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Juicing Class February 20, 2013

Filed under: 2013,Food — Pampered Jaime @ 11:39 am
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Last week, my dear friend Melanie and I taught a class all about juicing at her store.  She is the owner of Nature’s Touch Harvest and Nursery in downtown Templeton.  She is an amazing lady and such an inspiration!  She taught the nut and bolts about juicing and I taught the what to do with all the pulp portion of the evening.

We had a huge turn out for this class!  We teach healthy and organic cooking together once a month.  I teach the cooking and recipes and she teaches the health benefits of the various ingredients and how it is grown.  We have been doing this for at least 2 years now!  Here is a peek at what we had going on . . .

Everything you need to make 16oz. of Juice

Everything you need to make 16oz. of Juice

 

Everything to make 1 gallon of Juice!

Everything to make 1 gallon of Juice!

The baskets have a variety of fruits and vegetables!  Ginger for your stomach issues, Spinach/chard/kale for iron, calcium and aminos, celery root for diaretic and intestine health, carrots, and various root veggies and/or fruit, depending on the time of year.

My ingredients to make my Healthy Start Muffins with the juicing pulp!

My ingredients to make my Healthy Start Muffins with the juicing pulp!

 

Melanie shared a couple of different juicers.  She showed them in action and had a variety of different juices for guests to sample.

Melanie shared a couple of different juicers. She showed them in action and had a variety of different juices for guests to sample.

 

We saved and bagged each of the different pulps from each vegetable.

We saved and bagged each of the different pulps from each vegetable.

 

I used over a cup of pulp- a little bit of everything- to make my delicious, and pretty muffins!  There is so much you can do with the pulp- put it in soups, casseroles, baked goods- the sky is the limit!  Extra juice?  Soup base!  Don’t forget composting and chicken food!

If you live on the Central Coast, let us know if you are interested in pricing for a private class for you and your friends!

The great thing about juicing is that it is nature’s medicine!  No need to pop a pill!

 

 

 

 

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Helping with a pie . . . February 13, 2013

Filed under: 2013,Food,Life,Love — Pampered Jaime @ 12:12 pm
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We had a dinner party coming for the quadruple birthday and I needed dessert, but in our little neighborhood, one friend lost their dad and another had their teenage son in a bad car accident. I thought a pie for these families would be a good thing. Once I got started, I thought it would be a good idea to snap pictures of the process. So many of you are afraid of making homemade pie crust and it is SO EASY!

I use a basic recipe that I got in high school. It has never failed me.

Using pastry blender to crumble together the shortening and flour

Using pastry blender to crumble together the shortening and flour

Add ICE cold water and mix in with a fork

Add ICE cold water and mix in with a fork[/caption

[caption id="attachment_111" align="alignnone" width="300"]Using a well floured pastry mat, mine is silicone, pat the dough into a nice circle Using a well floured pastry mat, mine is silicone, pat the dough into a nice circle.

 

Using your pastry mat to help fold the crust, fold into quarters and move to your pie plate.

Using your pastry mat to help fold the crust, fold into quarters and move to your pie plate.

Unfold crust in pie plate and start crimping the edges to make the pretty!

Unfold crust in pie plate and start crimping the edges to make them pretty!  A pretty pie is an eaten pie!  We eat with our eyes first! 

A close up of using the finger-method to flute your edges.

A close up of using the finger-method to flute your edges.

Completed pie crust!  Now it just needs filling . . . I still had pumpkin from November so that was an easy decision!

Completed pie crust! Now it just needs filling . . . I still had pumpkin from November so that was an easy decision!

2 delicious pumpkin pies ready to be baked and sent off to love someone!

2 delicious pumpkin pies ready to be baked and sent off to love someone!

Who says you can only have Pumpkin Pie October through December??  Not me!

 

 

The Superbowl and childhood memories . . . February 5, 2013

Filed under: 2013,Food,Life — Pampered Jaime @ 9:37 pm
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Now that the Super Bowl is over, and I think I got most of the party mess over, it is time to reflect.  This year was special.  Not only am I one of the 49er Faithful, I got really sentimental.  Most people do not realize that I am not a Central Coast native.  I did marry one though.

I was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Just south of San Francisco, I even went to the same high school where Steve Jobs and Woz had attended.  My sister and I went to school with some of the kids of 49er players.  We used to fight over who was going to marry Joe Montana (I should, of course, I am older!)  We were in the city all the time.  I still lived there when they were in the 4 previous Super Bowls that they won.

Even more unknown, I gradutated from Turlock High.  Yes, I lived in Turlock for 2 years.  The same town that Colin Kapernick is from.  (and my girls are arguing over which one gets to marry him!)  Granted, the high school he graduated from did not even exist when I lived there, we are just bursting with pride!

To top off the excitement, I had to go to “work” (in quotes since my family does not think I work on those trips) in the Bay Area, a trip to the City was necessary, just 2 days before the Super Bowl that I waited for for 19 years.  

To make my day even better .  . . . Boudin Bakery made Footbal Sourdough Loaves!

To make my day even better . . . . Boudin Bakery made Footbal Sourdough Loaves!

My hotel was just a couple of minutes walk from the NEW 49er stadium- to be ready by the 2014 season!
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We had such a FUN party with the our friends and family for the big game! My heart was filled with joy to be able to share our home! Even though our team lost, it was such a great day!

Just a bit of the delicious feast we had!

Just a bit of the delicious feast we had!

Granted there were some mistakes made, the fact that the 49ers made it to the Superbowl was amazing and I beleive next year, we will be back again! I cannot wait for football season to start!!!! Hurry up fall!

 

The Results . . . January 7, 2013

Filed under: 2013,Food — Pampered Jaime @ 9:45 pm
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The French Fries baked in the oven were a hit!

French Fry Cutter in action

French Fry Cutter in action

Make sure you plan ahead when you want to make these, as it was a 40 minute bake time. The family thought they were just as good as fried ones. I followed the recipe instructions and seasoned with Heffer Dust when they came out of the over. Same with my sweet potato fries. I could have baked those a little less.

Here is what they looked like coming out of the oven

Tasted just as good as the naughty ones when you eat out!  Baked on a stone bar pan.

Tasted just as good as the naughty ones when you eat out! Baked on a stone bar pan.

Don’t be afraid to give them a try! Want the directions on how to make them? Post a comment and then I will post the how to! I am a tease, aren’t I??? 🙂

 

French Fries

Filed under: 2013,Food — Pampered Jaime @ 3:55 pm
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Tonight for dinner I am making burgers- Grass-fed beef for hubby and the girls, chicken for me. The new thing I will be trying is “Perfect Oven French Fries”. Seems fast, easy and above all, HEALTHY! I have used my french fry cutter from that fabulous kitchen company (Guess Who!) many times, but I have not tried this recipe that came with it. I have made zucchini fries, jicama sticks and cut potatoes for breakfast with it, but actual fries, this will be a first. Sounds easy, I will let you know. I may have to make some sweet potato fries for me since I can’t eat potatoes. It is only fair, right?