Friday, December 27, 2013

Foodie Friday!

Confession: my clothes are getting tighter. A little snug here, a little more stretched there. Could it be Bubbe's Christmas caramels? Maybe... after all, we did crank out two batches this year because the first one resembled more of a brick than a square of chewy-goodness. (In our defense, it was a new candy thermometer and the second batch was beyond perfection). I suppose the clothing dilemma could also be a result of the tiny human that I'm growing - 18 weeks along and going strong! I went for a run yesterday, however while reflecting upon the 3-mile outing, I decided I could no longer say I went for a "run". It was a "jog", at best. :)

For the most part, even where holidays are concerned, I try to "health" things up a bit. Here is a non-example of that:

The girls modified Gran's sugar cookie gingerbread people by adding ears. Then they painted them green... because they are obviously Shrek and Fiona cookies (we recently saw "Shrek: The Musical" at the Lawrence theater... the girls have not yet seen the movie). Doesn't everyone celebrate the season with Shrek cookies?

Back to the "health" part... Here are a few of my latest faves. The cookies and creamer were part of my contribution to Christmas brunch; the biscuits are just darn good and easy.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies
  • 3/4 C organic coconut sugar
  • 1 stick organic unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs (from the lovely Lavender, right out back!)
  • 1/4 C organic molasses
  • 3 3/4 C organic stone ground whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Chill dough for at least an hour before rolling
  • Bake on parchment paper at 350 degrees for 8 minutes

Coffee Creamer
recipe courtesy of Deliciously Organic
  • 2 C organic half and half
  • 1/4 C organic maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
    • Heat half and half, maple syrup, and cinnamon over medium until steaming
    • Remove from heat and add vanilla
    • Strain through cheese cloth and enjoy!
    • I love this in my naturally decaffeinated green tea (no caffeine for baby!)

Honey Whole Wheat Biscuits
adapted from A Bear in the Kitchen
  • 2 1/4 C organic stone ground whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 T cold organic unsalted butter; cut into pieces
  • 3/4 C organic plain yogurt kefir (could also use buttermilk)
  • 1 1/2 T local honey
    • Combine dry ingredients; cut in butter with pastry cutter
    • Combine kefir and honey
    • Add wet to dry
    • Roll out dough to approx 5" x 9" rectangle; fold long sides up/down like a letter and roll again to desired thickness
    • Bake on parchment paper at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes