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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4495 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4495 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2022 :  03:36:35 AM  Show Profile
Homemade pesto is delicious and a great way to use basil up if you have a bumper crop. I like to toss it with pasta or put a little on a burger. It's also great with chicken. Have fun making your own Michele, great to have on hand in the summer.

Dawn in IL

"One kind word can warm three winter months."
Japanese Proverb
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

833 Posts

Carole
New York
USA
833 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2022 :  07:19:20 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, this was my first time making Pesto and was surprised with the outcome. I usually have store bought on hand. Must admit, I like mine better.

I use pesto mainly with pasta but you can use it as a garnish in soups, you can make a caprice (tomato, mozzarella, pesto on a ciabatta). Perhaps a caprice is an Italian grill cheese! lol Dawn mentioned that she puts it on a burger, never thought of that but I'm going to try it. I can just imagine how good it would be with a slice of fresh mozzarella. I think I want a burger now as oppose to porridge! lol Thanks for the tip!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http:www.carolesquiltingetc.com
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2022 :  04:26:57 AM  Show Profile
Will have to give pesto a try this summer.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2022 :  09:56:40 AM  Show Profile
24 feels like 15 today with a smidget of snow on the ground. So, it was a good time to make rice pudding. All I can say about my rice pudding is it was standing at the stove eating out of the oven-dish good. Yes, it was that good.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4495 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4495 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2022 :  11:09:33 AM  Show Profile
I have "Entertaining with Mary Berry" 2020 cookbook from my library and have made several recipes from it so far. They have all turned out excellent and are delicious. The best part is they are fairly easy to make. I enjoy them so much that I decided to ask for the book to be my Valentine Days gift. The recipes are on her webpage but I prefer to thumb through a book to pick out what I want to make. Tonight's dinner is hot mustard spiced beef with Heavenly Potato Gratin and dessert is coffee walnut cupcakes with coffee icing. I made the other night her Sardinian Chicken and Best-Ever Brownies, all of which were a big hit.

Keep cooking, baking & creating!
Dawn in IL

"One kind word can warm three winter months."
Japanese Proverb
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2022 :  11:24:11 AM  Show Profile
Dawn, I will have to check her book out. I enjoyed watching her on PBS's Great Britsh Baking Show and now she has a show where she travels around to different places and cooks local dishes.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4495 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4495 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2022 :  1:04:07 PM  Show Profile
Enjoy the book Sara. I also enjoyed Mary Berry's shows & I've had great luck with her recipes.

Dawn in IL

"One kind word can warm three winter months."
Japanese Proverb
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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1340 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1340 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2022 :  5:58:50 PM  Show Profile
I will have to get that cookbook from Mary Berry. I too loved watching her on PBS. Just the other day I made some homemade bagels

Hugs,
Laurie
Country girl at heart
"Smile and be yourself everyday."




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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 04 2022 :  02:49:47 AM  Show Profile
Laurie, seems like Mary Berry has a lot of FarmGirl fans. Good job on making bagels. I'm not a baker - don't enjoy all the measuring - but do admire those that do.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

175 Posts

Cindy
Ravensbourne QLD
Australia
175 Posts

Posted - Feb 05 2022 :  11:12:37 PM  Show Profile
I am trying to use up some of the gluten-free flours and baking supplies in the cupboard before we move. It's been fun looking for new recipes that incorporate ingredients that I have found buried in the back of the kitchen cupboard. This afternoon I am baking a "Banana, Coffee & Pecan Bundt Cake". Here's the recipe:-

180g butter
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp espresso coffee granules
2 tsp boiling water
1 1/4 cup mashed banana
2 1/4 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp xanthan gum
1/3 cup rice milk
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Coffee Pecans
1 tbsp espresso coffee granules
1/2 cup water
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup pecans

Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 21cm bundt pan with butter. Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat until combined. Mixture will split at this stage but will come back together once flour is added.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl, stir in combined coffee and the water and bananas; stir until well combined. Stir in the sifted flour, soda and gum then milk and chopped pecans, in 2 batches. Pour mixture into pan; smooth top.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn the cake onto a wire rack over an oven tray.
Meanwhile, make coffee pecans. Top cake with coffee pecans and drizzle with hot reserved syrup.

