Showing posts from August, 2016

Judi's Chocolately Walnut Crust

Yummy chocolately walnut crust from Judi (bottom crust only); try with pumpkin pie or  pudding pie .  Ingredients Chocolately walnut crust (1 crust) 2 C walnuts 6 dates + 2 T maple syrup or some combo 1 t vanilla pinch salt 1/4 C cocoa Instructions Mix ingredients in food processor. Press into pie plate. Bake 10 min at 350 and then remove and let cool.

3 Bean Salad

A colleague of Larry's made this for a party at Pivotal about 3 weeks ago. So easy to make, and really good! The fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lemon really make it. I took it to our friend Munira's house tonight, and it paired nicely with grilled veggies. Her family ate it up, yay! Ingredients 1 can kidney beans 1 can garbanzo beans 1 can black beans 3 tomatoes, chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil (or more) 1/4 cup red vinegar (or more) 1 lemon, juiced 3/4 - 1 cup cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Drain the beans and toss in a bowl. Add tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Whip together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and add. Mix it all up. Season to taste. Eat!

Pasta Primavera

So many tomatoes in our new garden bed! And our friends Elsa & John gave us some lovely zucchini from their garden. So I though I'd try to make a primavera similar to one at our favorite Italian restaurant. I tried this a couple of weeks ago, and the result was good, but we wanted even more flavor... so this version has a few changes (red wine instead of white, adding olives, more mushrooms). It was delish!  Note: I didn't measure as I made it, so the amounts below are just rough guesses; adjust as you like. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 2-3 cups diced fresh zucchini  2-3 cups diced fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup olive oil (or more if desired) 1 small can sliced olives (black or kalamata) 1/3 cup red wine  4-5 cloves garlic, minced 1 T dried oregano  1 T dried basil  1 tsp each salt and pepper (or to taste) 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste) 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped Pasta (we like Garofalo whole wheat pasta, fu