Monday, July 29, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Cake in the Dutch Oven

I've been testing out Gluten, dairy and nut free Dutch oven recipes for my local Girl Scout Day Camp. One of the most popular recipes is Dump cake, which consists of canned pie filling and boxed cake mix. In recreating this recipe, I stuck with the pie filling, finding ones that are gluten free, but nixed the boxed cake mix in favor of one I created myself. The result was good enough to serve tonight at a dinner party! Even though, it's a recipe easy enough to make at camp, it's tasty enough to serve to company. Give it a try on your next camping trip...or at your next dinner party.

Apple Cinnamon Cake in the Dutch oven
2 Can apple pie filling or 2 C stewed apples
¾ C Coconut Flour
¾ C Tapioca Flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
6 eggs
1 Can coconut milk
1 Tbs. vanilla

In a Dutch oven or a deep pie dish dump one can of pie filling or 1/2 of fruit. In a separate bowl, mix all other ingredients until well blended. Pour batter over fruit then pour second can of pie filling or second half of fruit over top of the batter. (Cover Dutch oven if using.) Bake in a 350F oven (or use 6 briquettes below and 18 briquettes on lid of Dutch oven) for 45 – 55 minutes or until knife comes out clean from center of cake.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pictures from the Garden

The garden is in full swing now. Lettuce is mostly gone, but I have a few late plantings that are still in good shape. The kale is looking good, zucchini and yellow squash are starting to be ready to pick, broccoli has side shoots ready to pick about every other day and there is almost enough purple beans to make for dinner. I'm still getting alpine strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb and the blueberries are almost ripe. I have baby cukes on my plants, baby cauliflower on those plants and even see a few tiny tomatoes on my volunteer tomato plants in the garden. The ones I planted don't have any yet, though. There are also baby butternut and spaghetti squash on the vines. But the big time winner this year in the garden are the turnips. Those babies are HUGE! We are eating them, but I wished we liked them a bit more. :) Cabbage and onions are moving along and hopefully will get bigger soon. And, lastly, the volunteer potatoes are growing like weeds...oh wait...I didn't plant them, so technically they are weeds!

A good year in the garden so far!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blueberry Sponge Cake -

I'm volunteering at my local Girl Scout camp this summer and asked a few questions about the food they'll be serving at camp. Since I'll be there all day, I wanted to make sure that the food offered would be something I could eat, but I also wanted to find out how campers with allergies or food sensitivities were handled. As part of the camper experience each camper gets to learn a cooking method based on age. The youngest ones make fruit salad and other no-cook recipes, second graders get to do propane stove cooking. Third graders do aluminum foil cooking and stick cooking; fourth graders learn to cook with a box oven; fifth graders cook with a dutch oven and sixth graders get to pick their favorite method.

The dish the group cooks is decided by the girls themselves based on their method. I asked what happened to girl with allergies if her group chose to cook something she couldn't eat. In the past, the girl had to help to make the dish she couldn't eat, then had to come back to the kitchen to get an alternative meal. That just didn't seem right to me. So I asked a few more questions and found that the camp leaders were more than happy to have gluten, dairy and nut free dishes as options, but just didn't have the recipes or time to research them. This is where I come in to the picture! I've got a ton of appropriate recipes to offer and the background to know how to recreate others that more closely match traditional Girl Scout dishes. So, I embarked on my mission!

I already had a paleo brownie recipe (I'll post that one soon!), but recreating traditional Girl Scout Dump cake was a bit harder. This dish usually uses a can of pie filling (apple, cherry, peach), a boxed cake mix and a stick of butter. Since a lot of those items wouldn't work for a camper who can't eat gluten or dairy, I set to making my own version. I researched pie filling and found that the Wilderness and Comstock brands are both gluten free. They use a small amount of corn starch as a thickener and use sugar or cane juice to sweeten, but they were about as good as a can of pie filling could get in this situation. I think if I was making it for my own family I'd choose fresh fruit or a can of fruit in fruit juice as an alternative to the pie filling. On top of the fruit, I created a sponge cake that used coconut and tapioca flour as a base. I didn't include any sweetener in the cake as the pie filling was sweet enough for the whole cake. I was also trying to make this one nut free in case other campers had nut allergies.

This recipe will be cooked in either a Dutch oven or a box oven at camp, so when I did my test run I cooked it in a Dutch oven. The result was very tasty! I took the cake to a get together today and everyone thought it was good. One 10 year old came back for seconds! So if you are looking for more recipes to make in your Dutch oven while camping or at home, this one might be one to try.

Blueberry Sponge Cake (Dutch oven, box oven or home oven)
1 Can pie filling or canned fruit in juice - we used blueberry pie filling
¾ C Coconut Flour
¾ C Tapioca Flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
6 eggs
1 Can coconut milk
1 Tbs vanilla

In a Dutch oven or a deep pie dish dump the can of pie filling or fruit. in a separate bowl, mix all other ingredients until well blended. Pour batter over fruit. Cover Dutch oven if using. Bake in a 350F oven (or use 6 briquettes below and 18 briquettes on lid of Dutch oven) for 45 - 55 minutes or until knife comes out clean from center of cake.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Blueberry Muffins

Who doesn't love a good blueberry muffin? For breakfast or for dessert after dinner, I can't think of too many things I'd rather have than a blueberry muffin. Recently we've been selling these muffins along with several other treats at the Woodinville Farmer's Market and they've been a big hit with the market visitors. Give them a try!

