Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Double Fudge Zucchini Bread

I took a family favorite from of my Grandma Martin and made a few modifications. It also works well for Gluten Free.

Ingredients

3 Eggs
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cup Grapeseed or Avocado Oil
2 cup Grated Zucchini
1 T Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
2 cup Flour (Gluten Free option 1 cup Namaste Gluten Flour 1 cup Grandpa’s Kitchen Flour Blend
12 oz Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 375.

Beat eggs until they are thick and lemony. Add sugars and oil. Beat well; a zucchini and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into greased loaf pans or Bundt pan.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes before removing.

Serve warm or cold. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate or frost with cream cheese frosting.

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Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I love lemon in baked good and I love muffins. I have been playing around with recipes to make it one that works for our dietary needs in our family. Everyone enjoys these muffins. My kids prefer them with the optional glaze.

Ingredients

3/4 cup Coconut Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 T Poppy Seeds
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/3 cup Oil (Avocado or Grapeseed)
4 Large Eggs
3 T Lemon Juice
30 drops doTERRA Lemon Oil

Direction

In a glass or metal bowl measure flour, baking soda, and poppy seeds and combined.

In a separate glass or metal bowl measure sour cream, oil, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon essential oil and combined completely.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour in wet ingredients into the well. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Let sit for 1-2 minutes and gently fold to incorporate ingredients completely.

Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liner. Use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to fill muffin tin.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until golden brown.

Optional:

Drizzle with Lemon glaze.

Lemon Drizzle

1 T Unsalted Butter melted
2 T Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Combined together until smooth.

Amazing Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

Amazing Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

We have played around with several recipes before landing on this one. It is moist and fluffy. The key is the combination of oil and sour cream as well as using 2 different gluten free flour blends.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Namaste Gluten Free Flour
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Gluten Free Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup Grapeseed or Avocado Oil
1 T Vanilla Extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Whole Milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9X13 pan.

Combined the flours, baking powder and salt. Combined remaining in separate bowl.

Using a hand mixer whisk in 1/3 of wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Repeat twice and mix well.

Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Store at room temperature with an airtight lid.

Serve with Butter Cream Frosting or Berries and Whipping Cream.

Home Cured and Smoked Bacon

We stared to do our own bacon a couple of years ago. We use the information from Meatheads AmazingRibs.com so the below is directly from their website.

Makes:

About 3 pounds Servings: 75 thick slices (about 100 ppm nitrites)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Curing Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  • Skin it. If the skin is still on the belly, remove it and use it to make cracklins. It is sometimes hard to tell if it is still there. It is usually a darker tan color compared to creamy colored fat. You should be able to make a cut in fat with your thumbnail. Your thumbnail will only make a dent in skin. Leaving skin on causes problems for salt penetration, and when you fry it, the skin gets very hard and you probably won’t like the texture. Removing the skin can be tricky. Sometimes you can grip a corner with your fingers and run a knife under the skin to peel it back by running the knife between the skin and fat. Sometimes you just have to shave it off with a sharp knife.
  • Cure it. Pour everything except the meat into a zipper bag large enough to hold the belly. A 1 gallon bag will hold a single 3 pound slab. Zip the bag and squish everything around until well mixed. Now add the belly, squeeze out the air as much as possible and squish some more rubbing the cure into the belly and coat all sides. Put the bag in a pan to catch leaks and place in the fridge at 34 to 38°F for 3 to 5 days. If the belly is thicker than 1.5″ check the calculator here. The belly will release liquid so every day or two you want to gently massage the bag so the liquid and spices are well distributed, and flip the bag over. NOTE: If you use more than one slab in a bag it is crucial that the slabs do not overlap each other. Thickness matters!
  • Rinse off the cure. Remove the belly from the bag, and throw the liquid away. Quick rinse it to wash off any thick deposits of salt on the surface. Most recipes tell you to let the slab dry for 24 hours so the smoke will stick better, but, as the AmazingRibs.com science advisor Dr. Greg Blonder has proven, smoke sticks better to wet surfaces, so this extra step isn’t necessary.
  • Fire up. If you are using a grill, set up for 2-zone cooking or fire up your smoker.
  • Cook. Smoke over indirect heat at 225°F until the internal temp is 150°F, about 2 hours. You can use any wood you like. Hickory is the tried and true. I’m partial to cherry and applewood. After smoking you should slice off the ends, which may be very dark and more heavily seasoned, and taste them right away. They will be more salty than the innards and the fat will be a bit stringy, but you’ll love it all the same. Just wait til you cook up an inside slice!
  • Cool. Now let it cool on a plate in the fridge. Cold bacon is easier to slice. Use on a slicer if you have one, or use a long thin knife to slice it. Try some thin and some thick slices. You can also cut bacon in cubes to make lardons and use them like bacon bits in salads, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, baked beans, in sauces or to garnish chops, or roasts.
  • Wrap it tightly with several layers of plastic wrap, and then a layer of foil, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months. Do not wrap in foil alone because it can react with the salt.
  • Slice. Slice it across the grain. For evenly thick slices, a slicing machine is the best choice, but I rarely use mine because it is a pain to clean. Besides, I like to keep the slab intact and tightly wrapped in the fridge or freezer to reduce exposure to oxygen which can make the fat taste funny in a week or two. When I make bacon I usually shoot for hunks 6 to 8″ wide across the grain to make sure my thin 9″ knife and frying pan fit. If you put a slab in the freezer for 15 minutes or so it gets stiffer and easier to slice.
  • Cook. When you are hungry, cook it just like you do store bought bacon. Or make candied bacon like in this video.
  • Save the bacon drippings. While your bacon is cooking lay out a section of newspaper several sheets thick, and cover it with a layer of paper towels. As soon as the bacon is done, move it to the paper towel to drain. Let the fat in the pan cool a bit and then pour it in a glass jar and refrigerate. Hot bacon can melt a plastic tub, so be careful. Save the fat for up to a month and use it to fry. Broccoli and potatoes are especially good cooked in bacon grease.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Notes

