Smokey Spicy Chicken Tetrazzini

This is a great one pan dinner. You can make it in advance too.

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked chicken chopped ( I always use more chicken)
1 8 oz package of noodles ( I use whatever I have. This time it was Farfalle)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup butter
1 tbls C & J Farms Applewood/ Jalapeno Seasoning/Salt
1 tsp C & J Farms Smoked paprika
3 tsp flour
2 cups milk or (1 cup milk & 1 cup chicken broth)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
To Top Casserole:
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions. Saute’ onions, bell pepper and celery in butter. Stir in flower slowly and cook until thick, then add seasonings and 1/2 cup of cheese and stir until melted.
Add 2 cups milk, mushroom soup and chopped chicken and noodles.
Turn into a shallow baking dish nd cover with crumb topping and cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Amazing Fresh Green Beans

Thank you Karen for this simple delicious recipe!!

1 pound fresh green beans
1 medium size onion (your favorite)
2 medium or 1 large tomato (chopped with seeds and all)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar (honey, stevia, etc. Optional)
1 tbsp C & J Farms Dry Ranch Seasoning
1 tbsp Oil

Start by preparing green beans, chop your onion and tomatoes.  Put all of the ingredients in the pot and let cook on medium for about 45 minutes.  No need to add any liquid at all. Cook and enjoy.

 

 

Echinacea, the Coneflower, the Herb

Echinacea is a very popular herb but what does it do?

People who use this herb regularly says it helps your immune system to fight against colds and flu.

All species of this herbal remedy have compounds called phenols. Many plants contain phenols, active substances that control the activity of a range of enzymes and cell receptors, and protect the plant from infections and ultraviolet (UV) radiation damage. Phenols have antioxidant properties, which may be good for human health.

Echinacea also contains alkylamides or alkamides, (not in Echinacea pallida), which have an effect on the immune system, as well as polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and caffeic acid derivatives.  Several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its leaves, flower, and root. Echinacea was used in traditional herbal remedies by the Great Plains Indian tribes.

Echinacea also seems to contain some chemicals that can attack yeast and other kinds of fungi directly.

Making Echinacea tea is simple.  You can purchase Echinacea roots and leaves at  https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/echinacea-roots-and-leaves.  

  • Measure out two teaspoons into an empty tea bag or your favorite tea diffuser.
  • Bring water to a boil then let the herb steep for up to 20 minutes. Drink cold or hot.
  • Add local honey for a super-immune boost and enjoy. Texas Raw Honey

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-981/echinacea
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252684
https://www.healthline.com/health/echinacea-tea-benefits#diy

 

Herbal Teas an Easy Way to Boost your System

We offer several herbal tea blends to help fight viruses and bacterial infections. They also can offer immune boosting support.

We are introducing the Cold Comfort herbal blend.  The ingredients in this blend are Holy Basil, ginger, rose hips, orange peel, lemon peel, lemon myrtle and lemon grass.  (We offer most of these ingredients individually too.)

Let me give you a quick overview of the possible benefits of the ingredients in this blend.

HOLY BASIL –

Studies have shown that holy basil has a wide range of health-promoting properties including:
  • Antimicrobial (including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and more)
  • Antidiarrheal.
  • Anti-oxidant.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Liver, brain and heart protective.
  • Antidiabetic.
  • Anti-pyretic (prevents itching)
  • Anti-tussive (treats cough)

Holy basil is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens are substances found in plants that help boost the body’s resilience in dealing with stressors. Because the effects of stress on the body play such as huge role in the aging process, adaptogens are also considered to have anti-aging properties.There is so much more on this herb to say. We want to give you the highlights here.
https://www.verywellhealth.com/holy-basil-4766587

GINGER – Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Here are 11 health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research, Nausea, Muscle Pain, Anti Inflammatory, Lower Blood Sugars, Chronic Indigestion, Lower Cholesterol, Cancer prevention, Improve Brain Function, and Fight Infections.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section11

ROSE HIPS – Did you ever wonder what is a rose hip?  Boy, I did.  It is found just below the rose petals, rose hips are small, round, and typically red or orange. The benefits – rich in antioxidants, vitamin C plays many essential roles in your immune system, including

  • stimulating the production of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which protect your body against infection
  • enhancing the function of lymphocytes
  • helping maintain your skin’s protective barrier against outside pathogens

In addition to vitamin C, rose hips contain high levels of polyphenols and vitamins A and E, all of which help strengthen and protect your immune system. Rosehip tea is high in compounds with anti-inflammatory effects, including polyphenols and galactolipids.

