I always enjoy cooking with my friend, Terry Young. In this episode, she and I made some old and some new recipes converting them to vegetarian. Special thanks go out to our sponsors, Circle B Ranch and Marion’s Kitchen for permission to use some of their recipes.

Green Gazpacho Soup with Shrimp

Calories: 352kcal

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt Not Greek Style
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 cup poblano Chile Seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups Fresh whole-wheat bread From the bakery section. Remove crust, and tear into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups English cucumber chopped seeded
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 large tomatillos About 1 lb. husks removed, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 leaves Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons oil, and juice in a large bowl, stir¬ring with a whisk. Stir in poblano, green onions, and bread; let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place yogurt mixture in a blender with cucumber, sugar, salt, black pepper, and tomatillos; blend until smooth.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large non¬stick skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp to pan; cook about 2-3 minutes per side. Place 1¾ cups cucumber mixture in each of 4 bowls; top evenly with shrimp. Add Parsley leaf to decorate.

Chopped Caprese Salad

Permission to use the Recipe from Marina’s Kitchen Circle B Ranch Pork

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces cherry or cherub tomatoes chopped in half
  • 8 ounces whole milk mozzarella cherry sized, chopped in halves or fourths
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil optional

Instructions

  • Add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Once it’s reduced by approximately half and thickened to your liking (about 5-10 minutes) remove from the heat. Be careful it doesn’t get too thick, but a bit syrupy is good. Toss all ingredients except for the reduction in a bowl. Drizzle with the reduction, adding a little at a time, tossing, tasting, and then adding more to your liking.

Zucchini Brownies from Marina’s Kitchen

Permission to use the Recipe from Marina’s Kitchen and Circle B Ranch Pork

Ingredients

Brownie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light tasting olive oil {or canola oil}
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup grated zucchini in a cheesecloth or tea towel ring out juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In medium saucepan put the oil, chocolate chips, and cocoa together over medium low heat and melt.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla and zucchini. Stir in dry ingredients, then pour into prepared pan.
  • Spread out evenly and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. {A few moist crumbs is fine.}
  • While brownies are baking, melt butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and milk together and simmer gently 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, then whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar.
  • Once brownies are pulled from the oven, pour hot frosting over bars immediately. The glaze comes out thick and you will need to smooth over the brownies. Cool 5-10 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

Vegetarian Tomato Orzo Soup

Permission to use from Marina’s Kitchen of Circle B Ranch Pork. The original recipe is Sweet Italian Sausage Tomato Orzo Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ red onion finely diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup orzo pasta cooked al dente
  • 6 cups Homemade vegetable Stock We used chicken stock
  • 1 Tomato Puree*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • Romano Cheese Grated and used as a garnish

Instructions

  • In a 4 quart -quart soup pot on medium-high flame, heat olive oil until shimmering (about 1-2 min). To the heated, oiled pan, add onion, and celery; sauté until fragrant and slightly tender, stirring as needed (3-4 min). Add chicken broth, Tomato Sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil; Add fresh herbs. Cook orzo according to package directions and add to the soup and serve hot. Sprinkle with Romano Cheese. Delish.
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I love cooking with my granddaughter, Cassie during a recent visit. Come and watch as we prepare some of her favorites.

This summer my granddaughter and I prepared a few desserts before I made some pork recipes courtesy of Marina’s Kitchen and Circle B Ranch pork.

Cassie making Brownie

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Chocolate Brownie Mix (We used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp Water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees
  • Add two eggs and beat lightly add oil and water then add the mix slowly if you are not using a mixer mix well and keep adding dry ingredients when smooth pour into a well grease 9×13 pan and bake for 20/25 minutes check with toothpick and when it comes out clean brownies are done.
  • Put brownies aside to cool

Kathryn’s Edible cookie dough

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour In a Microwave safe bowl (microwave for 1 minute)
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ Tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Add butter add brown sugar add sugar mix then add milk, vanilla, salt and then flour use mixer and mix until you have no clumps. Fold the chocolate chips into the mixture. Make a ball with the cookie dough then press down on the brownie square in the center add brownie ball into the center of brownie then take the brownie lifted on the side till you cover the cookie dough, until all the brownies are made into lls with the cookie dough. Then roll until you have balls then dip the balls into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper then place in the refrigerator

