Recipes

Debbie’s Perfect Pie Crust

Makes 2 single crust pies or one double 8″ 

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold
4-6 Tbs. ice water

Method
Cut the butter into quarter-inch pieces and chill while assembling the rest of the ingredients.

Put the flour & salt in a large bowl & whisk together.

Prepare the ice water like you are making yourself a drink. You don’t need to strain and measure the water until you add it.

Cut in the chilled butter using a pastry blender, or fork. Continue cutting until the flour-coated butter pieces are the size of oatmeal flakes. Stop blending and add 4 Tbs. ice water quickly and evenly.

Mix with a wooden spoon. In a dry climate you will probably need two more Tbs. to get the dough to come together. Resist the temptation to add more than that.

Using your hands, knead dough into two shaggy flat discs.

Wrap in saran wrap for an hour. During that time the dough will relax and smooth out some.

Now, just add your pie filling, or try ours:
Heidi’s punkin’ pie 
Debbie’s apple crumble pie 
• Lizzy’s homemade canned apple pie
Heidi’s pecan pie 

 

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Wild, Wild Rice Casserole

Vegetarian & gluten free this casserole can take the place of stuffing on the Thanksgiving table or work as a tasty meat-alternative.

Serves 6-8 as a side dish or 4-6 as a main course 

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups wild rice
5 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick (4 oz.) butter
1/2 lb. fresh wild mushrooms, sliced (if none are available, substitute Crimini)
1 leek, just the white & light green parts, sliced & washed
2 stalks celery, chopped with leaves
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
4 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
Optional addition: 10 oz. bag of frozen spinach, thawed & squeezed dry. 

Method
Cook wild rice in water with 1/2 tsp. salt in a heavy pan with a lid. It will take at least 30 minutes & some of the grains will start to pop. The rice will be firm but not hard when done. You may need to add additional water but drain off any extra at the end. Set aside to cool slightly when done.

Using a large heavy pan, sauté leeks in butter until for 2-3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms & cook covered for a couple minutes then uncover & let them just start to brown. Add celery, salt, pepper & thyme. Sauté for 3 minutes then add sherry & cook till liquid evaporates. Remove from heat & cool slightly.

Beat eggs & cream in a large bowl. Add wild rice & mushroom mixture (& optional drained spinach) & stir to combine.

Butter a casserole dish (9 x 11 will work well). Place mixture in dish, and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the center starts to puff slightly.

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Winter Vegetable Curry

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients
1, 16 oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbs. curry powder
3 Tbs. fresh grated ginger
2 cups broccoli florets
2 Tbs. sunflower oil
3/4 pound button mushrooms, halved
1 onion, cut into 1/2” chunks
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, & sliced 1/2“on diagonal
1 lb. new potatoes, 1” dice
1 bulb fennel, 1” dice
1, 12 oz. can coconut milk
2 Tbs. chopped cilantro 

Method
In a medium saucepan, combine tomatoes, water, 1 tsp. salt, 1 Tbs. curry powder, & 2 Tbs. ginger.

Simmer for 15 min. while you prepare the rest of vegetables.

Steam broccoli for 1 minute. Then rinse under cold water & set aside. Sauté mushrooms in 1 Tbs. oil & 1/4 tsp. salt until golden. Add garlic, carrots potatoes, fennel & remaining vegetables. Add 1 Tbs. curry powder. Cook for 10 minutes.

Add, ginger & coconut milk and simmer for 15 minutes on low.

Season with salt & additional cayenne if desired.

Stir in broccoli and cilantro before serving.

Serve over Jasmine rice or just as is.

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Chipotle Beef and Bean Chili

Serves 8 to 10 

Ingredients
3 Tbs. sunflower oil
6 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 medium yellow onions, medium dice
4 chipotles in adobo sauce, minced
1/4 cup New Mexico ground chili powder (mild, medium or hot)
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 Tbs. sweet paprika
1 Tbs. dried oregano
2 lbs. ground chuck
5 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups dried pinto beans, cooked using basic bean method
1, 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1, 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 

Method
In a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat until simmering.

Add the garlic & onions, season with salt & freshly ground black pepper, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft & just starting to brown.

Add the chipotles, ground chili, cumin, paprika & oregano. Stir to coat the onions & cook until the spices are medium brown in color and fragrant, about 1 minute….but don’t let them burn.

Add the ground beef & salt. Stir, breaking the meat into small pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink and is well-coated with spices.

Add the cooked beans & tomatoes, along with the juices & stir to combine.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered & stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season with salt to taste.

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Alfie Trail Mix

Our homemade blend of everything good ‘n tasty, this trail mix is crunchy, packed with flavor and perfect for game time get togethers, lunches and for on the go. 

