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8/10/16 6:37 P

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The Dollar Tree now has bags of frozen fruit which is an amazing deal. Another great summer time drink for me is in the morning I will drop a serving of frozen berries in a tall glass of ice water or unsweetened tea. It is so refreshing and as I empty it I have a bite of fruit, refilling the ice water a couple of times before eating it all.

I am getting hydrated and I'm getting a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory. Frozen chunks or slices of cucumbers, watermelon, peaches, lemon, grapes, etc. are also good. Or just to snack on sans water!

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8/9/16 9:14 P

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uh oh. I sense an apple caramel dump cake is looming just on the edge of my event horizon.

hahahahahahahaha

Thanks for the idea. $Tree is one of my favorite places to get certain things, including pastas.



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8/9/16 4:35 P

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I made a dump cake with apple pie filling and caramel. So good. You can get pie fillings at the Dollar Tree for a buck. I'd rather have a dump cake than an icing cake. So moist and yummy.

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I made another dump cake in the Microwave, using the 8x8 pyrex. This time I did the classic recipe of Cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, cheap cake mix (just as with the other recipe). I reserved some pineapple w(juice and mixed it up with remnant of pie filling. I did not mix up the top, but rather drizzled the juice mix. I also sprinkled water atop the cake mix so that most of the surface was wet with something.

I shared some with a neighbor who took it to work and shared some with her 2 co-workers. They said if I made that for them, they'd pay me for it. Hahahahaha I might take them up on it.

A little folding money is always helpful, specially when one lives under the poverty level like I do.

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8/5/16 1:37 P

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I made a dump cake in the Microwave, using a pyrex 8x8 dish. Items: One 15-18oz cheap yellow cake mix (the kind needing eggs, oil, water) Only use dry mix only; One reg. Pie filling can (I used Apricot); One 10oz can Mandrin Oranges (drain and reserve liquid). One set of bamboo chopsticks. One Microwave (ours is ~1100W).
- Soak chopsticks in vase or tall water glass.
- Lightly butter/spray the inside edges & bottom. Sprinkle enuf dry mix to bond to the surfaces.
- Pull a couple serving-spoons worth of pie filling w(o fruit in it, mix with liquid from Oranges and set aside.
- Dump in fruit-filling & arrange oranges atop, fix to level.
- Dump in rest of dry cake mix, level. Pour liquid mix atop and allow to settle in (I used a fork to lightly spread it around and mix w(top of cake layer.
- Place chopsticks under the pyrex into the Microwave (elevating the dish for more even cooking of bottom). Cover w(cling-wrap or lid.
- Nuke 14min @ #6. Allow to rest 3min. Nuke 2min #6. Pull out and allow to cool and firm up.
- Uncover, serve warm or cold -- UR choice. This really does taste a little better the next day tho.
Extremely low fat, serves 4-6.
emoticon may the forks be with you

ps. I eat this with a spoon however.
The equivalent in an oven would be in a 13x9 dish, cooked at 325F for an hour.

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Those are great ideas you gave us about the roasting, grilling and freezing. I'm going to have to try that, as I've tended to freeze ready-to-start-spoiling veggies/tomatoes/peppers for using in soups, burrito filling, etc. I freeze brown bananas to make "Nice Cream" (soft serve frozen dessert).

You are right about charring these things. We have something with our taste buds and culture that brings out something unmistakably tasty in charred eats. I always look for the end cuts of roasts and meatloaf for the same reason.

I've begun to experiment with pan-roasting meals. I need to get the timing for adding ingredients down, so as not to overcook some items. Oh well... it still eats. hahahaha

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8/5/16 10:50 A

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I've been getting a lot of peppers from the garden. I like roasted peppers in anything so I heat the oven to 400 degrees and leave in until they are soft. Its easy to remove the seeds. You can dump in ice water to help remove the skins if you want. If you have a grill, even better grill the peppers until soft and charred.