2 C almond flour
2 Tbs. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 C applesauce
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 C frozen or fresh blueberries
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add applesauce, honey, vanilla and eggs and mix well. Gently fold blueberries into batter or drop berries in between spoons-full of batter in muffin tins. Scoop batter into a lined muffin tin. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes for cupcakes or until tops are firm when you press on them. Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular sized muffins.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rosemary Lemon Carrots

On those nights when I'm super busy and haven't had a chance to take a walk in the garden to "shop" for veggies, I'll sometimes break into the baby carrots that are usually in my fridge. I've discovered I really like my carrots with some lemon on them and an herb or 2. Baby carrots are also great to bring along camping for snacking or for a side dish to go with that fish you caught or sausage you just cooked over the fire. I've included cooking methods for microwave, oven, grill and campfire coals. Enjoy those carrots! 


2 C baby carrots or chopped regular carrots

1/3 C lemon juice or 1/2 lemon

2 tsp dried or 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Microwave method:  Place baby carrots in a microwave-safe bowl. Pour lemon juice over carrots then sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Cover lightly and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Pierce carrots with a knife or fork to test for tenderness. Continue microwaving in 30 second increments until carrots reach desired tenderness.

Foil cooking method: Take a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up on all sides a bit forming a bowl. Place baby carrots and ½ of lemon in the foil. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Fold foil around contents sealing into a pouch. Place pouch on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for about 30 minutes or until tender. You can also throw the foil on the grill or in hot coals if you are camping.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Paleo Bruschetta

On our first day at the Farmer's Market selling our baked goods, we had a couple packages of sandwich buns left over at the end of the day. The next day when I was looking for something to go with the dinner I'd prepared, I decided to try making bruschetta from the leftover buns. I sliced each bun in half like I would do if I were making a sandwich, but then brushed the bread with olive oil and added minced garlic and sundried tomatoes. I toasted the whole thing under the broiler for a couple of minutes then cut it into quarter sections. It was a hit with the family! So, I now know what I plan to do if we have leftover buns...maybe I'll hide a package or 2 so I'll have some to take home. Shhhh! Don't tell Kate! :)

Paleo Sandwich Buns

1 1/2 C almond flour
5 eggs
2 Tbs. coconut flour
1/4 C coconut oil, melted
2 Tbs. favorite herbs(optional)
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Bring all ingredients to room temperature. In a mixer bowl whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, herbs, salt, and baking soda then add eggs, honey, and apple cider vinegar.  Mix until eggs are blended.  Add coconut oil and stir until well blended. Drop scoops onto baking sheet or into a Whoopie Pie Pan for more uniform buns.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Cool in pan.

Paleo Bruschetta
6 Paleo Sandwich Buns (see recipe above)
¼ C extra virgin olive oil
¼ C sun dried tomatoes - diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano

Bake Sandwich buns and let cool. Slice buns in half across the middle forming 2 discs. In a small bowl, mix oil, tomatoes, garlic and oregano. Toast bread discs under the broiler or in a toaster oven until just toasted. Drizzle tomato mixture over toast then broil again for about 1 minute. Cut discs into quartered triangle sections and serve warm.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Squash and Sausage Pizza Boats

A few years ago my friend Beth told me about her favorite way to eat those really huge zucchini that you find hiding in your garden. She makes them into Pizza bakes with ground meat, sauce and cheese. That sounded like a great idea to me and has been my go-to recipe for large squash for a while. The other day I got a hankerin' for some zucchini pizzas, but it's not even close to the right time of the growing season for large zucchini. I was able to find some medium sized ones at the Farmer's Market and decided to try those.

I usually have bulk sausage from our 1/2 pig in the freezer, but we're almost to the end of our pork and will have to wait a bit before the next one arrives. So I decided to try some other sausage I had in the fridge, Isernio's Breakfast Chicken Sausage. Breakfast sausage isn't just for breakfast anymore! These Pizza boats turned out great and I'll be sure to keep some Isernio's in the freezer to use in these type of sausage emergencies! :)

Squash and Sausage Pizza Boats
4 medium sized zucchini or yellow squash
½ onion
1 lb bulk sausage (I used Isernio’s breakfast chicken sausage)
2 Tbs bacon grease or coconut oil

½ C pizza or spaghetti sauce (I like Classico or Newman’s Own)
favorite pizza cheese (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise then scoop out a bit of the center of each zucchini forming a boat like shape. Save the zucchini scooped out for use later. Dice onion then when bacon grease or coconut oil is melted in the pan add onion and scooped out zucchini. Sauté for a couple of minutes  then add sausage. Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes until sausage is browned and onions are softened. When sausage mixture is cooked, spoon it into zucchini boats, top with pizza sauce and serve. (Alternatively, if you eat dairy, you can top with your favorite pizza cheese and pop the whole thing under the broiler to melt and toast the cheese.)


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