Monday, February 27, 2017

Amish Series - Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

In Like a Bee to Honey, the third book in the Honeybee Sisters, Rose Christner, the youngest of the Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the kitchen.

One of Rose’s favorite recipes is Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes, which she makes for Josiah Yoder and his energetic nephews in Like a Bee to Honey. This pancake recipe appears at the back of Like a Bee to Honey. It is my favorite breakfast recipe. You grind the wheat right in your blender for the freshest ground wheat ever!

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 cup whole-wheat kernels
3 tablespoons cornmeal
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon Rumford baking powder (This brand makes a difference. Without it, add another tablespoon of cornmeal.)

Step 1: Have a hot griddle greased and ready.
Step 2: Put the buttermilk in the blender and turn the blender to the highest speed. Slowly pour the whole-wheat kernels into the blender. It will sound like popcorn popping. Blend until the popping sound is gone. Add cornmeal, eggs, honey, and salt.
Step 3: After mixing well, add baking soda and baking powder and blend for 20 seconds. The batter will rise fast! Pour dollops of batter onto hot griddle and brown on both sides.
Serves 4

Like a Bee to Honey
Ever since a traumatic childhood experience, Rose Christner has always been on the timid side, much happier quilting and painting than attending gatherings with the rest of die youngie. Josiah Yoder is enchanted by Rose’s gentle ways and loving heart and knows he’ll have to sort of grow on her if he ever hopes to win her affection without frightening her away. But when an disgruntled stranger bullies Rose, Josiah can’t be subtle anymore. Will skittish Rose open her heart to new possibilities, or will she forever shy away? Will Aunt Bitsy send her cats to obedience school?


Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. 

For more information about Jennifer, check her Web site.  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quick Chicken Curry

Yummy and low calorie Quick Chicken Curry!

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons curry powder
4 Roma Fresh Tomatoes
1 Jalapeno's chopped - optional
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt Non fat
1/2 cup milk 2% (you can use skim
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken chopped (you can use leftover)

Serves 4 people
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
2. Add onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
3. Stir in curry powder, diced tomatoes, Greek yogurt and milk. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne, if using.
4. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened.
5. Stir in chicken until warmed through, 1-2 minutes
6 Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve over rice or noodles and it pairs well with a white bubbly wine.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g8 %
Saturated Fat 1 g6 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 45 mg15 %
Sodium 499 mg21 %
Potassium 620 mg18 %
Total Carbohydrate 12 g4 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g9 %
Sugars 8 g
Protein 24 g47 %
Vitamin A24 %
Vitamin C37 %
Calcium19 %
Iron7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Turkey and White Bean Soup

Welcome! Today we have a nice healthy soup.

Turkey and White Bean Soup
3.25 cup (dry), Great Northern Beans (Dried)
48 oz, Roasted Turkey
1 clove, Garlic Clove Chopped
1 pepper,  jalapeno,
4 Roma Tomatoes
6 oz, Carrots (2 carrots sliced)
1 Stalk, Stalk sliced
1 Medium Green Bell Pepper
48 fluid ounce, reduced sodium Chicken Broth
1 small, Fresh Squeezed Lime
0.50 tsp, ground pepper, black
0.50 teaspoon, Sea Salt
1 tablespoon, Crushed Red Chili Pepper Flakes
1 tsp(s), Sage
1 tbsp, basil, dried

Soak beans over night. Roast Turkey and remove from bones and cube. Add everything to the crockpot sit back and relax. 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. It makes 6 quarts, 12 / 2 cup servings.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g3 %
Saturated Fat 0 g0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg27 %
Sodium 2354 mg98 %
Potassium 113 mg3 %
Total Carbohydrate 36 g12 %
Dietary Fiber 15 g60 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 47 g94 %
Vitamin A27 %
Vitamin C116 %
Calcium8 %
Iron20 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hot Sausage Penne Pasta

Today we're cooking spicy!

Hot Sausage Penne Pasta 6 Servings
1 box Reduced Calorie Penne Rigate
2 links Louisiana Hot Links sliced
1/4 cup Celery sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 Roma (plump) tomatoes diced
1/2 jalapeno chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/3 cup mushrooms
2 oz. Red Wine
1 tbsp Basil
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed chili

1 serving 305 Calories.
Brown sliced links in large skillet, add oil and veggies and stir until tender. Follow box instructions for penne mix with sauce and serve.
Pairs well with a crisp white wine.