Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Food Storage 101 Giveaway!


**This Giveaway is Closed**

Congratulations to Gina Lopez for winning all six cans featured in our Food Storage 101 posts.

It's time for another giveaway! This one features the six cans we've covered during our Food Storage 101 segment last week. If you missed some days last week, here is the list of cans as follows:

Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans
Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken
Honeyville Freeze Dried Vegetable Mix
Honeyville Freeze Dried Apples
Honeyville Hard White Wheat
Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs

To become eligible for the contest, review the five Food Storage 101 blog posts from last week, then head over to our Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/FromFarmsToFamilies. Once there, you must first like our page, then find the post regarding the giveaway and answer the following question correctly: "What is the shelf life of Can #4 featured in our Food Storage 101 weekly posts?"

The winner will receive all six #10 cans featured that week. Entries must be completed by Saturday, August 4th at Noon (Pacific Time) and the winner will be messaged on their Facebook account. Good luck and thanks for following us!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Avocado Ranch Spread Recipe

Because of the heat in the summer I usually prefer my meals to be a little lighter.  One of my all time favorites being Bacon Lettuce and Tomato (and Cheese) Sandwiches.  I pumped up the flavor volume to the sandwiches by adding a yummy Avocado Ranch Spread.  The local stores have got a brand new product, Honeyville Buttermilk Powder, which I used to make the spread.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Food Storage 101 - Can's #5 & #6 - Meat and Veggies

With our Food Storage 101 week coming to an end, we thought that the best way to finish would be to feature the two most common foods found in a meal – meat and veggies! The final two cans featured in our 6-can food storage discussion is the Honeyville Freeze Dried Vegetable Mix and Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Food Storage 101 - Can #4 - Freeze Dried Apples

I remember when I was young my mom would always tell me “An apple a day keeps the dentist away.” With all the essential vitamins and minerals that a person needs, it's not hard to see why! Apples are high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes weight loss. They also contain almost no fat or cholesterol.This is why we have chosen Honeyville Freeze Dried Apples as our fourth can in our Food Storage 101 segment. Not only do they fit in the necessary fruit group for your food storage as well as provide all the benefits we just mentioned, it is an easy product to rotate regularly in your daily meals. Whether sprinkling them on your oatmeal each morning, giving it to your kids for a daily afternoon snack, or using it in your everyday cooking needs, this is an extremely versatile product with a shelf life of 10-15 years. And if apples are not your choice, we have a full line of Freeze Dried Fruit that you can substitute.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Food Storage 101 - Can's #2 & #3: Protein Basics

After covering the Wheat and Grains portion of our basic food storage needs yesterday, now it's time to focus on protein. Protein is essential to the human body. Not only does it provide needed energy and fuel for the body, it is essential in the breaking down and re-building of muscle and tissue. In basic terms, your body needs protein and you can find it in meats, fish, and beans, such as Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans and Honeyville Powdered Whole Eggs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Food Storage 101 - Can #1: Honeyville Hard White Wheat

Yesterday in our introduction to Food Storage 101 week, we introduced you to six #10 can products that we will be featuring this week. Each can not only covers one of the main food groups every person needs, but are also basic essentials items needed to start or maintain any personal or family food storage.Today we're going to talk about the first of those 6 cans, our Honeyville Hard White Wheat.
Grains, Rice, Cereal and Pasta make up the largest of the main food groups. With a suggested daily intake of 6-11 servings per person, it's easy to see why this group is such a key item in anyone's food storage. You could choose any of the many products we carry such as the Honeyville Hard Red Wheat for cooking breads or even the Honeyville Farina Ground Wheat Cereal for a warm cereal, similar to Nabisco's Cream of Wheat. Each can provides you with those essential Grains you need. For our example we'll stick with the Hard White Wheat because of its ability to be used in so many different ways and because of the great recipe Chef Tess has provided.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Welcome to Food Storage 101

Food Storage. Do these two words strike fear into your heart? Do you immediately have an overwhelming feeling to purchase pounds and pounds of powdered milk and grain? For many of us food storage is the one thing we know we should have, but find ourselves asking "Where do I start?"

It is because of this and other questions that we’ve decided to have a special Food Storage segment this entire week and a Food Storage 101 segment every Friday afterwards. Here we will discuss the different ideas, suggestions, and money-saving techniques for everyone’s food storage needs. So let’s get started!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Last Chance At 20% Off Sizzlin' Savings!

The Honeyville Grain Summer Sale is about to sizzle out! Shop at store.honevyillegrain.com and enter coupon code SIZZLE  at checkout to get 20% off your entire online order! That's everything, including our popular Freeze Dried Fruit Combo, a perfect addition to your food storage. Place your orders quick because this sale ends today, July 20 at 6 p.m. (PST).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Kid In Town...

