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  • Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. dill weed, or 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1# package of “baby” carrots
  • 1-1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar

In a medium skillet, pour a bit of olive oil and stir-fry shallot and garlic until soft. Stir in dill weed and parsley. Stir in carrots until they are well coated with the oil and herb mixture. Cover the skillet and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender, stirring only occasionally. It’s tasty-good if the carrots turn brown along the bottom. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a splash of white-wine vinegar before serving. Serves 4 as a side dish.

NOTES: This also works well if you prepare it ahead of time and reheat in the oven until warm. I doubled this recipe and it worked out great, just make sure you use a larger skillet. Herb Garlic Carrots were the hit of our Easter 2022 dinner. As recipes do, this morphed from the awesome Chungah at Damn Delicious. Check it out.

  • Ingredients
  • Cornish game hens, patted dry
  • Olive oil
  • Favorite seasoning or dry rub

Rub hens with olive oil. Sprinkle or rub with seasoning, inside and out. Let stand for one hour. Preheat the smoker to 275 degrees F. Place the hens into the smoker at 275 degrees F until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for about thirty minutes. It should take about three hours from sprinkling with seasoning until ready to serve. The smoking part itself takes approximately an hour and a half. These are totally moist and delicious.

Notes: I’m using a pellet smoker (Traeger). This is so simple to do. If the hens are chilled when you place into the smoker, it’s going to take longer. I did this with two hens. If there are more in the smoker, it’s going to take longer.

  • Ingredients
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in a small food processor. Process until the mixture is a a dip-like paste. If it seems too dry, add more olive oil. Make sure to taste for salt. Serve with your favorite gluten-free chips or crackers or pita wedges or as a condiment for sandwiches. It’s all good.

NOTES: This keeps well under refrigeration for a day or two if you need to make it ahead. Be careful not to overdo the garlic. I used three large cloves last time and, wow, that was really strong! I like this dip because it’s made from ingredients I usually have on-hand, like fresh parsley. Its lack of wheat, rye, dairy, fish, and seafood makes it so everyone in the family can enjoy it. You could try any kind of white bean, instead of cannellini. I happen to like the flavor of the cannellini.

  • Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 quart chicken broth, approximate
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • Sour cream topping, optional

In a large cooking pan, stir fry onion and carrot in a bit of olive oil until the onion is translucent. Stir in chicken broth, dill weed, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let it simmer until the carrot is nearly cooked through. Stir in the potatoes and simmer until nearly cooked through. Stir in the zucchini and simmer a couple minutes. Add more broth now if you think it needs more. Stir in the spinach. Simmer for a couple minutes longer. Stir in lemon juice and eggs. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top. The yield is about 4 servings.

NOTES: I found this recipe at Lavender and Macarons called Green Borscht (Ukranian Spinach Soup). I had never made anything quite like it before. I mean, chopped hard-boiled eggs in the soup?! It is surprisingly very delicious. I didn’t follow their recipe very closely, but oh well. What you see written here is the way that I did it. Two of us ate the whole thing for lunch, so if that’s all you’re making for four people you better double it. It seems to me this would be easy enough to turn vegetarian if you used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

  • Ingredients
  • 8 oz (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Optional apx. 1/2 Tbsp. butter

Prepare an 8″ square baking dish with butter or by spraying with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, and honey until well combined. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in buttermilk until well combined.

In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and stir until most of the lumps are gone. Pour into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Let it stand for three minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes. It’s done when a cake-tester comes out clean. It will be golden brown across the top. You may brush the optional 1/2 Tbsp. butter across the top of the hot bread. Let stand 5-10 minutes, slice, and serve.

NOTES: This is a SUPER sweet cornbread, but it’s exceedingly delicious and goes great with chili, pulled pork, or soup. YUMMY! The recipe originates with LifeMadeSimpleBakes.