Friday, April 25, 2014

Baked Green Bean Fries

I'm thinking about giving these a try. Have any of you made these? Are they good? Do you like the recipe below (taken from Bebehblog)? Or could you share another one?


Baked Green Bean Fries


12 oz green beans
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg)
Splash of water
1 cup Italian panko bread crumbs*
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and coat a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
First you have to blanch the green beans, which sounds like a long, fancy, unnecessary step, but is easy and quick. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a little salt. Toss in the green beans and boil for 3 minutes. As soon as the time is up, drain the beans in a colander and then put them in a bowl of ice water for at least 3 more minutes. They should still be green and crunchy.

Drain the beans again and pat them dry. Put them into a dry bowl, pour the flour over them and toss until they’re all coated. Put your egg in a bowl with a splash of water and scramble it, then put your bread crumbs and salt in another bowl. This next part is a little tedious but I tried doing it other ways and they didn’t work as well. Working a couple beans at a time, dip them in the egg mixture, then roll them in the bread crumbs until they are well coated. Put them on the cookie sheet. Repeat until they are all coated and in a single layer on the sheet (use another cookie sheet if you run out of space).
Bake for 18-20 minutes until the coating starts to brown.

Serve with your choice of dipping sauce for little fingers or something spicy for grown ups (I dipped mine in Kraft Horseradish Dijon Mayo but if you were REALLY fancy you could make your own).

*If you wanted to make them spicy, add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the bread crumbs. I was trying to keep them kid friendly for the picky 3 year old (the baby loves spicy stuff).



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Old Oak Festival

On Sunday, I am going to one of my favorite yearly events. It is the Old Oak Festival held at Tusculum College. I absolutely adore the atmosphere of this beautiful, small college campus. If you are in my area, come see me on Sunday. I will be there from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Smoothies" Back In The Day

When I was young and dirt was new, a "smoothie" was somebody who could sweet-talk you into doing something.

But that doesn't mean there wasn't such a thing as a thick beverage made with fruit, liquid, and ice, all mooshed up in a blender. There was such a thing, and there was one place you could get it:

Original Orange Julius
The Orange Julius stand.

Yeah, an Orange Julius is more liquid and frothy and a smoothie is thicker, but it's the same thing only different. Orange Julius now makes smoothies as well as their traditional Julius drinks.

Want to make your own delicious -- possibly healthful -- concoctions? Check out Perfect Smoothie for everything you need to know.

I'm pursuing the A to Z blogging challenge on my own blog today with Santana's -- wait for it -- Smooth.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Monday, April 21, 2014

Making some sugar-free coffee cake by Joyce Lavene

Sugar-free coffee cake
by Joyce Lavene

I was looking for something sweet for Easter this year. I'm not eating sugar since my blood sugar is elevated.

I've used the Pillsbury Quick Bread and Muffin mix before. it's really tasty - and fast - you know I like fast. This time I thought I'd add something special to it. 

The mix is like a cake mix. You add two eggs, oil, and water. I like it because it tastes good but also because it's small - no chance to overeat for days.

I made the mix according to the directions, but I added a layer of sugar-free cherry pie filling between the two layers the mix calls for. I saved most of the cinnamon crunch mix for the top since I had the cherries for the middle.

It took about ten minutes extra to bake because of the pie filling, but it rose up brown and beautiful. The cherries were a nice addition that added color and fruit to the mix. Everyone (even people who eat sugar) enjoyed it at our dinner. And that's it! Thanks, Pillsbury. I wish you'd bring your sugar-free cinnamon rolls back!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Recipes

I was wondering if there were any traditional foods we are supposed to eat on Good Friday. For instance, I know people are supposed to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, but I never have. I embarked upon a search with the help of the wise people of Pinterest.

Cooking With Nonna shares recipes from "our Italian grandmothers" on her blog. Recipes include Baked Baccala and Potatoes,  Calzone di Cipolla (Onion Pie), Easter Calzone - Scalcione di Cipolle, and Feast of Oil-Poached Fish.

There were several pins for Hot Cross Buns, such as this one from Just A Pinch.

According to Lifestyle Food, meat is traditionally not to be consumed on Good Friday. So, they have given their readers some alternative Easter Good Friday Recipes.

Oh Amanda's blog offers a recipe to help teach children about the Resurrection.

So, that's what I came up with? What are your Good Friday traditions or favorite Easter recipes?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Bait

I cannot wait to make this adorable snack for Easter! Prep Time: 5 Min Ingredients 2 c pretzel stick 2 c rice chex 1 bag microwave white popcorn, popped 1 bag white melting candies (wilton brand sold at michael's) ------- spring sprinkles or any kind of sprinkles 1 large bag easter m&m's Directions 1 Spread 2 cups pretzel stick, 2 cups Rice Chex and 1 bag white popcorn on cookie sheet. 2 Pour melted white melting candies over mixture and stir to coat. Then sprinkle on your spring sprinkles. Do not mix after sprinkling or you will coat the sprinkles. 3 Once the mix is set, add M&M's and then package for neighbors, for a party or in individual treat bags.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Magnificent Mess of Morel Mushrooms

It's that time of the year again. Yesterday was the first time in over a week I've been able to get into the woods. The last time I went out, there were no mushrooms. Yesterday, I found around two pounds of them! Morels are the only wild mushrooms I hunt. Not even I could mistake anything else for a morel.
Actual photograph!
We had some for supper. We'll have some for supper tonight. We might have some the next night, or I might dry some for a special treat during the winter. I am happy.

Meanwhile, at my own blog, I'm posting about Miriam Makeba for today's A-to-Z Blogging Challenge post.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes