Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there's good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as it has a low pH and harbors moisture. It's believed that this combination promotes growth of Clostridium botulinum in an anaerobic environment, like oil. To be safe, here are some general recommendations to follow. Safety Tips: Cook the garlic ...

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Boozy Pumpkin Bread

Boozy Pumpkin Bread Slider

Moist, old-fashioned pumpkin bread loaded with spices and topped with a sugar crust. Welcome to my new blog home!! I'm very excited about it, and hope you enjoy the new digs. I'm still re-orienting a bunch of the photos and getting all my recipes integrated into recipage, so please be patient with me while I get this done in the evenings (in between gift wrapping, holiday get-togethers, and ...

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Brownies & Strawberry Syrup: #SundaySupper

Graveyard Brownies : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Melt-in-your-mouth coconut flavored gluten-free brownies made with quinoa flour and coconut oil. These brownies are made without any wheat flour, butter, or granulated sugar, and instead of tasting like the graveyard dirt – the possibility of which I was a little haunted by, neither texture nor flavor are sacrificed. Big, huge sigh of relief. There’s typically a trade off when switching to healthier ...

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Step-by-Step Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Detailed instructions for making pasta at home with photos of each step. Instructions cover spaghetti, fettucini, and ravioli. It’s hard to believe I was in Italy just a few weeks ago; it seems so long ago now. I’ve allowed myself to be swept up into the busyness of day-to-day life, and Italy feels further and further away. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like ...

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Fig Crostata

Fig Crostata: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Buttery crust with hints of apple cider sweetness, filled with figs simmered in orange juice, apple cider syrup, and cardamom. About a year ago, I was sitting in my Italian class and our teacher asked us all to express to the class (in Italian) a favorite Italian dessert.  We were working with the verb piacere, translated ‘to be pleasing’, used when you want to say you like something. It’s a tricky little verb in how the sentence ...

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Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup: The Wimpy Vegetarian

A spiced syrup bursting with apple cider flavors for drizzling over vanilla ice cream, hot apple pie, squash soup, or pancakes. Over the next couple of days, I'll be posting a Fig Crostata, reminiscent of the crostatas I fell in love with in Italy, and a Cider-Spiced Sweet Potato Soup. Both of these recipes use an Apple Cider Syrup I make every autumn when ciders begin to appear in the markets. As an introduction to these next ...

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Healthy No-Cook Fudge with Peanut Butter

No Bake (Healthy) Fudge : the Wimpy Vegetarian

Luscious no-cook fudge with coconut oil and peanut butter that sets up in the refrigerator. Gluten-free! As I write this, I’m sitting in the departure lounge of the International terminal in San Francisco, bound for a month in the Italian sun.  You might be thinking, “Wow, she’s that organized that she can do a blog posting at the terminal gate?” I am not. I should have done this no later than yesterday in the comfort of my home where my computer has already made friends with the wireless ...

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Spicy Blue Cheese and Apricot Sables

Spicy Blue Cheese and Apricot Sables: The Wimpy Vegetarian

A savory blue cheese cracker with hints of sweetness from morsels of dried apricots bits. I knew there were different kinds of dried apricots, but never really gave it a great deal of thought...until a box showed up on my doorstep. I've not written about a specific product here in the past, but will do so when I run across a product that I think is really heads and shoulders above the rest. The dried apricots from Enduring Sun ...

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Fresh Mascarpone Cheese

mascarpone with zester

Making your own mascarpone cheese might be the best mascarpone cheese you've ever had. I met mascarpone later in life. I knew about it, sure. I had witnessed people swooning, waxing poetic over its creaminess and delicate flavor. But I never really understood all the fuss. To me, this cream cheese from the Lombardy region of northern Italy tasted like a pale imitation of the familiar cream cheese of my ...

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Maple-Honey Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Honey Butter: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Luscious pumpkin butter sweetened by apple cider, honey, and maple syrup.   For me, nothing evokes living in the country quite like fruit butters. A warm, soft biscuit fresh from the oven burnished with apple butter, and immediately I'm curled up in the kitchen of a farmhouse like a cat in the sun; lazily listening to chickens cluck outside as they peck hungrily, staccato-like, at the ground. And ...

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Crack Granola

Crack Granola : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Addictive granola loaded with pumpkin seeds, flax meal, and dried fruit. I have struggled for years to find a nut-free granola that I like. Both my husband and I suffer nut allergies, and as a friend once volunteered: it kind of takes the fun out of it if you need to have an epi pen nearby. Aaah… yeah. But oddly, I hadn't really thought to make my own. And God alone knows why, when I make my own ...

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Chipotle Spice Rub…Roasted Sweet Potatoes

BBQ spice rub, chipotle spice rub

All-purpose rub that balances sweet, smoky and spicy for vegetables and meat. For those who might be new to my blog, I'm doing a series of Gifts From the Kitchen as we all ramp up for the holidays. These are gifts you can use for a gift exchange with family or friends, or bring to a dinner party for an easy and useful hostess gift. Truthfully, all these gifts ...

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