Smore cookies – Kathryn Raaker’s Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 Marshmallows
  • 8 double graham crackers
  • 10 Hershey Chocolate Bars Squares
  • Hershey’s cookies dough

Instructions

  • Use parchment line a cookie pan then place 6 graham crackers on the sheet in rows. Place a graham cracker then top it with chocolate square add marshmallow on top of chocolate and press down a little on the marshmallow then take cookie dough and make a dome on top of each square then when finished put into a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes cookies will then be done. Let cool and serve

CIRCLE B RANCH PORK PORK LOIN WITH PEACH BASIL BOURBON GLAZE

PERMISSION TO USE RECIPES FROM MARINA’S KITCHEN

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 Pork Tenderloins
  • 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 shallots-small dice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 large peaches pitted and halved*
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar only needed if using fresh peaches

Instructions

  • Stir until the liquid has begun to reduce (about 2-3 minutes) and add in the brown sugar or the peach syrup, cayenne, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and the whole basil leaves. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture thickens and becomes syrupy. Add in the last Tbsp of butter and stir. If using the canned peaches, add them. Spoon the delicious bourbon glaze over the tenderloin and enjoy!

CIRCLE B RANCH Pork Chops with Peaches and Fresh Basil

PERMISSION TO USE RECIPES FROM MARINA’S KITCHEN

Ingredients

  • 2 bone-in Circle B Ranch pork chops 4-6 oz. each
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 peaches pits removed, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 tsp. zest from 1 lemon plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of dried red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Instructions

  • Season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until lightly smoking. Add the pork chops and cook until first side is nicely browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the internal temperature registers 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil. Do not wipe out skillet.
  • Lower heat to medium low and add the peaches, lemon zest, sugar, salt, and dried chili flakes. Stir gently until the peaches begin to soften but don’t lose their shape, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place the 2 pork chops on separate plates. Pour any juices from the plate back into the skillet and add butter and lemon juice. Cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan and swirling pan until butter is melted and incorporated into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in half of basil.
  • Divide the peaches between the two plates of pork chops and then pour the pan juices on top. Sprinkle with the remaining basil.
  • Serve immediately.
Fried Fish Balls

I always love cooking with my friend and fellow chef, Marie Dunaway. Today we tackle a few more of her favorite recipes, which I hope will become yours. Enjoy.

Pancit Canton with shrimp and veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Raw Shrimp with heads and tails
  • ¼ cup Canola Oil
  • Shells of shrimp head and tail taken off
  • ½ head Chinese Cabbage
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 5 Scallions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced
  • 1 pkg Asian Stir Fry Vegetables
  • 1 lrg Bok Choy chopped
  • 1 box Shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1-2 pkg Pancit Canton Noodles or Egg flour noodles
  • 3 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • Salt taste & Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Stir fry all the veggies till tender in canola oil
  • Add soy sauce and spices
  • Add Raw the shrimp we did it in a separate pan then add broth or water cool shrimp and peel shrimp set aside.
  • Add the crispy noodles until slightly soft
  • Add veggie broth or just water and juice from the cooked shrimp add cooked shrimps.
  • Use chopsticks to avoid mashing the noodles
  • Serve right away

Dipping sauce for Fried fish balls on skewers

A popular street food

Ingredients

  • Frozen Pollack Fish Balls from Asian Market
  • 1-1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 shallot bulb finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Mix water, soy sauce, and corn starch in a measuring cup. In a small sauce pan, add shallots and cornstarch mixture. Simmer until slightly thick. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Fry fish balls according to package instructions.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

Avocado Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 cups of Almond Milk or 1 can of Condensed Milk
  • 5 ice cubes approx
  • Sugar to taste

Instructions

  • Cut Avocado in Half scoop out the flesh
  • Drop in blender
  • Half filled with milk
  • Add Ice Sugar and Blend
  • Then Serve in Tall Glasses
  • With Straw

Mango Royale or Mango float

This is a No bake dessert just assemble this icebox cake night before

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups Nestle cream or table cream
  • 3/4 cups Condensed milk
  • 1 pkg Brojas (Lady's Fingers) (optional: 15 full sheet Graham crackers)
  • 2-3 ripe champagne Mangos* (ataulfo, yellow or Manila mangoes)

