Limoncello…FATTO!!

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My Limoncello is DONE!!!!!!

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My wait is over and WOW it was GREAT!!!

I enjoyed my first batch of Homemade Limoncello with a good friend of mine, Paul, after a nice dinner of steaks, grilled cabbage and onions with Perogies…It was all so good and what a cool beautiful night is was outside as we sat enjoying the weather and looking out at my beautiful luscious green lawn!! (which I really cannot take credit for as my Dad does a GREAT job in keeping my grass green and cut…Thank you DAD!!!)

So after I pulled the jar out of the darkness of the cabinet

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I strained out the lemon peels

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Lemon peels are good for your disposal if you have one ūüôā

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Then I pour it into a glass bottle that I had saved (Voss Water bottle)

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and then Freeze (keep it in your freezer) and enjoy!!!!

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Check out my first two posts if you missed them

First     https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/03/18/ciao-bella-limoncello/

Second     https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/04/25/limoncello-part-two/

Pour it!!!

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and ENJOY IT!!!!!!  Ciao !!!!!

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Homemade Granola

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Homemade Granola is everywhere, pic 1

or I should say store made…You see in a lot of stores their own brand of homemade granola and it really is good if have not tried it you should give it a chance. ¬†But I’ve always just wanted to make my own so I could control what was in it, seeds, nuts, fruit, honey or sugar or maple syrup or whatever.

So as I decided to make this I was thinking what do I want in it, I like pecans, walnut, pepitas (pumpkin seeds),¬†pistachios, coconut and then I was thinking what else……….I got it…..Chia Seeds!! ¬†Yes I know what you are thinking the “Chia Pet” this terracotta figurine, shaped in all kinds of characters. ¬† You soak the¬†figurine¬†in water and then spread the seeds and watch it grow….well you are right¬†¬†chia

But you can eat the seeds too and the people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment.  They are packed with Omega-3, protein, antioxidants and fiber.

While ¬†getting my chia seeds, I saw Toasted Hemp Seeds and I thought…huh?…why not…They are high in protein, potassium, Fiber, Omega-3
and Omega-6, who knew…LOL!!

Okay so now I have all my so called nuts and bolts I need sweetness…I could use maple syrup which most recipes call for…and I found some locally but they also had Apple Cinnamon Syrup, I knew that was what I wanted to use, so I am now ready to go.

Ingredients

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I used Coconut oil to add to my syrup, I like using coconut oil in my everyday cooking, cook on low , stirring until coconut oil is melted

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once melted add vanilla and salt, stir to combine then set aside

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in a large bowl add nuts and seeds, mix to combine, if adding fruit you will add that after baking

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pour the oil and syrup mixture over nuts and seeds

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 stir to make sure everything is coated

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pour mixture to baking sheet and spread out

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bake at 325¬†degrees¬†for 25 – 355 minutes, stirring half way through,¬†I like my granola on the very crunchy side, so I let it get really brown, so keep in and stirring as it gets brown, just don’t let it burn

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Serve over yogurt or with milk

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Recipe

Homemade Granola

3 cups oats (not quick oats)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup toasted hemp seeds
3/4 cup apple cinnamon syrup
4 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl add the first 8 ingredients, stir to combine set aside.

In a small sauce pan add coconut oil & syrup, cook on low stirring until just melted, then add vanilla and salt and mix till salt is dissolved.
Pour oil mixture over the nuts and seeds, and toss to fully coat, pour mixture on to  two baking sheet and spread out, bake at 325 degrees for 25- 35 minutes.  

Let cool completely, if adding dried fruit so it at this point and store in air tight containers for up to a month, if it lasts that long!!

Have some on yogurt, or even Ice Cream, or just pour milk over it, or eat just as is…I don’t like mine that sweet, so this is not that sweet as other recipes can be, I also added some dried tart cherries at the end. ¬†

I hope you will try and enjoy!!!

Asian Flank Steak and Chicken Wings with homemade BBQ Sauce

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This is the Flank Steak and Chicken Wing with homemade BBQ Sauce recipe I used when I grilled out with some friends and made the Mac and Cheese in the electric pressure cooker (previous blog)

I love this marinade I use is all the time!

Marinade

1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. whole peppercorns, or just ground black pepper will work too
Mix everything in a ziploc bag, place your steak inside and refrigerate up to 24 hours.  Grill about 7 minutes per side, for medium rare, slice thinly across the grain.

I made this steak¬†sauce to be served with the steaks as well, but then I divided it and to half, I added a 1/4 cup more of brown sugar, stirred that in and used it as a BBQ sauce for our Chicken Wings…so good!!

BBQ Sauce/Steak Sauce

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, bring to a bubble, and then reduce to low, cook until shallots are tender, 15 Р20 minutes.  Let cool, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Remember if you want to make half a BBQ Sauce, divide and add 1/4 cup brown sugar to half the mixture.

My go to veggies that I just love so so much are green beans, jicama¬†and onions, I think I could eat that combo everyday.¬† All I do is clean and break the green beans, peel and slice the onions and the jicama you peel that like a potato, then I slice it and cut into matchstick like pieces (they kind of look like french fries).¬† I toss all of together with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper, grill them in a sitr-fry basket until the desired doneness…I like me veggies with a little bit of crunch still.¬† You can also saute these up in a skillet if you don’t want to use the grill.

I really do love jicama, I first had it many years ago in mexico, I thought it was potato, but I quickly found out it was this big root vegetable like a potato.¬† I use jicama¬†in my soups in place of potato, it really is go much better for you, I also will eat it raw just like carrot sticks.¬† It’s also great in salad or adding a crunch to salsa, if you have never tried jicama please go to your local produce dept. and ask them for it, you will not be sorry…Enjoy!!!