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Recipe: Savory Veggie Cobbler

Savory CobblerNot the most artful photo (in spite of the art pencils har-har!)

 

Ingredients for filling:

4 cups of chicken broth or stock (I used my bone broth)

12 oz bag of mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) or equivalent fresh

2 tbsp coarse ground mustard (I used spicy brown)

4 potatoes, skin on, scrubbed and cubed

1 onion diced

1/2 c of flour

1/2 c of milk or cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put all the vegetables into a deep sided baking dish, sprinkle with salt and bake for 30 minutes.

Heat the broth on a medium high heat, adding the flour and whisking out any lumps.  I used to do this carefully, by first whisking the flour and a little broth in a separate bowl until smooth and then stirring into the larger pot of broth…  but now I have an immersion stick blender, so I just dump everything into the pot and whiz it until smooth.  Let it bubble and thicken for two minutes, then turn the heat down to medium and add the mustard and milk.  Whisk it (or stick blend) it again.  Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

When the timer for the veg goes, dump the sauce into the baking dish and stir everything up.  Then top it with drop biscuit dough.

Easy drop biscuits: 

2 c flour

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c melted butter

1 c milk

Mix it all up and drop by big spoonfuls onto the veg and sauce.  Continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes until biscuit dough is browning and the potatoes are cooked through.

Also, I use this biscuit recipe for quick drop biscuits:  Mix it up and drop by big spoonfuls onto parchment paper lined or greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a 450 degree preheated oven.  (These biscuits are fantastic with a handful of cheddar cheese thrown in the dough!) 

Recipe: Gluten Free Play Dough

We occasionally make salt dough, which you can bake until it hardens…  The kids liked it when we made ornaments for our Yule tree.  We now do this every year and its a cool little tradition.
A few weeks ago, someone on twitter was looking for a gluten-free play dough recipe, and I found a couple of recipes that looked easy enough.  So I thought I would try and see if I could create my own version, with stuff I usually have on hand.

My Recipe:

2 cups brown rice flour

3/4 cup salt

3 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons oil

food coloring

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Whisk together the dry ingredients and pour into a saucepan.  Add in the water and the oil.  Stir until incorporated.

You may need to sprinkle a little water if it is too dry.  Keep stirring over medium heat for about five minutes.

The dough will form into a ball.  Take it out and dump it into a bowl to cool off.   Once it is cool, turn it out onto a cutting board and divide into pieces for coloring.  I made two batches to get four colors.

(I had planned to make dye out of spices and veggie coloring, but apparently that was extremely ambitious after a week of sick kids in the house!  But you can buy natural non-scary food dyes if that is important to you)

While the dough was cooking I was afraid it wasn’t going to be the right consistency, but as it cooled it firmed up a little more.  When I turned it out onto the cutting board, I sprinkled a little more rice flour on top and kneaded it in, which made it just right.  As the color worked in, I noticed that the longer I kneaded it, the smoother the dough became.  By the time it was ready for the kids it was perfect!


I’ve got the dough separated and stored in glass jars…  I don’t know how long it will it last, but it seems to be holding up to multiple play sessions today!

This was Cooper’s first experience with play dough- and he was so funny to watch…

He kept trying to eat it, but when he finally got a mouthful he was very unhappy with the taste! Hannah showed him how to play with it, and he’s been happily smashing and squishing the dough for the past forty-five minutes!

I love making things for my children to play with.  I think it is so much more fun than just buying them something plastic or chemical-filled.  Not only for them to play with, but for me to “create” it for them.  I hope your littles have just as much fun with this play dough as mine have!

 

*note* It is the next day- I checked the dough and it is still perfect.  It hasn’t dried out so I guess it will store for a while!






 

Clay Ornaments for Yule

I photographed the ornament making:

And last but not least, I thought I’d show you my groaning Yule table…

And this doesn’t include the plates of food on the counters, hutch, and the top of my freezer chest!!!

Because Marissa asked:

My Salt Dough Recipe

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 teaspoon alum (in spice section of grocery store)

1 1/2 cups water

food coloring (optional)***

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

If it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. Work into dough with your hands.

If you want to color the dough, divide into parts, and add food coloring to each section and knead.

Roll out dough with a rolling pin on a slightly floured surface.

Cut dough into shapes, you can use cookie cutters.

Place gently onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes in 250 degree oven. Turn and bake another 1 1/2 hours until hard and dry.

Let cool completely. Sand lightly with fine sandpaper if needed.

Paint them if you want to…

*** A great nontoxic food coloring option is koolaid.  The non-sugared kind…