered basting every 10 minutes for 30 minutes. Your ham should be nice a nice golden brown.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

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Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

This is the best you will want to drizzle this deliciousness on everything it is sweet and tart all in one kind of treat. It is versatile..
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp Raw honey I used three

Instructions

  1. This is how it should look once it coats the spoon

Recipe Notes

In a small pan that will not react to the vinegar and heat (non reactive) on medium heat add the balsamic vinegar and the honey, once it began to boil simmer on a very low heat, low and slow uncovered,  stirring on occasion you must watch that it does not burn.  It should reduce to about a half a cup. Once the balsamic reduction coats the spoon it is done, it has so many uses you can drizzle it on ice cream, fruits of your choice, cake, chicken, avocado, use it in a vinaigrette salad dressing, add it to any dish it is endless.   Once cooled store in a mason jar and refrigerate.   If your balsamic reduction becomes to thick once you refrigerate you can add a little warm water and it will loosen it up and will not change the taste, about 1/2 tsp of hot water should loosen it up. *To make sure your reduction is the consistency of molasses use a small plate add a dime size amount and place it onto the plate and you will be able to check the level of thickness of your balsamic reduction.  

Roasted whole Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

 

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Roasted whole Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

This is such a savory dish the balsamic vinegar added on the end takes this dish to another level.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Deborah Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 2 lb. bag brussel sprouts or 2 16 ounce buckets
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin or organic refined coconut oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 4-5 slices oven cooked bacon chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

    Wash brussel sprouts and drain off excess water, pat dry with paper towel, add brussel sprouts whole to the pan and drizzle with olive oil and add the shallots, salt, pepper and mix evenly.  

    Using 2 sheet pans or cookie sheets spread out evenly on to the sheet pan, do not over-crowd the pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until fork tender and a little crisp but not burnt. Add the cooked chopped bacon and the balsamic vinegar and mix well, serve and enjoy. 


Recipe Notes

*Be sure to check and shake your brussel sprouts in the pan or stir gently with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes so they cook evenly and do not burn. 

 

 

Food Blogging 

img_8126This is something I always wanted to do as much as I like to chit chat you would think it would be easy, but to tell you the truth I am afraid of failing or maybe I won’t have enough to talk about to keep my audience engaged. The most I have learned that it is easy to cook the food, take the photo and post it.  I have so, so many photos of food but I don’t have all the recipes so now I have to remake the dish, write the recipe which is the hard part because I have over 10 years that I have been taking pictures of my food with my cell phone, no kidding ugh!!! This is my first blog of I hope to be many more.   I am taking a course on how to food blog and it really is teaching me about how to understand  WordPress which I had figured out enough to at least post (22) twenty-two recipes before I even took the course,  but I still did not quite understand WordPress.  Wish me well that I do well and learn enough to come back and blog, blog about what I love to do and that is to cook and create good home cook cuisine…