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Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken in the Crock Pot

Cilantro Lime Chicken
Ingredients:
3 Chicken Breasts (6 chicken tenders)
Lime Juice (2 limes worth)
1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped
1 15oz can Corn
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Onion, diced (or two baby onions with the attached green onion too)
1 can beans, Black or Kidney works
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Serve with: tortillas, rice, salsa, sour cream and cheese.
Directions:

Put everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours). Shred the chicken (in the crock pot) and serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

Optional directions:

If you want to prep this ahead of time, take all the ingredients and put them in a ziploc bag. You can store it in the fridge overnight or freeze it for later. If you freeze it, just pull it out and let thaw overnight in the fridge before you put it all in the crock pot.

Recipe: Persimmon Jam

We got a bunch of Fuyu Persimmons in our CSA box so we decided to turn them into jam. This is my first attempt at making jam of any kind. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. This jam is super good on toast or on Tartines (French open faced sandwiches).

Ingredients:

2 lbs Fuyu Persimmon (the squatty tomato looking ones that are crunchy, not the acorn shaped squishy ones)
1 cup sugar
1 T honey
1 T lemon juice

Instructions:

Peel and dice persimmons. Add to a pot with sugar and cook down over medium-low heat until the fruit is soft enough to mash. Mash the fruit as it thickens. Add honey and lemon juice. Heat until everything is incorporate well. Remove from heat. Pour jam into lidded canning jars (1/4″ from the top).

If you’re going to use the jam right away, the rest doesn’t really matter. Just keep it in the fridge as you use it up. (This is what I did) If you want these to sit in the pantry for awhile, follow the rest of the canning steps to properly store the jam… Note that the remaining instructions are borrowed from the great internet expertise of canning steps.

Filling the jars:  Using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/4″ headspace. Taking a clean paper towel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just “finger tight”.

Processing: Place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn’t measure up. Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.

Sealing: Sometime in the next hour your jars will be making a “pinging” or “popping” noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread – Bread Machine

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients:

1/3 c Applesauce

1 c Milk

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Salt

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

1 Tbs Butter

1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Almond Oatmeal Bread – Bread Machine

Almond Oatmeal Bread

Yields 1 – 1 ½ lb loaf

Ingredients:

1 c Quick-Cooking Oats

1 c Milk

1 Tbs Unsalted Butter

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

2 Tbs Honey

¾ tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Active Dry Yeast

1/2 c Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Wonder White Bread – Bread Machine

Wonder White Bread

Yields 1 – 1 ½ lb loaf

Ingredients:

1 ¼ c Milk

1 ½ Tbs Unsalted Butter

3 c Bread Flour

4 tsp Granulated Sugar

¾ tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Active Dry Yeast

Directions:

Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Asparagus Vinaigrette

Asparagus Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 lb Asparagus
6 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Sugar

Directions:

Steam asparagus for 7-8 minutes. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Once the asparagus is done, serve with the vinaigrette.

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Snow Peas

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli and Snow Peas

Ingredients:

1Tbs Sesame Oil
1 lb Chicken, cubed
1 c Snow Peas
2 c Broccoli
2 c Cooked Rice

Marinade/Sauce:

1 Tbs Sesame Seeds
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Water
1 tsp Demerara Sugar (or Brown)
1/8 tsp Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
1 Tbs Dried Minced Onion

Directions:

  1. Cook rice, set aside
  2. Toast sesame seeds
  3. Mix together marinade
  4. Add chicken and coat. Marinate overnight if available
  5. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet
  6. Cook chicken, 5 minutes
  7. Add veggies and cook, 5 minutes
  8. Top with additional 1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds