OH BABY!

Imagine a crepe and a custard had a love affair… and then after sitting in a hot cast iron in the oven at 475 degrees for about 18 minutes..they had a baby. A DUTCH BABY that is (also known as a German Pancake.)

Four eggs, a cup of flour, cup of milk, a healthy dab of butter, and a pinch of salt, thats it! These little.. or actually GIANT babies are AH-MAY-ZING! My preferred way of eating them is with lots of powdered sugar, butter, and a squeeze of lemon! If you’re looking to try making one of these yourself then I recommend “Brown Eyed Baker’s” Recipe.

Or you could be lazy like me and head over to Elmer’s. A classic American Style diner that serves these bad boys up just the way I like them. Years ago when I was much younger my parents would take me to the Elmer’s located in Indio (it has since closed down). Dad would get some eggs or such and mom would always get the “German Pancake”. I love the crisp puffy sides the way they billow over the giant plate.

Luckily after moving to Palm Springs I have rediscovered my love affair with the giant. If you haven’t tried one out grab a friend and order one for yourself! Bon Appetite!

4-H Farmers Market

Did you know that I used to raise chickens, pigs, goats, and so much more?

1996 Farmers Fair with my Chicken (Dovey) *Side note.. I smashed my finger in a car door, the chicken did not bite me*

Why? Because I was in a youth program called 4-H. Similar to FFA (Future Farmers of America) 4-H teaches children and teens about animal husbandry as well as other crafts and skills. I raised animals of all shapes and sizes and sold them at auction year after year until I was 19.

One of my goats (Lokelani translation: Heavenly Rose)

I like to believe that choosing to spend my spare time outside of school learning how to care for a garden and properly take care of animal projects shaped me into the person I am today.

Playing on the John Deer Tractor from RDO

Once a year my former club the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club puts on their annual produce sale. This little produce sale has grown and transformed since it’s first year back when I was leading the charge! (Did I mention I was club president for a number of years?)

Sweet Corn donated by PRIME TIME at the start of the line!
Acorn and Butternut for sale!

Now days the club partners up with the Indio FFA as well as a couple of other local agriculture groups to have a one day produce sale. Commercial local growers each donate product for the kids to sell (Prime Time, Ocean mist, Peter Rabbit Farms, and so many more.)

Delicious chili baskets filled to the brim!
This Produce sale also had transplant babies from Headstart Nursery! Pictured: Baby basil

Getting out to go grocery shopping is great but doing it to support my local 4-H club is even better. Why not research your local 4-H or FFA and see what fun events they will be hosting next!

My sister, brother in law, and 4-H member Ryan Percy.

To see what my old club is up to check out their instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/desertsandblasters4h/

Isn’t life GRAPE!

Imagine taking a grape and wrapping it in cotton candy…

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Little bites of happiness…

 

I went to Sprouts with the intention of buying one thing and suddenly came out with an armful! (Oh dear…) But I promise it wasn’t a complete impulse buy… well.. it maybe it was.

PRESENTING…. Kim’s first ever GRAPE GALA!!!!!

I have a weakness for new and exotic fruits. Remember the Grapple? (Cross between that grape and an apple) Yup.. I was all over tasting that one too. But today I had to introduce you to these two varieties I came across today.

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Cotton Candy Grape

Meet the Cotton Candy Grape… now this one I have actually tried a few years back but I thought it was worth a second taste. Imagine taking a grape and wrapping it in cotton candy… (sooo sweeet) because that is EXACTLY what it tastes like! They may look like just another green grape but seriously the sweetness level on these are no joke.

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Moon Drop Grape

The second variety is this Moon Drop Grape. It looks like.. well… a black long… thing. (HAHAHA) But give it a chance and taste this stretched out version of a sweet and crisp grape. It tasted.. Super… Grape-y? Like the most grapey grape you ever did taste! The flesh was also much firmer than any normal red flame or other average variety.

So what was the point? Deliciousness. What are some varieties of fruits or veggies that you have tried recently? Let me know in the comments below so I can try them too!

Have a GRAPE day!

When life gives you…

“What about when life gives you bananas?”

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. This saying means that when you have a bad situation in life you should try to make the best you can from it. But what about when life gives you bananas? If you’ve never seen a banana tree with a bunch of bananas hanging from it you will be surprised at how many of the fruit come from just one bunch. I like to think of bananas representing a good situation in life where if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.img_48421

“…if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.”

Today’s recipe is a use for those spotted old bananas! Banana bread! I found this recipe online and tweaked it a bit to fit what I like. (As any home cook should do when they find a new recipe)

 

Taking two or three of your very ripe bananas throw them into a bowl with 1/3 cup of butter (preferably melted but mine was room temp soft). Mix them well until bananas are well mashed.

Next Add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda, this is going to make your bread light and springy. Also throw in a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, and 3/4 a cup of sugar. The original recipe said to put a whole cup but I don’t think I need that much. Lastly crack in one egg (I had a turkey egg so why not) and add a splash of vanilla.

Here is where I got a little fancy and decided to sift my 1 1/4 cup of flour into the mixture. By sifting the flour it makes sure that your batter won’t have any lumps and will blend better. Next grab your bread pans and spray them with some cooking oil before filling them with your mixture.

Bake these at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until the bread has cooked thru. Use a toothpick to check that the center is not doughy.

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Dinner Diaries

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

…On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles…

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I enjoy cooking most of the time but every once in a while I become extremely lazy… I mean who doesn’t? When it comes to dinner I like to plan things out a few days in advance so that I can make sure to have all my ingredients at home.  But for some reason I did not feel like doing any of that. On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles and forgo the whole cooking part but this time I felt like I owed it to myself to make something worthwhile.   Continue reading “Dinner Diaries”

Mochi memoirs

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…Three men using giant hammers would pound the rice while one crazy guy would push the rice with his bare hands!

When I think of New Years a few things come to mind: Fireworks, red fish, and mochi. Living in a desert that doesn’t allow fireworks I am left with only one of the three, mochi. Long time ago I remember watching an old home video at my grandmother’s house of various aunts and uncles making mochi the traditional way. Continue reading “Mochi memoirs”