Mama’s Stuffing

Mama’s Stuffing Recipe:
– 8 chicken thighs (cover in salted water and cook till done + 1 teaspoons of C&J Farms Poultry Seasonings to water)
– 2 cans jellied cranberry sauce
– 2 stalks celery (2 bunches, chopped finely)
– 1 onion large (chopped finely)
– 2 packages of chicken gravy mix (add cooked giblets and 4 tablespoons of cooked celery and onion)
– 4 yellow cornbread mix (prepare 1 day ahead and let sit out to dry out some)
– 1 can biscuits (same procedure as cornbread)
– 2 or 3 tablespoons of sage to taste
– 1 1/2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning to taste.
– 3 eggs (beaten)
– 2 to 3 cups of chicken broth (approximately 2 cans)
– Roasted Garlic Salt from C&J Farms
– Cook chicken and de-bone, set aside.
– Add celery and onion to chicken broth – plus two cans of chicken broth (cook till Clery is tender)
– Crumble cornbread and biscuits in large turkey pan. Add seasonings, mix in beaten eggs, add onion and celery.
– Slowly pour broth over cornbread mix (stir mix)
– Now add cooked chicken. Stir in cooked chicken into your wet dressing.
– Place in oven at 375* for about 1 1/2 hour.

ENJOY, FRIENDS!

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Shrimp Scampi

SHRIMP SCAMPI

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter

2 pounds shrimp, frozen

2 tablespoons of C&J Farms minced garlic

¼-½ teaspoon C&J Red Pepper Flakes

1 teaspoon C&J Farms Paprika

2 cups water or chicken broth

1 cup half and half

1 cup parmesan cheese

C&J Farms Sea Salt, to taste

C&J Farms Pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in the Instant Pot or saucepan.
  2. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is slightly browned 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the paprika and then the frozen shrimp, salt, pepper, and noodles
  4. Pour in the broth. If using broth, don’t add salt above.
  5. Cook under pressure for 2 minutes and use quick release.
  6. Turn the pot to Saute, add in half and half and cheese, and stir until melted.

Throat Syrup

Inspired by @theintrovertedmom

If you’re in need of a recovery don’t forget the old honey trick! 🍯 I’m obsessing over this Lemon Honey from our Farmers Market. Here’s a simple throat syrup I love to make for the fam (over age one):

🍁2-3 tablespoons organic raw Honey (check locally or grab this one online!)

🍁2 drops YL Clove Vitality Oil (or Thieves Vitality)

🍁Teaspoon of organic Olive Oil

🍁Several squirts of fresh Lemon

Serve slightly warm but careful not to overheat because it breaks down the beneficial properties of the honey!

Avocado Dressing

Inspired by: @aketofullife

 

Homemade avocado dressing anyone?? Super easy

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 avocado

3 ish oz water start with one and go from there

Pinch salt

Pinch of pepper

Splash to a tsp of @braggsacvhealth apple cider vinegar

Pinch @cjfarmstx garlic pepper seasoning

Add all ingredients, 1 oz water to blender or bullet and pulse till smooth. Consistency is totally up to you, I like mine kinda thick. So I use about 3 oz water

#keto #ketogenic #ketolife #lowcarbhighfat #eatyourfat #fatisfuel #ketodinner #ketogenicdinner #ketodressing #ketogenicdressing #homemade #nohydrogenatedoil #saladsarelife #ketofoodie

Peaches, Pork and Sage with Gravy

Did you know Sage is a perennial plant?  It prefers cool weather and thrives but will survive even in Texas hot summers.  It is one of my favorite herbs.   The flowers make beautiful cut flowers in the summer time.

I was at the Farmers Market yesterday and there were fresh peaches everywhere and the scent was heavy in the air.  I picked up some to work on a few new Jam recipes but couldn’t resist them this morning.  They had made my kitchen fragrant.

We slept in so I was late getting started with preparing food to eat.  I decided this would be the main meal of the day.

Boneless pork chops were already thawed in the fridge, peaches were fragrant and I was looking at the rain revived sage in my garden out the window.

Ingredients:

4 Boneless pork chops
½ cup of cooking oil (your preference)
1 cup of flour
2 cup of milk
1 ½ tablespoon of fresh chopped sage (optional, you can use C & J Farms dried Sage instead)
Sage Square
2 tablespoon of C & J Farms Scarborough Fair (Sage, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme) a bit extra as you go.
1 ripe peach
1 tablespoon C & J Farms Salt & Black Pepper mix

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Put 1 cup milk in a bowl for dredging the pork chops.
Put 1 cup of flour in a bowl for dredging .  Add one 1 tablespoon of C & J Farms Scarborough Fair seasoning to the flour and stir it in.
Seasoning the pork chops on both sides with C & J Farms Salt & Pepper then add more Scarborough Fair on top of the chops. Now put each pork chop in the milk then in the seasoned flour. Set aside.

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Put the oil in the skillet and get the oil hot at a medium high.  Once the oil is hot put the pork chops in and let them get a good crispy brown.  Approx. 2 minutes before turning. (You don’t want to over cook because the chops will get tough.) Then turn again another 2 to 3 minutes. Check for browning and doneness. Remove the chops cover and keep warm.

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Once done set aside some of the oil from cooking the chops (about 1 to 2 teaspoons) in a small skillet.

