Spring Veggies

Spring Veggie Crock Pot Recipe

 

Spring Veggies

Spring is feeling within reach these days and with it comes fresh veggies. Since there is still a bit of a chill in the air, we thought there was no better way to stock up on healthy veggies with a fresh spring inspired crock pot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Chicken breast, raw skinless boneless
  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • 1 tsp Basil, dried
  • 2 cups Carrots
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3 cups Peas, fresh or frozen
  • 7 cups Chicken broth, low-sodium organic
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
  • 6 tsp Pesto sauce, prepared
  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa, dry
  • 1 Sea salt
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Place all ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve hot with fresh bread and enjoy!

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Captain Sea Mart’s Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Treats

We’ve all read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham book and we’ve already probably experienced our kids turning their noses up at green food. Getting picky eaters to try new things isn’t always enjoyable, but with the following recipes we think we can help make your St. Patrick’s Day a little more fun for the whole family!

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Leprechaun Popcorn

Ingredients:

1 bag microwave popcorn
½ white chocolate candy melts
1 jar St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
1 pack of mint M&Ms
Green food coloring

Directions:

While your popcorn is popping, melt the white chocolate candy melts and add a few drops of green food coloring to turn it to your desired green. Drizzle the chocolate coating over the popcorn, add sprinkles, M&Ms and mix together. Serve in your favorite bowl and feast during a movie.

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Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients:

1/3 C of butter
4 C marshmallows
5 C Rise Krispie cereal
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Green food coloring
¾ C mint M&Ms or Lucky Charms marshmallows

Directions:

Melt the butter over low heat and add the marshmallows. Stir them until they are well melted then add your vanilla and food coloring. Remove from heat and add the cereal until the mixture is well combined. Add M&Ms or Lucky Charms marshmallows and combine until they are evenly distributed. Allow to cool and harden. Cut with a sharp nice and serve!

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St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Ingredients:

Your favorite sugar cookie dough
Green food coloring
Vanilla frosting
St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkles

Directions:

Add green food coloring to your favorite sugar cookie dough and mix until evenly distributed. Bake according to the package directions and allow them to cool. Top with vanilla frosting and sprinkles. Eat up and enjoy every bite!

For a more traditional alternative, make the frosting green instead of the dough – this recipe works well both ways.

Not feeling the green?

For the adults in your home, we recommend swinging by Watson Point Liquor and trying some beers you don’t traditionally drink. We love stouts and reds this time of year and they can make some great suggestions at the store too. The crew at Watson Point Liquor can also help with beer pairings for your party that all your friends will enjoy.

What are some of your favorite treats and brews to enjoy on the holiday? Share them in the comments below.

From our whole crew, have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Homemade Dog Treats

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Homemade Dog Treats

Easy Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • ¾ c. nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • ¾ c. boiling waters
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
  2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.
  3. Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.
  4. On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.
  6. Treat your best friend, no tricks required.
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10 Chocolate Treats for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is about so much more than finding the perfect someone to spend the day with. It’s about being there for your friends and family and showing them a little extra love, sending a card to someone you haven’t seen for a while, and well, in our opinion, it’s about eating food in the shape of a heart. Especially when it’s made with chocolate, and even more so when it’s warm and gooey.

Whomever your Valentine is this year – and maybe it’s you! – we invite you to feast your eyes and tempt your taste buds with these delicious, easy-to-bake, fun-to-make treats and put a little love in your tummy.

Captain Sea Mart’s Favorite Treats:

  1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries – it doesn’t get much easier than melting chocolate, dipping and refrigerating until the chocolate hardens.Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  1. Lava Cake – a treat that is a little more involved, but scrumptiously good, and we’ve taste tested that it tastes better in a heart shape. Trust us.Chocolate Lava Cake
  1. Heart Shaped Brownie – grab your favorite box of brownies, bake and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Add strawberry frosting and sprinkles for a little added fun.Heart Shaped Brownie
  1. Hot Chocolate – we know you’ve seen baristas make those fancy hearts out of frothed milk. If you’re like us, a little artistically challenged, cut giant marshmallows out in the shape of hearts instead.Hot Cocoa with Hearts
  1. Chocolate Covered Shortbread – buy shortbread, melt chocolate, dip, eat.Chocolate Covered Shortbread
  1. Fruit Pizza – bake sugar cookie dough in the shape of a giant heart, cover with chocolate, slice your favorite fruit and pile it on.Fruit Pizza
  1. Nutella with a side of toast – no seriously, one slice of toast, one jar of Nutella, it’s the perfect ratio.Nutella Toast
  1. Oreo Truffles – Oreos, milk, chocolate chips. That’s all you need for these delicious, bite-sized treats. Although, they taste even better when covered with sprinkles, now that we think about it.Oreo Truffles
  1. Chocolate Donuts – the best part of Valentine’s Day…eating sweets for breakfast.Chocolate Dipped Donuts
  1. Chocolate Bark – layer dark, milk, and white chocolate, then top with sprinkles, conversation hearts or pretzel pieces for a delicious snack.Chocolate Bark