Instructions

  • Line up 9 inch pan with parchment paper let the edges over hang
  • Lay down Lady’s fingers or graham crackers cut to fit
  • In a Chilled bowl, Whip cream and slowly add condensed milk until soft peaks form
  • Spread cream mixture in top and layer the cut up mangoes
  • Repeat until you have three tiers
  • Seal top
  • Chill overnight or freeze to turn it into ice cream cake
  • -Serve by lifting cake off pan with parchment paper overhang and cut into serving slices
  • (The Whipped cream softens graham crackers to sponge cake texture. Then whipped cream firms up into rich luscious filling)

I always enjoy cooking with my good friend and fellow chef, Marty Shuttes. Watch as we prepare some of our favorite recipes.

Mexican Street Corn by Marty Schultes

Ingredients

  • 8 cobs Fresh Corn boiled
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped either by hand or food processor
  • 5 sweet baby peppers medium chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantros chopped (reserve a few leaves for garnish)
  • ¼ tsp Chili powder
  • tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese Save some for garnish

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, lime juice, chili powder, paprika, cumin, pepper flakes, lime juice, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cut the corn off the cob after boiling. Add the chopped vegetables and stir to combine. Next add finely chopped cilatro and mix again. Lastly, top with the sour cream mixture. Add more salt to taste. Garnish with additional feta cheese and cilatro leaves.

Pineapple and Mango Salsa

By Marty Schultes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes – chopped in tiny pieces finely chopped
  • 2 mangoes sliced and cubed
  • 4 sweet baby peppers (red, yellow, and orange) chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper remove seeds and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1-2 Limes Juiced (2-3 Tbsp)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Add salt to taste

Kathryn’s Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Fresh Strawberries Slice in half or quartered (depending on size)
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 1 cup Black Berries
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 banana sliced
  • Manderane oranges (for color) Optional
  • ½ cup Red and Green Grapes
  • 2 Tbsp of Sugar or Sweetener
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Limoncello I make my own limoncello
  • Mint leaves for decoration.
  • whipped cream

Instructions

  • combine all ingredients. top with whipped cream and garnish with mint leaves

On a hot summer’s day, these are some refreshing recipes based on some Korean recipes I’ve tasted.

Kathryn’s Korean Slaw

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Korean

Ingredients

  • 1 inch ginger root grated
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 green onions chopped – cut on bias of white part and half of the green
  • ½ cup carrots sliced thin or grated
  • 1 head Napa cabbage sliced thin
  • 1 yellow pepper julienne
  • 3 orange mini peppers julienne
  • 1 mini red pepper- julienne
  • ½ tsp sugar Optional honey

Instructions

  • Lime juice soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil add a little sugar, and then minced ginger and mix well then pour onto salad and mix well.
  • Slice the Nappa Cabbage into thin slices, julienne all the peppers and cut on bias of white part and half of the green onions, and carrots put all ingredients into a large bowl. Then make the sauce that will be used to dress the salad

Kathryn’s Korean Beef BBQ

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Korean

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 lb Lean ground beef (90%)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ to 1 Tbsp mato puree
  • 3 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Korean barbeque sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

Instructions

  • Heat the oil and add ground beef until it reddish gray stage then add the onions- rinse meat make the sauce puree, soy sauce, Korean barbeque sauce and brown sugar an add water pour the sauce over the beef and then simmer for 10 minutes then add lime juice. Then serve of Brioche Buns makes enough for four people.

Kathryn’s Homemade Pickles

Ingredients

  • 3 Miniature Cucumbers sliced thin
  • ½ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt

Instructions

  • Add sliced cucumbers to flat bowl add rice vinegar, sugar and salt the let rest stir in 10 minutes twice and then put into refrigerator for a half hour. Serve with Korean Barbeque

Kathryn’s Watermelon Slush

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon chopped
  • 1 ½ Seven-Up or Sprite
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Strawberry garnish

Instructions

  • Blend well and serve makes enough for two people
  • Pour into the serving glasses and top with a strawberry

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate again with family and friends, so my pastor, Father Umberg, joins me in preparing some recipes from Grandma Raaker. Father grilled some brats to go with the potato salad. Hope you enjoy.

