In My Kitchen This Week – 3

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on August 12, 2012

This week in the Food Doodles’ Kitchen!

Unfortunately things weren’t too exciting in my kitchen this week because of pickles.  Last year I didn’t make nearly enough so this year I’m determined to make enough.  Aren’t they pretty all packed in their jars waiting to be processed?  Not quite so pretty after processing…

… but I’m happy with them.  I’ve been keeping up with the cucumbers in my own garden and I bought some too.  15 quarts done so far!  I don’t think that’s nearly enough to satisfy the 2 year old pickle monster so I’ll be making more.  They’re just very simple dill pickles using my mother in laws recipe 🙂

🙁  is all I can say about the picture above.  Lately I’ve been feeling like the oven isn’t cooking things like it should be so I bought an oven thermometer.  If you can’t read the numbers on it, it’s says it’s only 350 degrees in the oven when it should be 425.  I highly recommend getting one of these just to keep an eye on the temperature in your oven.  As it turns out, my oven isn’t actually that bad, it’s only about 15 degrees out but takes a long time to preheat.  I just noticed this fairly recently but I’ll be going through some of my recipes to check the baking time now that I have the right temperature.

I thought since there wasn’t much going on in my kitchen this week I’d share one of my favorite sweet treats.  It’s so simple, but SO good.  I can only eat one of these at a time, they are that satisfying.  The perfect dessert – sweet but still full of nutrition.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

  • 2 large Medjool dates
  • 2 tsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 small squares dark chocolate

Slice the dates down one side and remove the pit.  Take 1 tsp of peanut butter and place it inside and top with a few chocolate chips or a small square of your favorite chocolate.

Notes:

Peanut butter kept in the fridge wont run and will be less messy to enjoy in these.

Use your favorite eating chocolate – I like 72% dark chocolate.

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I also thought I’d share my chia seed jam that I promised to share last week.

And my favorite way to enjoy it 🙂  Start by thinly spreading your favorite peanut butter on a piece of toast.

Put a dollop of jam on top, spread it around… And enjoy!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

  • 3 C strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 C rhubarb, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 C + 1 tbsp maple syrup

In a small pot, place the strawberries, rhubarb and maple syrup.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer.  Add the chia seeds and stir occasionally while cooking for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reached the desired consistency.  Add a little more maple syrup if desired, cool slightly before placing in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.[/print_this]

Hope you’re having a great weekend!  What have you been up to in your kitchen lately?

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1 Ana August 28, 2012 at 20:12

You are amazing !!

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2 Heather August 14, 2012 at 11:29

WOW this is still an amazing week, not the least bit boring – that mini date snack of yours looks to die for….just sayin’ if you want to mail me a box I am more than happy to take some of these off your hands 🙂

I will be in canning mode very soon – pickles, dilly beans & tomatoes galore!

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3 Joanne August 14, 2012 at 06:41

I am definitely going to try that date treat! It looks amazing and oh so satisfying!

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4 Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking August 13, 2012 at 19:22

Oh my goodness those dates look so delicious and that jam is on my list to make now!!

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5 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 13, 2012 at 17:07

Yay, you published the jam recipe! I was waiting for that one. 🙂

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6 Alaine @ My GF & DF Living August 12, 2012 at 21:54

I want to try and make this jam!! It looks so yummy & yet so natural & simple!

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7 Eat Good 4 Life August 12, 2012 at 17:15

Simply is always best 🙂 I have never pickled anything. I am so afraid of the of the jaring procedure!! I need to give it a try.

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8 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} August 12, 2012 at 16:26

I’m on a mission to can something this week 🙂 I think pickles would be so fun to make with my girls. I wish I had grown some cucumbers! I love your jam! Chia seeds are awesome.

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