Mother’s Day Grilled Montage (because I didn’t forget Mother’s Day)

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Do I lead with a causal explanation that it was yesterday when I realized Mother’s Day was this Sunday. Or do I invent a cover story, knowing that my mother is probably my most avid e-mail subscriber?

Both?

My forgetfulness really shouldn’t be taken personally, Mom. I routinely forget about my cup of coffee only to rediscover it hours later. I am constantly finding myself absent minded in front of the refrigerator without any intentions of consumption whatsoever. I somehow seem to emit sheer inattentiveness everytime I pull up to the ATM consistently leaving my debit card (enough to put me on a first name basis with the tellers at my local branch). Long story short..I tend not to remember things.

So, uh, don’t be mad Mom. I still have time. I’ll grill you dinner. Here’s a sneak peak of some recipe inspiration for Mother’s Day 2014. 😀

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Taken from http://www.thegardengrazer.com/. Cilantro Dressing

 

 

 

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Pinto Bean Burgers with Cumin and Cilantro

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Healthy Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burger on Naan with Avocado Spread and Spinach.

Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burger: Served on Naan with Avocado Spread and Spinach Leaves

 

“I like refried beans.That’s why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they’re just as good and we’re just wasting time.You don’t have to fry them again after all.”
-Mitch Hegberg

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Pepper Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed tortilla chips**
  • 1/4 cup of onions
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large egg white
  • Olive Oil

*Both Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese can be used as well

**Bread Crumbs can be used as a substitution

STEP 1: Place pinto beans in a medium bowl; mash with fork until beans form a lumpy paste.

STEP 2: Add cheese, crushed tortilla chips, onions, cilantro, cumin, and egg white. OPTIONAL: Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to enhance flavors.

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STEP 3: Cover bottom of non-stick pan (I used a cast iron skillet) with olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Make sure the oil has time to heat up before adding the burgers.

STEP 4: Place patties in pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until patties are browned. Inside will still be slightly soft, but still heated throughout.

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Cook 3-4 minutes each side or until lightly browned

SERVE: Place burgers on warmed Naan or Pita bread. Dress with spinach leaves and crushed avocado/guacamole and extra cilantro if desired.

 

 

Dreams of Windmill Cookie Bars

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Crumbly, buttery, sweet.  I would make these again!

 

I had a dream that you were a baby and I borrowed your pants.  They were too small.

I had a dream that dogs only had three legs and moved like a frightened deer.

I had a dream that I stole the vegetable garden in my backyard and moved to a van down by the river.

I had a dream that a praying mantis bit my head off . My head and body each become autonomous beings.

I did not dream up these cookies. They are real.

 

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Here are the required ingredients for total cookie explosion in your mouth.

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Kitchen tools you will need.

 

Step 1:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cream together softened butter and sugar until combined.

Step 2: Separate egg. Set aside egg white.  Add yolk to creamed mixture.

Step 3: Mix together flour, cinnamon, and baking soda.  While stirring, slowly add flour mixture into creamed mixture.

Step 4: Press mixture into 9×12 rectangular pan.  Brush egg white over top.

Step 5:  Sprinkle slivered almonds evenly over top.

Step 6:  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Step 7: Let cool completely. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

 

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Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

 

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

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Yummy Pumpkin Ice Cream with Ginger Cookies. Purely delicious.

A few years ago I received an ice cream maker as a gift for my birthday.  Just a small, simple one you would find at any department store.  I had never shown interest in manual ice cream but vowed to give it a try.  I wasn’t going to let this piece of machinery join my cake pop machine and waffle iron in the cobwebs of the cupboard.  Oh, my sweet, hungry taste buds was it worth it. Fantasmic.  So I continued experiment, asking for suggestions from friends, and researching recipes. It quickly became a frequent party treat, something to show off with.  I’ve made everything from simple vanilla, to rich Dulce de Leche with toffee chunks, and even dared to create a batch of sultry tart grapefruit ice cream.  The quickly changing Fall season ignited a desire for pumpkin ice cream.  It pairs perfectly with these ginger cookies I crave around the winter holiday season.  I would recommend making both or even adding crumbled cookies into the ice cream maker when it is almost done churning.

Pumpkin Ice Cream:

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Recently frozen delectable Pumpkin Ice Cream

Ginger Cookies:

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Ginger Cookies fresh from the oven