July 23, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower

Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower

This Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce is so tasty,  you’re  going to want to eat it with everything from now on.  Fresh cauliflower that is steamed or roasted makes a one-plate meal when topped with this sauce. Add in a little ham or bacon bits.   Serve on summer squash,  steamed carrots,  broccoli, or baked potato. Or make mac and cheese! Read about Mimi Avocado’s Cauliflower Mac and Cheese adventure here. 

fresh cauliflowerToday I have two heads of fresh cauliflower so that’s what we’ll have for lunch.  The Farmer actually grew cauliflower for two years after he graduated from Cal Poly SLO.  He was farming in Huntington Beach at the time, while it was still a large productive agricultural area.  Have you ever seen how cauliflower is grown, harvested, and processed?  Learn about cauliflower farming  HERE.

Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

This hearty sauce is perfect on steamed or roasted veggies. Serve it as a dip for chips, use it on nachos, or try it with shrimp!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer or Entree
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • heavy sauce pan
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour I use Wondra because it doesn't get lumpy
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in heavy saucepan.
  • If using all purpose flour, stir the flour into the butter first, and then add milk. If using Wondra, stir the Wondra flour into the milk, and then add milk mixture to the butter.
  • Stir in the mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Stirring constantly over medium heat, cook until the sauce begins to thicken and almost comes to a boil.
  • Add the grated cheeses and slowly stir until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes velvety and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and serve over steamed or roasted vegetables, or use as a dip for chips, shrimp, etc.
sunflowers

Enjoy these sunflowers that have been blooming in a pot on my porch this summer!

 

June 10, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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An Interview with Courtney Kilian, Author of Journaling Through Uncertainty

Journaling Through Uncertainty book cover

A Different Kind of Post

If you have ever thought you might want to be a writer, this post is for you.  What makes a writer?  Someone who writes! When life gets chaotic and we need to live each day despite difficult challenges,  journaling can be a way to  preserve our memories and find a pathway to balance during difficult times.  How to begin?  Read on!

Journaling Through Uncertainty

A new book called “Journaling Through Uncertainty” by Courtney Kilian offers a guide to beginning the process of journaling  for those who are just beginning,  or for experienced journalists who need a nudge in a new direction.  The author is a well-qualifed and experienced teacher who brings her broad experience to offer tools for inspiring confidence in uncertainty,  strength in difficulty, and balance for joyful living.
Today I’m sharing an interview with Courtney Kilian, who did what many of us wish to do: wrote a book to share how journaling has made a difference in her life,  and to inspire others to use journaling during difficult times.

Continue Reading →

May 17, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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Cinnamon Applesauce Baked Donuts with Vanilla Glaze


glazed baked applesauce donuts

New Donut Flavor

I used a pouch of fruit and veggie applesauce to make these glorious donuts.  (scroll down to go straight to the recipe)  Our grandchildren love pouches filled with organic fruit and vegetables. These are from North Coast Organic apple products of Sebastopol, CA.  Recently North Coast sent me an “inspiration box” of their products, including these boxes of  North Coast Organic applesauce pouches.

Applesauce pouches from North Coast Organics

Applesauce Pouches  with Fruits and Veggies

The flavor choices are fun!  My grandchildren love these resealable pouches, especially when they don’t want to stop playing but need a snack.

North Coast Organic applesauce

There is no added sugar or preservatives.  Combinations include blueberry/spinach/kale,   mango/sweet potato/apricot, or pear/blackberry/beet.  Each box has four servings/pouches. Continue Reading →

donut image for pinterest

May 10, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze

 

Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Homemade Baked Donuts

The local donut shops have been closed around here, and I’ve been craving a good old fashioned donut .  A few weeks ago I noticed a photo on Instagram that made my mouth water.  My friend  Dorothy of ShockinglyDelicious had posted a recipe on her blog for Easy Glazed Baked Donuts. 

Before I could make donuts I needed  to order some pans.  I ordered Wilton donut pans and as soon as they came I tried Dorothy’s recipe.  She was right:  those donuts are really easy and really tasty!  I tried out colored sugars and decorative non-pareils to decorate the donuts after they were glazed — so much fun!  And let me tell you, I was the woman of the hour when my family came into the kitchen and discovered those yummy donuts!