Have a favorite treat we missed? Share it in the comments below.

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Baby it’s Cold Outside…

It can be cold, rainy and sometimes dreary during the Sitka, Alaska winters. As the holidays continue to quickly approaches, we encourage you to spend time with your families and friends indoors. You can stay warm and experiment in the kitchen while really enjoying your time together.

Fondue Night

Broth, cheese or chocolate – you really can’t go wrong! Fondue is a great way to gather your family around the table and make an activity out of your meal. Get everyone involved by setting out several cutting boards and handing out tasks in the kitchen. If you’re making a cheese fondue – someone can grate cheese, cut fresh veggies, slice bread, boil the shrimp, and pour the wine! We also love adding crackers, breadsticks, figs and grapes to the dipping mix.

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Craft Beer Cheese Fondue
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • ½ clove of garlic
  • 1 c. craft beer
  • 8 oz. shredded gouda
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dipping munchies of choice

Directions:

  1. Rub the fondue pot with garlic clove.
  2. Add the craft beer and heat until steam begins to rise from the beer.
  3. In a small bowl, toss together the cheese with the cornstarch.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low, then gradually add cheese to the beer.
  5. Stir continuously until the mixture is melted and smooth.
  6. Season with black pepper and nutmeg.
  7. Eat up!

It’s a Pizza Party!

Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s one of our favorites, a classic dinner that has endless possibilities. The idea behind make-your-own-pizza party is that you supply the dough, sauce, mozzarella and brews. Then you ask your friends and family to bring their favorite toppings. Now, don’t get us wrong, olive oil, buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing and pesto all make bases too – you can either have people bring those with them or provide them as alternatives. We figure about half a pie per person, once you have one in the oven the next person can start tossing out their dough. The idea here is full-size pies cut into 16 slices so everyone gets to sample each one. This is such a fun way to get everyone in the kitchen and trying something new!

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Homemade Pizza Dough
Makes 2 pies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 c. warm water
  • 1-1/4 c. cold water
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4-1/2 c. unbleached bread flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water, let stand 5 minutes until it turns foamy.
  2. Combine cold water, oil and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Add wheat flour and 1 c. bread flour to wet ingredients and start to mix. Continue adding 1 c. flour at a time until the dough becomes heavy and sticky.
  4. Flour your work surface and knead the dough until it forms a ball (about 15 minutes).
  5. Place ball in a greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size (about 2 hours).
  6. Punch down dough and separate into 2 or more pieces, let them rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Roll out your pies and top with desired toppings.
  8. Cook at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  9. Eat up!

Roll your own Sushi

One of the more challenging dinner party nights, but definitely a fun way to get guests out of their comfort zones. You supply the rice, seaweed papers (and roller!), sauces (think soy, peanut, something spicy), wasabi and Saki. Have friends and family bring over their favorite things to put in sushi like veggies, seafood, avocado and other meats. Or get creative. Ever tried a dessert sushi? Everything tastes better with chocolate. This is a great way to get everyone in the kitchen at the same time. You can even prep ahead of time and make some spring rolls for people to munch on while they are rolling.

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Peanut Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 tbs. Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • ¾ c. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ginger

Directions:

  1. Place peanut butter in a mixing bowl and slowly add 6 tbsp. warm water until texture is liquid.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Eat up!

There you have it! Those are some of our favorite ideas to stay inside and have fun in the kitchen with your family. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Hot Cinnamon Spice Toddy

Hot Cinnamon Spice Toddy

Hot Cinnamon Spice Toddy

A delicious beverage, perfect for the Sitka, Alaska weather!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of your favorite bourbon
  • 8 ox. Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Garnish with an orange wedge

Instructions:

  • Pour hot tea and bourbon into a mug.
  • Stir in the honey.
  • Garnish with an orange wedge.
  • Drink up!

