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Basil Pesto

What in the world is Pesto! Pesto has been a mainstay in Italian recipes for generations. Pesto is a green paste consisting of mainly basil, parsley, garlic, a cheese, pine nuts and olive oil.
Use Pesto on hot buttered pasta, make tomato bruschetta.
A simple salad recipe for pesto is place a bed of lettuce on individual salad plates, place a large slice tomato, top with a dollop of pesto, top pesto with a generous helping of crumbled cheese and chopped green onions.

I usually put sunflower seeds in our pesto instead of pine nuts. Sunflower seeds are not as expensive, easy to find,have a good shelf life and adds a salty nutty flavor to the pesto.

I make several batches of pesto each each year omitting the nuts and cheese. I place the pesto in ice cube trays until frozen. I then remove the frozen cubes and place in a zip lock freezer bag. These cubes can be added to your soups stews,tomato sauces. You can use your imagination.

Vegetarian! Vegan!
Source: Unknown (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: 6-8 people
Ingredient keywords: Fresh, fresh, garlic
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Carrot Ginger Soup

We had a mess of sweet winter carrots, and needed something new to try with them. Here we found a winning recipe.

Source: Kitchen Revelry Cookbook by Ali Larter - featured in Family Circle Magazine March 2014 (Entered by Lee Ruff)
Servings: 6
Ingredient keywords: carrots, orange, ginger, coconut
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Cosmic Charlie's Award Winning Scarlet/Fire Panini!

Cosmic Charlie’s Scarlet/Fire Panini

*Last summer, we had a Market Cook-Off at The Champaign County Farmer’s Market, in June. This panini won two awards…Best Use Of Market Products and Cook-Off Champ!! Below is my inspiration and the ingredients for you to try…it all starts with a loaf of Cosmic bread!

My entry is a panini made with Cosmic Charlie’s Parmesan Oregano Bread and all local veggies from fellow vendors! The sandwich gets it name from a combo of songs that used to be played, together, at a Grateful Dead concert. The songs are Scarlet Begonia and Fire On The Mountain. When you heard the familiar tinklings of Scarlet Begonia starting to filter through the crowd, you knew that it would seque into Fire On The Mountain. Deadheads shortened the titles and lovingly would refer to the combo as Scarlet/Fire. This was a familiar happening at Dead shows with many of the song combos that were joined, together. Since my business, Cosmic Charlie Bread, gives a nod to my love of The Grateful Dead, and their song, Cosmic Charlie, is my inspiration, and since I am a loving Deadhead, Scarlet/Fire seemed like the perfect title to give a perfect sandwich!

The panini will start with Cosmic’s Parmesan/Oregano bread. I grow my own herbs, organically, and my bread is all natural, unbleached flour, with no preservatives or oils. The flavors of the bread will cosmically unite with the Scarlet part of the duo in the form of sliced tomatoes from Lonny’s Green Acres. The Fire part of the duo will come from the kick of Mary Jane garlic, from JC Growers, that will be roasted, carmelized and spread on the bread. The Fire also comes from the dried red pepper that runs through my Parmesan/Oregano bread. The “rifts” that will bring the harmony all together will be roasted sweet onions and banana peppers from Lonny’s Green Acres. You always need a core to bring the group, all together, and for me, that was always Jerry Garcia, at the shows, and in the sandwich, it will be provolone cheese from the local Yutzy’s cheeses.

After the first bite, I hope that the judges and fans will see a “sky that’s yellow and a sun that’s blue” (nod to a verse in Scarlet Begonias), that takes them into the flavorful world of Cosmic Charlie.

For my fans and Bread Heads, I will be offering samples, all market, of my Parmesan/Oregano Bread…

Peace, Love, Bread

Pamela of Cosmic Charlie Bread


Source: Pamela Bowshier (Entered by Pamela Bowshier)
Servings: 1 loaf of Cosmic will give you 6 panini sandwiches
Ingredient keywords: garlic, onions, banana, cheese, olive
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Cosmic Charlie's Christmas Morning French Toast

I host a large brunch, on Christmas mornings, at our house. One of the most popular dishes is my overnight french toast using Cosmic Charlie’s Sugaree (sugar/cinnamon)Bread! Feel free to leave the Grand Marnier out, leave it in or even sub a different flavor. This is so good served with slices of baked sausage and real maple syrup….


