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Winter Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

After thoroughly cleaning the kale, tear into pieces.  You can use the stems too, unless they're big and tough.  Peel, and slice 2-3 crispy pears (as-ian style pears are good here), and place in a bowl with a handful of dried cranberries.  Mix the dressing: 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup 2T Balsamic vinegar 1/2 [...]

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Thank you, Pioneer Woman for this easy and delicious recipe!  It's a Glamping fall favorite on Hoot Owl Hill !   Ingredients: 2 sticks of butter 2 C canned pumpkin (not pie filling) 2 t pumpkin pie spice (or more!) 3/4 cups boiling water 2 C flour 2 C sugar 1/4 t salt 1/2 C [...]

Hasselback Tomatoes

8 ripe plum tomatoes, cored 7 oz gruyere or jarlsberg cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves 6 T extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup panko crumbs 2 garlic cloves, minced salt and pepper Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack on the sheet pan.  With a serrated [...]

Persimmon Seed Forecast

According to old-timer's folklore, when you cut a persimmon seed in half and look at the shape inside, a spoon shape indicates above average snowfall, a knife shape signals colder than normal temperatures and a fork shape means warmer than average temperatures. The name Diospyros literally translates to "Fruit of the Gods" and is an apt description [...]

Pasta with Cauliflower Cream

We do vegetarian by request here on The Hill.  One of our favorite vegetarian dishes is Pasta with Cauliflower Cream.  It's really really easy, and filling too!  Especially delicious with our home made pasta and home grown cauliflower! Here is the recipe: Take one head of cauliflower, washed and cut up, saute it in olive [...]

Cranberry Salsa

I adored my cooking teacher, Gloria Martin.  She was classy, clever, creative and organized.  Thank you, Gloria, for inspiring me all those years ago.  Your recipes and menus live on. 2 bags of cranberries, picked over and washed Juice and zest of 1 lime 1/4 cup of orange juice 1/2 cup of sugar 4 jalapenos, [...]

Mama Hoot’s Favorite Egg Souffle

Hardly a breakfast goes by where we don't enjoy the gifts from our delightful chickens and ducks- farm fresh eggs!  This egg dish has been enjoyed by many a glamping guest at Hoot Owl Hill. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a casserole dish in the oven as it [...]

No-Knead Clover Honey Dough

Judith Fertig is a talented and genuine writer and cookbook author.  Her recent publication Heartland: The Cookbook is just chock-full of wonderful recipes from farms and other locations around my favorite area- the Midwest.  Here is her versatile recipe for rolls and more.  Makes about 16 huge rolls, or check out her cookbook for other [...]

Quick Pumpkin Pancakes

From the October Issue of Betty Crocker Bisquick Mini cookbook These pancakes remind me of all that is fall.  Just delicious, and really easy when you use the mix! Maple Pecan Syrup 1 cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped Heat all of this together and keep warm.   Pancakes 2 [...]

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