 

With summer in full swing, I enjoyed preparing a few recipes for Father’s Day and the 4th of July with my friend and Pastor, Father Umberg. Check out this video for some summer grilling ideas as well as a couple of favorites from Grandma Raaker.

Grandma Raaker’s Carrot Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Angel Food Cake pan

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cup salad oil
  • 4 eggs add one at a time
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour less 2 Teaspoons
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Almond Flavoring
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts – optional
  • 3 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp White Karo Syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350° F
  • Mix all ingredients with a spoon use Angel Food Pan
  • Bake for 1 ½ hours.
    10 minutes before taking cake from oven mix
  • Ingredients for Topping
  • Put in large Pan (it will boil up and fill a quart pan) bring to boil for 3 minutes.
  • Remove cake from oven pour liquid over the cake in the cake pan until cool.
  • (Important to see if cake is cool or will break)
  • Then take a piece of wax paper sprinkle Powder Sugar on the wax paper rather thick, and turn cake on sugar upside down.
  • Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes then put on plate and enjoy.

Grandma Raaker’s German Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs Red Potatoes boil in skin
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chop in small pieces
  • 1 lb bacon fried crisp
  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Fry Bacon, save grease to sauté onion in, cut and peel potatoes, add celery bacon salt and pepper to taste. In onion grease, add vinegar, sugar and water, bring to boil thicken. Dissolve corn starch in about ¼ cup water. Add potatoes add chopped eggs, salt and celery seeds, then serve.

Kathryn and Terri prepare various favorite recipes from Japan.

Kathryn’s Green Tea Cheesecake

Adaptation of a Green Tea Cheesecake
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cream Cheese Softened to Room Temp
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp green tea powder
  • 2 ½ to 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 9 in graham cracker pie crust
  • 8 Raspberries Fresh (as a garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350° F.
    In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until very smooth.
    Then mix in the green tea powder, eggs, and vanilla until light and creamy; pour into the graham cracker crust.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the center jiggles evenly when the pie is shaken lightly.
    Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Garnish with Raspberries (optional)

Sushi Rice and Preparing Sushi Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sushi Rice
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Directions for making rice for Sushi rolls and preparing the Sushi Roll
  • Rinse rice in a strainer or colander until the water runs clear. Combine with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil then reduce to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Rice should be tender water should be absorbed. Cool until cool enough to handle. In a small pan combine the rice vinegar, oil, sugar and salt cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Then stir in the cooked rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.
  • Slice diagonally in thin strips your favorite vegetables and shrimp or other fish for the sushi. Then place seaweed layer on a bamboo mat and then spread rice onto the seaweed. In the middle of the mat with the rice add the sliced prepared vegetables and or fish in a small even row. Roll the bamboo into a long roll by first folding the bottom third in then roll it up. Cut down the middle of the roll, take each half and place them parallel to each other.

Kathryn’s Japanese Dressing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons mirin Japanese sweet wine
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sunflower seed oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hazelnut oil
  • 1 ¾ Teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  • Beat mirin, champagne vinegar, sunflower seed oil, hazelnut oil, sugar, sesame oil, and ground ginger together in a bowl until smooth. Let dressing sit at room temperature until the flavors blend, at least 30 minutes.

Japanese Style Pork Ribs

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds Baby Back Ribs Pork
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sake
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Prepare the ribs by removing the silvery skin from the back of the Ribs. Then dry with paper towels.
  • Mix soy sauce, sake, and honey together in a small bowl and set aside. I cooked the ribs in a Hot pot and until they were done about 30 minutes. Then I browned them in a skillet about 3 minutes on either side.
  • I then basted each rib with the sauce and then heated the ribs in the 350 oven for about 10 minutes took them out plated them served.

Japanese Udon Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 cups prepared dashi stock
  • 1 pound chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots sliced in small rings
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 ½ Tbsp Mirin
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • 12 oz 1firm tofu cubed (optional)
  • ¾ pound Shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 ribs and leaves of bok choy chopped
  • 9 oz fresh udon noodles
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 leeks

Instructions

  • Heat dashi stock, chicken, carrots, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and salt in a pot over medium heat. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tofu, mushrooms, and bok choy, stirring until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more.
  • Stir udon noodles into broth and simmer until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add leeks and crack eggs into soup; simmer until eggs are slightly firm, about 5 minutes more.

