Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Since I have the very nice wood pellet grill and a counter full of tomatoes, I decided it was time to do some roasting.

I chose fire roasting over smoking because I was looking for the sweet/charred flavor vs. smoky. Smoking is at a lower temperature for a longer time. Worth the time if you want a deep smoke flavor.

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Harvesting Mountain Grown Shitake Mushrooms

Everything about this is amazing. Production quality is top-notch – sound editing, lighting, music, beautiful locations and stunning food prep. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.

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We don’t have wild shiitake mushrooms here, so I decided to grow them myself. This time, I planted spawns into the holes I made around the tree trunk before. If the season is suitable, the mushrooms will be sprouting one after another in less than six months. I planted them at the top of the mountain because first, the temperature up there is low; second, this way they won’t get picked by others. I picked out the better quality ones and made them into sauce. You can have it all the way through summer.

Cookbook News: Summer Into Fall Edition Available Now!

Order What’s 4 Dinner Solutions: Summer into Fall here!

What’s 4 Dinner Solutions actually started years before the blog, as a menu service for busy families. When it was time to move on from that, I started the blog to continue sharing recipes. But what that means is, I have in my arsenal, fifty-two weeks of menus, recipes and shopping lists.

A few years ago, a friend convinced me to turn it into a cookbook. I quickly realized it would be unmanageable as one cookbook, so I’ve created four: Summer into Fall, Fall into Winter, Winter into Spring and Spring into Summer. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Skillet Buffalo Chicken

I really like to whip up quick flavorful dinners.  Buffalo chicken is a favorite and I’m always experimenting with making it better.  This time I tossed the chicken in seasoned potato starch and thought it was the ingredient that had been missing. It makes the chicken pieces crisp up nicely and added a depth of flavor beyond the sauce.

It is great served over rice, salad, mashed or baked potatoes, drizzled with bleu cheese dressing and a side of celery.  All the flavor of wings without the prep time or mess.

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English Muffin Toast

This bread is so easy to make and even at this altitude, it’s moist and fluffy.  No kneading and a quick mix and it’s ready to rise. I’m making it again tomorrow.

English Muffin Bread

  • 12-3/4 ounces bread flour
  • 1/2 ounce sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 8 ounces milk
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
  • cornmeal, to sprinkle in pan

bowl, loaf pan

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