This list goes on and on but this should help you to see how a delicious herbal tea comprised of many different herbs that may have health benefits is easy to incorporate into your diet.  During this difficult time in our world have some of these teas on hand and take time out to nourish yourself.

Hoping we can all stay well.

 

 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rosehip-tea#section7

 

Build your Immune System, code Staywell

There are many things we can all do to help protect ourselves from flu, virus and general illness. It does take effort and change.  So here are a few herbs and spices that you can incorporate into your diet to boost your body.

It is very important to use the herbal intervention 3 to 5 times a day, regularly, especially until the season has passed, or you are well.

Elderberry, elderberry, elderberry – We know that the brightly pigmented berries are a source of anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid also found in blueberries, raspberries and bilberries. The fruit is best taken as an elderberry supplement in the early stages of seasonal challenges to support immune function.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/elderberry/

Raw Honey – it is good if it can be local but to fight illness the most important factor is that it is raw. Raw honey has very strong antibacterial benefits. Honey activates the immune system’s response to infection and prevents cell proliferation.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/infused -raw-honey/

Elderberry Honey – Now here is the titan two together!  Raw Honey infused with fresh elderberries from the Midwest of the United States.  The combination of these two immune boosters are delicious.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/elderberry/

Echinacea – This is a flower that most recognize but may not know it as Echinacea.  It is known as the “coneflower”. It grows commonly in many gardens and landscapes. You can purchase supplements, but we love offering fresh grown and dried echinacea by the ounce. Add it to elderflower or elderberry as an herbal tea.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/echinacea-roots-and-leaves/

Oregano – Oregano has enjoyed an equally long history of supporting a healthy immune response. A natural antioxidant source, Oregano contains phytochemicals that support the body’s natural resistance. Oregano’s volatile oils help support the healthy microbiome in the intestines and a healthy immune response.  My personal experience tells me this works so well. It also supports healthy digestive flora and is a natural antioxidant.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/oregano-greek/

Garlic – many of us use it in our foods daily.  Garlic is powerful! It’s thought to stimulate the immune system and boost the efficacy of white blood cells. If you are sick increase your intake of garlic. Make a super garlick-y soup (don’t skimp on the bone broth, either), eat a couple of raw garlic cloves, roast a garlic bulb, or pack it into a jar of honey and let it sit for a few weeks to infuse. For the garlic honey, don’t wait till your sick to make it.  Once it is made, it keeps forever.  So make it now so its ready when you need it most.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/spices/

Ginger – powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory.  Add it to your regular hot or cold tea and drink away.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/ginger/

Cold & Flu Tea – This is a staple in my house.  I typically start drinking this tea at the first inkling of a symptom (like scratching throat, sniffling or sneezing) and it truly helps my body fight off cold or flu.  At this point I am drinking two cups a day as a preventive, just trying to energize my body and strengthen my immune system.  See the ingredients here: https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/cold-flu-tea/

There are so many herbs and spices that are helpful to our health. Cinnamon, turmeric, hot peppers and so much more.  Whatever you want to choose see the website for the full catalog of what we carry.
https://www.cjfarmstexas.com/

Remember, help yourself to be prepared for any illness you may encounter; eat lots of fruit and veggies, wash your hands, stay away from big crowds and include some of the herbs and spices that add benefits to your body.

We want to help so here is a code to use at checkout: Staywell

 

 

 

 

Red Steak Seasoning – not just for steak

We have been collecting recipes and photos for our very popular Red Steak Seasoning to share with you.  This seasoning is a good “everything” seasoning.  The best thing about this deliciousness is that it has Turmeric in it.  We have all heard about the great health benefits of Turmeric.

Here are some of our favorite places to add Red Steak Seasoning.
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Saute mushrooms and onion in a lightly oiled skillet adding your Red Steak Seasoning and let cook till soft, then add your green beans and canned diced tomatoes.  Taste and add more Red Steak if needed.