Day After Thanksgiving Casserole

… a Hames Family Favorite!

Grab all your Thanksgiving leftovers and bake up this delicious casserole for a second helping.

Ingredients:

6 Slices Sourdough Bread, cut into 1″ cubes
2 C. Turkey (or chicken)
1/4 C. Green Pepper, diced
1/2 C. Celery, chopped
1 Small Onion, diced
1 Can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 C. Mayonaise
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 Eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 C. Milk
1 Can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
Grated Cheese, our favorite is Jack and Cheddar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease the bottom of a 9×13″ pan.
  2. Spread 2 slices of bread cubes on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Mix together in a bowl: turkey, green pepper, celery, onion, water chestnuts, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mixture over the bread cubes.
  5. Top with remaining bread cubes.
  6. Use a spatula to spread the canned soup over the bread cubes (do not dilute the soup!).
  7. Bake for 50 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and top with as much grated cheese as desired and return to the oven for 10 minutes.

Hames Family Tip: Prepare the casserole the night before and place it in your refrigerator for later baking!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Sarah Nell’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Mary’s mom made a Pumpkin Chiffon Pie that was so delightful, the name on the recipe has worn off from years of baking. With a light, airy texture, this pie is a delicious alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. We think it tastes pretty amazing the morning after thanksgiving too with a little bit of Irish Coffee.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Sarah Nell’s Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

3/4 c. brown sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
3/4 c. milk
1-1/4 c. canned or mashed cooked pumpkin
3 egg whites
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 9″ graham cracker crust

Directions

  1. In saucepan, combine brown sugar, gelatin, salt and spices.
  2. Combine egg yolks and milk; stir into brown sugar mixture. Cook and still until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in pumpkin.
  4. Chill until mixture mounds slightly when spooned (test every now and then so it doesn’t get too stiff).
  5. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add granulated sugar, beating to stiff peaks.
  6. Fold pumpkin mixture thoroughly into egg whites.
  7. Turn into crust and chill until firm.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream, drizzle with vanilla caramel sauce.

Share your favorite pie recipes below. Happy fall baking season!

Quinoa Bowls

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

Stay warm this fall with delicious quinoa bowls. Quinoa increased in popularity in 2013 and has been touted as one of the healthiest foods in the world. The whole protein grain is nutrient dense and contains healthy fats like mono saturated fats. This grain is the perfect base for many dishes. Just add squash, hearty veggies, seeds and nuts and you can create unique combinations to last your all winter long. One of our favorite combos with sweet potatoes is below, happy cooking!

Quinoa Bowls

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato
Avocado oil or vegetable oil
Ground cinnamon
Ground cumin
Chili powder
Salt & pepper
Cooked quinoa
Hearty leafy greens (like kale or chard)
1 Tbs garlic
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
½ cup pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)

Directions:

  1. Cut the sweet potato in half. Rub with avocado oil, cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes or until soft.
  2. Strip the leafy greens off the stems. If using kale, discard the stems, if using chard chop the stems in ½ inch pieces. Chop the greens into medium pieces. Sauté the stems for a couple minutes on medium heat in some avocado oil. Add the greens, garlic and apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Finish sautéing all ingredients until the greens are wilted but not mushy.
  3. Put the sweet potato halves into two bowls and smash with a fork a little. Top with quinoa, sautéed greens and finish with the pepitas.

Let us know what you think and share your favorite quinoa bowl recipes in the comments below.

Pineapple Ham

Mom’s Pineapple Ham

Pineapple Ham

Our very first “Win the Ingredients” contest was a hit. We loved hearing from so many of you and it was fun to see what you are up to in your kitchens. Our winner was a home cooked family recipe that we are sharing on the blog today. Stay tuned on social media for more upcoming contests – there are two more chances to win great prizes in October!

Ingredients

2 cans of crushed and 1 can of sliced pineapples
6 t cornstarch
1 t mustard
1 t lemon juice
2 cups brown sugar
1 butt portion ham

Directions

Bake ham on low, covered, for 4+ hours, or until it is falling off of the bone. Remove from bone and place in pieces in a baking dish.

In a pot, bring the 2 cans of crushed pineapples and the juice from the can of sliced pineapples, along with the remaining ingredients to a boil. Continuously stir for 3 minutes.

Pour pineapple glaze over ham, layer reserved pineapples slices on top, cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Serve with rolls and potato salad.