26 April, 2012

What ARE you doing?

The better question is, what are you grilling?
Gabby is doing a 4-H Turkey BBQ Presentation. While she was practicing... I brought the fun! 

Lighting the coals

What did we do while we waited for them to turn white? 

Roasted marshmallows! 

This made the time pass much quicker

I think she should take some just in case the turkey doesn't want to cook right,
at least there will be something to eat. 
Time to go to work... cooking turkey
Lookin good.

Anna .V.

22 April, 2012

Garlic + Cheese= Great!

Hey yall, I have tried this a few times and love it! I use more garlic than called for, because our family is a garlic lover. It tastes just like the pizza places. Defiantly worth trying out. I don't have a pizza stone, so I use the upside down pan method. Works great! 

Anna .V. 

16 April, 2012

Gooood In The Kitchen

You know those times... when you have stuff you need to get done, and you start, but don't feel like doing it? Then it seems to take forever to get done? Well today is one of those days. So... instead of doing what I need to do, I'll do this. I said earlier that all 7 of us kids were in the 4-H Food Show. Well.... we made everything from banana pudding to deer jerky! 
Everyone has their own personalities. It's funny to see it coming out in their cooking as they decide what challenges they want to take on. Some are skilled in the kitchen, others, not so much. So, names. Ages. Ribbon. And what they cooked:

Gabby (17)- Bean and rice wrap with mango salsa Blue Ribbon Best of Show
Anna (15)- Homemade apple turnovers with honey ice cream Blue Ribbon
Alyse (13)- Fried dough things with canned white nectarine preserves Red Ribbon
Malachi (11)- Deer Jerky Blue Ribbon
Lucca (9)- Banana pudding with homemade vanilla wafers Red Ribbon 
Maya (6)- Fruit smoothie Cloverbud
Victor (5)- Chocolate tractor cake Cloverbud

Malachi and his Deer Jerky 

Lucca's banana pudding

Alyse talking with the judges
Anna talking with the judges

Gabby doesn't cook too much :) 
Hope your week is good so far. We'll have recipes of these up soon.

Anna .V.

12 April, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Hey yall, I know I know... it's been forever since I have updated this blog. Life has been busy! But that means that I have a lot of good things to share. 
The Area 4-H Food Show was back in February and all 7 of us kids entered some good smelling stuff. I'll post pics of that later, and I will also put some of the recipes up that we used. 

But this entry is a recipe for a great spring-time treat! Our family loves it. 

Lemon Blueberry Muffins:

  • 4 C. + 2 tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 C. creme fraiche (neufachel cheese)
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 C. oil, olive
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 3 C. fresh blueberries
Crumbly Topping:

  • 1 tbsp. butter, cold
  • 4 tbsp. raw organic sugar (you can find it at walmart if nowhere else)
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line muffin pan.
We use an iron skillet to make a muffin cake

Mix topping ingredients together in a medium size bowl, cutting in the butter until crumbly. Set aside

Coat blueberries with the 2 tbsp. of flour then set aside. 

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
Combine the neufachel cheese, milk, oil, egg, and extract together. 
Pour the wet mixture into the dry, stir. Add the lemon juice and continue to mix until the dough comes together. (You may have to add more milk or lemon juice)
Fold in the blueberries, carefully! Don't want to squish them much.

Spoon the batter into the prepared skillet or muffin tin, sprinkle with topping and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Ta-Dah! Great spring breakfast, side dish, or snack. 

Hope yall enjoy! 

Anna .V.