Monday, March 19, 2012

Still having problems posting

I may have to take a blog vacation as I can not get the posting of pictures here. I resize them to under the 800 px but it is still telling me I have to buy more space which I will not do. So for now I do not know what to do.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Navy Bean Soup

This may be our last soup as the temps are getting warm and this to me is best when its cold. This was fixed at our last cold snap. It was pretty good to. It also makes a lot.
Soak a bag of navy beans (16 oz. )over night per the packages instructions. Drain and rinse.
In large pot add 6 cups water (we did half water half veg stock.)
1 can diced tomatoes (we used rotel)
1 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 lb chopped ham
1 cube chicken bullion
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 bay leaf
two to three carrots chopped
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne optional
Combine beans,water,tomatoes,onion,celery,garlic,ham,bouillon,Worcestershire sauce,parsley,garlic and bay leaf in pot bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for two hours.
after two hours add more water (3 cups) Season with salt and pepper and cayenne if using.
Cook for another 2 hours at a simmer till beans are soft.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Flourless Chocolate torte

This really great for the chocolate lovers. It also has no flour, the original recipe uses almonds. We made it with almonds the first time but since we have used pecans. We have a freezer full of pecans and it was just as good so I would think any kind of nut would do. This comes from Susanne Somer's cook book.
1 1/2 cup whole balanced almonds or pecans
8 oz dark chocolate broken into pieces
1 cup (2 sticks unsalted butter) softened
1/3 cup sugar
6 large eggs separated
(To top use some chocolate semisweet melted with a little water or cream and some lime juice to taste. We do this in the microwave. Do not need to do this but sure makes it taste good. Oh also add a spritz of whip cream.)
Preheat oven to 400
Butter a 8 inch round spring form pan (we use a cupcake pan to make individual cakes.)
Coarsely grind the nuts in a food processor. Add chocolate and grind until all the chocolate is broken into small pieces.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and pale. Add egg yolks one by one mixing well in between each addition.
Now add chocolate and nut mixture, blending until just combined.
In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks fold in 1/4 of the mixture and with large circular motions. Now take this and fold into the remaining egg whites. Pour in batter into pan Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Celery Root

This is what a celery root looks like. We cook it like mashed potatoes and it is much more healthy. To see how to cook it look up post on Feb 19 2009 or click on celery root on side.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunday Cat

Well this picture uploaded. So here is Bob a stray that has been comming by to eat. He is a huge kitty Tom. I tried to up load another picture of him but it would not let me. Gerrrrrrr.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Whats going on

Is any one else having problems loading pictures. I have been resizing them to 800 x 800 pix which is supposed to be free uploads. I keep getting a message to buy more space. I do not want to save my pictures in Pi. I have them saved on my computer and disk. And it makes me mad they are nickel and dimming for more money everywhere you turn.
This may be just a tempest in a teapot and just something going on this week will try again later.