“Jimmy Dean” Breakfast Sausage

This recipe graciously stolen from Christy of BTVC Yahoo.

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The Goods
16 oz ground pork
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried coriander

The Gettin’
Mix everything together, patty out and fry in coconut oil.

The Take
Delicious!  Adjust the salt to taste.  I love sausage, and although we really didn’t have Jimmy Dean growing up, this tastes like “Breakfast Sausage!”

Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep –  5 minutes
Cook–  15 hour

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy

Vanilla Ice Cream & Strawberry Jam

The following dishes were graciously stolen from NoMoreCrohns.com and Peggy Rogers at BTVC Yahoo, to be married and consumed forever and ever, amen.

Vanilla Ice Cream (NoMoreCrohns.com)

The Goods
3/4 cup honey
3 eggs
4 tbsp melted butter
2 ½ cups homemade SCD yogurt
3 tsp. vanilla extract (made with vanilla and alcohol only)

The Gettin’
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, constantly whisk honey, butter and eggs together until thick and starting to boil (and we mean constantly, if you don’t want egg chunks!)
2. Allow mixture to cool (using the freezer or refrigerator will cool it faster, 1 hours time, if you need the ice cream to be ready quickly).  A colder mixture makes fluffier ice cream – patience is a virtue!
3. Combine yogurt, and vanilla extract and add to the honey and egg mixture using a whisk or electric
mixer (mix well).
4. Pour into a countertop electric ice cream maker, and process for about a half hour; or until thick and creamy.
5. Carefully spoon into a low, long container and freeze immediately.  The ice cream will lose its soft texture over time – better eat it quickly!

The Take
This is very good!  It has a tartness that is kinda refreshing (due to the SCD yogurt.)  If you want a creamier, less tart ice cream, try making your yogurt with half and half or heavy cream!

Total Time:  1 hour 45 minutes
Cook– 15 minutes
Cool – 1 hour
Ice cream Maker–  30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Level: Intermediate

Strawberry “Or Your Fav. Fruit” Jam (BTVC Yahoo)

The Goods
4-5 cups fruit
1 cup cranberries
1 cup honey, or to taste (plenty of honey helps cancel out cranberry tartness)

The Gettin’
1. Combine fruit and cranberries, bring to a boil (add a little water or orange juice if liquid is needed).
2. When fruit is tender, mash with potato masher or anything else that works.
3. Simmer until desired consistency is reached.  It splatters a little bit, so be careful!

The Take
4 or 5 cups of fruit will get you about 2 jars of jam.  We made red plum, blueberry, peach, strawberry, and cherry jams!  Our favorite is strawberry!  We think it will last a few weeks in the fridge or a few months in the freezer.

Total Time:  1 hour 5 minutes
Cook– 1 hour
Mash- 5 minutes

Yield: 2 jars

Level: Easy

Precious Beautiful Creations: Painfully Begs Crying: Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe stolen graciously, oh so graciously, so so0 graciously, from Carol Pomplio of  BTVC Yahoo.


The Goods
1 cup melted cocoa butter
3/4 cup honey
1 16 oz. jar peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

The Gettin’
1. Melt cocoa butter (use a water bath or a double boiler).
2. Once cocoa butter is melted add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Warm all the ingredients and stir until smooth.
4. Remove bowl from hot water bath and let cool for a few minutes.
5. Line a muffin tin with baking papers. Ladle about 1 Tbsp. mixture into each.
6. Freeze or refrigerate until firm. Store in freezer.
7. If you are kind of attached to your mind, stand back with first bite, as it will be blown.

The Take
These. Are. Amazing.  You almost believe you’re eating a Reese’s peanut butter cup!  Unfortunately, peanut butter is advanced and they make my stomach hurt a bit…  but these are the treats you hide from the rest of the family, they’re that good!

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook–  10 minutes
Freeze– 1 hour

Yield:  48 cups

Level: Easy