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1 to 1 1/2 French bread, cut into 1 1/2 inch slices
4 c. heavy cream, light cream or milk
4 eggs
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. Grand Marnier
2 tbsp. orange zest
Confectioners’ sugar

Beat together cream, eggs, sugar, Grand Marnier and orange zest. Arrange bread slices flat in glass baking dish and pour mixture over bread. Soak for 2 hours, turning bread after 1 hour until mixture is absorbed by bread. Put slices on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning bread after 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. 4-6 servings. Serve with orange butter.


6 oz. butter, softened
Juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp. Grand Marnier
1/2 c. powdered sugar

Mix together, put in a serving dish or wrap in wax paper to form log. Refrigerate until serving. Spread on Grand Marnier French Toast.

Source: (adapted) (Entered by Pamela Bowshier)
Servings: 4-6 (I actually triple the recipe)
Ingredient keywords: bread, cream, eggs, sugar, Grand, orange, sugar
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Frosted Ginger Cookies

This is a favorite ginger cookie in our house. Most of the time when I bake these I don’t add the icing. I serve these especially on Thanksgiving and other family gatherings and offer pumpkin dip to dip the cookies. Pumpkin lovers are plentiful in this family.

These cookies have a soft texture and the subtle blend of spices isn’t over powering. Great with a cup of tea or coffee as an afternoon snack or in the evening after dinner.

Nutrition facts; Per Cookie 102 cal.(33% cal.from fat)0.8G protein,3.8g. fat(2.2 Sat fat, 16g.carbs(o.2g Fiber)98ml.Sodium,15MG.Chol.

Source: I have had this recipe for years, I believe it is out of theFamily Circle Magazine. (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Makes approx 40 2 inch cookies
Ingredient keywords: eggs, molasses, whole, pumpkin, pumpkin
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Gooey Apple Sorghum Cake

This recipe is from a 16 page, free recipe book WalMart put out before Christmas a few years ago. We love this recipe… it’s one of my 3 year old’s most often requested desserts! It calls for a caramel sauce as the topping, but I think the result is more like a bar dessert than a cake, and it is delicious without the sauce… very moist and delicious warm or cooled.

Source: Walmart Great Value Holiday Recipes, submitted by Cheryl Mattingly (Entered by Lee Ruff)
Servings: Serves 16
Ingredient keywords: sorghum, eggs, spelt, apples, raisins, walnuts
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Gooseberry Crunch

A common use for gooseberries!

Source: Gingerich Farm Products (Entered by Cathy Pullins)
Servings: About 6
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Grandma Pullins' Black Raspberry Pie

Grandma Pullins is known for her excellent pies. As the matriarch of a large family she easily makes 10 pies for a family dinner!

Source: Grandma Pullins (Entered by Cathy Pullins)
Servings: 6-8 slices depending on how hungry you are!
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Green Goodness Kale Apple Juice

Found this recipe when looking for more to do with kale.

Source: Family Circle March 2014 (Entered by Lee Ruff)
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredient keywords: kale, apples, celery, parsley, mint
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Maple Syrup Pie

A delicious and easy custard-like pie. Use a tart pan for beautiful presentation.

Source: New York Times (Entered by Shary Stadler)
Servings: 8
Ingredient keywords: eggs, maple
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Our Grass-Fed Lamb Roast

Here is a special adapted Lamb Roast Recipe for our smaller cut roasts!
Great for 2-4 people for dinner or cook for one with leftovers for fajitas or tacos! Use with our Lamb Spice Blend!
Check out our products, especially the Shoulder Roasts and Shank Roasts when they are available! Also check out our smaller size Leg of Lamb Roasts but buy early!
You can use this same recipe with our Leg of Lamb Roast
(About 3-4 lbs.) Just double the ingredients and extend the roasting time to about 1.5-2 hours.

