Monday, December 10, 2012

Product Training: The Heat Cell




The Heat Cell at a Glance
ID Number:  56659
Q club Price:  $3.95 each
Size:  9 oz.  That is about the size of two hockey pucks stacked on top of each other. 

What is cool about the Heat Cell:

  • Contains Ecofuel, a 100% biodegradable, odorless, and non-toxic fuel 
  •  Burn time of 9 hours
  • Unlimited shelf life
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors.
  •  Spill proof design to reduce accidents
  • Easy to relight and reuse.


How to use at a party—Have a s’more bar. 

Last week in the middle of the night I could not sleep.  So after a couple of hours of tossing and turning I woke up and got on pinterest.  I saw a great idea of having a s’more bar at a wedding.  As I looked at the photo I thought.  I think you could do that with the heat cell.    I did some checking and the Heat Cell is safe to use when cooking directly over the flame.  I tried it out with my family and it was super fun.  We roasted our marshmallows over the heat cell and then added graham crackers, chocolate, and FD strawberries.  It was super yummy.  


Things to consider when making s’mores at a party.

  • Be sure the hostess is on board with having guest roast marshmallows over an open flame inside her home.
  •  Be careful with the chocolate.  Whatever you have out will get eaten.  I suggest buying the fun size Hershey’s candy bars (you know the size you would give out at Halloween) and only putting out a reasonable number.
  •  For an average party you will need a couple of heat cells.  I would recommend 3 or 4.  It takes a few minutes to roast a marshmallow so you definitely need more than one.
  •   The close the lid on the heat cell when finished using just put the lid over the flame and the flame with be extinguished and the lid will get sucked down. 
  •   Be sure to have some FD fruit to put on the s’mores.  I tried it with strawberries and bananas and it was heavenly.  I’m sure pineapple would also be great. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Freeze Dried Asparagus--Creamy Asparagus and Peas with Pasta





Asparagus is my daughter’s most favorite vegetable so when I saw that Shelf Reliance was offering it I knew it would be a hit at my house.    One of the things I really love about freeze dried asparagus is that when it cooks it turns bright green. 


Creamy Asparagus and Peas with Pasta
5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups freeze dried asparagus
1 cup freeze dried peas
2 tablespoons freeze dried onion
1/2 lemon, juiced          
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pound fettuccine pasta
3 tablespoons heavy cream
5 ounces shredded Italian three-cheese blend

1.       Place bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until bacon is evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking. Drain the bacon grease from the pan, and transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
2.       Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and stir in the fettuccine and freeze dried peas; after cooking 5 minutes add asparagus and onions.  Cook, stirring often, until fettuccine are tender and veggie are bright green and tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well. Return to pan.
3.       Stir in cream and bacon and bring mixture to a simmer.
4.       Sprinkle cheese blend over the mixture and allow to stand until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes; stir cheese lightly into the fettuccine and vegetables to serve.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake



I recently had a party host ask me to bring breakfast foods to her party.  I made this breakfast casserole and took it.  They loved it.  I baked it at my house and then transported it then warmed it at the hosts house. 
 
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake
6 biscuits, cooked, cooked and cut into 1" pieces
6 large eggs, beaten (3/4 cup scrambled egg mix plus 1 ½ cup water)
2 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons Freeze Dried Onion, rehydrated and drained.
1 cup freeze dried sausage, rehydrated and drained
1 cup freeze dried spinach, rehydrated and drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1.  Butter a 9 x 11- inch baking dish.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together scrambled egg mix plus water,  half and half, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
3.  Place biscuit pieces into pieces into prepared dish.
4.  Top with spinach, onion, sausage and half of cheddar cheese. Pour egg mixture over all and top with remaining cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
5.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
6.   Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until casserole puffs and center of casserole is set. If top of casserole is browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil during baking process. Allow 8 to 10 minutes of resting time before serving.

Tip:  You can rehydrate the sausage, onion and spinach all together.  Place in a large bowl and cover with very hot water.  Let sit about 10 minutes until sausage is fully rehydrated.  Drain well. 

Honey Crystals--Honey Almond Granola









I've been cooking with the Honey Crystals for a while now.  It is really growing on me.  I love how easy and mess free it is to use.  I use honey the most in this recipe.  It is my most favorite granola recipe because it is delicious and super easy to make.  When I use honey powder in this recipe I just dump in the honey Crystals and the water (no messing around with combining them) and it works great.  
When I serve this at a party I put some freeze dried fruit on the top. 



How to substitute Honey Crystals for fresh honey


If you need:
Add this much Honey Crystals
Add this much water
¼ cup Honey
6 Tablespoons Honey Crystals
2 Tablespoons water
1/3  cup Honey
½ cup Honey Crystals
2 ½ Tablespoons water
½ cup Honey
¾ cup Honey Crystals
¼ cup water
1 cup Honey
1 ½ cup Honey Crystals
½ cup water


Honey Almond Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup Honey Crystals (if using fresh honey use 1/3 cup honey and no water)
2 ½ Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
Mix all ingredients, together in a mixing bowl.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Spread mixture evenly on the cookies sheet.
Bake mixture for 15 minutes, stirring once in the middle of cooking.
Remove granola from the oven, and stir, and allow it to cool.  Place cool granola in an airtight container.  Granola will keep in your pantry for 2-3 weeks, to extend shelf life store in the freezer.   Serve over homemade yogurt, or on top of oatmeal.