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Grilled Corn Salad

The flavours of summer combine to make this salad a great side dish for a BBQ.  With sweet local corn and cherry tomatoes fresh from the garden...it's simple and delicious!


  • 6 cobs of corn, grilled*
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  1. Preheat the grill to medium.  Remove the outer layers of the corn husks and then soak the whole cob in water for about 30 minutes.  Peel back remaining husks and remove hair.  Brush the kernels with olive oil; then pull husks back over the ear.   Place the cobs on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes.  
  2. Once the cobs have cooled, cut kernels off the cob.
  3. Add tomatoes, onion and basil to corn.
  4. Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper; mix well.  
  5. Stir the dressing into the corn salad and enjoy!
 *The grilled corn gives the salad a nice smoky flavour, but you can also use cobs cooked on the stove top.



Chocolate Zucchini Muffins



Chocolate Zucchini Muffins will always remind me of my mom who seemingly has baked these non-stop for her grandchildren for many years. It occurred to me recently that maybe I should get the recipe from her. These muffins freeze well and are easy to put into a lunch for a treat.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (she uses mini size)
Method:
  1. Beat butter and sugar, adding in the eggs.
  2. Stir in oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Add combined dry ingredients. If cocoa does not incorporate nicely into flour, sift dry ingredients before adding to wet.
  4. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into prepared muffin tins and bake at 350° F, 20 minutes for medium size. Makes about 24 medium size or 18 large size. These are also great done as mini muffins, bake less time, until toothpick test comes clean.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

I was given a HUGE zucchini yesterday and everything in me called out for chocolate that compliments zucchini in this rich moist bundt cake. Take advantage of zucchini while it's in season. Don't forget to grate and freeze some zucchini in one or two cup freezer bags to use during the winter months in loaves, muffins and cakes.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups grated zucchini (sometimes zucchini has a lot of moisture in it and then I squeeze out any extra moister before adding to batter using a salad spinner or just squeeze it with your hands, but not till dry...just if it's overly wet feeling. If you don't know....just add it all)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, (you can cut back on this amount if you don't want it quite so chocolaty)
  1. Sift together first 5 ingredients and set aside.
  2. To a large mixing bowl add sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. Beat well.
  3. Add sour cream and mix well.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Add grated zucchini and chocolate chips and mix again until just incorporated.
  6. Prepare bundt pan by spraying with non stick cooking spray and then lightly dust with sifted cocoa powder, making sure it sticks to all creases of the pan. (cocoa powder is nicer than using white flour when baking with chocolate as you don't get any white markings from the white flour)
  7. Add batter to prepared pan and bake in 350ยบ oven for 50 minutes.
  8. Serve warm as is or with whipped cream or ice cream. Wrapped well this cake freezes well. 

Orange Peach Jam


Combine this jam, slightly runny and rich in citrus flavor, with cream cheese on a bagel OR with a barbecue sauce to use as a glaze on baked meatballs. I have given quite exact numbers when it comes to the fruit, but it does depend on size of fruit.

Ingredients for one batch:
(the goal is approximately 7 cups raw fruit blended before adding sugar, equaling 8 cups cooked, for one batch. I recommend doubling the amounts and cooking two batches)
  • 9 ripe peaches
  • 3 seedless oranges
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons Certo Light or 1 pkg regular pectin

 Method:
  1. Wash jars and lids. Place clean jars in 225° F oven to keep hot. Place lids in small pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil and turn off element, covering pot to keep lids hot.
  2. Peel peaches, quartering them to remove pit. In blender, blend only for a few seconds until barely smooth. Can have a few tiny chunks. Pour into large bowl. Stir in lemon juice.
  3. Peel oranges with potato peeler. Remove pith (white part) and discard. Blend orange segments with the orange rind until thick and smooth, for about 1 minute.
  4. Combine blended oranges and peaches. Measure out 7 cups (or at least 6) to pour into large stainless steel pot.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup of the sugar, blend with pectin and stir into fruit. Stirring constantly with wooden spoon, bring to boil on high heat.
  6. Add 4 1/4 cups sugar all at once and continue stirring until it comes to a full boil once more.
  7. The whole top layer should be bubbling before setting the timer. Boil for three minutes, while stirring and making sure it cooks hard the whole time. If it splatters quite a bit, turn down the heat just a tad.
  8. Using a canning funnel, ladle hot jam into jars and cover with lids to seal. Repeat process if cooking more batches.
  9. Cool sealed jars at room temp before storing. Jam thickens as it cools.
I prefer storing jam in the fridge or freezer, so that it keeps fresh tasting, but you do not have to if it is sealed. You can tell if it's sealed if the center of the lid is slightly inverted rather than rounded. Do not push it in by hand.

Fresh Tomato and Mozza Salad


The first time I had an Italian Caprese Salad, I wanted to make it at home.
At that time I was unfamiliar with the fresh mozzarella used in the original
so I came up with this version.
It's quick to make and is a popular salad at our house especially with
summer's fresh lettuce, tomatoes and basil.

For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (use 1/4 cup fresh if you have it - chopped fine)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
For the Salad:
  • green leaf lettuce
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • 1 or 2 fresh vine ripened tomatoes (Romas are also nice)
  • coarsely grated good quality mozzarella
  • Chopped fresh chives or green onions
    1. Mix dressing ingredients together, blending well. Set aside.
    2. Tear washed and dried lettuce into bite sized pieces and arrange on a large platter.
    3. Slice tomatoes, pat dry and arrange in a circular pattern over the lettuce.
    4. Cut basil leaves into a chiffonade (thin slices) and sprinkle over tomatoes. (you can leave this step out if you can't get any fresh basil)
    5. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
    6. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
    7. Pour dressing over salad and serve.

    Rollkuchen


     
    Rollkuchen are a tasty, deep fried pastry that are a wonderful accompaniment to cold watermelon on a hot summer day.  How well I recall childhood picnics with big tubs of fresh Rollkuchen.  Let's just say that eating them is rather like eating peanuts...you can't stop at just one! Sometime over the years, Rollkuchen became paired with Roger's Golden Syrup (definitely a Canadian thing) on my table; they make a great team!

    My mother-in-law made the best flaky, crispy Rollkuchen. Mine never quite measured up, so I have always made the thicker, softer variety and they have become a family favorite. Hers were all uniform in shape; mine are rather 'free-form'. Each recipe seems to differ slightly but I've never met a Rollkuchen I didn't like!

    Rollkuchen

    • 5 - 6 cups / 1150 - 1350 ml flour
    • 3 teaspoons / 15 ml  baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon / 5 ml salt
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup / 250 ml sour cream
    • 1 cup / 250 ml milk
     
    1. Combine 5 cups / 1150 ml  flour, baking powder and salt.
    2. Beat eggs, sour cream and milk together and add to dry ingredients
    3. Continue to add flour to form a soft dough ... usually about 1/2 cup more.
    4. Allow the dough to chill for an hour or two before rolling, for easier handling.
    5. Divide the dough in half and roll out quite thin on a floured board ... if you prefer them soft, then not quite so thin.
    6. Cut strips of dough about 2x4 inches / 5x10 cm ... with two slits cut in center of each.
    7. Stretch the pieces somewhat before dropping into the hot oil.
    8. Fry in deep hot oil over medium heat until golden on one side. Turn and brown the other side.
       

    The rollkuchen puff up beautifully while cooking and are really mostly air pockets by the time they are ready to eat. A totally a healthy choice!  Who am I fooling?


    Serve with cold watermelon and Roger's golden syrup.  Grilled farmer sausage is also a nice touch!

    Dill Pickles

    Homemade dill pickles just like the ones my mother used to make are on my 'to do' list every summer. There's just something about homemade dills that can't be found on the store shelf! This is my mom's recipe...the same pickles I grew up with.


    Ingredients:
    • 10 pounds of pickling cukes (yield about 8 jars)
    • 5 cups white vinegar used for pickling
    • 13 cups water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup pickling salt…coarse
    • garlic pieces (peeled and cut in half)…two pieces per jar
    • fresh dill
    • small dried red chili peppers…one or two pieces for each jar

    Method:
    1. Wash cucumbers well and leave in tub of cold water while packing jars.
    2. Mix vinegar, water, sugar and the salt in a large pot. Stir the mixture well. Heat to a rapid boil on medium-high, then keep simmering while filling jars.
    3. Prepare wide-mouth 1-quart jars. In each jar, put 1 piece of garlic, one head of dill, two small chili peppers and then enough cucumbers to fill the jar. Then add one more garlic piece and another sprig of dill.
    4. Fill jars slowly with the hot brine and seal (being sure to clean all residue from the top of the rim of the jar first).
    5. Place the lidded jars in boiling water bath for about 15 minutes…water in canner should cover the tops of the jars.
    6. The pickles should be stored in a cool place for two months before serving. (So they say...I’m not sure we ever waited that long!)

      *If your water is hard, high in mineral content or has chlorine added, use bottled water.
      ** Pack the cukes into the jars really tight. They shrink as they are processed.
    If you like a little zip to your pickles...be generous with the red chili peppers!


    Enjoy!

    Two Bite Brownies


    These irresistible fudgy little bites come inspired by Martha Stewart's Chewy (pan) brownies.  I made a few adjustments to make the recipe fit 36 mini muffins and they turned out to be the perfect tiny treat to add to a lunch kit or gift box.

