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It’s Tuesday and time to share what’s been Twisting in my kitchen. Each week Wardeh at Gnowfglins.com shares what she’s been Twisting and invites us to do the same. Be sure to pop over and see the great Twists being shared and look what Wardeh is doing with liver. In fact, it must be liver week. Yolanda is also sharing about liver and so am I.
Dinner one night last week was Beef Liver, Onions and Bacon. Yum! The key to great beef liver is starting with high quality (grass fed) beef. We get our beef each month in a CSA from Bar D L Beef. If you are in Central Wyoming be sure to check them out.
Muffins are a mainstay here. I make them once or twice (sometimes three times) a week. I usually use a variation on a muffin formula from the Tightwad Gazette that incorporates soaking (you can see my formula here). It is the perfect ‘recipe’ for me because I am able to use up things I might have on hand. The muffins are always different so I don’t hear “muffins again?” very often.
This is yogurt in the crock pot waiting to be put in jars and some to be made into yogurt cheese (which my girls love on all those muffins I make). Christopher loves yogurt and has it almost every day so I make a batch each week.
These are almonds that have been soaked and will soon be put in the oven for drying. I only started making these a few weeks ago after the lesson in the Gnowfglins eCourse. Now we can’t get enough of them. Delicious!
Here are some oats that have been soaked that will also be dried and will be used for things like granola bars and yogurt topping. After making these granola bars a few weeks ago they too are going to become a regular thing here. They do require a little pre-planning but are easy to make and so yummy.
Another mainstay. Sourdough bread waiting to be formed in loaves. Right now bread is being made a couple of times a week (the girls and I take turns) but one of these days I’m going to buy more loaf pans and make a double batch once a week.
My second crock pot is also in use. That chicken I told you about earlier is being made into broth (you can see how I make broth here). Broth is probably the easiest thing I make and in my opinion has been one the best changes to our diet. I use it in soups, gravies, for cooking beans, rice or other grains or even for poaching eggs in.
2 quarts of Water Kefir in process. This is something I still struggle with. Sometimes when I make it we love it and sometimes it is just okay and sometimes no one drinks it. I think with warmer weather coming up it will become more popular. I used two different types of sugars in these quarts (which is why they look different). Last weeks eCourse lesson was on water kefir and I got some great ideas from Wardeh on flavorings so we’ll see how this goes. I think the darker one (the ‘sugar’ is Sucanat) will become a cream soda and the lighter one (using cane sugar) will become a ginger/lemon.
This is dairy kefir. I do make this just about every day (until we have kefir running out our ears then the grains get a rest in the fridge). We make smoothies (my 13 year old, Lulu, is our smoothie specialist), kefir cheese, salad dressings, and anything else I can think of to smuggle the kefir into.
Here are a couple of gallons of Kombucha in process. I used two different kinds of teas which is why they look different. Kombucha gets used quite a bit here not only as a wonderfully tasty beverage but like the dairy kefir in whatever else I can smuggle it into. I love the flavor of kombucha so much that I use it as a substitute for wine in cooking fairly often. Our budget doesn’t allow us to buy wine very often and kombucha is cheap to make. We do lose the good probiotic benefits when cooking with it but it still tastes great.
Buttermilk. I use this in our bread and also in salad dressings. It is so easy to make when starting with a small carton of store bought cultured buttermilk. Just put 2 Tablespoons of the buttermilk in a quart jar and add milk. Let sit on the counter for 18-24 hours, then put in the fridge and that’s it. I keep it going by saving a couple of tablespoons each time and putting in more milk.