About the pork belly. Look for pork belly that has about a 1:1 ratio of muscle to fat. The muscle should be pink and the fat creamy white. My favorite bacon is made from the layers of fat and meat that lie on top of the spare ribs, called “side bacon” or “streaky bacon”. It can be about 1:1 or 1:2 with more meat, depending on the breed of hog, age of the hog, feed, and other variables. When shopping, ask your butcher to order some fresh, unfrozen, raw side or belly bacon slab, unsliced. It should be about 1 1/2″ thick and 6 to 8″ wide across the grain to make slicing easy and to make sure it fits in the frying pan. It should look like the picture shown here. Make sure you explain that you want raw bacon, not cured, and definitely not sliced. Ask your butcher to remove the skin but save it for you so you can make cracklins. You can freeze the skin until you are ready to make the cracklins. If you got sliced belly by mistake, marinate it in your favorite marinade, grill it in idividual slices, fast, or adapt this recipe for pork belly. An Asian marinade like teriyaki/huli huli is great. But don’t try to cure sliced pork belly.As soon as you get your slab home, start the cure because raw pork fat does not age gracefully. It gets rancid and smells funky in only 5 to 6 days. That’s a flavor beloved in many European and Asian countries, but not so much in the U.S.If you want to have fun, order pork jowl instead, which tends to be 40 to 60% muscle. It is called guanciale in Italy and is standard in carbonara. About the Prague Powder. Commodity grocery store bacon uses Prague Powder #2 which has a blend of salt, sodium nitrite, and sodium nitrate. It is often injected with the cure and sprayed with liquid smoke. The cured belly goes into the smoker at 100°F for 30 minutes, then the temperature is reduced, after drying, to between 80 and 90°F. That low, or cold, temperature is maintained for about six hours. The result is a raw cured meat that must be cooked before eating, and cooking it long enough can produce really crispy, bacon.This old fashioned recipe calls for Prague Powder #1 only and smoking at 225°F. That cooks and pasteurizes the meat and makes it safe to eat right off the smoker. I do not recommend cold smoking at home. Yes, I know your Ukrainian neighbor cold smokes his bacon the way his Papa taught him, but he is playing Russian roulette, especially with today’s meat supply. Click here for more on cold smoking and why I do not recommend it. After smoking it will not get as hard and crispy as commercial cold smoked bacon with nitrates. Of course, if you are like me, you don’t want your bacon crumbly, so this is not a problem.A note about saltiness. Occasionally we get a reader saying it is too salty. Occasionally we get a reader who says it is not salty enough. We have learned that saltiness is a matter of personal preference. Make the recipe the way I like it and if you feel salt needs an adjustment, then add or subtract the Morton coarse kosher salt, not the Prague Powder #1.Optional. Make your first batch according to this recipe. For your second batch, if you wish you can add fresh garlic or dried garlic, citrus zest, herbs such as thyme, bay leaf powder, celery seed, chile pepper, fennel, or coriander. Or try my Maple bacon or Asian Bacon, linked at the top of the page.

