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Pomegranates

Pomegranates have been spotted in the stores for the past several weeks now.  Excited.  My girl and I love them AND the exta bonus of antioxidants!  The only downside to a pomegranate is peeling them.

And so in our quest to find an easier way….some time ago we discovered the technique of peeling them under water.  Easy and next to no mess. Brilliant.

This is something everyone needs to know.  Watch the video and see how it’s done!

Peeling a Pomegranate

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Girl Guide Cookies

It’s that time of the year again when the Girl Guides sell their cookies. 
Fall is Chocolate Mint Cookies. 
Below is a link showing different recipes using Girl Guide Cookies!  Fabulous!
 
 
Support your local Girl Guides…check out the link…and have some fun with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends…..!!
 

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Brown Eyed Baker

One year ago the idea came to me to create a “recipe only” blog to support my “Foodie” addiction.   After many hours of research and fact finding we are finally ready to Rock n Roll and go live with Bakersbeans.

Time has been the challenge of late in getting a new blog up and running all the while not ignoring our current Baker Family Blog.  10 yrs ago I was schooled in HTML editing and one of my titles was IT Assistant to the MIS Consultant and as such I knew my way around websites & computers quite well…but in the years since I have A) moved into new positions and away from MIS and B) married a computer geek therefore allowing him to be the “computer dude” in our house…and my “skills” to fade.  Besides I have more important things to do like search for new, exciting and FUN recipes to try!

My interest in food was sparked in the 80’s where a typical Saturday morning would find me watching the PBS and trendsetters Julia Child, The Frugal Gourmet, Jacques Pepin & Wok with Yan. (I use to laugh to myself and think one day there would be a Wok with Wanda).  Since my speciality is not Chinese cooking I didn’t feel the name suited the cause.

My passion for food started when I moved to Vancouver in 1989 and was immediately overwhelmed with the selection and variety of foods, markets and tastes that make Vancouver so culturely alive.  That is when my culinary adventure began.

Fast forward to the present.  Today I am a stay at home mom of two and dayhome provider to other little ones who grace me with their presence.   This blog represents a collection of tried and true favourite recipes that I can access easily when in a hurry, can share with those that are interested and a legacy of family recipes that will be passed on to my two favourite little people.   It’s not uncommon to find me perusing cookbooks & cooking magazines for fun, spending countless hours watching the foodnetwork and searching the WWW for the lastest & greatest Rachael Ray recipes.  I LOVE experimenting with new recipes and then sitting back with vino in hand and watching the family’s reactions…..

And so we begin….

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For Christmas this year we got a new grill/panini press pan and I’ve been loving it! It works so well as I can easily grill up chicken in minutes!

This salad is very tasty. I love anything with cumin, lime juice & cilantro so I always add a little extra! If you are not able to grill your chicken you can also bake it in the oven.

Chicken & Black Bean Salad

2 cups – chopped, cooked chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1 cup – canned black beans, drained and rinsed (you can freeze the leftovers)
1 1/2 cups – chopped tomatoe
1 cup – whole kernel corn
1/2 cup – diced red onion
1/2 cup – chopped fresh cilantro (use less if you prefer)

Dressing:
2 tbsp – lime juice
1 tbsp – evoo
1 tsp – cumin
salt & pepper to taste

Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl and mix well. In small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad stirring until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

You can change this recipe up by adding things like shrimp or lean pork instead of chicken…..or add peppers, zucchini, green onions….even kidney beans instead of black beans!

 

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Yes it is true, 2 recipes in one day!! I’ve been behind on my recipes amongst other things. Having kids here all day makes me pretty exhausted by the time dinner is done and kids are in bed. So here is a great kid recipe..and the adults love it too!

If your anything like me you have small appliances coming out the ying yang and really don’t need another one. So a great way to make a panini style sandwich is to use 2 pans. One to put the sandwich in and a heavy one to put on top and “press” the sandwich down. Sometimes it takes a couple of times to get it figured out but when you do…Presto you will have a panini style sandwich without the panini maker!

So here it goes…all amounts are approx. only. You can add or minus less as per your palates.

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Panini

Pam
4 slices – ww bread (or your favourite bread)
1/4 cup – peanut butter (approx.)
2 ripe – bananas
2 – eggs, beaten
2 tbsp – milk
2 tsp – br. sugar
1/4 tsp – cinnamon

Preheat grill or fry pan. Spray with a little pam. Spread peanut butter evenly over all 4 slices of bread. Top 2 of the bread slices with banana; top with remaining bread.

Whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar and cinnamon. Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture (french toast style) until coated on both sides. Place in pan and top with heavy pot/pan. Grill a couple of minutes per side pending your grill/fry pan.

Great for breakfast or lunch!

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