About Elaine Broughton

As a child I grew up eating a traditional American diet that was heavy on meat and potatoes(mostly fried). After three heart attacks I became acutely aware of the need to actively use my diet to heal the damage done to my body, which means eating a healthy, mostly plant based diet. I've always loved to cook and to garden, so I approached this change as a kind of culinary adventure in learning new ways to prepare foods that I was already familiar with, as well as trying new and different fruits and vegetables. As I used more and more fresh produce in season, I discovered that foods not only tasted better, but my grocery budget slimmed down along with my waistline. In addition, I noticed that the character of my kitchen changes with the seasons as I try to enjoy the foods that are freshest and most affordable. I've included traditional recipes (using meat, dairy and eggs) along with the vegetarian recipes. Hopefully, this will appeal to others hoping to bring a healthier way of eating to their family table. Please let me know what you think of the recipes and feel free to share your own versions of how to use the main ingredients. Elaine...in the Kitchen.

Elaine in the Kitchen has Lots of News!

Sometimes you have to celebrate your own accomplishments, so I’m proud to announce that my book,Pantry Magic – Making and Using Fruit and Vegetable Powders is now available in paperback on Amazon and I hope to have the Kindle edition up soon. (See the Amazon Icon on the sidebar).I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope that all of you will check it out and, of course, buy a copy. (How’s that for blatant self promotion)!  Seriously, I’d love to get your feedback.

But there’s more. Last summer I opened an online store at Etsy.com, and I’m happy to say that I’m getting lots of interest in my Fruit and Vegetable Powders. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElaineintheKitchen?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Sales have been particularly good since the Holidays and I’m looking forward to adding some new items: Meyer Lemon Zest, Roasted Red Bell Pepper, and Sweet Orange Zest.

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I’ve been doing some rehab work on Elaine in the Kitchen’s Facebook page as well as the website.  I’ve also got some great recipe ideas for future posts and I should have a new one starting next week.  Thanks to all of you who have been checking in on Elaine in the Kitchen in the meantime.

Whew!  I think I’ll have some tea and lemon cookies.

Golden Milk is a Cup of Winter Comfort

It’s been some time since I posted here.  Such a busy year and so many projects.  I have the new Etsy store going, and I finally finished the book I’ve been working on “Pantry Magic: Preparing and Using Fruit and Vegetable Powders.”  It should be available on Amazon within the next month. So the holidays were fun but hectic and I’m feeling a little bit run down.

One of the best ways to bolster your immune system and unwind is with a comforting cup of Golden Milk. To make it you will need to prepare some golden paste.  It’s a simple process. Gather the following: tumeric powder, distilled water, coconut oil, powdered ginger, black pepper.

  • 1/2 cup tumeric powder
  • 1+ cup distilled or bottled water
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix 1 cup water with 1/2 cup tumeric. Stir to combine and over a medium low heat bring to a boil.  Simmer, stirring, until the mixture becomes a thick paste (7-12 minutes). It should be the consistency of thick peanut butter.  Watch carefully as it thickens to prevent burning.  Remove from the heat and add in ginger and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Stir in coconut oil.  Make sure that the oil is completely combined with the paste.

You can store the paste in a glass jar in the refrigerator.  However, I prefer to drop teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and pop in the freezer for about half an hour.  Remove the hardened drops and store in the freezer in a plastic freezer bag.  It’s perfect portion control and no spoilage.

To use, put a “golden drop” in a cup of milk (coconut is my favorite but any kind will work).  Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Stir after each 30 seconds and repeat until the milk is warm.  Stir well to make sure the golden drop has dissolved completely. Add a touch of honey and enjoy.

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What to Do with Tofu

As a young fan of Star Trek, I was fascinated by the replicator.  Now, even then I knew you couldn’t make something from nothing (thanks to Mrs. Peterson’s Basic Science class).  So what did they put into the replicator that would make everything from a steak dinner to Earl Grey Tea.   Many years later, I had an epiphany. Tofu.  It’s good for you, it can taste like anything, and it’s the perfect food version of a blank canvas.  Now when I mentioned this to some friends who still think they hate tofu, they of course disagreed, quoting some obscure science fiction explanation.  Still, I think my theory is sound and here are a couple of ways you can start with tofu and make something else entirely that is absolutely delicious even if you hate tofu.

Tofu Taco Fingers

Ingredients

What You Need

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1 14 oz pkg of extra firm tofu
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Tortilla shells
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped green onions
  • Shredded cheese
  • Taco Sauce

Preparation

Combine the cornstarch with the taco seasoning.  Dredge the tofu slices in the cornstarch/seasoning mix, then dip in beaten egg, and finally coat with the panko bread crumbs.

Dipped in Egg and Rolled in Crushed Corn Chips

 

 

Heat a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of oil.  Fry the tofu fingers until crispy and brown on all sides.  Remove from the skillet and drain on a paper towel.

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Assemble tacos.

Tofu Tacos

 

Nom nom nom.

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time for dessert.  Yes, you can make dessert from tofu, and it’s so easy you may never make regular pudding again.

Tofu Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz pkg of firm Silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts

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Cocoa-Maple Syrup-Vanilla

Preparation

In a food processor combine the tofu, cocoa powder and maple syrup.  Blend until smooth and completely combined.

Silken Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Pour into a dish and sprinkle with nuts.  Chill for 1-2 hours and serve.  Trust me.  No one will know it’s tofu.

Savory Tofu Quiche

Tofu Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg of firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon herb de provence or other herb blend
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (or grated parmesan cheese)
  • 3 tablespoons hummus
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 red sweet pepper, diced
  • 3 stalks fresh asparagus, cut into pieces
  • 6 to 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • (use any combination of vegetables you like or have in the fridge)

Crust

  • 2-3 cups thawed frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

Firmly press the potatoes into the tart shell, forming a crust and making sure to push up the sides of the pan.  Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.  Set aside to cool.

Combine the tofu, herbs, nutritional yeast, hummus, salt and pepper in a food processor.  Pulse until thoroughly mixed.  Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the vegetables.  Pour the mixture into the tart pan.  Lower the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 30-45 minutes. Ovens vary so test for doneness at 30 minutes.  Return to oven and bake until golden brown.

Serve warm or room temperature.  It’s even better the next day.

Let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

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Exciting News

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Carrot Powder

I haven’t posted for a couple of months but I have been really busy with a new project.  Today I opened my Etsy Shop featuring a new line of Vegetable Powders for the kitchen.  I’ve been making and using vegetable powders for some time now.  At first it was just a good way to use and store an over abundant garden, but I really love what the flavor of concentrated vegetable powders do for my cooking.  It really brightens up soups and stews and you can add my Gourmet Mushroom Powder to rubs and marinades, or just use it like a sprinkle on seasoning.  So far, I’m offering Carrot Powder, Tomato Powder, Gourmet Mushroom Powder, Super Greens Blend and a jalapeno powder that I call Green Thunder.  I almost have to wear hazmat gear when I make this one.

I’ll also have a book for sale sometime this summer called Pantry Magic: Powders and Potions.  I started the book before I got the idea for the store.  The hardest part of doing both has turned out to be learning to take decent pictures.  So, I’m excited and I’m looking forward to bringing you some great summer recipes.

The Etsy Shop is called ElaineintheKitchen.  I’d encourage all of you to check it out and let me know what you think.  I’ll be back with recipes next week.

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