oven stew

baked in the oven

to free the stove for endless

cups of hot cocoa

previous version, 4 servings

2 sweet potatoes, 2 peppers, 1 onion, 2 T minced garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt, black pepper, 1 can diced tomatoes, chipotle tabasco, cilantro, 1 can small white beans, rinsed and drained

slice veggies, roast at 450 F with oil, spices, tabasco; combine with tomatoes, beans, cilantro in a well-oiled ovenproof dish, 450 F, until tender, serve with bread, cheese, jalepenos, tabasco

grand marnier frozen custard

alcohol and fat

require extra freezing

time for this custard

previous version, 6 servings

2 c whole milk, 2 c heavy cream, zest of 1 orange, 1 c sugar, pinch salt, 5 yolks, 1 T vanilla, 3 T Grand Marnier

boil milk and cream, add zest, stand 30 minutes; add 1/2 c sugar , salt, return to a simmer, remove from heat; meanwhile beat yolks and remaining sugar until pale and thick; spoon some of the milk mixture into the yolks to warm them; add yolks to milk mixture, stir until slightly thickened, stir in alcohols, chill 8 hours, churn and transfer to a frozen container, freeze 4 hours

baked israeli couscous

the amaryllis

only opens the blossom

facing towards the east

4 servings

olive oil, 1 can diced tomatoes, 4 c broth, 1 can artichokes hearts, drained; 1 T lemon juice, 1 T Italian herbs, 2 c Israeli couscous, parm

coat a cast-iron pan with oil, cover with tomatoes, broth, artichokes, lemon, couscous, herbs, parm, 450 F until pasta is done, finish under the broiler, stand 20 minutes, serve with red pepper flakes

chocolate sandwich cookies

chunks of ice thrown out

on the frozen pond surface

sing in the cold air

source, 12 servings

1 1/4 c butter, room temp; 2 c powdered sugar, 1 c cocoa, 2 t salt, 1 t vanilla, 1 3/4 c flour, filling: 4 c powdered sugar, 1 stick butter melted and cooled, 1 T vanilla

cream butter and sugar, beat in rest, dough should be crumbly; freeze 15 minutes, roll out between wax paper, keeping unused dough chilled, cut circles; bake on parchment, 350 F, 10 minutes, cool completely; beat icing ingredients until a thick dough forms, adding water if necessary; form a log the diameter of cookies, chill until firm enough to slice, assemble cookies

oregano and hard cheese round bread

a short rising time

allows for dinner before

it gets dark outside

1 c warm water, 1 packet yeast, 1 T honey, 1 T oregano, 1/2 c shaved hard cheese, 2 c white whole wheat flour, 1 t salt, 1 T olive oil

combine water, honey, yeast; stand 5 minutes; knead in remaining ingredients for 10 minutes, form a disk on parchment, sprinkle with more cheese, rise 30 minutes at 100 F; 425 F, 20 minutes

coconut milk yogurt

a quart jar sits by

the fireplace for two days

and there is yogurt

previous version, 4 servings

2 cans coconut milk and/or cream, 4 probiotic capsules

separate capsules and combine their powder with the milk in a quart jar, shake, close with a paper towel in place of the lid, stand 24-48 hours in a warm place, agitating once or twice; strain through cheesecloth, (add maple syrup), chill at least 2 hours before serving

date-sweetened double chocolate cupcakes

like most cupcakes with

no oil or sugar, these

are best on day two

source, 12 servings, 220 calories

2 c pitted medjool dates, 2 c water, 2/3 c cocoa, 2 T powder, 2 t vanilla, pinch salt, 2 c flour, 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk; frosting: 2 c pitted medjool dates, 1 – 1 2/3 c unsweetened almond milk, 1 c unsweetened almond butter, 1/2 c cocoa, pinch salt

blender, adding water only if frequent stirring doesn’t allow batter to blend smooth, use silpat, 350 F, 25 minutes, cool completely; frosting: blender, same method, starting with 1 c milk, chill frosting if necessary

banana muffins with apple-almond frosting

the dog comes inside

follow behind his wet feet

with a fresh towel

source, 12 servings, 125 calories

2 c white whole wheat flour, 1 t soda, 2 t cinnamon, 3 (4 oz-size) containers gerber bananas, 1 c unsweetened almond milk, 2 T ground flax, 1 T lemon juice, 2 t vanilla; frosting: 1/2 c almond butter, 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce

mix, use silpat, 350 F, 25 minutes, cool and frost

chocolate and vanilla chocolate chip cookies

chocolate dough mixed with

vanilla dough with chocolate

chips in both of them

24 servings

2 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 t soda, 1 t salt, 2 T ground flax, 1 t vanilla, 2 T canola oil, 3/4 c almond milk, 1 c chocolate chips, 1/4 c cocoa

mix everything except cocoa, divide, mix cocoa into half, drop spoon-fulls of each half right next to each other on parchment, 350 F, 12 minutes