Tag Archives: comfort food

Bread and Butter Pudding – good old favorite – so delicious when made with Croissants!

 This is a dish that I always make in winter but I had about 6 croissants left over from a lunch party and so I decided to use them to make this standard English dessert much richer and more delicious! … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Ice cream!

 All throughout making this I kept thinking this is NOT going to work out – and then amazingly – it was perfect! So dont be put off by the stickiness and globby nature of the batter – it doesnt spread … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Quinoa and Couscous Chicken Casserole in the Slow Cooker

 Slow cookers seemed to be made for cooking beans, tomatoes, rice or quinoa or grains of any kind. I made this gluten free for a young friend who was going to be visiting and it came out so well that … Continue reading

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Had no electricity for a few hours – ohh my -we are SO dependent on the grid!

 For a few hours yesterday ( with all the bad storms in California) we were without electricity. OH MY we are so dependent on the grid – scary how vulnerable we are to sabotage and what damage it could do … Continue reading

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Vegetable Slow Cooker Cholent

This is the perfect low calorie filling comfort food for cold wintry evenings. I have modified a recipe that is often prepared on Friday afternoons and left to cook in the slow cooker through Saturday lunch until ready to serve. … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Cioppino – add or subtract any fish you like or dislike! Very versatile recipe!

 I love scallops – my husband doesn’t. Some are allergic to shell fish or don’t eat it – you can still make this cioppino by using other kinds of fish like monkfish, or cod, or halibut or salmon or even … Continue reading

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Enjoying the early fall weather – gorgeous time of year!

  The California Drought Continues. We worry a lot about our water bill which is HUGE and getting larger. We get no release for being an agricultural property. And we recycle, and reclaim etc etc. But the bill keeps going … Continue reading

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Turkey Meatballs with a twist

Our farm manager share his recipe for Turkey Meatballs and frankly, they are the best I have EVER tasted! Max Arteaga is a really great cook – makes a terrific Paella and more! Here is one of his best! This … Continue reading

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with English Custard – YUM

We love custard – it comes from our South African ( British) heritage I guess. And it is SO easy to make with Bird’s Custard Powder. I paired it with this easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake – which I made … Continue reading

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And finally in California it is cooling down – just a little – time for great recipes!

It has been a very long summer and I look longingly at my fall and winter clothes. Thank goodness I can wear some of them now! East coast travel is looking like lots of fun! Spent a few days in … Continue reading

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Bok Choy Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup – a good way to use cooked chicken – comfort food!

Chicken Noodle Soup does seem to have medicinal qualities for me – and for many others – although I am not sure that is scientific but it sure comforts me. This recipe takes a slightly different angle on it – … Continue reading

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After School Snacks for Kids – Cooking with kids is such fun and they will love these!

Baked Mozzarella Bites ( I have adapted these from Cooking Light August 2011, Comfort Food Recipes) Our grandkids LOVED these and liked making them too!  Ingredients 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 3  (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese 3 tablespoons … Continue reading

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Homemade Tomato Soup – Yummy when Cooking with Kids!

Simple Fast Recipe for Tomato Soup Ingredients: Two onions chopped medium Two cloves of chopped garlic Better than Bouillon chicken stock – one tsp for 8oz of hot water – make up about 4 – 6 cups ( use Vegetable … Continue reading

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Lamb Shanks in great Tomato Sauce ( in a slow cooker or in the oven) – a great dish for a wintry night accompanied by a yummy rice recipe

Lamb shanks makes for a very filling meal – and a perfect one for a cold wintry night. It takes all day to cook in the crockpot, or two hours to cook in the oven. Either way your family will … Continue reading

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Biscuits – from Scratch! Cooking with kids – comfort food

The World’s Easiest, Quickest Scratch Biscuits Butter is 15% water.  In the hot oven, when the heat reaches the butter, it melts and the water turns to steam.  The steam makes the biscuits tall, light, and flakey. Pockets of butter … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tips – Cooking with kids – French Toast – the USA Way!

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Overnight  Baked French Toast Cinammon Sugar is one of those delicious combinations that we used as kids on toast and butter -under the grill and yummy! A great ( if not very healthy) snack! My grandchildren love it too … Continue reading

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Tasty Thursdays Cooking with Kids – a Video Blog and Pics of Persimmon Bread for the Holidays

Background: I searched for the best recipe for Persimmon Bread and found one by James Beard, the famous chef. Then I changed it to suit the RockinGrandmaMusic tastes – ie took out the cognac and replaced it with orange juice ( … Continue reading

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