Peppers, or any veggie such as tomatoes, eggplant, squash, carrots, etc. can be roasted or grilled and thrown in the freezer. Grilled veggies are great on sandwiches, as a side dish, thrown into soup, chili, etc. Any thing not eaten fresh can be frozen. I like to lay the vegetable on a cookie sheet and freeze and then put in a bag to store in the freezer. Then I can take one or more vegetable with out having a solid block to deal with.

Roast peppers, onion, tomatillos on a cookie sheet or grill. Throw in the blender with lime juice and instant Verde salsa. I saw this on The Kitchen TV show.

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I've been thinking about making some of these. I usually just make the regular egg rolls with veggies (baked instead of fried). I bet they are yummy.

Speaking of freezing tomatoes, I just froze 125 lbs. I got from church. Nothing taste better than tomatoes unless its free tomatoes, lol. I also like to chop up seeded peppers and freeze on a cookie sheet before popping in a bag to store in freezer. So easy to grab a handful out to throw in spaghetti sauce, chili, etc.

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I'm thinking a person can probably spritz them with a little oil and bake them up, or "dry"-fry them. What do you think?

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7/15/16 5:45 P

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Hey Linda, that is great about freezing the fruit. I have been doing that with tomatoes that look like they're soon to spoil. They are great in soups, chilies, pasta and pizza sauces, etc. emoticon

My sister in New Mexico said a farmer at their church told her this is what he did with his excess tomatoes. I'd not thought to do that with other fruit. ("other", since tomato is a fruit just like chile peppers. I know, we think of them as veggies, but not so.) emoticon emoticon

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7/12/16 8:59 A

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This is not so much a Summer recipe as a recipe tip. This is the season for fresh produce. I like to pick wild blackberries and freeze on a cookie sheet. Of course you may have the opportunity to forage other things like wild plums or blueberries. After the berries freeze, throw into a baggie. When I want to make muffins, smoothie, etc. I just throw a handful or two into the recipe. For those not braving the ticks, snakes and stickers they can be found at local farmer's market. Berries are wonderfully fully of antioxidants and fiber. They also have great anti-inflammatory properties for arthritis.

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I've learned to lower my expectations about the rising, etc., of "baking" in the microwave. But, it eats unless one overdoes things. hahaha

Have you checked out the Conversion chart?

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6/30/16 7:12 A

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Our microwave broke down a few months ago and so I didn't have one but a friend gave me one she had when she bought a bigger model. It's so nice to have one in the summer. I actually make muffins in the summer in the microwave to keep from heating up the house.

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I just found out I can cook a 1/3rd cup dry rice in the microwave, easy peasy. I used the 1-2pts rice to water, nuked it for 4min on Hi and 10min on 50%. I had mixed in some seasoning and such first, and a piece of waxed paper to sort-of cover. Worked great.

It should be EZ to do rice pudding. I do make a version of cake but I find it works better if you let it rest 12 hours in the fridge before you eat it.

Any body out there utilize aluminum foil in the microwave, like I've been learning to do?

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I rarely wear makeup but this is an interesting idea. I would think the spice would help blood circulation too. Maybe a way to use up those old spices stored in the back of the cupboard.

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The nice thing of this recipe is that one has a new reason to keep cocoa on hand.

Cocoa Powder
Cornstarch OR Arrowroot Powder

However, since everyone with a slightly different skin tone, you may find it helpful to raid your spice rack/cupboard and find some additions there!

Ground paprika (reddish tone)
Ground cinnamon (warm brown tone)
Ground turmeric (yellowish tone)
Beetroot Powder (pinkish tone)
Moroccan Red Clay Powder (warm, tan tone)
Bentonite Clay Powder (cool, grayish tone)

Find a small 4 oz mason jar or similar sized container.
Start by adding 2-3 tbsp of cornstarch or arrowroot powder to the jar.
Gradually add cocoa powder, a 1/2 tsp at a time, until you have reached the desired color.
If the powder doesnt match, try adding spices or clay powders to correct the tone (warm, cool, pink, yellow, red, etc.)
To apply, dip a large makeup brush in the jar, shake or tap off the excess powder, and apply the powder with the brush in circular motions.