I’ve been wanting to make bread for you all. First I will make a Polish Easter Bread from a long standing family recipe which came originally from my Grandmother. Many thanks to my cousins for helping me with this recipe.

Next, I will be making a Blueberry Bread, a Cinnamon Bread, and a Peach Bread from recipes from Mariana Backes of Circle B Ranch.

Join me as I prepare a family Easter bread recipe from Marianna Louska Bcohenek. I thank Chris & Mary August for sharing this recipe, which is very similar to my Grandmother’s recipe. I also prepare three different quick bread recipes from Marina’s Kitchen-Circle B Ranch.

Bochenek Easter Bread Recipe

From Chris & Mary August handed down from Chris’s Mother, Marianna Louska Bcohenek. Permission to use. This recipe is so close to my Grandmother Stella Bochenek Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 qt Milk
  • 1 lb Salted Butter
  • 5 lb All Purpose Flour
  • 12 Egg Yolks
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 heaping tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla depends on taste, add less or more
  • 1 1/2 cups Golden Raisins
  • 2 Packets Fast Rising Yeast
  • ¾ cup hot tap water about 104° to 110°

Instructions

  • (For yeast Preparation) in a small bowl pour two packets of yeast an add water stir and let sit

Directions

  • Pour flour in a large Baking Pan – I used an Extra Large Pan and then make a hole in the center and add prepared yeast and sprinkle with a little flour. In a another bowl add softened butter and use mixer and cream butter add sugar and beat until smooth then add salt and vanilla and gradually add milk. Mix thoroughly and add golden raisins and fold into the mixture.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the flour and start kneading until the dough comes off your fingers easily and the sides of the pan. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubles about 1 1/2hour. The take-off cloth and punch down thoroughly all over the risen dough in the pan. Then cover and let rise again until it doubles. Grease and flour pans.
  • Meantime Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, divide the dough equally into pans equally and then cover and let rise again until it doubles. Make and egg wash and then use a brush and brush wash on top of each individual bread. Place Pans in Oven I did three in the back of the shelf and two in the front. And midway through the baking time I moved the ones in the back to the front. I baked my bread for 45 to 50 minutes or until using a long wooden skewer comes out clean. Put bread on cooling racks for 10 minutes. Take out of pans and serve with butter or jam. Delicious!!!!
    Bochenek Easter Bread loaves

Fresh Peach Cake

FROM MARINA’S KITCHEN-CIRCLE B RANCH PERMISSION TO USE THE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar divided
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced (I Used Canned Peaches-see note)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, then the sour cream and vanilla, and mix until the batter is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined. Do NOT overmix.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Spread half of the batter evenly in the pan. Top with half of the peaches, then sprinkle with two-thirds of the sugar mixture.
  • Spread the remaining batter on top, arrange the remaining peaches on top, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture and the pecans.
  • Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

If using canned peaches, drain very well and sprinkle them with about 2 Tbsp additional flour. 

BLUEBERRY OATMEAL BREAD

FROM MARINA’S KITCHEN-CIRCLE B RANCH PERMISSION TO USE THE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups flour plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup 1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup oats

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly butter your loaf pan. In a small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour to keep blueberries from sinking.
  • In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, eggs, melted butter and vanilla together and then fold into the dry ingredients. Add the blueberries and oats and gently combine.
  • When done, scrape the mixture to loaf pan and it will be thick and a little sticky. Bake for 50-55 minutes when golden brown and when a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

CINNAMON ROLL BREAD

FROM MARINA’S KITCHEN-CIRCLE B RANCH PERMISSION TO USE THE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk I used 1%
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

SWIRL

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a bread pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray or lightly greasing it with butter. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • In a small bowl combine egg, milk, vanilla extract and yogurt or sour cream.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine. You can use a large wooden spoon for this if you wish, no mixer is required.
  • In a small bowl combine swirl ingredients together – 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 tablespoons water. Use a tablespoon to drop spoonful’s of this mixture over the bread, then use a knife to make swirl designs to incorporate the cinnamon mixture into the bread.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and allow it to continue cooling complete.
Waffle Breakfast Surprise

