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recipe Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
recipe Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Winter weather drink recipes favorites: Hot Toddy & Egg Nog

When I think of the holiday season and drinks of the season only two come to mind and I'd like to share them with you today. No holiday season is complete without Eggnog in our house! Starting at thanksgiving I get cravings for it. I usually like mine nonalcoholic but on a cold winters day some spiked eggnog can totally warm your bones! Normally I'll just buy the nonalcoholic stuff from the grocery store but I am also a sucker for making stuff from scratch. Here is my recipe to make Eggnog from scratch if you are feeling up to it: Eggnog Recipe I found via this source. 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon 1 pint whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 3 ounces bourbon 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 egg whites First, beat the egg yolks until they...

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Kombucha: Digestions Friend & How You Can Grow Your Own Kombucha Starter.

Somewhere along the way we discovered kombucha at a natural food store, it was actually Nathan and his love of tea. He was surprised when he took his first drink because of how different it tasted. Very much fermented with a hint of vinegar. He had me try it too, I wasn't a fan but he managed to finish his entire bottle that day. Kombucha is a probiotic rich, fermented tea beverage. It is considered a raw food that is beneficial because of all the probiotics and antioxidants that it contains. It's great for digestive health and is also said to be a powerful detoxing beverage. It contains lots of essential vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B12. It also contains antioxidants including EGCG, Glucuronic...

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Enjoying homegrown goodness, from my garden to my table.

If you are reading N's blog you probably already know about the veggi garden in our backyard. It's a good little garden with lots of yummy stuff. We are stoked to have a much longer growing season here, we can grow more fun stuff now. We have things like corn, zucchini, tomato, peppers, basil, lettuce, parsley, cucumber, melon, beans, peas, egg plant and collard greens going out there right now. This last weekend we had quite a few zucchini that were harvested and some bushy collard green plants so I went looking for some recipes. Since transplanting to the Midwest I've discovered I like southern style collard greens but we've been failing at cooking them. Turns out it is all in the stock! I found this recipe for Tasty Collard Greens that calls...

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Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo's talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here. Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck? So I combine my all purpose flour (didn't have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg. Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed. Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff,...

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Perfect pie crust and old school Nintendo.

I made a turkey pot pie from scratch yesterday and was pretty pleased with the pie crust recipe so I wanted to share it here on the blog. I searched high and low for a good from scratch pot pie recipe and kept coming across the call for "crescent rolls" as the "pie crust". To me from scratch is not buying premade crap and throwing it together guys. I mean what are people going to do if the store runs out of crescent rolls for any extended amount of time? Anyway, I finally found a recipe I thought sounded good and boy was I right, it was great! I did modify it a bit because it was way to sticky and wet when made as directed. If you are interested here is...

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Making ladyfingers from scratch

Earlier in the week N wanted to make up a batch of ladyfingers. The goal was to make homemade Tiramisu, one of his favorite desserts but you need ladyfingers to make it. We searched high and low for ladyfingers in the stores last weekend, nobody sells them. Being the baker that I am I suggest that we just make them, "they can't be THAT hard" I said. So N gave them a whirl and ran in to some major egg white consistency issues. The whole beat until soft peaks form part was just not happening for him so he added more sugar, then more flour and also a touch of baking soda...

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Getting in to the fall spirit…

On Sunday (when I found out I was pregnant and won my wedding dress on ebay) N and I also went to the Englebrecht Apple Orchard where we collected 2 10lb bags of apples and had some quality time. In October we love to pick our own apples and make all kinds of yummy stuff, we even have preserved our apple creations for future enjoyment in past years. This year we thought it would be yummy and fun to get a ton of apples and have some fun in the kitchen. We paid $8.00 for the 20lbs of apples, that is not a bad price at all. Plus we got to pick all the apples ourselves which was fun. I was woozy and overheated but that didn't stop me from climbing a...

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A recipe plug, cook a whole chicken!

I just joined keyingredient.com known for it's Cookbook Printing and recipe database. I added one of my own recipes (specifically mysalt crusted chicken recipe) to their site today and I found this cool little widget that I was able to embed in this post. If you like trying new recipes or want to share some of your favorite recipes you might consider joining keyingredient.com, they have lots of cool features! Moist roasted chicken recipe- Salt cocoon locks in flavorI saw a recipe like this one done on television ...

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Make your own Alfredo Sauce

I discovered a really yummy alternative to buying ready made Alfredo sauce! All you need is cream cheese, milk and some other simple ingredients. I really like this recipe and was amazed at how easy it was.. Don't think I'll buy ready made Alfredo sauce ever again. I copied the recipe from all recipies.com for your convenience. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup butter (8 tbsp = 1 stick) 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 cups milk 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. You can add more or less milk depending on consistency preference. I like...

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Moist roasted chicken recipe- Salt cocoon locks in flavor

I saw this recipe done on television back in November 2008, I tried it and was delightfully surprised with how easy and unique this recipe is! Who knew roasting a whole chicken was this fun, easy and insanely delicious? The added bonus is that you can make several more chicken meals with the remains of your chicken after you try out this recipe. Here is the salt crusted/ salt cocoon recipe: Moist Roasted Chicken Recipe - Salt Cocoon Style Now don't be alarmed with the amount of salt the recipe calls for, trust me it's delicious and not overly salty. The salt just literally forms a cocoon around the chicken, locking in taste and moisture. The abundance of salt doesn't penetrate much more than the salted skin of the chicken and the skin...

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Cheesy Bone Doggie Treats and Snow

Well, Nathan and I went for an afternoon walk into downtown Flagstaff for some coffee and snacks. We took Dixie and ended up at Late for The Train to sit outside with our new doggie while we at pastries, drank coffee and got snowed on. Dixie loved the snow, my hands were cold but other than that it was a nice exercising walk. When we got home and thawed out I went searching for a doggie treat recipe that I could whip up. While I made the doggie treats I watched the snow from our kitchen window. I wanted to share the doggie treat recipe and the snow pictures with you. Cheesy Bone Treats 2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/4 cup cheese, any kind, shredded 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup water Preheat oven...

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