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Sweet Potato Hash

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For Passover, I bought vegetables by multiple pounds as I do every year.  The leftovers are the same as every year, as well and I find myself cooking according to what I am storing. I completely forgot about the sweet potatoes.  I knew, there are many potatoes, onions and carrots but for some reason, the sweet potatoes did not cross my mind until I asked my husband if he would want sweet potatoes or carrots, with dinner.  I figured the answer would be carrots since we have so many but he knew better and mentioned sweet potatoes which he had stashed away, not telling me.
Fortunately, we appreciate sweet potatoes and I am sure, they will go quickly but we will be filling ourselves with carrots and sweet potatoes, this week.
Lucky for me, I pulled out two excellent cookbooks to peruse and I am now ready to meet the challenge of Veggie Clean-Up.
I bought an annual from many of the major magazines, over the past few years.  I have Fine Cooking, Taste of Home, Betty Crocker (which I don't p…

Tropical Muffins

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This week's muffins, I had guessed, hubby would not like. This is a man who eats a banana a day and has done so for many years but does not usually like banana bread or banana cake.  I did not have high hopes for these muffins which did have a banana as part of its make-up.

Do any of you like bananas but not banana bread?  Can you explain that to me?  I do want to understand my poor misjudged husband.



Tropical Muffins  (adapted from allrecipes.com)
Ingredients 2 cups gluten-free brown rice flour mixture 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt (I forgot to put this in and these came out perfectly.) 3 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup Canola oil 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 cups diced ripe mango 1 medium ripe banana, mashed …

Baked Candied Squash Fries

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I apologize for the lengthy name of this recipe.  It is interesting but each descriptor seems necessary.  I wanted to stress the healthy aspect of being baked and the luxury part of being candied.  Do any of you have difficulty, naming recipes?  There is the tug to make it an interesting title so others will look at the recipe.  There is the equally compelling tug, to make it brief, not to bore anyone.  Should we tell it all in the title or just give a tease to the reader?  How many words make up a title with clarity?I know, there are no pat answers, for the questions but what guidelines can we make, to bring our readers, the titles they are looking for.  Do you want to know the recipe comes from Pioneer Woman or Ina Garten in the title?If you are using a food with many identities, do you want the butternut squash or Idaho potato in the title?Do you even look at the titles?  Is it the photos that grab your attention? While, I am asking questions, how many photos, do you like in a post…

Cucumber Ribbon Salad

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I got a new toy and I used it to make ribbons, today, and one of these were cucumber ribbons. This looks archaic, a machine or torture.  I guess that is what it is doing to the vegetables.


You can see my cucumber salad with the pretty curls. 



Cucumber ribbon salad  From Sophistomom  adapted

1 English cucumber
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
pinch kosher salt
3 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry dill

Cut in my new toy.
Whisk remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, and add in the cucumber. Toss to coat.

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Bake With Bizzy - Crispy Baked Zucchini POTATO Pancakes - CEiMB

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The ladies from CEiMB are making this wonderful side, this week.  Peggy of Pantry Revisited  selected it and the recipe will be on her blog.  CEiMB is a group of women (men are welcome) who cook the recipes of Ellie Krieger, a healthy cook who keeps the taste in her dishes.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

What appealed to me, about this recipe, is that it is baked, not fried.  In this case, I don't think fried would be better.  The pancake crisped up, in the oven although, I had to leave it in, longer than stated, in the recipe from Ellie.

I made some problems for myself.  The potato and zucchini are supposed to be shredded but since Hubby was almost home and very hungry so I put the two vegetables into my mini food processor.  It does not work as well as a full-sized food processor and I packed it too tightly.  Instead of shreds, I got chunks, chunks big enough to make trouble.  The pancakes came out and were great but there were occasional chunks of potato and zucchini.

When t…