Easy Baked Donuts

Mother’s Day Donuts: Banana Cinnamon!

I decided to try a different flavor this morning for Mother’s Day.  I doubled Dorothy’s recipe, added mashed banana instead of half the sour cream, used some brown sugar along with the granulated sugar, and added cinnamon . For the glaze I used coconut extract instead of vanilla.  Easy!  (Scroll down the page if you are in a hurry to find the recipe.)

A Few Tips

The first time I made Dorothy’s donuts, I figured out that I had over-filled the donut pans because there wasn’t really a hole in each donut. Not that it mattered, those donuts were so delicious that  nobody missed the holes!  Today when I made a new batch, I was careful to fill the pans just 3/4 full, and the donuts came out just right.  I must admit that I was happy to see those donuts with proper holes in them.

The donut pans I ordered online are non-stick, so I didn’t need to spray or grease the pans. What could be easier?

donut pan
The glaze can be flavored with any kind of extract you wish.  The first time I used lemon extract.  Today I used coconut because I was making banana cinnamon donuts and coconut goes so well with banana.  I found some pretty sparkly colored sugars in my pantry.   So fun!

banana cinnamon baked donuts recipe

Cool the donuts in the pans for about 5 minutes, then let them finish cooling on the wire rack.  Make sure they’re completely cooled before you dip them into the glaze, and then into the decorations.

Banana Cinnamon Baked Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Easy old fashioned cake donuts you can bake at home in your oven. Dip them in flavored glaze and sparkly sugars or sprinkles!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 donuts

Equipment

  • donut baking pan
  • mixing bowl
  • small bowl for glaze
  • small bowl for decorations

Ingredients

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 ripe banana peeled and mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • t teaspoon cinnamon

Coconut Glaze

  • 2 tablepoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • sparkling colored sugars for decoration or sprinkles or non-pareils

Instructions

Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If not non-stick, spray donut pans with cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, and whisk in the sour cream, vanilla, oil, melted butter, sugars, and salt.
  • Stir in the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
  • With a soup spoon, carefully fill the nonstick donut pans with batter. This recipe filled two pans (total 12 donuts) and an additional 3 donuts. Bake for 12-14 minutes. The donuts will be golden brown and the top will be dry and springy.
  • Remove donuts from the oven and let cool in the pans for 5 minutes so that they will release from the pan without tearing. Cool completely on wire racks before glazing.

Glaze:

  • Melt the butter in the microwave oven. Add corn syrup, water, coconut extract, and powdered sugar to the butter and stir well until smooth.

Decorate:

  • When the donuts are cool, dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and then dip into a bowl of colored sugar or sprinkles. Place on the wire rack until the glaze has set and is dry.

Notes

Recipe Source:  Adapted from Dorothy Reinhold at ShockinglyDelicious.com.  She adated hers from Dana Commandatore at Wakeandbakemama.com, and she adapted hers from a recipe from Thesemisweetsisters.com 

 Everything is Better with Bacon!

I cooked some bacon to go with those donuts.  I do mine in the oven on a cookie sheet – 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.  The Farmer made me a beautiful Latte and our daughter made scrambled eggs. Later our son stopped by with a friend so we shared “socially distanced” donuts and bacon out on the porch.  What fun!

Bacon in the oven

Mother’s Day Art

A special gift for Mother’s Day — a signed Rainbow Butterfly painting  from my two-year-old granddaughter!  Could Mother’s Day be any sweeter?

Mother's Day Art

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popovers hot from the oven

April 27, 2020
by Mimi Holtz
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Popovers!

popovers

On A Quest for Giant Popovers

Do you love popovers as much as I do?  Piping hot from the oven,  crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside…ready to melt the perfect pat of butter.  Large enough to stuff with yummy fillings. Popovers that create tasty memories.  I was craving popovers, so I started reading recipes, trying them out, and serving a new trial to my family every afternoon.  We all became obsessed with achieving the perfect popover.

Recipes and Tips

During the past week  I made popovers almost every day,  trying a  total of seven recipes before we all agreed that we were experiencing the perfect batch of popovers. Continue Reading →

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