Source: J & L Vernon Farms (Entered by Linda Vernon)
Servings: 2-4
Ingredient keywords: Shoulder, diced, finely, diced, see
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Overnight Yeasted Spelt Waffles

These waffles are a breeze to prepare, as the prep is done the night before. In the morning, simply break an egg, mix and pour the batter into a hot waffle iron. The yeasty/sourdough like taste from the overnight fermentation is healthy and delicious. These waffles are crispy on the outside and perfectly soft inside!

Source: (Entered by Lee Ruff)
Servings: 2 servings - we have to double this for our selves and our three young children
Ingredient keywords: spelt
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Pawpaw ice cream

One of the best ways to enjoy pawpaws. Pulp freezes well, use fresh or frozen. If using frozen, slightly thaw. (Fruit may turn brown if you thaw too long.)

Source: The Donvier Way (but you can use any ice cream maker) (Entered by Shary Stadler)
Servings: 1 quart
Ingredient keywords: pawpaw, egg
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Pawpaw Ice Cream

If you like peach ice cream, you will love pawpaw ice cream.

Source: From the Donvier Ice Cream recipe book (Entered by Shary Stadler)
Servings: One Quart
Ingredient keywords: pawpaw, eggs
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SHH "Paella" Fried Rice

Remember you absolutely cannot make delicious rice using freshly cooked rice.Cook the rice a day or 2 ahead of making this recipe. Use a long grain rice and cook according to directions on the package. You will need 4 cups of cold cooked rice. You could also purchase the cooked rice from a chinese restaurant.

The chorizo sausage is hard to find. Oakview Farms carry ground chorizo in a 1 lb. pkg. I the whole pkg. I have also substituted the chorizo for ground sweet Italian Sausage. However you do not get the same flavor or color that the spices of the chorizo gives to the dish.

Source: Gourmet Magazine March 2000 (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: This will serve 6 to 8 people easily.
Ingredient keywords: onion, bell, chorizo, cilantro
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SHH Irish Soda Bread

This is a salute to Nana! Marie Abigail O’Reilly Stapleton AKA Nana. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The first thing Irish my husbands mother showed me how to bake was Irish Soda Bread. Her bread was from scratch and baked on a flat skillet in the oven. A loaf was always sitting on her kitchen table waiting for us to slice it up smother it in butter and savor the goodness and love with which it was baked. I bake Irish soda Bread especially on St. Patrick’s Day but over the years I have taken a short cut from her original recipe. Back when I was a busy working mom and busy children. This is my Bisquick Recipe Version. Enjoy

Source: I am guessing it must be from Bisquick? (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: 12 to 14 slices
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SHH Linguine with spring Vegetables

This dish makes a great light lunch, side dish for dinner or add a salad and a hearty crusty bread for a meat free dinner.

Source: Martha Stewart vegetables from farm stands to table. Macy's Dept. Store (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredient keywords: Aspapragus, Zucchini, sugar, fresh, bread
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SHH Meatloaf or meatballs.

This is a never fail meatloaf recipe, tastes the same every time no guessing what herbs or spices to use. This recipe uses 3 lbs of meat. You can use all ground beef or follow the recipe with the ground beef, ground turkey, and sausage.

I sometimes will divide the mixture in half. I will make a smaller meatloaf and make meatballs out of the other half. (Makes 12 meatballs) Bake them both at the same time in the oven. Reduce the baking time to 45 minutes for the meatloaf. Freeze the meatballs to serve later with Spaghetti, Meatball sandwiches or with a pesto sauce over pasta.

To make 1 1/2 inch party meatballs: Set oven at 350 degrees. Line the bottom of 2 cookie sheets with foil. Place meatballs an 1 to 1 1;/2 inches apart inches apart not touching the sides of the pan.(you can fit about 25 to 30 meatballs in each pan. Bake for approx. 30 to 40 minutes. I turn the meatballs after the first 10 min of baking,this keeps them perfectly rounded. Serve in a crock pot with your favorite sauce, or freeze for later use.