Makes about 12-16 servings 

Ingredients
1 box organic cereal squares (approx. 13 oz.)
2 cups organic pretzel sticks
2 cups pita chips (crushed slightly)
3/4 cup raw organic cashews
3/4 cup raw organic shelled pistachios
3/4 cup raw organic pumpkin seed
1 stick organic unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. hot or wing sauce
2 tsp. granulated garlic
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. kosher salt

Method
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Melt butter together with salt, Worcestershire, mustard, garlic & hot sauce.

Mix cereal, nuts, pretzels & pita chips together in a large bowl.

Pour butter mixture into bowl with cereal & toss to coat thoroughly.

Spread on an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet & bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally so it bakes evenly. Cool & enjoy or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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7-D Ranch Granola

This delicious granola recipe is all yours thanks to a lovely woman who has worked at  7-D Ranch, located in the Sunlight basin outside of Cody, Wyoming. Thanks 7-D Ranch, we just love this recipe! 

Makes about 5 lbs. 

Ingredients
1 cup organic sunflower or canola oil
1 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
1 Tbs. vanilla extract 
9 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or any other kind of flour)
1 cup wheat germ, oat bran
1 cup coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 – 1 cup sesame or flax seeds
1 cup raw almonds, cashews, or nut of your choice

Method
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil & sweetener to a rolling boil in a saucepan & stir to combine.
Turn off heat, wait a minute or two & add vanilla, be careful, it may foam up. 

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients & stir it all up.
Keep stirring until all the ingredients are moistened & evenly coated.

Spread the granola on 2 sheet-pans (not a cookie sheet, you need sides).
Bake at 250-275 degrees for about an hour.
Check & stir every 15-20 minutes & rotate pans once during the hour.
When everything is lightly browned & dry, take it out.
Cool the granola on the sheets then dump into a large bowl.
When it is totally cool add:
2 cups powdered milk (optional)
3 cups of raisins, chopped dates, dried cherries, chocolate chips or whatever you wish. 

Stored in airtight containers it will keep for a month.

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Maple Banana Pecan Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
4 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
1 cup B grade maple syrup (dark, with sharp maple flavor) 
2 cups raw unsalted pecans
1 cup wheat germ
3 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup dried bananas or banana chips
2/3 cup dried cherries

Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt butter & maple syrup together in a pan.
Combine pecans, wheat germ, oats, and salt in a large bowl.
Toss butter mixture with nuts & oats to coat thoroughly.
Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake, stirring once and rotating sheet after 20 minutes, until just golden, 35 to 40 minutes total. Let cool.
Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in bananas & cherries.

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Pumpkin Patch Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup whole raw organic almonds
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crystalized ginger chunks (cut into 1/4-inch pieces)

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin seeds, almonds & olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt & cinnamon. Toss to combine.
Toast, stirring halfway through, until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool.
Mix cooled nuts with coconut flakes, dried cranberries & candied ginger.

Storage
Trail mix can be stored in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

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Turkey Stock

Whether you’re making a turkey for Thanksgiving or for some other affair, make sure and always save your leftover turkey carcass, so you can make a tasty turkey stock. It’s rich, versatile & can be frozen for many uses, like soups, later on.

Makes at least a gallon of stock
*** but could make more if you had a really large turkey, just increase the vegetables & water a bit. 

Ingredients
1 turkey carcass
4 large carrots, cut in half
4 – 6 stalks of celery
1 large onion, skin on & quartered
Salt & pepper
Herbs: parsley sage, rosemary & thyme are classic along with a bay leaf or two, but use anything you have leftover, fresh or dried. If using dried, add about a Tbs. of each sage, rosemary & thyme. 

Method
Get out your biggest stock pot. You may have to break the carcass in half but get it into the pot along with any leg or wing bones, skin or pan drippings you may have leftover.

Put celery stalks (including any leaves if you have them) in with the turkey as well as the carrots & onion. If you happen to have bought carrots with the green tops, put the tops in too.

Put 2 Tbs. of salt & 1 Tbs. pepper into the pot along with 1 Tbs. each of the dried herbs & 1 bay leaf. If you have leftover fresh herbs, put them in the pot, stems & all. 

Next, add enough water to cover the bones & vegetable scraps by a good couple inches. There should be at least a gallon and a half of water in the pot. Bring to a boil & then reduce the heat to a simmer & cook for 2 hours.

At the end of 2 hours….
Let stock cool & then strain through a colander. Pick any edible leftover meat off the bone & set aside. If you have cheesecloth, strain the stock a second time through a colander lined with the cheesecloth for a clearer broth. Taste to correct for salt & pepper.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Boiling water
1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter 
3 cups Molasses 
6 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour 
1 Tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 
1 1/2 tsp Salt 
1 Tbsp Baking Soda 

Method
Melt the butter in boiling water. Add the molasses to the melted butter and water.

In a large bowl whisk the flour, ginger, salt and baking soda together. 

Fold the liquid into the dry ingredients, mix until barely incorporated. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top is set, turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean. 

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss cinnamon flavored Buttercream or Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

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