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Fry Bread

If you drive through Arizona in the American Southwest all of the Indian Reservations sell these along the side of the road and occasionally I get cravings for them.

Ingredients

Honey

4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbs baking powder

1 1/2 cup warm water

oil for frying

 

Instruction

Combine dry ingredients, stir in water, kneed until soft but not sticky, shape into Tenis ball sized portions. Cover them with a warm damp cloth.

In a frying pan heat an inch of Avocado oil to med-high. Flatten out a dough ball to cover an area the size of your outstretched hand, poke a hole in the center.

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Place (one at a time) gently into the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. They will shrink and puff up a bit while cooking.

Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Once slightly cooled the traditional topping is to add a generous amount of honey and to eat them while they are still warm.

 

 

The Bobbie!

This is one of the food items I miss the most from Las Vegas. The third on the list to be exact, after In-n-Out and Roberto’s Taco Shop is Capriotti’s. When there used to be one up the street I kept their number programmed into my phone. I love this sandwich so much that I never actually tried anything else on their menu ever. Though they have opened one in my state it’s too far away so here is how you make them.

Instruction:

Buy a good soft hoagie.. or work with what you can find in stores as I have done here.

Open up the bread without cutting all the way through and coat it with mayonnaise, then spread a layer of Cranberry sauce on top of that. then on one side place Leftover stuffing, on the other side place shredded roast turkey.

 

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

For me there is no substitute for plain freshly made cranberry sauce and it is incredibly easy to make. I prefer to use Clementines or Mandarin oranges , they sell them by the case this time of year. A splatter guard and/or lid is recommended specifically so you don’t have a ring of tiny red spots around your burner in the end. For straining, the cheesecloth method is a bit messy and cranberry is a pretty strong natural dye. With a wire mesh strainer you can just smoosh it about with a spoon for a while.

 

Ingredients:

12 oz fresh cranberries

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/4 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Instruction:

In a sauce pan, add all ingredients and mix well. Bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer, stir occasionally until the cranberries begin to break down. (4-5 minutes)

Once all of their skins have split and burst open use a potato masher and smash the cranberries into a sauce for 1-2 minutes more before removing from heat.

If you like the skin in your sauce then you are done, if you like it without lumps use a wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

 

Rustic Apple Cranberry Tart

This tart has the citrus zest and the tangy cranberry balanced out with gooey cinnamon apple pie. This tart comes out very moist.

Ingredients:

1 pie crust

1 teaspoon almond milk

1 teaspoon sugar

 

Filling:

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest, I used clementine oranges

3 large apples, peeled and sliced thin

1 cup fresh cranberries

 

Instruction:

Mix almond milk and sugar in a small dish, set aside.

Spread pie crust into baking dish, do not remove excess dough from edges, set aside.

In a large bowl mix all filling ingredients together until thoroughly combined, pour into the pie crust and gently fold the dough over the top edges of the pie.

Brush the exposed crust with  the sugar/almond milk mixture.

Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake for 1 hour. Cool before serving or you will loose structural integrity.

 

 

 

 

Dairy- Free Potato Leek Soup

 

 

 

With the change in weather I have been wanting soup.

 

Ingredients:

4 potatoes, cubed (I prefer red potatoes because they blend more creamy but any kind works. I also leave the skin on.)

1 large leek, in 1/2 slices and rinsed

2 shallots

2 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 teaspoon salt

ground pepper to taste

3/4 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

1/4 teaspoon corriander, ground

4 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaves

3/4 cup coconut milk

green onions for garnish

 

In a soup pot over medium high heat add the butter/oil and salt, saute the leek and onion for 3-5 minutes.

Add potato, garlic, pepper, thyme, rosemary and coriander. Continue to saute for another 2-3 minutes stirring often.

Add broth and bay leaf, then bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove bay leaf. Stir in coconut cream and add salt to taste.  Blend in batches until smooth and creamy, I usually under blend the last batch so there are some small chunks of potato still in the soup.

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Pumpkin Spice Aloe & Shea Soap Recipe

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I used fresh aloe vera gel in place of the water and a large amount of shea butter went into this recipe. Since it will be done curing in October I added orange and black colorant and a pumpkin spice scent. On the side I poured several unscented and plain aloe & shea bars as well. The white in this soap will darken a bit as it cures so you will need to use titanium Dioxide to keep white soap white.

 

 

Recipe

7.5 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Palm Oil

4.5 oz Shea Butter

4.5 oz Olive Oil

3 oz Castor Oil

3 oz Sunflower Oil

1.5 oz Hemp Seed Oil

4.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide

9.90 oz Aloe Vera Gel

(46.53 oz by weight total)

 

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This recipe has a 5% Superfat,  is 33% Aloe Vera Gel. Scented with 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Fragrance oil.

Colorants used: Activated Charcoal powder, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Titanium Dioxide to maintain white color.

I did not add TD and this is the same soap 3 days later after darkening, it would be better with TD in my opinion..

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Cocoa Butter & Sweet Almond Oil Lip Balm Recipe

For this recipe I made four plain ones and then for the rest I added Rosemary and Lavender to match some other stuff I’ve made recently.

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Ingredients

.75 oz coconut oil

.5 oz candelilla wax

.25 oz cocoa butter

.25 oz sweet almond oil

.10 avocado oil

5 drops vitamin E

 

Instruction

In a double boiler heat all ingredients except for the vitamin E. Once completely melted remove from heat, add vitamin E and mix, pour immediately because it will harden as it cools in the same manner as wax. You can place the mix back on the double boiler if necessary but try not to do this beyond topping off tubes.

I use an extremely small pan and a pyrex measuring cup, the pour spout is quite essential in doing this quick and accurately. If you are pouring into tubes fill them about 90-95% full  on the first pour, let them cool slightly until nearly opaque, then pour the last 5%. If you so not do this you will have a mark in the middle from the stem in the middle causing the balm to cool at a different rate. If you over pour then just use a paper towel to carefully wipe away the extra after it’s completely cooled.

If you would like to add a flavor or essential oil be sure that is lip safe, food grade, does not contain any water and known to be used in lip balms regularly with lots of examples and some research. You can use some essential oils and others are not safe, some are safe if used carefully, things like peppermint and citrus have to be used with extreme care due to irritation. I used only 4 drops of each essential oil. for this entire recipe minus four tubes. Honey doesn’t really mix with oil and will clump into a ball.

If you want to add colorant, again you must find food grade lip safe colorants without other unnecessary ingedients. I have seen people use cool-aid and crayon, I don’t recommend using things like. You can however use a portion of a lip stick, melt that in when you start off. There is a wide range of lip safe colorants and flavors online to order.

You can substitute candelilla wax with bees wax… but I encourage trying out some plant based waxes if you have the means to.