    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons oil (in 1/8 cup measure *)
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cups white sugar
    • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    Method:
    1. Preheat oven to 350° F and generously grease 36-count mini cupcake/muffin cups with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper cups. (parchment paper does not stick to the brownie and can be removed as soon as brownies are cooled off)
    2. In top of double boiler, (or heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water) melt butter with chocolate chips and oil. 
    3. In small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    4. Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat. Stir in both sugars, stirring vigorously (use wooden spoon or whisk) until well blended. 
    5. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well for about a minute, after each addition.
    6. Stir in vanilla and then the flour mix.
    7. Using unwashed *1/8 cup measure that was used to measure the oil, scoop a measure full of batter into each prepared muffin holder. 
    8. Bake for 18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out moist with no dough. Do not over bake.
    9. Cool in pans on wire rack. Twist to rotate cooled brownie bites before removing or flipping pans. These can be kept in a sealed container for several days (room or fridge) or frozen.


    If you want to make them in a pan, use a 9-inch square pan. Bake 35 - 40 minutes, until toothpick comes out moist with no dough. Cut into 25 - 36 pieces. 

    Canada Day Strawberry Filled Doughnuts


    Happy Canada Day!

    All over Canada families and friends will be gathering to celebrate Canada's birthday.


    If you live in Canada you already know that a Canadian favorite place to meet for coffee is the local doughnut shop.  
    We stopped in ourselves for coffee and picked up some Tim Horton  Honey Crullers  for our Canada Day dessert.


     As far as I can tell, a glazed honey cruller is basically deep fried cream puff dough.


    I thought it might make a great way to make cream puffs without heating up the oven on a hot day and a great way to make a quick dessert.


     I used an electric knife to slice them in half.
    If you don't have an electric knife, use a sharp serrated knife.
    I then gently removed the soft part inside which is much like we do with cream puffs.
    I then filled them and served them "open faced".
    Six doughnuts makes enough for 12 servings.



    For smaller appetites,
    I used some of the little honey cruller tim bits and stuffed them with whipped cream and strawberries.

    • Tim Horton Honey Cruller doughnuts and doughnut holes
    • fresh berries
    • 2 cups whipping cream (for one dozen doughnuts and 20 timbits
    • 2 packages Dr. Oetker Whip It cream stabilizer or 2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding
    • 1/4 cup powdered / icing sugar
    1. Slice doughnuts in half using a electric knife or serrated knife.
    2. Remove the soft part of in the inside of the doughnut.
    3. Wash and dry strawberries and slice and dice into small pieces.
    4. Whip cream with stabilizer or instant pudding and powdered sugar until stiff.
    5. Place whipped cream into a piping bag with a star tip, fill the doughnut and top with strawberry pieces and then garnish with a few more stars of whipped cream.
    6. Refrigerate until serving time.  These filled doughnuts are best when doughnuts are purchased and and put together on the same day.

    Donuts




    I started a tradition that wasn't really meant to be a tradition, but when you are Mennonite and do something once that went over well and everyone liked it HAS to become tradition......."awe come on mom, we did it last year". So hence a new tradition had begun. Each child is allowed to invite their friends, cousins, second, third cousins, whom ever they wish. The first year that we did it my sister in-love and I didn't know how many the recipe would make so to be on the safe side the Mennonite in us came out and quadrupled the recipe. After all we wanted to make sure there was plenty. CAUTION..........unless you want to feed the masses of 500 or more DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT quadruple the recipe. We made hundreds, fried for hours, we were covered in a thin layer of grease ourselves. We invited another family, then more families, then people from church, neighbours. They ALL got eaten. Donuts need to be eaten fresh. Set an afternoon aside, set up a Coleman stove outside so your house doesn't smell like a deep fryer, invite the people you love and just enjoy. I must say that fun was had by all. Oh by the way I only doubled the recipe this time, I am sure the teenagers ate a dozen each. The boys for sure did. It made about 200.


    Raised Donuts or (Donuts originally from the Mennonite Treasury Cookbook)
    • 1 tablespoon quick rise yeast
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 cups scalded milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup shortening ( I used oil)
    • About 6 cups flour
    1. Add dry yeast to 3 cups flour, salt and sugar. 
    2. Scald milk, add 1 cup water, oil and beaten eggs. 
    3. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for about 5 minutes. 
    4. Let rise approximately 1/2 hour. 
    5. Roll into 1/4-1/2" thick and cut into desired shape with either a donut cutter or cookie cutter.
    6. Deep fry until golden brown. 
    7. Careful that the oil doesn't get too hot, usually cooking on medium heat to medium high is enough. 
    8. Glaze while warm in following glaze.
    Glaze:
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 milk
    Bring to boil, take off heat and add
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    1. Whisk ingredients together, keep on a low element.
    2. Dip the warm donuts into the glaze and place on parchment lined cookie sheets to dry.
    3. Enjoy.