While the chops are browning, slice up your peaches. Set aside.
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Now the Sage Gravy:

In the oil the chops were cooked in (should be about 2 tablespoons in the pan, if not add some oil).  Begin to whisk in the seasoned flour mixture (you want this to still have Scarborough Fair seasoning in it) from the pork chop dredge, approx. 2 tablespoons. Add 2 cups of milk. 1 cup from the dredge and add one more cup.  Whisk the gravy and cook until thickened adding the fresh cut sage and a little salt and pepper (to taste) at the end. Remove from heat. Cover and keep warm.

Now sauté the sliced peaches in the skillet with the oil from the pork chops adding a bit more fresh chopped sage when they are soft. Once done, (this only takes about 1 to 2 minutes) add them on top of the pork chops.

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Scramble the eggs in the same skillet.  Plate everything up and enjoy.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Smoothie

This is my favorite flavor combination; our lavender honey and fresh for fresh frozen blueberries.  I enjoy this often and thought you might too.

1 cup of blueberries
1/3 cup of vanilla yogurt
2 heaping teaspoons of C & J Farms Lavender Honey
1 cup of 2 % milk (use whatever your favorite milk is)
Blend and enjoy. This makes enough for one serving.

 

Stir Fry Sweet Orange & Herb Style

I wanted to wait to post this but it was sooooo good, I had to let you know.  So a couple of days ago I posted a recipe Sweet Orange Baked Pork Chops. Well, I had a couple of pork chops left over and I wanted something quick and easy tonight.

This stir fry was delicious, so here is how to make it.
Ingredients:
1/2 medium onion
1/2 orange bell pepper ( any kind will do)
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 large clove of garlic
2 left over Sweet Orange Baked Pork Chops
2 clementine tangerines (it’s what I had and orange will do) 1 juiced, 1 segmented
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tsp corn starch
1 1/2 tsp C & J Farms Sweet Orange and Herb

I chopped all of the veggies and heated the skillet with 1/2 cup of olive oil.
stir fry 1
Then I added the veggies (bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, garlic) to the heated skillet, sprinkled the veggies with the C & J Farms Sweet Orange & Herb.
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Next, I sliced up the left over pork chops and put into the skillet.
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I added the corn starch and let things simmer for a couple of minutes in the skillet for the veggies to become al dente.
Now I add the Soy Sauce and the orange juice and the orange segments. Stir until sauce thickens (just about 1 minute) heat through.  It’s ready to serve.  Serve with cooked rice, noodles, riced cauliflower.
I didn’t make enough. We cleaned our plates. 🙂
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Enjoy!!!

Sweet Orange Baked Pork Chops

Our Sweet Orange and Herb seasoning is fresh and simple but has a huge flavor.  Just add to your pork chops prior to cooking for a very new flavor.  We also enjoy our combined Black Pepper and Sea Salt.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. These pork chops are center cut 1/2 thick chops.

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Lightly rub some olive oil (or any oil you like) on the pork chops.  Sprinkle liberally both sides of the chops with the  C & J Farms Sea Salt and Black Pepper and the C & J Farms Sweet Orange and Herb.

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Cover with foil and place in the hot oven for about 1 hour.  After 1 hour remove the foil and place back in the oven to brown the chops.

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After the chops are cooked I put some of the juice from the chops over the chops and serve.

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Yum, Sweet Orange!

Lavender – Spiced Nuts

Lavender – Spiced Nuts
by Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications

This is too delicious not to share.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
4 tsp. dried lavender buds
1 tsp. dried rosemary
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg white
1 tbsp. water
4 cups walnut or pecan halves

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 15 x 10 in. baking pan with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray.
In a clean coffee grinder or small food processor grind lavender and rosemary to a fine powder. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Stir in sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
In a large bowl beat egg white and the water with a mixer on medium to high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Add nuts; toss to coat.  Sprinkle sugar mixture over nuts; toss to coat.
Spread nuts in the prepared baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.  Stir nuts, separating any that stick together.  Bake 10 minutes more. Transfer foil with the nuts to a wire rack; cool.
Makes 14 servings 1/3 cup each.
Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage.

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Lavender Brownies

Thank you to StudioBotanica.com for this recipe. These brownies turned out so delicious! Everyone enjoyed them.  The trick is lavender infused butter.  Such brilliance! Infusing butter with any herb opens the door to so many new flavors.
lavender infused butter

Melt the butter over low heat, put in the lavender and let infuse in the warm butter for 10 minutes or longer, strain the lavender out. Voila!

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. 1 cup unsalted butter
  5. 3 tsp Lavender flowers (dried)
  6. 1 cup cocoa powder
  7. 2 cups sugar
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1.5 tsp vanilla
  10. Optional 1 cup chopped nuts
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
  2. Either line bottom and sides of 8×8 baking pan with parchment or
  3. Grease small muffin tins with coconut oil or a little butter
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside
  5. Melt the butter in a small pot over very low heat.
  6. When melted, add the Lavender flowers. Stir gently to cover all flowers.
  7. On very low heat, allow the flowers to impart their flavor into the butter.
  8. After about 8 minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Strain the butter into a medium sized bowl.
  9. Stir in the cocoa. Blend in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  10. Add the dry ingredients
  11. Blend all together and spoon into the muffin tins (or the 8×8 pan)
  12. Bake in the oven for 30 to 50 minutes depending on your oven.  Begin to check for doneness in 30 minutes.

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