Saturday, August 10, 2013

7-Up and Tots

I recently came across two recipes that peaked my curiosity simply based on their names - 7-Up Biscuits and Zucchini Tots. Now I have heard of using 7-Up to make a delicious lemony cake. In fact that is one of my favorite cakes. However, I've never heard of 7-Up Biscuits. Apparently, this recipe and similar recipes have been floating around the internet for a while. So I had to try it.

7-Up Biscuits (adapted from All Recipes)

4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
½ cup butter, melted
1. Place butter in pan and allow to melt in the oven as the oven warms up.
2. Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7-Up. Dough will be sticky.
3. Slowly add a little Bisquick at a time while kneading the dough until it becomes easy to handle.
4. Cut out the biscuits and place on top of melted butter. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until brown.
The second recipe's name drew my attention simply by the word "tots." I'm a huge fan of tater tots and have even made homemade tots. The fact it used zucchini was a plus. I'm always looking for different ways to use this abundant summer veggie.

Zucchini Tots (adapted from Skinny Taste)

1 cup zucchini, grated
1 egg
¼ onion, diced
¼ cup cheddar cheese, grated
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place grated zucchini on paper towel and squeeze as much access water as possible.
2. Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
3. Spray a mini muffin pan and fill each section with the zucchini mixture. Fill each section to the top.
4. Bake at 375° for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Both of these recipes made the "keeper" lists in this house.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Expanding My Canning Skills

I have been a huge blog reader for years and years. I love blogs, craft blogs, knitting/sewing blogs, tech blogs, ed reform blogs and list goes on. My Feedly subscription list is long and can take an extended period of time to read. One of my favorite blogs is Food in Jars which is based in Philadelphia. On my recent trip to Philly to visit the Doctors, I was able to watch a canning demonstration by the writer of this blog, Marisa McClellan. She was making apricot jam at a Williams Sonoma store as well as selling her canning book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round
Needless to say, I purchased the book and it motivated me to try some new canning recipes along with my usual recipes.
 Such a pleasing sight to behold. Love it! Check out her blog and her book. Maybe it'll inspire you to do some canning.