Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Seeking your recipe and book ideas!

Inspired by this post, I recently did a food inventory of our kitchen and pantry. I did not write everything down, just the more random things we have accumulated. I'd love to have your help in using up these items, as I'm not sure of what to do with the ones I've listed below.

If you have a winning recipe containing one or more of these ingredients, would you be so kind as to send me a link or e-mail me a copy of the recipe? Thank you very much!

*pine nuts
*lemon curd
*oat flour
*soy flour
*corn meal (seeking recipes other than regular corn bread)
*rice vinegar
*sesame oil
*cider vinegar
*sesame tahini

I can't wait to read your suggestions! Also, while I'm requesting your input, Eric mentioned that he would like to read a parenting book geared to dads. With Father's Day soon approaching, I thought this would be a great time to solicit your recommendations. Thanks for your help!

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Linds said...

Hello Carrie-

I'll have to be thinking on the recipe ideas. I wanted to mention the book Shepherding a Child's Heart. It's not specifically geared towards Dad's necessarily but is fabulous! It's written by a dad and has some great insight and Biblical basis for parenting. Wanted to pass it along!

Brie said...

The pine nuts would go great in a pesto sauce and I use tahini paste to make homemade hummus. Corn meal can also be used in pizza dough.

Stephanie said...

I was going to say pine nuts for pesto as well. You can use the cornmeal to make porridge (sweet) or polenta (savory). Google "grilled polenta" and a tasty looking recipe from Epicurious pops up. Cider vinegar is useful for keeping around the house. We use it in baths to soothe sunburned or itchy skin--a cup or more per tub full. The sesame oil and rice vinegar I would use in Pioneer Woman's Simple Sesame Noodles. I would use the lemon curd for a layer cake such as the Lemon Layer Cake from Smitten Kitchen. Or maybe thinly layered between sugar or butter cookies? As for the flours, check out King Arthur Flour's website.

Hope you can use it all up!

Stephanie said...

For the book: How about The Father Connection by Josh McDowell or King Me by Steve Farrar?

Other general parenting books that we have really liked are Shepherding a Child's Heart, Say Goodbye to Whining (this is a *fabulous* book about how to build an honor-based family life), and anything by the Doorposts company.

milissa said...

The pine nuts are an awesome topping to salads. You can mix cider vinegar with mayo or miracle whip to make a tangy "ranch" like dressing. It's soooooo yummy with cucumbers.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Cider vinegar is great in salad dressings or cole slaw. My favorite cole slaw recipe comes from The Mitford Kitchen Reader. (I think that's the title.)

An easy and delicious use of rice vinegar is to pour it over sliced cucumbers. It's a little pickle-ish, a little sweet. Very tasty.

Kristin said...

Hi Carrie -

Since the Lemon Curd was compliments of me, I feel obligated to respond. I've had it several times on scones, but would also be good on biscuits or even just toast I would think. I didn't think it would be very good, but it has a very refreshing taste. Enjoy!!

Ronnica said...

Wow, I don't know what to do with any of those things! Good luck!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is a good pick for dads of girls.

Grace-Based Parenting is good for anyone.

My hands down favorite, though, is Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. Here's a link to my review --->


Molly said...

I have a great recipe for cornmeal yeast rolls that I will email you. My kids LOVE them...they are so soft. It is out of an old cookbook, though, and I can't find the exact one online.
Here's a recipe for the oat flour...yummy pancakes.

As far as the soy and oat flours, you can substitute them pretty much in anything that calls for flour. I would start with only 1/2 c. or 1 cup at a time to see how your family likes taste difference. They would make great breads and flavorful/healthy pancakes.

Mary said...

You can use the rice vinegar, sesame oil AND tahini in a Spicy Cold Soba Noodle salad. Just make a little dressing:

1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons chile oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
season with salt

(I like to heat the soy sauce to melt the sugar or molasses, then cool a bit and mix with everything else)

Serve over cold soba noodles, tofu chunks and some veggies like carrots, scallions and asian greens.

Maybe use cornmeal in a deep dish Chicago pizza crust or make corncakes?

I love apple salad made with mayo, sugar and cider vinegar!

We've done a few parenting books, but never one geared towards just dads. I'm curious to see what suggestions you get! Shepherding a Child's Heart was excellent.

thehomespunheart said...

Hey Carrie,

I have to laugh that I only have two of those ingredients and have never bought most of them :)

I use cornmeal for pizza crust, in chili and of course, cornbread. And, I have a delish recipe for Cornmeal Shortcakes to serve with strawberries (or other fruit) and whipped cream! YUM!

Almond-Cornmeal Strawberry Shortcakes
Serves 6 Prep-Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hr. 35 min.