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Zak and I am the new kid on the block here at the Cookin' Cousins Blog. I, like many of you, am new to Honeyville Grain and am learning about all the exciting products here and how to use them.

As a kid growing up in northern Utah and Wyoming, I remember my mom's huge focus on food storage products. If any of you grew up in a family like mine, your food storage was just an extended version of your kitchen pantry with food being used everyday. I can remember going down to the basement before my boy scout camping trips and grabbing items from our food storage to take camping with me. Though I didn't realize the benefits of it then, I can certainly see them now with my own family. However, just like many of you, I'm still learning the ropes of how to do it!

I'm excited to learn with you about all the great products here at Honeyville and maybe even swap a recipe or two with Callie, Tenille, and Chef Tess. I'm also excited to talk regularly with all of you and maybe we can help each other build up our food storage needs, create our emergency prepardness kits together, and discover some of the delicious products here at Honeyville Grain. Keep your eyes pealed for a new Food Storage 101 section coming to the blog and get some of your food storage questions, ideas, and recipes together so that we can chat about them. I'm excited to begin learning together with all of you. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe

I love meat!  However, sometimes I don't want to eat it at every dinner.  And sometimes these yummy and super satisfying  meatless meals become a family favorite like these Black Bean Quesadillas!  My sister originally found the recipe from tastykitchen.com and I have adapted it to fit my family's taste preferences.

1 and 1/2 cups cooked and drained Honeyville Black Beans
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Colby Cheese
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Monterey Jack Cheese
1 Tbls. Honeyville Dehydrated Green Onions
1/4 cup Honeville Freeze Dried Corn
1/2 cup Salsa
1/2 Tbls. Chef Tess Southwest Fajita Seasoning

In a medium sized bowl combine Bell Peppers, Colby Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Green Onions, and Corn with 1/2 cup Water.  Give it a quick stir to get everything wet and then let it sit. While the products are rehydrating, put the Black Beans on a plate and mash them with a fork.  Once mashed add the beans to the other products in a bowl along with the Salsa and Chef Tess Southwest Fajita Seasoning. Mix until everything is well combined.

On a preheated electric griddle lay down one tortilla.  Scoop some of the black bean filling onto the tortilla and spread it out towards the edges.  Lay another tortilla over the top.  Let the tortilla cook until golden brown and flip over.  Continue cooking the tortilla to allow cheese to melt, filling to heat thoroughly, and tortilla to turn golden brown.  Makes about 7 Quesadillas using 6 inch tortillas.

To serve cut into wedges and dip in salsa, guacamole, or sour cream or leave whole and top with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and ranch dressing.

What is your favorite meatless meal? 
Happy Eating!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Honeyville's Sizzlin' with 20% off Sale!

Trying to beat the heat? Well here at Honeyville we've got the perfect way to do so. Save 20% on your favorite Honeyville products, all while shopping from the comfort of your air conditioned home!

Starting today, July 17, and running until Friday, July 20, when you shop at store.honeyvillegrain.com and enter in the coupon code SIZZLE during checkout you'll get 20% off your entire online order! That's 20% off any of your favorite Honeyville products, including the all new line of Chef Tess Spices (as seen above). Everything is on sale!

Take advantage of this great four-day offer before it's gone!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tropical Island Trail Mix Recipe

Our family went on a road trip last week and we needed snacks! Doesn't everyone want snacks on a road trip? Well, what a perfect time to try a new trail mix out. I found the original recipe here and changed it up to fit Honeyville and our family taste buds.

4 cups Chex Cereal
1/2 cup Honeyville Coconut
2/3 cup combination of Honeyville Freeze Dried Apples, PeachesMango's
1 1/2 Tbls. Butter
2 Tbls. Brown Sugar
2 Tbls. frozen (thawed) Orange Juice or Pineapple Juice

In a large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, coconut, banana chips, and fruit. 
In a separate microwavable bowl, microwave butter on high until melted. Stir in brown sugar and juice. Microwave about 30 seconds or until hot; stir. 
Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
Microwave on  high for 2 mins 30 seconds, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or foil to cool.

(Tip: the first attempt I burned this! It's important to stir every minute)


Friday, July 13, 2012

Soft Pretzels Recipe

Did any of you do 4-H as a kid?  I participated in it during two summers growing up and had a lot of fun.  Once a week I'd get together with other girls my age and we'd learn how to cook something.  At the end of the program we'd enter something in the county fair.  For that hour each week I felt as if I was a budding chef beginning my culinary journey.  While I never did go to culinary school, it was fun learning the basics of cooking...and eating!  This recipe reminds me of 4-H; it is simple enough that kids could do it (I had my 2 year old help me) and it is quick to prepare and yummy!  My childhood friend Janae shared this recipe with me years ago and we are still making them.