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6/1/16 8:20 A

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Another summer-time favorite is kabobs and who doesn't like food on a stick?

Kabobs can be made with just about any meat, veggie and even fruit. They also grill up really fast. I often use things like chunks of sweet potatoes (parboiled a couple of minutes), pineapple, onions, peppers and cubes of chicken (usually thigh meat) but really just dig through the fridge or glance in the garden for ideas. Cherry tomatoes, peaches, or zucchini for example. Look on the internet for ideas using marinades, glazes, barbecue sauce or just as it is. You can use up a lot of vegetables on a kabob.

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wow, that's a great price on those avocados.

thanks for the ideas on grilled fruit&veggies

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5/12/16 7:07 A

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I love grilled vegetables in the summer (any time really), especially whole young squash, oriental eggplants or cut thick slices of just about any vegetable. Cabbage is a really surprising vegetable to grill. Drizzle a little oil or brush on butter, salt and pepper. Unbelievably yummy (and cheap).

Other veggies to grill are tomatoes, peppers, pit fruits like peaches, plums, pineapple slices. Eat with a main dish or try them on a sandwich. They are really good with hummus and/or avocado for a veggie sandwich or with a slice of meat and/or cheese for all you omnivores. I have tried grilling avocados but don't care for them hot but you might like them.

Speaking of avocados, I bought them on sale at Aldi's for .35 cents a piece this week.

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I love to grow tomatoes and basil in the summer. It is so easy and can be grown in the free 5-gallon buckets you get from the Walmart bakery (probably other places to but that's where I got mine).

Now for a great hot-weather recipe.
Spaghetti cooked as directed, drained and rinsed in cool water. While the cool water is draining...

Chop a few tomatoes or a quart of cherry-type tomatoes
Chop or tear a few fresh basil leaves
Mince a couple of garlic cloves
Toss it all together in a large bowl
Salt and pepper to taste
You can drizzle a little olive oil over it and/or sprinkle some fresh parmesan before eating.

This can be eaten fresh made or stored in the refrigerator for a few days. I like to make up a huge bowl to keep in the refrigerator. It makes a cool meal or snack and is really affordable if you grow your own tomatoes and basil.

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It is good to hear from you two... and I did not know about feta being goat cheese. Makes sense though.

I had some oranges that were turning into juice all on their own, ugh. They were still firm enough to cut into segments and throw into the freezer. When I cleaned up the kitchen I threw a couple frozen chunks into the garbage disposal. MMmm smelled good. I'm hoping the rock solid oranges help to sharpen the disposal blades, since they are kind of ice cubes.

Stay cool and be careful! Enjoy the Dance.
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4/26/16 9:46 A

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I haven't seen this vegan "cheese" recipe. It sounds good though. I'll have to give it a try.

By the way feta cheese is usually goat cheese. I love it.



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did you like it?i find feta cheese a good substitute for goats cheese

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Heyas, I'm not vegan but ran across a recipe for making a cauliflower pizza crust and learned I needed goat cheese for it. Well, it isn't likely I'll be buying goat cheese so I was pleased to find out subbing straight across with cream cheese works for texture, etc. That I could do.

However, I did run across a recipe for making a tangy nut version of cheese that reminds vegans of goat cheese. Having eaten several versions of "garden burgers" I can say they do not in anyway taste like beef. So eat it, without calling it a beef-substitute? No problem with me either.

Here goes -- dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan, cultured, live

makes one cup

1C raw (so-called) cashews, soaked two hours
C raw macadamia nuts, soaked two hours
C filtered water
1Tbsp cider vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
pinch sea salt
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Put in sterilized glass jar, top with plastic held in place by rubber band. Cover with a towel and leave in a warm place 12+ hours.

That's it for me today. Hope all is well.

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