Apple Beet Pancakes

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Hi Katt, I wanted to make use of these apples that are ripe and ready on our tree. We have also been

seeing some good beets the past couple of weeks and you know how I feel about beets – the cocoa beet

cupcakes that we loved eons ago. Well, I wanted to try something new and make a tasty breakfast and

this is what I came up with. A winning combo of apple and beet fused into the classic breakfast fav – the pancake.

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I used my Nutri-Bullet to liquify a small peeled beet. I added about a cup or so of water to help smooth it out.

The thing that I also love about cooking with beets is the reward of seeing such a vivid, luscious color.

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The mixture you see here includes:

  • 1/2 cup of peeled and chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup water, milk, or substitute (almond, soy, rice)
  • 1 part favorite pancake mix
  • 1 part beet mixture
  • Optional: cinnamon

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My work space: I used butter in the pan and kept the heat on low (2). I had to be patient and keep the pancakes a reasonable

size so the ingredients would cook all the way through without burning. I suggest pouring cakes about 4″- 5″ in diameter.

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Garnished with some Asian Pears and drizzled with honey. Love the pink -Both filling and healthy.

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Chorizo and Corn Cakes

Hunger strikes again, not to mention that I am 27 weeks pregnant. Duane was pretty starving too so I figured it was time to put the chorizo we brought home last week in the pan. Chorizo is made by chopping or grinding pork and “marinating” it in spices. It’s not the kind of thing that a small town in Appalachia sees often which is why we jumped on the opportunity when we saw it in the market.

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Knowing how salty chorizo is I whipped together some corn cakes with some corn from the cob.

  • One part corn meal
  • One part Flour (wheat or white)
  • Dill, Salt and Pepper to your liking
  • A little vegetable oil in the pan and place on medium heat

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Picking pablanos from the garden on a rainy afternoon

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Meanwhile the chorizo cooked on medium low heat. I was able to draw a lot of oil out of the mixture, but not till the end.

Added some pablano peppers and onion from the late summer garden. This helps off-set the savory chorizo as well.

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Served with garden tomato, a dollop of plan yogurt and  squeeze of lime. Unbelievably satisfying!

Fresh and Tart Apricot Walnut Pie

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Farm kitty, Mei Mei, is delighted by the sight of this fruit and nut melody.

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The Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ice water, plus 2 more, if needed

No food processors required: Use your fingers to pinch the ingredients together. Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Separate the dough after it has chilled to make a top crust. Unwrap dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate/baking pan. Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold overhang under itself. Pinch between thumb and forefinger to make a uniform edge around the rim. Crimp edge; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

The Filling

  • 3 cups of fresh sliced Apricots, plus, I threw in a juicy nectarine
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg (to taste, I prefer not to overwhelm the fresh fruity flavor)
  • Handful of raisins any color
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup of pure cranberry juice
  • Squeeze of one half of lemon or lime
  • 4 tablespoons of butter sliced on top

Now blend these all together and pour them inside.

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Used a butter knife for vents. Glaze the top with egg whites and bake for about 25-35 min at 425°

Sorry, we ate it so fast I forgot to take pictures. Not too sweet, so it worked for breakfast as well!

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Up early in the morning. A view from my bedroom window of the hay fields.