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Potatoes  Au-GratinI have been testing several different recipes in my Nuwave oven, and will be sharing some of them with you.

Today I will post a recipe for a vegetable dish, Potatoes Au-Gratin, which was very simple to prepare, and it turned out to be a delicious side dish.

This recipe was posted in the cook book enclosed with the Nuwave oven shipment, so I will post it for your convenience, in case you have not decided yet to add this kitchen gadget to your collection.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups small red potatoes, washed, and sliced very thinly
  • 1/2 cup red or white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream (whipping cream)
  • 3 Tbs. Parsley, chopped (0r 1 Tbs. dried parsley flakes)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and slice the potatoes, and place them in the bowl.
  2. Add chopped onion, butter, cheese, cream and spices.
  3. Mix to coat the potatoes evenly.
  4. Scoop into a 10 inch baking dish, gently pressing them down into the pan.
  5. Place on 1 inch rack, and cook on HI power level, for 20 minutes.
  6. Let it rest for 2 minutes with dome lid on.
  7. Serve hot, as a side dish with your favorite meat.

Enjoy!

Sweet Italian Sausage - Nuwave oven recipeFreshly made Italian Sausage is the second best sausage choice next to Ukrainian Pork sausage (Kovbasa), at least on my list of favorite sausages.

I love shopping at the Dutch Country Farmers Market, in Middletown Delaware, for fresh  meat products made daily by local farmers, as well as locally grown fruits, vegetables, freshly baked goods and homemade Amish foods.

This week I purchased fresh Sweet Italian Sausage, Sage Sausage, and Fresh Polish Kielbasa (Sausage).

The Nuwave oven came in handy for preparing the Sweet Italian Sausage for a quick dinner tonight.

Yields 3-4 servings.

Ingredients:

  •  2 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage (2 long links)

Directions:

  1. Cut each sausage link into 3 equal section.
  2. Flatten slightly, or easier handling and cooking.
  3. Place the Nuwave oven rack on the 4 inch height.
  4. Place the sausages on the rack (as close to the middle as possible).
  5. Place the side cylinder over the base, fasten the lid in place, per manufacturer directions.
  6. Press the Power button once (this sets it on High).
  7. Set cooking time to 12 minutes and start cooking.
  8. After 12 minutes, carefully remove the dome of the Nuwave oven, and set aside.
  9. Using kitchen tongs, turn over each sausage.
  10. I also moved the sausages from the middle toward the side, and the side ones to the middle, for even cooking.
  11. Place the oven dome over the food.
  12. Press the Power button once again, and set cooking time for another 12 minutes.
  13. Once done, let sausage rest for 2 minutes, before removing oven dome.
  14. Serve as links, or slices, as I did in the above picture.

I served my sausage with steamed green beans, and summer yellow squash sautéed with Italian spices, olive oil, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, previously prepared in my Nuwave oven.

All vegetables were freshly picked from my garden.  How convenient and rewarding, for having my own veggie garden.

Nuwave ovenThe time has come to add a new kitchen gadget to my collection.

Currently I am testing a very interesting kitchen gadget, a Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven.

I was slightly skeptical at first site of this item, since it is made mostly of heavy duty plastic, and the heating element is located under its lid.

This means that all its heat and cooking power comes only from the top.

Once I have checked out the recipe booklet included with the oven, I decided to give it a try, and test some of these recipes to share my opinion with you.

So far, I am quite impressed by this oven, so in the next few posts I will share pictures and recipes of the dishes I prepared.

As you can see from the picture above, this gadget is portable, convenient to pack, since all pieces disassemble easily, and a great gadget to take along on a family vacation (if you plan to do some cooking and baking….:-) there)

Since my kitchen has only one oven, it find it very convenient to use this Newave oven to prepare side dishes, or quick desserts.  It is also very useful for cooking for TWO, or even four, with less heat in the kitchen, and less energy.

It is also easy to clean, since all the parts are removable and dishwasher safe, with the exception of the lid which houses the heating element.