This year, I’m going all out to prepare a special meal for my family. It was a great opportunity to utilize my 360 slicer and enjoy a recipe from one of our new sponsors, Circle Branch Farms

The Best Bourbon Apricot Glazed Ham

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Apricot Jam
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh if possible
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 4.5 lb boneless Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked Ham

Instructions

  • Move oven rack to lower third portion of the oven and preheat to 325° F. Line bottom of a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and set aside.
  • Add apricot jam, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, bourbon, lemon juice, ground ginger and salt and pepper to a mixing bowls and whisk to combine well. Set aside.
  • Remove ham from package and pat dry if too wet. Place ham on roasting rack, flat side down, so the fatty side is facing up. Gently score the ham in a crisscross pattern, and brush all over with 1/2 cup of the prepared glaze. Cover ham loosely with aluminum foil to prevent drying out or burning. Bake for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until instant thermometer inserted into the middle of the ham registers 125-130° F.
  • Remove roasting pan from the oven and peel back or remove foil from the top and sides of the ham. Increase oven temperature to 375° F. Brush 6 Tbsp. of glaze over the ham and bake for 20 minutes, brushing ham with additional 6 Tbsp. of glaze every 6-7 minutes. You'll be brushing the ham with glaze approximately 3 times during this step. Be sure to watch that the glaze doesn't burn, but instead turns a rich, deep golden color. Remove roasting pan from oven and place ham on a large cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let ham rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes

By Marina’s Kitchen- Circle B Ranch
With Permission to use on the show and to give it out

Kathryn’s Scalloped Potatoes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds Yukon Potatoes Thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 shallots Sliced or finely diced (depending on your preference
  • 2 Tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper optional
  • 2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan shredded cheese
  • 1 stick butter cubed
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F and grease 13 x 9" pan or Baking dish.
    Peel the potatoes and use either a 360 slicer or a Mandolin into about ¼ to ⅙ inch slices.
    Next, peel and slice the shallots thin (you can also dice very finely).
    Layer the potatoes, shallots, a little flour, some butter, and salt/pepper to each layer, as well as a little cheese.
    Once all the layers are finished, pour the milk and heavy cream over the top of the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
    Bake until the potatoes are tender about 50 minutes. Leave uncovered and bake until the top browns. Remove from the oven and let it stand while the sauce thickens.
  • Delicious!!!!!

Kathryn and her friend, Marty, prepare some favorite Irish dishes. 

I love holiday cooking and so enjoy cooking with my friend and fellow chef, Marty Schultz. Join us and we prepare a meal for St. Patrick’s Day.

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes is an Irish peasant dish assembled from leftovers, It is traditionally served on St. Patrick's Day and Halloween but are also enjoyed throughout the year. The name Colcannon comes from the Gaelic word for white-headed cabbage, an essential ingredient in the tasty mash along with potatoes, cream, butter, and sautéed leeks or onions.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs red potatoes unpeeled, quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 bacon slices cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 large shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 large leek Halved and sliced
  • 1 bunch curly kale (about 3/4 lb) stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small head cabbage about 1 lb., cored and coarsely chopped

Instructions

Leeks Preparation

  • Leeks must be thoroughly washed. Best way I've found is to cut legthwise and in half moons. Put this all in a bowl of water, swish, and drain in a colender. Repeat this until no sand is visible.
  • Put the potatoes in a large pot, add water to cover the potatoes by 2 inches and generously salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter and milk and heat until the butter melts and the mixture is hot, 6 to 8 minutes. Use a Potato Masher and smash potatoes down. Fold in the milk mixture in two additions. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water to keep warm.
  • In a skillet or Dutch oven add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside. Pour off all but 3 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium heat, add the shallots and leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and toss just until wilted but still bright green, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and toss until tender-crisp, 6 to 7minutes. Crumble the bacon, and season with salt and pepper. Stir the potatoes into the cabbage, kale, leeks and shallot mixture and serve warm.

Notes

We served this with Sausages from our new sponsors Marina and John Backes of Circle B Ranch Pork to order go to: CircleB Ranch Pork.com and put in the code “Kathryn2021” and get 10% off of your order of $50 more.
St Patrick Day Cake The Chef You and I
Finishing off our meal with a simple Bundt cake with green sprinkles.