Curing Bacon
Rinsing off cure before cold smoking
Cold Smoking with a Pellet smoker tube
Cold Smoke
Beginning of Hot Smoke
End of Hot Smoke
Preparing for Slicing and Dicing
Diced
Sliced
Packing Prep
Cubed
Weighing/Laying
Packing
Food Sealing

Bacon and Brussel Sprouts

This is a family favorite and a great way to use the ends and pieces of your home cured and smoked bacon. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled. This serve recipe serves 4 people.

Ingredients

1 cup Bacon Ends and Pieces
2 cups Brussel Sprouts

Directions

Cut Bacon Ends and Pieces in to cubes. Cut Brussel Sprouts in half.

In a skillet start to brown the bacon cubes on all sides. Little steam Brussel sprouts for 2 minutes, drain and set aside.

Once Bacon is browned on all sides add in Brussel sprouts and cook until golden brown.

Bacon Ends and Pieces
Bacon Ends and Pieces Browning
Steamed & Drained Brussel Sprouts
Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

This is a family favorite. We often serve it with Brussel Sprouts.

Ingredients

8 oz Sliced Mushrooms
1 – Large Onion Sliced
1 Clove Garlic Minced or 1 tsp Minced Garlic
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 lb Ground Beef
1- 10.5 oz Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 T Parmesan Cheese (Our favorite is Epicurean Specialty Truffle Seasoning with Parmesan & Black Garlic)
8 oz Egg Noodles

Directions

Sautee Mushrooms then set aside, Sautee Onions until caramelized then set aside. Brown Ground Beef with garlic and black pepper while cooking egg noodles. Add in mushrooms, onions, cream of mushroom soup, and Sour Cream. Drain noodles and stir into sauce.

Peanut Butter Cookies (Plus Gluten Free Option)

Ingredients

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 cups Packed Brown Sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Peanut Flour
1 cup Flour or Namaste Gluten Flour
1/2 cup Sugar (for rolling in)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add in baking soda, baking powder, salt, peanut flour, flour and combine completely. Roll dough into ball and roll in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheet. Using a fork make a crisscross smashing the ball to 1/4 inch thickness. Bake for 8 -10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

I love Cream Cheese Danish, Coffee Cakes and THIS! It can be made gluten free as well.

Ingredients

8 oz Cream Cheese
4 oz Unsalted Butter
14 oz Bisquick (Gluten Free Bisquick)
4 oz Milk
16 oz Strawberry Cream Cream
2 oz Bisquick (Gluten Free Bisquick)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9×9 cake pan. Combined Cream Cheese, Butter, 14 oz Bisquick and milk. Pour half of the crust mixture into the pan. Evenly spread Strawberry cream cheese over the crust. Add 2 oz of Bisquick into the remaining crust to create a crumble. Sprinkle Crumble mixture evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly golden brown. 
Cut into 9 pieces. You may want to serve with a glaze.

Crumb Cake Steps
Crumb Cake Serving

Cream Cheese Glaze

4 oz Cream Cheese
2 T Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Whipping Cream
1 T Pure Vanilla or 1 tsp Almond Extract
1 cup Powdered Sugars
*optional food coloring
Whip together with mixer.

Simple Glaze

1 T Unsalted Butter
1 T Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Powdered Sugar
*optional food coloring
Whip together with mixer

Gluten Free Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Gluten Free Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

You won’t know these are gluten free. These cheesy biscuits are a family favorite.

Ingredients:

1 cup Tapioca Flour
1 cup Namaste Gluten Free Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Crisco 
1 cup Sour Cream 
1T Baking Powder
1 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese
1/4 tsp Johnny’s Garlic Salt 
1 tsp Water

Garlic Butter:

1 T Johnny’s Garlic Salt 
1/4 cup Melted butter 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Cut shortening into dry ingredients. Stir in cheddar cheese.  Fold in sour cream and water.  Bake 14-17 minutes. while cooking make the garlic butter. Once out of the oven baste each of the biscuits evenly with garlic butter. Enjoy!

Infused Stir Sticks

Infused Stir Sticks

I love hot cocoa and Choffy and infusing them with essential oils is amazing. Infusing chocolates with essential oils is a fun way to change it up.

Ingredients

8 – 15 drops Essential Oils (see recommendations below)
6 oz Chocolate (White Chocolate, Almond Bark, Candy Melt)
Paper Sucker sticks

DirectionsMelt chocolate on half power for 1 1/2 minutes and stir. Continue on half power 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is melted.

Add in essential oils to taste.

Coat sticks with chocolate multiple times. Allow to set. Package each flavor separately.

Recommendations:

10-15 drops Wild Orange

7 drops Spearmint, 7 drops Peppermint

6 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Cinnamon

4 drops Cinnamon, 2 drops Clove

6 drops Wild Orange, 2 drops Cinnamon