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Friday, November 26, 2010

Old Style Sweet Potato Pie

sweet potato pie 5

Hello Dearies!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We had a day of work & hard labor here in the hollow but also rest, relaxation, and good eating later on in the day. One item that really stood out and that I always look forward to at this time of year was my old fashioned sweet potato pie. It is an absolutely decadent dessert that is gone within a short time of the moment it is sliced. If you have never enjoyed a piece of sweet potato pie or have only tried store bought, I really hope you will make this pie before the holiday season has ended. The recipe is so easy and turns out a lovely, healthful treat that you won't soon forget...

Oh, and it puts most store bought pies to shame!

Here is the recipe:

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie
2 Large Sweet Potatoes/1 1/2 Cups of Mashed Sweet Potato
3/4 Cup Turbinado Sugar*
3/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1/8 Tsp. Clove or Cardamom
Pinch of Salt
2 Large Organic Eggs
1 Cup Organic Reduced Fat Milk
1 Tsp. Real Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash your sweet potatoes and prick them with a fork in a few places, so they don't implode/explode in the oven. Place a piece of foil in the oven and put the potatoes on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until completely soft and well cooked. Remove from oven and bring the temperature down to 350 degrees.

Once cooled, measure out 1 1/2 Cups of sweet potato and place it in a mixing bowl. Mash it very well with a fork-you want it to be pretty smooth.

Place the sugar, spices and salt in the bowl and mix. Then add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Use a whisk to mix the batter until it is homogeneous. Pour into a homemade uncooked crust (use a crust protector if you like-I didn't and mine did not burn). Bake for 50-55 minutes. Allow to cool on a baking rack for at least three hours.


To my vegan lovelies, I will be making a vegan sweet potato pie this week. If it is as wonderful as this one, I will post it!

p.s. Due to my technology issues and the holiday, I am a bit behind on visiting my blog buddies. I will catch up to all of you and your artistic creations this weekend...:-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Soy Stained Tofu Salad

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Happy Saturday!

I noticed in the comment section of my last post that a few different folks commented on eating radishes alone stating that they never thought to do it. And the truth is we don't usually eat them alone either. Sometimes we do, but they often get tossed next to a bed of rice & beans or are incorporated into a larger salad like this tofu salad shown here.

By the way, this salad is quite delicious, and I am posting it b/c it is my Cauldron Boy's favorite salad;-)

Here's the recipe, Dearies:

Tofu Salad for 2
1/2 Block Organic, Firm Tofu (patted dry & sliced)
1 3/4-2 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/4-1/2 Tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh Cilantro/Scallions

Lay out your tofu on a plate. Be sure that you have dried it well with clean paper towels. Slice and set up your tofu as desired (I like to also pat the individual slices a bit with a clean paper towel but this optional). Drizzle the soy sauce and sesame oil over the top. Sprinkle with cilantro, scallions, and red pepper as you please. Then surround with the prepared radish salad.

Chill for at least 10 minutes and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Simple Radish Salad

radish salad

Hello Dearies!

I know it's been a while since I've posted. This is mostly due to my laptop dying this last week along with camera issues that ensued the very next day. My old laptop owed me absolutely nothing being that he has faithfully served multiple people in my family for quite a while now, but I was hoping that my little point and shoot camera would last a bit longer. That being said, she is an old camera. She has not been used much till I began blogging here though, hence her complete and utter desire to leave this life is a bit frustrating. And especially so when I look at the prices of new cameras. Sheesh!

Outside of technical difficulties, I haven't blogged much due to not feeling like the food I made this last 10 days was anything of note. This changed in my mind as I took photos of my radish salad that I eat quite often here in the hollow. I was only taking the photos to see what my camera would do at different times with different light coming in when I thought 'why don't I post a lot of the food we so often eat?' I mean, it's real food, and there must be something good about it or we wouldn't eat it so often. Right?! Maybe...?

So I suppose this post is a little tribute to the food we often eat that is less than glamorous-a simple radish salad that makes just about any meal more fresh and certainly more crunchy and delicious (smile)...

Crunchy Radish Salad
1 1/4 Cups Sliced Radish
3/4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3/4-1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1/8 Tsp. Salt or to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Fresh Cilantro to garnish (optional but good)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Chill for at least 10 minutes and serve.

p.s. the fruit cake I accidentally posted the other day will be here soon. I had a toasted piece of it today with cream cheese, and it was unbelievable-yum. On that note, do any of you Dearies have a family recipe for edible fruit cake (smile)?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Technical Difficulties

The Witchy Kitchen is experiencing some technical difficulties, Dearies. Please come back soon...!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

November-The Vegan Month of Food!

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Oh My Dearies, how I have missed you!

Well, my lovelies, it's November. And though I very much dislike leaving the enchanted month of October, I must admit that this new month has its redeeming qualities-especially in the realm of all things culinary. Yes, November brings us turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and an array of delicious sweets from cranberry sauce to pumpkin and sweet potato pie (my favorite;)!

That all being said, this month is also a special time for our vegan lovelies, as it is The Vegan Month of Food! Though I am not a true vegan, I like to consider myself a part-time vegan. Plus, I just want to be supportive of my favorite vegan elves and their cuisine, which I must say is quite underrated. Me thinks at least...

To get the month started, I have a line up of some of the vegan foods I made this week-a couple of which came from two of my favorite blogs. First...

Chef Dennis of More Than A Mount Full's delicious and super healthful Roasted Brussels. I loved these roasted sprouts next to a bed of mashed potatoes and beans. The outside is crisp and crunchy with a soft, earthy interior.

I prepared the sprouts just as Dennis instructed by tossing them in a touch of olive oil and then sprinkling with salt and pepper to my liking. Whole garlic cloves were also added to the mix for flavor. I then placed the sprouts in a baking pan and roasted them at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on sprout size.

This post also has a recipe for cranberry beans, candied acorn squash, and a wicked looking cranberry relish that are all vegan!

I also made a pesto with my radish tops that I pulled from the garden. I must say that it is all gone within a day, and I'm craving more due to it being so aromatic and healthful. Here's the recipe:

Radish Top Pesto
3 Cups Washed Radish Tops (Greens)*
1 Hefty Handful Basil Leaves
2/3 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds (Toasted)
2 Garlic Cloves
5-6 Olive Oil packed Sun Dried Tomatoes
1/8 Tsp. Black Pepper
1/8 Tsp. Salt
Olive Oil
*Make sure it's three full cups-even when you push down on the greens.

On a stove top, bring a pan to medium low heat and place the raw sunflower seeds in it. Allow to toast for about 4-5 minutes stirring the seeds at least once to make sure they are evenly toasted.

In a food processor, place the seeds and pulse for just about 3 seconds. Then place the radish tops, basil, garlic, tomatoes, salt and pepper inside and pulse till fully combined (about 10 seconds). Pour the olive oil through the top and pulse. Pour the oil in till you reach your desired consistency. I used about 1/4 cup +/-, but you may want more or less.

Salt & Pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Lastly, we enjoyed this soup from Quickies on the Dinner Table. It is a super simple vegan soup that is full of protein, and I must say that soups like this are so warm and relaxing. Does anyone else feel like soup relaxes?

The soup also happens to be delicious and velvety smooth. Denise uses classic European herbs in this recipe, which keep it simple. In fact, the Chick Pea, Garlic, & Bread Soup has only 5 ingredients to make the actual soup. Then bread, lemon, and parsley are added for extra heartiness...

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend, My Lovelies!