Coffee Pecans:- Stir coffee, the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, for about 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Reserve 1/4 cup syrup. Add pecans to remaining syrup; simmer for 5 minutes for until syrup is thick and pecans are coated.





Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have".
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8340 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8340 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2022 :  04:35:26 AM  Show Profile
Sara,
I do the same with my rice pudding. I love the stuff. I have my aunt's recipe. I am the only one who eats it here so I don't make it often.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2022 :  05:23:22 AM  Show Profile
Denise, good to know I'm not the only one who eats out the pot/pan standing at the stove or countertop.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2022 :  05:36:04 AM  Show Profile
Cindy your recipe sounds yummy. On the British cooking shows I watch they use caster sugar. Is caster sugar what we call granulated or refined sugar?

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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AussieChick
Sharpshooter

175 Posts

Cindy
Ravensbourne QLD
Australia
175 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2022 :  9:10:44 PM  Show Profile
Hi Sara - For us, the granulated sugars are demerara, turbinado, coconut sugar, and raw sugar, then there is the usual 'White sugar' (a little less granulated, but still termed as granulated), then caster sugar is finer still (perhaps what you term as refined). We call powdered sugar -"Icing sugar". We don't have corn syrup - instead we would use glucose syrup, rice syrup or agave syrup. I hope this helps!

Farmgirl #6058
Farmgirl Sister of the Year 2021

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have".
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8340 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8340 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2022 :  04:16:36 AM  Show Profile
I always thought white granulated sugar was refined sugar.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2022 :  04:52:19 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Cindy. I use raw sugar in my tea and puddings. Granulated for canning and brown sugar for baked apples and winter squash. I bought a 2 lb bag of powder sugar several years ago and have not opened the bag so that tells you how much baking I do. lol

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2736 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2736 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2022 :  4:17:28 PM  Show Profile
Sara
You are my sister. I think I have a bag of powdered sugar that might be 10 yrs old.
I like cooking with a bit of this and that, don't like the measuring either.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2022 :  5:19:15 PM  Show Profile
Lisa, all that measuring is a chore. The other day I made rice pudding and the only thing that had an exact measurement was the can of evaperated milk. I didn't even measure the rice. On one of the TV cooking shows I watch I learned to cook rice like pasta. Put how much you think you will need into a big pot of boiling water and take out with a spider or mesh strainer when it's done. Makes cooking rice a lot easier.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2022 :  04:28:19 AM  Show Profile
My husband has a rice cooker, just a small thing I picked up for him. He loves rice, me, I eat it more then I care too. lol

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2022 :  1:02:27 PM  Show Profile
Made lamb stew today and it's so good. A little bit mid-eastern and a dash of Texas/Louisianna. What made it Texas was a jalaneo pepper and Tabasco sauce from Louisianna.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5989 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5989 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2022 :  09:57:59 AM  Show Profile
I'm canning again and it feels so good to be out in my Yellow Rose Cottage. Four pints each of dried beans: King City Pink; Pinto w/ Jalapeno pepper; and Black beans w/ Jalapeno pepper.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8340 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8340 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2022 :  1:23:08 PM  Show Profile
Those sound good Sara!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3426 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3426 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2022 :  3:45:33 PM  Show Profile
Sara good to hear you got your canner going again. Nice to hear those lids pop.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

8340 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
8340 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2022 :  4:30:52 PM  Show Profile
Is there a nicer sound than the ping of those lids Michele? So satisfying!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5672 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5672 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2022 :  4:55:17 PM  Show Profile
That ping sound when one is canning is truly a relief for me!!

Sara, it is good to hear that the weather is better and you can get back to the YellowRose Cottage and enjoy your cooking projects out there!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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