Archive for the ‘Lydia’s Food and Feasts’ Category

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

January 22, 2013


This cinnamon bread,…YUM!


I made it the beginning of last week and it was GOOD. It took some time to make,…but it was well worth it! Our house smelled divine.


You should GO MAKE SOME!


all i want to do now is grow mushrooms on my kitchen counter…and a recipe!

January 13, 2013


Yes my friends…those are mushrooms growing on my kitchen counter. Amazing, no?! What,…you think I’m crazy?! Promise I’m not…and if you do, well…it’s James fault! My amazing hubs gave this to me as a “stocking stuffer” for christmas. No, I promise it wasn’t growing in my stocking over the past year and formed there. It, in fact, didn’t fit in my stocking. He stuck it right next to my stocking in a box…and it’s all totally legit!


Before the mushrooms formed, it was a white chunk of sawdust with a strain of shiitake mushrooms thrown in there. (I’m sure I’m butchering the actually details there,…but that’s the gist of it). To “start” it up, all we did was keep it in the fridge for a few days and then when we were ready to start it up, we soaked it in water for a few hours and misted it a few couples times each day with a spray bottle, kept it covered with a plastic “humidity” tent, and before we knew it (in just a couple of days!!!) mushrooms began to form.


Really,…I know it may seem strange to some people, but THIS WAS INSANELY COOL! I’m hooked…and all I want to do now is grow mushrooms on my kitchen counter! HA! The company is called “Fungi Perfecti” and James ended up stumbling upon it through a random article he was reading one day. This was the kit we got and like I said, I really was amazed how easy it all was! We’re almost finished with our first round of mushrooms, but we are told you can get at least 3 harvests out of them.


And what’s next? Well,…lots of cooking with mushrooms! The menu this week,…Veggie chili with shiitake mushrooms, fried egg on top of a bed of spinach and sautéed shiitake mushrooms, and my personal favorite (and Ruby’s!) was BAKED (yes baked!) short grain brown rice with sautéed shiitake mushrooms! And did I mention, RUBY LIKES MUSHROOMS now!!!! And I quote her, “Mommy, I didn’t think I liked mushrooms, but then I tasted the mushrooms we grew at home and I was like, “Hey! I like mushrooms'”. (From the mouth of my 3-year-old daughter…PROUD MOTHER!)

I will leave you with this delicious and EASY recipe…

Oven-Baked Short Grain Brown Rice with Mushrooms, taken & somewhat adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 3 tbsp. butter over medium-high heat in a stovetop-to-oven casserole pan.

Add and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, about 8 or so minutes:

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped onions

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Add and stir until coated:

1 cup short-grain brown rice

About 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Then add:

2 1/4 cup of vegetable stock (or chicken stock, if you prefer)

1/4 tsp. salt

Bring to a boil. Cover and Bake until the rice is tender and the stock is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Let stand, covered for 10 minutes. After 45 minutes of baking my rice, it seems that the broth had absorbed, but the rice was still not tender enough, so at the end I ended up adding about a cup more of broth to the rice and let it bake for about 20 more minutes. It seemed perfect then. SO, if your rice is still not done after 45 minutes. Add a bit more broth if needed and bake for a bit longer. 

YUM! Hope you enjoy!

Teacher Gifts

December 18, 2012


This was Ruby’s first year of school, which meant our first time giving Christmas gifts to her teacher. I ended up making a personalized apple ornament and also a jar of homemade jelly. We topped off the gift bag with Ruby’s cinnamon ornaments.


The ornament was fun and let me reminisce over the many ornaments I’ve done in the past. Of all the ornaments I’ve made though, this was the first teacher’s apple. It turned out pretty cute and I think I may make these again in the future years!


Back in the fall, I made my first batch of Red Pepper Jelly and figured I’d save some for Christmas gifts since it was such a vibrant red color… I was so happy to pull this out and gift it to Ruby’s teacher. I did think last minute that it would have been nice to include a box of crackers, since that’s what you serve it with, but alas I ran out of time! I do think the jar was so sweet and festive though!

I definitely had fun putting this together,…we’ll see how consistent I am in the years ahead!

Latticed Apple Pie

November 15, 2012

Only one week til Thanksgiving (!) and if you’re still in need of a delicious and easy pie recipe,… this is the one.

“Apple Pie by Grandma Ople” found on Allrecipes. Delicious and Simple ingredients. Apples, sugar, flour, butter, water,… the ingredients can’t get more simple than that. And oh so yummy!

I made my crust from scratch using this recipe, but you can always make it even more simple and use store-bought crust.

Beautiful, beautiful! Make sure to buy a container of vanilla bean ice cream and your treat will be complete!

Pumpkin Spice Scones

November 14, 2012

Before Thanksgiving ends and things turn all candy canes and holly, go make these!!!! They’re delicious.


SO very good and SO much easier to make than they look, they were worth every minute of my time.


Seriously, go make them. They were AMAZING!



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