Zucchini and Nectarine Crisp


So this weekend was my Mom’s Birthday and I was trying to come up with a dessert that was different. I had a few Nectarines and I thought…cobbler…crisp???? but not enough to a full recipe and I’ve done that before….but not with zucchini ūüôā


So this is what I came up with and I thought it was yummy!!! ūüėõ

a co-worker gave me some nice spices from Penzeys, so I used them, otherwise I would
have used whole nutmeg and grated it myself 


peel, slice zucchini


put into large skillet


add lemon juice, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar, stir and cook


meantime, peel and slice nectarines, and set aside


once zucchini has cooked and softened, remove from heat


fold in nectarines


pour into a 9×9 (8×8 will work too)


make the crisp topping


add cold butter cubes, mix with fingers, or use pastry cutter


you want it to be crumbly, about pea size pieces


sprinkle on top of zucchini mixture




Recipe – Zucchini & Nectarine Crisp


3 medium zucchini, peeled, halved lengthwise, then sliced
3 good size nectarines, peeled, sliced, set aside
3 tbsp. butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup lemon juice

Add zucchini slices to large skillet, add butter, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, cook over medium high heat, once butter is melted and mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until zucchini is softened. ¬†Remove from heat and fold in nectarines, spray a 9×9 or 8×8 baking dish and pour mixture in baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees


1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold butter, cut in cubes
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Add all dry ingredients to a medium bowl, then add butter, with your fingers squeeze butter cubes with dry ingredients, to make a crumbly mixture.   Sprinkle mixture all over zucchini mixture and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly around the edges.


Serve with sweet whipped cream or vanilla ice cream….Enjoy!!!



Homemade Goetta!!!! You must try it!!!



GOETTA…you say WHAT!! ¬†

What is Goetta, that is the question I got the most from my friends that are not from this area (Greater Cincinnati/Northern Ky area) when I told them I was going to blog about Goetta. ¬†Now in my house I felt like when we had Goetta is was a breakfast treat, we didn’t have it all the time and usually only in the wintertime.

This is taken from Wikipedia –¬†

Goetta is a breakfast sausage of likely German-American origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef) and steel-cut oats. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish probably originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century.

The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word g√∂tte.
Goetta was originally a peasant dish, meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.

The modern popularity of goetta in Cincinnati has led to it being called “Cincinnati Caviar”. Glier’s Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 lb (450 metric tons) annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in greater Cincinnati.

I must say I’m not a fan of Glier’s or for that fact any other brand except my Mom’s, oh and they have a Fest called Goettafest ūüôā

In the Greater Cincinnati area, there have been annual celebrations since 2004 with the central theme of Goetta.

The “Original Goettafest” is an annual cultural and culinary celebration held in Covington, Kentucky (where my Grandmother grew up), just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Covington has a rich heritage of German immigrants and this festival is held in MainStrasse Village, an area of Covington a few blocks from the Ohio River.¬†

Goetta is typically formed into small loaves, and then cut into squares and fried, often in the oil left over from browning the meats or in bacon drippings. Traditionally a breakfast food, goetta is often served with apple butter, ketchup, mustard, syrup, grape jelly, honey, or eaten by itself.

More recently, goetta has become an all purpose food eaten with any meal. New goetta products in the Cincinnati area include goetta burgers, goetta dogs, and goetta pizza. ¬†Yes Goetta Pizza…one of our local pizza places (Newport Pizza) has a Goetta Pizza, with Goetta, fried potatoes, onions and fried eggs, there might be more on it, I can’t remember, I wanted to try it till then told me they used Glier’s and well NO ūüėõ

Yes I come from a part German background, my Dad’s Mother was actually born in Germany and came to Covington, Ky when she was a baby.

My Mom told me that when my Grandmother would make goetta, she would roast a pork butt then grind it herself with one of those old hand grinders. ¬†I was like what…wow!!!

We didn’t do that in our house, but I must say I think my “Mom’s” is the best, I don’t care if you follow this same recipe, I can tell her’s from anyone else, so I called on her to make this goetta.

Well she didn’t really make it she¬†instructed me and I made it at her house. ¬†

Now my Mom does follow the recipe on the back of the “Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal” bag in some ways, but add’s Jimmy Dean’s Pork sausage. ¬† And she makes her’s in the microwave, now you can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker too it you want.

I do apologize for the making of pictures the lighting in her kitchen was not the best. 



She uses this 5 quart glass pot


She chops her onions (I gave them this chopper one
year for christmas, my Dad loves it!! ūüôā ¬† Add salt, pepper, onions, bay leaves

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then add oats                         then 6 cups of water give a stir add lid

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cooking in microwave for 30 minutes….stirring after 15 minutes

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this is what it looks like after 30 minutes   pork, beef & pork sausage

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Take out bay leaves, this is the tool she used to get all the meat fully incorporated 

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This is fully¬†incorporated…cooking again for 30 minutes

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Stirring after 15 minutes again          then after 30 minutes your done

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We put it into large loaf pans, and refrigerate it for up to 2 months


I made some small loaves too


Now in prepation to cook it, really is to each own, I think it depends on how you were introduced to it.

My Mom likes it right after it was made (before you form it into loaves) in a bowl with a drizzle of maple syrup.

My Dad eats this way, this is the way I eat it too ūüôā

Goetta, bread, butter and ketchup (Heinz Ketchup only)
                                                                 Yes I am Ketchup snob!!


I use a non stick skillet on med       till it get brown and crispy then I add a touch of butter

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I toast my bread                        butter my bread

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then I add the crispy brown goodness!!!


Then drizzle it with Heinz Ketchup 
usually no fork or knife is needed, just pick it up
                                                              and eat it like pizza


But I did use a fork and knife this time ¬†ūüôā


Then it was gone and it was OOOOOO so GOOD!!!!


This is the recipe on the back of the bag


My Mom's Goetta

  • Difficulty: easy
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1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 pound Jimmy Dean’s Hot Pork sausage (she prefers this brand and like it hot, I got the regular not hot and I loved it)
1 med – large onion, diced
3 bay leaves
3 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 cup Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal
6 cups water

To a 5 quart glass microwave pot add onion, salt, pepper, bay leaves and oatmeal, stir in water.
Cook in the microwave for 30 minutes, covered, stirring after 15 minutes, continue to cook just watching so it does not boil over, if it start to boil over just give it another stir.

After the 30 minutes add all the meat and with a potato masher mix in meat and make sure it is fully incorporated. 

Cook another 30 minutes covered in microwave again stirring after 15 minutes.

Then take mixture add it to loaf pans, packing down as you add it, chill then, and wrap with plastic wrap and foil.

Once completely chilled, slice in about 1/2 Р3/4 inch thick pieces and fry.  Serve it up with or however you like!!

And I hope the one’s of you who have never tried this will give it a try!!! Enjoy!!!


Homemade Granola


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.


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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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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!!!