Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Bacon and Egg Pizza
Butternut Squash, Leek, Pepper Bacon Pizza
3/4 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
2 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pour 3/4 cup warm water into small bowl; stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.
Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil; process until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. KNEAD dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is very sticky, about 1 minute. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. PUNCH down dough. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. ROLL out dough according to recipe instructions. (Start in center of dough, working outward toward edges but not rolling over them.)
Bacon and Egg Pizza
Nitrate Free, Hormone Free Organic Black Pepper Bacon
Free Range Egg
Shredded Raw Cheese (I used goat Cheese)
Preheat oven to 450. Saute bacon until crispy. Brush rolled pizza dough with a tomato sauce and olive oil. Add all your toppings and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese and bubbling and crust is a golden brown.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
October is breast cancer awareness month and a host to many birthdays in my family. Today's birthday is very special. Happy Birthday to my sister Diane! She is a two time breast cancer winner and survivor. She is also many things to so many, a devoted daughter, loving wife, proud mother, grandmother that is adored, sister and best friend, friend to so many and a hero to all.
Happy Birthday Diane! You fought the battle and won the fight. You keep inspiring me with your strength and beautiful smile. You are my story behind the Pink Love Dip.
Pink Love Dip
If you are from Texas and visited HEB Central Market then you are familiar with Love Dip. It is addictive and fattening (Isn't everything). I can sit down and woof the entire bowl with a loaf of french bread in one sitting . I wanted to copy the recipe (which calls for a whole package of cream cheese) but make a healthier version. I found a recipe for Pink Hummus on one of my favorite blogs Garlic and Sea Salt http://garlicandseasalt.blogspot.com/2010/03/pink-hummus.html that inspired the changes. So I put two and two together and came up with this.
1 15 oz can Cannellini Beans (drained)
1 roasted medium size beet (pickled beet would work to)
1/2 cup chipolte salsa
1 clove of peeled garlic
1/2 cup Tahini Paste
Juice of 3 Lemons (my lucky day I had Myer Lemons in the fridge)
zest from one of the lemons
1 tablespoon Onion Creek Kitchen Chimayo Spice Mix* (or teaspoon cumin)
1 sprig chopped mexican marigold leaves (fresh or dried tarragon will work)
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth
Serve with fresh vegetables or grilled bread. This would also be good on grilled vegetables or fish.
* Onion Creek Kitchen at Juniper Hill Farms is located in the heart of Texas Hill country. Visit her site for recipes and information on upcoming cooking classes and overnight stays. Her products can be purchased on her site. With lots of great recipe ideas.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
With some of the bad press Corpus Christi has been given for making the list as one of the fattest city in America. We have to give a big Thank You to the Artisans and growers at the Farmers Market . These are the faces changing the way we eat and live one Saturday at a time, rain or shine. I had the pleasure of visiting and sharing stories with these extraordinary growers and artists who are devoted to keeping our city healthy and environmentally green. Go show your support and visit the Southside Farmers Market on the 5800 block of Everhart in the Market Plaza. Booths open every Saturday at 9:00. Get there on time because they sell out early. Kid and dog friendly. For the latest updates check them out on Facebook or at www.farmersmarketcc.org
Shari The Herb Lady
The herb lady has a large selection of fresh seasonal and dried herbs that she grows and tends from her private garden. All her herbs are chemical free and picked not less then 24 hours before market and stored in water until you take them home. Shari is always ready to share great recipe ideas for the use and healing properties of her herbs. Visit her at www.farmersmarketcc.org for her harvest of the week.
Buddy and Gayle aka The Sprout Lady
Buddy and Gayle carry a seasonal variety of organic produce and a large variety of organic sprouts. They sell the most amazing sprouts I have ever tasted. Buddy and Gayle's story made it apparent to me why everything she sells makes your taste buds dance. After Buddy retired he turned a hobby and passion into a foodie's dream. His passion and energy remains in each product they sell.
greeted with a smile
five varieties of basil
The Green Team
J.W. Chrisholm Farm
J.W. Chrisholm Farm sells a fresh picked chemical free seasonal variety of produce and herbs. This is always one of the first tables to go. Can you blame them when they carry five varieties of fresh basil.
Meet LolaBella and her Mom Lisa K.
What Lola wants Lola gets! Doesn't your dog deserve the best!
LolaBelle's sells homemade treats, gifts, and dog food. When I first met Lola's Mom I was telling her how picky my three little dogs are. I have wasted so much money on treats and food that my lil babies turn their noses to. She assured me that will not happen with her treats. Lola's Mom was right, I have now dubbed her treats Dog Crack. They just can't get enough!
If you miss Lola at the market you can find her at www.LolaBellesTreats.com Phone 361 230-0631
Meet Lisa McCracken
check out the large variety of homemade soaps and lotions
The EcoSage company sells handmade all natural soaps, creams and soy candles. Lisa McCracken makes all her products in her home studio. One look at Lisa's beautiful glowing skin will keep you coming back for more. Lisa also provides classes. Stop by her booth and enjoy the smells. If you miss Lisa at the market visit her website at www.ecosageco.com
Phone number 361 446-2345
Deborah the Bread LadyDeborah the Bread Lady sells a yummy variety of all natural good for you breads and sweets. Her varieties include Honey Wheat, Whole Wheat, Pumpernickel, Omega3/Flax and Sprouted Grains on request. I can't leave out the Cinnamon Rolls, Iced Quick Bread and Cookies. Make sure you make Deborah one of your first stops, she sells out fast. Any wonder?
Windtwirler Paper Performances
Heather's booth caught my eye with these wonderful jewels shining in the South Texas morning sun. In meeting with the artist she explained to me that her passion for origami started at a very early age and it shows. One look at her work and you will be captured by her intricate pieces. If you're looking for a unique gift to give or get with a history behind the sculpture, then stop by and visit this unique artist. Contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number 361 548-3394
Bea's Market Pottery
recycled fabric aprons and tote bags
Meet Ms. Beatriz Baker from Bea's Market
Bea takes recycling to an art form. Bea's Market has a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry, pottery and fabric art made completely from recycled materials. All her work is one of a kind and unique. When Bea is not at the Farmers Market she runs a Home School Tutoring service and a pick up/delivery bakeshop. When does she sleep? Stop by and visit Bea to shop for that one of kind person in your life. If you miss her at the market you can contact her at Bea78411@aol.com
Phone Number 361 249-6822
Cool Dude Hot Salsa
La Familia Salsa Co.
I am addicted to this award winning salsa. Stop by La Familia Salsa Company and pick
up a jar or two and I bet you can't eat just one. If you miss La Familia Salsa Co. booth at the Market. You can contact them on their website at www.lafamiliasalsa.com
Phone Number 361 215-9285
Meet Mariza Angeles Smith
Iza Publishing Company
Mariza is a tireless community activist opening community gardens all over our city. She also publishes food, health and community awareness books. Thank You, Mariza for all your efforts in bringing fresh whole food awareness back to our tables and community.
If you miss Mariza at the Market contact her at
Phone 361 946-2000
Meet Melissa from Paul's Seafood
Voted the Best of the Best 2008*2009
Pick up some of the freshest seafood available.
If you miss Melissa at the Market. Visit her at
(on the Island)
Phone 361 939-7447