What you'll need:
for shortcakes:
6 T. butter or margarine, room temp
1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sliced almonds
3/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tspn. vanilla
1/4 tspn. salt
1/2 c. yellow cornmeal

for filling:
1 pound strawberries
1/3 c. plus 1 T. sugar
3/4 c. heavy cream

What to do:
1. Make shortcakes: Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour 6 jumbo muffin tins (each 1-cup capacity); set aside. (I used a regular muffin pan and cooking spray)

2. In a food processor, blend 1/2 cup sliced almonds with sugar until finely ground. Add butter, eggs, vanilla, and salt; process until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary (mixture may appear curdled at this point). Add flour and cornmeal; pulse just until moistened.

3. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. sliced almonds. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool cakes 5 minutes in pan; remove from pan, and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

4. Make filling: Hull and quarter strawberries. In a medium bowl, combine with 1/3 c. sugar. Let stand until syrupy, tossing occasionally, at least 20 minutes (and up to 6 hours, covered and refrigerated).

5. In another medium bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream with remaining 1 T. sugar until soft peaks form.

6. With a serrated knife, split cooled shortcakes horizontally. Place bottom halves on serving plates. Dividing evenly, layer with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream; cover with shortcake tops.

Michele said...

my first thought re books was Grace Based Parenting and can see someone else has also mentioned, or the 5 Love Languages for Children

Jan said...

I use soy flour as a sub for eggs in baking. For instance, in a cake calling for two eggs, I might use one egg, 1 tbsp. soy flour, and a little more than 1 tbsp. water. If I'm low on eggs, I leave them out altogether and double the soy flour and water. There is no difference whatsoever in taste or texture.

Jamie said...

Carrie - As for the cornmeal, I use it for dusting my pizza pans with before I bake homemade pizza. It gives it a very professional feel. Also a way to use a lot of it is to make the blueberry multigrain pancakes on the Life As Mom blog. They are so good. I've prebagged the dry ingredients as she suggests and have made them the past 2 Saturdays in a row. Yum. Lemoncurd is often served with gingerbread...that's all I know about that. :-)

Jamie said...

A good parenting book - Visionary Parenting by Rob Rienow. He is one of the pastors at our church that I really respect and it is an awesome book in my opinion. There is 1 chapter written by his wife more for moms that wouldn't apply but the rest is good for both Mom and Dad and a lot of the chapters deal with leading family worship.

Ticia said...

It sounds like you got great recipe ideas. I would suggest www.allrecipes.com
It lets you type in ingredents you want and brings up recipes that use it.
As for a book for fathers: My husband was recently given a book called POINT MAN how a man can lead his family. By: Steve Farrar
My husband says its really good and he wished he could have read it when his kids were much younger.

Michelle said...

I use corn meal mixed with flour (maybe 2 parts flour to 1 part corn meal or thereabouts?) to coat chicken and pork chops for baking. It makes them nice and crispy. Also, I use apple cider vinegar over salads (along with olive oil) sometimes.

Regina said...

Pine nuts: Great to make pesto, or toast and sprinkle on salad.
Lemon curd: Use as a spread on bread, toast, scones or make lemon meringue pie or tartletts (delicious!).
Oat flour: as mentioned before it can replace flour/wholemeal flour.
Soy flour: Vegan baking recipes replace eggs with soy flour. As mentioned by Jan before, it works well!
Corn meal: Already a lot of suggestions! I use it to make polenta.
Rice vinegar: Is used in making sushi, were it is added to the rice. Haven't used it in anything else yet.
Sesame oil: When making a stir-fry, fry your vegetables in sesame oil. It adds a very slight nutty taste.
Cider vinegar: I use it instead of conditioner. Just mix a slurp of vinegar with warm water and use this to rinse your hair. It removes the soap built-up and leaves your hair soft and shiny without adding chemicals.
Tahini: Either add to hummus or eat it spread on bread/toast drizzled with honey. Can also drizzle on flat/pita bread as a sauce when making kebabs.

And a book that I wish that I had read while our children were young: Child Guidance by E.G. White.

Cindy Crafton said...

A great book you might consider is "The Measure of a MAN" by Gene A Getz.
For the ingredients listed -- this is a wonderful recipe for the sesame oil. It does make a lot and is a little spicy too. But, very tasty!

2 lbs. noodles, cooked
7 oz. sesame oil
14 oz. soy sauce
2½ tsp crushed red pepper
2½ tsp black pepper
2½ tsp garlic
spring onions, chopped
3 bell peppers, chopped

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Anonymous said...

Can you put pine nuts on salads??? Maybe I'm wrong, but that sounds good. :)


Anonymous said...

Can't you put pine nuts on salad? Sound good to me...


Anonymous said...

Thought my last post didn't post...oops.

Anonymous said...

We love sesame oil on stir fried vegetables--really yummy on asparagus! I also use corn meal in my pizza dough--just substitute 1/4 cup of cornmeal for 1/4 cup of the flour. It makes the dough very managable and gives it a slight crunch--very tasty.