Red Steak Cauliflower
Prepare your fresh cauliflower (broccoli too if you like) sprinkle with a good olive oil and then sprinkle with Red Steak Seasoning before putting in the oven to roast at 425 degrees. That’s all you need.  So delicious!!

red steak fries
For those of you who follow me, you know I like things quick and easy in the kitchen so frozen french fries is how I do it.  Sprinkle the french fries (home made or frozen) with Red Steak Seasoning and bake in the oven or fry (use your favorite cooking method) and enjoy.

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Of coarse beef!! Add to your pot roast, steak or hamburger patties.  One seasoning and your done.  Enjoy.

Let us know your favorite way to use Red Steak Seasoning.

Herbal Teas – Tasty and Beneficial

The more I garden and learn about herbs, the more I want to know.  I enjoy learning about herbs, spices and plants of all kinds.  Once this box got opened for me, there is no closing it.  It continually spills over and over again with more and more information. A beautiful spilling of floral, culinary, medicinal informational delight. Today I want to share a little information on Making Herbal Teas or more correctly; making an infusion.  An herbal tea is called a ( tinsanes =  /tɪ-zahn).  In reality, it is not a tea without one of the tea plants Camelia Sinensis leaves in it.  Instead they are infusions made from leaves, bark, roots, berries, seeds, and spices. I will continue to refer to them here as Herbal Teas or Teas.

Here is where the difference between herbs and spices kind of get thrown together.  As many spices are added to herbal teas too.  Some of those spices are cinnamon, ginger, turmeric which have been found as extremely beneficial for our health. The difference between and herb and a spice: Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. Examples of spices include coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and turmeric.

Herbal teas can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.  Sometimes there is nothing better than a simple hot cup of steeped lemon grass.  This herb is a mild sweet citrus flavor that I find soft, pleasant and calming.

Most herbal teas are much more complex combining herbs and spices for flavor and health benefits.  Teas for fighting colds and flu, which by the way, really do make a difference!  Teas for cardiovascular health, blood pressure improvement, general immune system building.  Whatever flavor combinations you have or make to enjoy each and every component will have positive health properties.

Grow some Stevia plant’s to use as a natural sweetener.  This plant’s leaves are seriously sweet right off of the plant. Use your culinary Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender and so many more for brewing your favorite herbal delight.  Steep the leaves, roots, bark or flowers in hot water (not boiling) for 15 minutes to ensure all of the flavor and nutritional oils have been brought out.  Then enjoy it hot or cold, either way is great.

One more thing to make mention for you to consider – most all true Herbal Teas are caffeine free. The plant, Camelia Sinensis, has caffeine.

You can blend your own as easy as harvesting the plants you have or using dried herbs from your pantry.  Grab your tea ball or tea bags and get started.  Whatever your reason, to have an herb garden, to enjoy herbal teas for flavor or for health and wellness; there is much to enjoy.  If you have never tried an herbal tea, consider starting today.

We keep organic blended teas made and ready to go at the farm store here at C & J Farms.   Some of the herbal teas we carry are – Happy Tummy Tea, Cold and Flu Tea (this is so effective!!), Lemon Tea, Red Rooibos Tea, Earl Grey with Coneflower (this has caffiene), Blues Tea and more.  We offer lists of ingredients in each tea, tea kitchen accessories and a great conversation on herbs, spices and herbal teas.

If you want to know more about what we carry you will have to come by the store,give us a call, or contact us via our email.  We will be happy to help you find an herbal tea delight to suit what you might be looking for.

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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.

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!

Salmon Fillets with Creamy Dill

IMG_1721We all know dill is notorious for its grand coupling with seafood dishes. Here is just one of many recipes that feature this fine herb and its seasoning qualities with fish.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise

half a teaspoon of dried thyme

half a teaspoon dried basil

2 teaspoons of dried dill, to taste

half a cup prepared mustard

half a teaspoon of dried oregano

1 1/2 pounds of salmon fillets

Preheat oven to 375°

in a bowl stir together mayonnaise and mustard. Gradually stir in thyme, oregano, and basil. Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet, and spread with mayonnaise mixture. Sprinkle with Dill to taste.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the salmon is easily flaked with a fork. Enjoy!