Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


My sister-in-law Alicia wanted to know if I was going to take my "pot" to the Canary Islands.  If there was any way I could pack this 10 lb. jewel, I would.  So this may be my last experiment  before I leave soon. 

I knew I needed to take the concept from a favorite bread recipe and try it with my Crusty Bread recipe.  I have made this bread for years, and included it on my blog (without a photo)  It is a rich braided soft dinner bread and the flavor is wonderful : Scarbourough Herb Bread

Here is the crusty version.

Scarborough Crusty Herb Bread

The night before you plan to bake:
Put 2 ¼ C. water in a large bowl
Add:  3 T. dry onion flakes,
1 tsp. crumbled dry rosemary
¼ C. dry parsley flakes
1 tsp. dry thyme leaves
1 ¾ tsp. salt
2 T. sugar 
Let sit for 5 minutes for the water to rehydrate the herbs and flakes.
Stir in 2 C.  unbleached flour and 1 tsp. instant yeast until smooth.
Add 2 more C. of flour and stir until you have a rough mixed ball.

Cover with a plate and sit on the counter for at least 12 hours but can be any time the next day.  For a 6 hour rise see Crusty Bread.

Put your ceramic covered iron pot in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes with the lid.  While it is heating get about ¼ C. flour and spread it on the counter and carefully pile your dough on it.  Pull up the corners to make a ball and cover it with the bowl.  When the pot is finished heating pull up the edges of your dough again and turn over and plop your dough into the pot.  Not greasing is necessary.
Put on the lid and bake at 450 for 25 minutes.  Remove the lid and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  (My oven bakes to a nice brown in 10 more minutes)

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Friday, January 18, 2013


 This is made mostly like the Crusty Bread  But the sweetness of the cranberries changed the baking a bit.  It is fantastic!


Grate 2 oranges to get 3-4 T. orange peel, loose packed.  Then juice the oranges and add water to make 2 1/4 C.  I added a little more water here because the cranberries absorb some.  The first time I made it with 2 C. the bread was a little dry.

Add in a large bowl with 2 T. sugar, 1 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. instant yeast and 1 to 1 1/2 C. dried cranberries.  The loaf shown here has only 1 cup.  The first time I made it with 1 1/2 C. but my husband liked it best with less.  I liked it with more so go figure.    Stir in 2 C. unbleached flour until smooth and then 2 more until you have a rough ball.

Cover the bowl with a plate and leave for at least 12 hours (I do have a quick method see the Crusty Bread recipe if you want to make it in 6 hours.)   1 1/4 hours before eating time put your Ceramic pot in a 450 oven for 30 minutes.  Make a small pile of flour and dump the dough onto it pulling the edges up to make a round ball.  Cover with the bowl until the pot is preheated.  Remove from the oven.  Pull up the edges of the dough again and turn over and plop into the pot. (I sprayed the pot a little here because it stuck when I used 1 1/2 C. cranberries)  Put on the lid and back in the oven for 20 minutes.  This is 5 minutes less than the regular bread.  The sugar in the cranberries baked it faster.  Remove the lid and lower the oven to 425 and bake for 15 minutes more.  

The first time I made it in an unfamiliar and it browned too fast.  I think that oven was hotter than mine so if your bread is browning too much in this time you might need to lower your oven temp. a little.   

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I expect this to be a family favorite.  The spinach adds a fun fresh green color.   I added the black beans but this is easily made without them.  There is always a danger of too much heat when you are using fresh peppers so scrape out the seeds and membrane carefully. 

Creamy Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Serves about 6

2 poblano chiles or 2 large Anaheim green chiles or a large Pasilla pepper
1 cup packed spinach leaves
1 3/4 cups milk
¼ C. sour cream or more milk
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, grated fine
2 tsps. cumin
1 tsp. oregano leaves.
1/2 cup flour
Salt to taste
3-4 cups coarsely shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
Or 3 small chicken breasts cut into bite size cubes
12 corn tortillas
About 2 cup cheese, Monterey Jack or Cheddar

Roast the peppers directly over a gas flame or a baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler. Turning regularly,  until the skins have blistered and blackened on all sides.  Place immediately in a plastic bag to sweat for 10 minutes.  Peel off the blackened skin, tear open and pull out the seed pod and stem. Rinse to remove any stray seeds or bits of skin.  Scrape out the inside membrane if you are worried about heat.

Roughly chop and put in a blender jar. Add the spinach with 2 C. of broth and blend. Add the milk, sour cream and flour.  Blend for 30 seconds

In a large (4quart) saucepan, melt butter  over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two.

If you are using raw chicken you can stir fry the bite sized cubes here with the garlic until they start to brown then add the cumin and oregano leaves. (you might need some more oil)  Pour the blender mixture over the chicken and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.   Skim off  2 cups of sauce from the chicken.

If you are using rotisserie chicken add the cumin and oregano to the garlic and pour the blender mixture into the pot and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove 2 cups of sauce.  Add the chicken and simmer for 5 more minutes.

I added a can of rinsed and drained black beans to the mixture because my husband likes them and they were good.

Finishing the enchiladas– Spread 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish.

Lay 6  tortillas on top of the sauce . Lay all of the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas spreading evenly.  Sprinkle 1 Cup of cheese over all.   Finally, layer the remaining six tortillas on top of the chicken and cover the tortillas with the remaining 1 C. sauce. Top the sauce with 1 Cup shredded cheese and place in the oven, covered for 25-30 minutes.  If baking cold it will take 40 minutes.  Serve with Salsa, sour cream and guacamole if desired.

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