3/4 cup Warm Water
1 1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Yeast
2 cups Flour
Melted Butter and Coarse Kosher Salt

In a bowl combine water, sugar, and yeast.  Let sit about 5 minutes until yeast starts to bubble. Add flour.  I'd start with 1 and 1/2 cups and then gradually add in the last 1/2 cup.  Once mostly combined, knead dough on a lightly floured surface until it is a soft dough. 

My 2 year old decided to help knead it while I got my camera, hence the finger marks in the dough.  
Divide dough into 4 equal portions.  Begin making pretzel shapes by taking each portion roll into a long snake, about 15 inches.

Take one side and bend it around and secure it a smidge more than half way down the snake.

Do the same for the other side.

Place seam side down on a greased cookie sheet.  Brush tops with melted butter and then sprinkle tops with coarse kosher salt.

Bake in a preheated oven at 425 for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Best when eaten immediately while warm and fresh!

While they are superb by themselves sometimes I like to have a dipping sauce to go with them.  Cheese Sauce seemed to be the sauce of choice in Jr. High, but I would choose a marinara sauce nowadays. 

**If you want to make a another flavor or without the salt on top add 1/2 tsp. salt to the dough when adding the flour and omit sprinkling the top with salt before baking.  Once out of the oven brush them with melted butter and top with desired topping (Parmesan Cheese, Cinnamon Sugar, etc).

Here are some combos we did:
Plain (no salt) dipped in Peach Jam
Cinnamon Sugar dipped in a sweetened Cream Cheese (my favorite combo)
Parmesan Cheese dipped in Marinara Sauce

It was a fun lunch activity and meal. I made them with white flour (Bakers Unbleached) and fresh Whole Wheat flour-super yummy either way. 

Happy Eating!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BBQ Quesadilla Recipe

We like to mix things up here. No more regular cheese quesadillas at our home....we LOVE adding ingredients to the cheese! It adds so much more flavor, it's more filling, and more fun to make. Here is our latest:
All amounts are based on you and your liking:
Honeyville Freeze Dried Cheese
Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans
Honeyville Dehydrated Green Onions
Honeyville Freeze Dried Pineapple
Honeyville Freeze Dried Chicken
Honeyville Freeze Dried Corn
Honeyville Powdered Sour Cream
BBQ Sauce

Re-hydrate cheese, black beans, green onions, pineapple, chicken, and corn according to package instructions. Mix all re-hydrated ingredients, cilantro, and BBQ sauce together in a bowl. Put a tortilla on a griddle, spread mix on top, cover with another tortilla, and once cheese starts to melt, flip it over and continue to heat thoroughly. Make sour cream according to package instructions. Top with sour cream, avocados, more BBQ sauce, etc
Enjoy! You will never want another "cheese" quesadilla again!!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Yes, yes, yes, ANOTHER salad recipe for you. I warned you though....I really crave salads in the summer time!! And if you are going to eat a salad for 3 months straight, you might as well have a wide variety to choose from, right? I found the original recipe here and of course changed a few things to use Honeyville items. Enjoy your salad: 


3/4 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Peppers
1 cup prepared Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Corn
2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup Honeyville Dehydrated Green Onions
1 head ice berg lettuce, washed and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 ripe avocados, diced
Tortilla chips 

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp ranch seasoning
1 tbsp taco seasoning

Re-hydrate chicken, peppers, beans, corn, green onions according to package instructions. Combine all ingredients (excluding chips) in a large bowl. Make the dressing and slowly start to pour over salad and combine. Add desired amount of chips as a topping.
Tip: I ended up only using about half the dressing, so add slowly. Also, if you are a leftover family, then I suggest dividing up the salad and keeping the salad and dressing separate until you use again so the salad won't be soggy when you want it the next day.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Very Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

So Tenille has been posting salads and I've been posting milkshakes and smoothies. I guess we know who has a sweet tooth--not that it is a problem :)  With as hot as it has been these cold drinks sure are refreshing on summer days.

I love milkshakes because they are sooo easy to make and can easily be adapted to personal preferences.  Here is what I did for lunch the other day...

1 and 1/4 cup prepared Honeyville Strawberry Milk Alternative
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Strawberries
2 cups Strawberry or Vanilla Ice Cream (about 5-6 good size scoops)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.  Use more/less prepared Strawberry Milk Alternative to get your milkshake to the desired consistency.  I like thinner milkshakes for slurping but thicker milkshakes when dipping.  Don't tell me you haven't dunked fries in a chocolate shake?!?!  Try it!

What is your favorite milkshake flavor?

Happy Eating!