I would like to hear from those of you who have tried this cooking gadget, and would like to share their opinion.

 

Nut Horn Cookies – Recipe

Nut Horn Cookies - servingThis recipe is  very special to me, because every time I make these Nut Horns, I think of the two ladies who shared it with me.

Anna and Luba were great cooks and bakers, who also loved hosting parties, and sharing their favorite recipes.

First time I ever made these, was actually at Luba’s kitchen, when she invited a bunch of us to bake together, and have lots of fun at the same time.

Both of these ladies are gone now (way too soon for either of them), but I am so proud to share their recipe, and reminisce a little about the good old times we spent together.

This recipe yields 4 dozen of cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour ( I prefer the unbleached kind)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder ( I use one with Aluminum Free)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1 1/2 oz. Active Dry Yeast (2 packets)
  • 4 Tbs. warm water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground up fine
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract
  • Confectioners sugar, to use before serving

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in butter, to incorporate into flour mixture.
  3. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  4. Stir in egg yolks, only.  Keep the egg whites refrigerated.
  5. Mix in the sour cream and Vanilla Extract.
  6. Blend this wet mixture into flour mixture, to form a soft dough.
  7. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts, and form them into balls.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
  9. Once ready to work with the dough, beat the egg whites until foamy.
  10. Gradually add sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Fold in ground walnuts and Almond Extract.
  12. Keep refrigerated.
  13. Use one dough ball at a time, to roll it out on a board sprinkled with powdered sugar, to form a circle about 10 inches in diameter.

Nut Horn Cookies - cut and roll up

14.  Spread the egg white/nut mixture over the rolled out dough.

15.  Using a pizza cutter, cut the circle into 12 even wedges.

16,   Starting at the outer edge (the wide end) of each triangle, roll it

up toward the middle of the circle, to form a horn (like a straight

crescent).

17.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Nut Horn Cookies - just baked

 

18.  Place the nut horns on a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing them

generously to allow enough space for spreading during baking.

19.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden.

Nut Horn Cookies - ready to trim off

 

20.  Using a spatula, carefully remove cookies onto a cooling rack.

21.  Gently break away the crusty excess filling, oozed out of the cookies.

21.  Before serving, dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

My Sister’s Flower Garden

yellow flowersMy sister and I share a passion for gardening, which we inherited from our mother.

Even though we both are separated by the ocean, we plant similar flowers, and gardening is one of our hobbies.

We exchange flower and vegetable seeds via snail mail, as share pictures of the fruits of our labor.

Today I will share some pictures my sister sent to me of her flower patches.

Beauty of Mother Nature

multicolor ivy (Morning Glory)

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a small water garden between the bunch of flowers and the front of the house.  Also, to the left of this picture is a wood carving, my brother-in-law created  out of a tree stump.

The Morning Glory really is thriving in this spot of the garden, climbing freely over the split rail fence in the back of their property.

yellow flowers

These flowers bring childhood memories, as our mother had them in her garden, and many of our neighbors did as well.

They need a special spot to thrive in, since they can easily reach 6 feet in height.

Hydranga

Potted plants

 

 

 

 

My sister uses every possible available spot, to plant some flowering plants all over her property, and even in window boxes.

Roses and Morning Glory

Pink flowers

 

 

 

 

Here is another view of the Morning Glory climbing on a mash fence closer to the house, and a closer view of the flowers in front of the house.

This is only a small percentage of the flowers my sister plants.   She has a myriad of varieties of flowering plants in other spots of her spacious property.

She also grows several different fruit trees, Raspberry bushes, Red Currents bushes, Strawberry patch, and a bunch of vegetables.

pickling cucumbers

She told me that this year her cucumbers were “multiplying like rabbits”.

She pickled many of them, and gave lots of them to friends, and they still kept on producing.  That’s how it is with gardening…it’s feast or famine…:-)

I hope you enjoyed these pictures.

Today is my sister’s Birthday, hence I am dedicating this post to her.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET SISTER!!

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