Source: Swisher Hill Herbs (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: serves 6 to 8 people
Ingredient keywords: ground, Turkey, sausage, eggs, SSH, green
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SHH Mulligatawny Soup

The subtle flavor of the combined ingredients make this a delicious indian inspired soup.
This recipe combines chicken breast, curry powder, rice, chopped apple,and cream. Total prep and cook time 1 hour.

Nutrition Information: servings 6, Calories 213 per serving.
Amount per serving; Total fat 15.5g, Cholesterol 59 mg, Sodium 94 mg.Total Carbs 12.8 g, Dietary fiber 1.4 g, Protien 6.2 g.

Source: 2012 (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Serves 6
Ingredient keywords: onion, carrot, curry, apple, fresh
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SHH Parsley, Kale, and Berry Smoothie

Great taste! Give this a try! Parsley is the star of the show in this smoothie. 1 cup of Parsley has 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, twice as much iron as spinach.It helps fight cancer, is an anti-inflammatory for arthrtis, and boosts your immune system just to name a few good qualities.

Italian and curled parsley contain equal amounts of vitamins and minerals.

100 calories, 1 fat g., fiber 4 g.

Vegetarian! Vegan!
Source: Chef Seamus Mullen - April 2012 Bon Appetit- Recipe is also in his new book- Hero food (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredient keywords: parsley, kale, berries, banana, flax, water, cinnamon, tumeric
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SHH Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Delicious smoked pork shoulder using SHH Sweet and Zesty spice blend for the rub. This recipe taste great with the Barbecue sauce recipe in the recipe section. Great for any summer crowd and barbecue.

Source: Trial and error recipes in the smoker. This is a keeper. (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Serves 6 people
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SHH Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Delicious smoked pork shoulder using SHH Sweet and Zesty spice blend for the rub. This recipe tastes great with the Barbecue sauce recipe in the recipe section. Great for any summer crowd and barbecue.

Source: Trial and error recipes in the smoker. This is a keeper. (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Serves 6 hungry people
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SHH Red and Green Cabbage Slaw

This recipe will make your Cole slaw the star of the meal! The slaw dressing is tangy with a sweet and sour flavor. the flavor is enhanced from your own homemade Spiced Apple Mint Vinegar. Which you can make with one of our herb vinegar spice packets! Check out the new products! The dressing call for Mayonnaise, you could substitute sour cream or yogurt, It will change the taste of your finished dish. This dish goes great paired with shredded pork. You can add it ti the pork in the sandwich. Now there’s a party in your mouth!

Source: Adapted from several recipes, adding and taking out ingredients to taste. (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: Serves 6 people as the main dish, as a side dish it will serve 8 to10 people
Ingredient keywords: vinegar, whole, black, chipotpe, green, red, onion, green, fresh
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SHH Tzatziki ( Greek Yogurt, Cucumber, and Dill Dip)

Dear Customers, Here is the Greek sauce we made and sampled at the Champaign county Farmers Market in Urbana and also at the Urbana Antique Show & Flea Market. In this Greek recipe we used Swisher Hill Herb’s Dill Dip as a substitute for the fresh dill.

If you like Greek food you will love this easy to do recipe. Great to serve anytime.

Source: An internet source (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: As an appetizer this sauce will serve approx 6-8 people.Recipe makes a little over 2 cups.
Ingredient keywords: Yogurt, garlic, cucumber, Dill
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SHH White Bean Chicken Chili

A very popular chili blend. Even red sauce chili diehards a have given this white bean chili a thumbs up. The recipe makes generous servings for 6 to 8 people. Freeze the leftover chili; it is as good after it has been frozen. *Vegetarians can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth add more different variety of beans and vegetables.

Source: Swisher Hill Herbs (Entered by Charlene Stapleton)
Servings: 6
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