Jalapeño Popper Grilled Corn Salad

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Corn SaladIngredients

  • 8 Ears of Corn (olive oil, salt, pepper)
  • 2 Jalapeños – seeds & stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cooked Bacon
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese – softened
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Coat each ear of corn with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the ears on the grill and cover. Grill 15-20 minutes, rotating every 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the grill and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. When the ears are cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off into a large bowl. Eight ears should yield about 6 cups of corn.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sour cream. When blended, stir the creamy mixture into the corn.
  6. Add the chopped jalapenos, bacon pieces, and cheese. Stir to combine.
  7. Serve immediately or chill and serve later.

 

Yield:  about 8 cups of salad

Asparagus Bacon Quiche

Asparagus Bacon Quiche2Ingredients

1 purchased or homemade pie crust

8 oz. sliced mushrooms, sliced

2 tablespoons oil

½ pound asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces

6 large eggs

¾ cup table cream

4 green onions, sliced

1 roasted red pepper, sliced

1 ½ cup white cheese, shredded

6 strips smoky bacon, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces

salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Spray a removable bottom tart pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium skillet, saute mushrooms in oil until golden. Season lightly with salt and pepper.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Place asparagus pieces in a microwave-safe dish. Add a small amount of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Drain, season lightly with salt and pepper, and cool.
  5. Roll out pie crust; press into the tart pan.
  6. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the cream and stir to combine.
  7. Add all other ingredients and gently fold them in. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour the egg mixture into the pie shell.
  9. Set the pan on a cookie sheet; bake 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan 15 minutes before removing the tart pan sides.

 

Yield:  8 servings

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad

Ingredients

1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced

1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus

2 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

pinch of salt, and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon. Drizzle with the vinaigrette.

 

Yield:  1 serving if eaten as a meal, 2 servings if used as an accompaniment of a meal

Dairy and Bacon Prices Down, Apples Too

Lower retail prices for several foods, including whole milk, cheddar cheese, bacon and apples resulted in a slight decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey.

The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $54.14, down $.12 or less than 1 percent compared to a survey conducted a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 10 decreased and six increased in average price.

Higher milk and pork production this year has contributed to the decrease in prices on some key foods.

“Energy prices, which affect everything in the marketbasket, have been quite a bit lower compared to a year ago. Processing, packaging, transportation and retail operations are all fairly energy-intensive,” said John Anderson, AFBF’s deputy chief economist. Lower energy prices account for much of the modest decrease in the marketbasket.

CS15_128 Fall Harvest Marketbasket SurveyThe following items showed retail price decreases from a year ago:

  • whole milk, down 17 percent to $3.14 per gallon
  • bacon, down 11 percent to $4.55 per pound
  • apples, down 7 percent $1.45 per pound
  • shredded cheddar, down 5 percent to $4.56 per pound
  • flour, down 4 percent to $2.37 per five-pound bag
  • bagged salad, down 4 percent to $2.46 per pound
  • vegetable oil, down 3 percent to $2.61 for a 32-ounce bottle
  • Russet potatoes, down 3 percent to $2.64 for a five-pound bag
  • white bread, down 1 percent to $1.69 for a 20-ounce loaf
  • chicken breast, down 1 percent to $3.42 per pound

These items showed modest retail price increases compared to a year ago:

  • eggs, up 56 percent to $3.04 per dozen
  • orange juice, up 7 percent to $3.43 per half-gallon
  • ground chuck, up 6 percent to $4.55 per pound
  • toasted oat cereal, up 3 percent to $3.09 for a nine-ounce box
  • sirloin tip roast, up 3 percent to $5.67 per pound
  • sliced deli ham, up 1 percent to $5.47 per pound

“As expected we saw higher egg prices because we lost so much production earlier this year due to the avian influenza situation in Iowa, Minnesota and some other Midwestern states,” Anderson said.

Price checks of alternative milk and egg choices not included in the overall marketbasket survey average revealed the following: 1/2 gallon regular milk, $2.21; 1/2 gallon organic milk, $4.79; and one dozen “cage-free” eggs, $4.16.

The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks closely with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index report for food at home. As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.

 

“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 16 percent, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Anderson said.

Using the “food at home and away from home” percentage across-the-board, the farmer’s share of this $54.14 marketbasket would be $8.66.

AFBF, the nation’s largest general farm organization, began conducting informal quarterly marketbasket surveys of retail food price trends in 1989. The series includes a Spring Picnic survey, Summer Cookout survey, Fall Harvest survey and Thanksgiving survey.

According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10 percent of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world. A total of 69 shoppers in 24 states participated in the latest survey, conducted in September.

Breakfast Egg Casserole

egg casseroleIngredients

1 bag frozen hasbrowns
8 eggs
1 packaged pre-cooked bacon or ham (diced)
2 1/3 cups milk
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/3 cup diced red pepper
1/3 cup diced orange/green pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
salt and pepper to taste
basil and tarragon to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 cups grated cheese

 

Directions
1. In a 9×9 greased baking dish – place the frozen hashbrowns until your pan is about 2/3rds full.  Sprinkle on salt and pepper.  Add diced meat to top of hashbrowns.
2. In a bowl combine all other ingredients/seasoning (except eggs and cheese).  In a separate bowl beat the 8 eggs until combined.  Add the eggs to the seasonings, peppers, and onions.  Mix to combine.  Pour over the hashbrowns in the baking dish, then top with the two cups of grated cheese.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  (until set and the top is browned).
4. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Recipe and photo originally appeared at www.lilybitdifferent.com

Breakfast Bacon And Maple Meatballs

a5 Recipes- Breakfast Bacon & Maple MeatballsIngredients
1 lb. breakfast sausage (no sugar added)
1 medium sweet potato
4 oz. button mushrooms, quartered
½ yellow onion, coarsely chopped (approx. ½ cup)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
5-6 slices of bacon
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375º.
2. Fry/cook bacon until crisp. Drain, cool, and crumble.
3. Place sweet potato in food processor with shredding attachment. Shred. Remove sweet potato shreds. Replace shredding attachment with chopping blade.

4. Place shredded sweet potatoes, onion, mushrooms, and minced garlic in food processor and chop together. You want the sweet potatoes fairly fine.
5. In large bowl, combine sausage with all other ingredients.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop for uniformity, scoop out meat mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Place meatballs on baking sheet.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes until meatballs are golden brown and completely cooked through.
8. Serve immediately with favorite breakfast accompaniments.

 

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

a5 Recipes- Bacon Cheddar Deviled eggsIngredients
6 hard-cooked eggs
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 bacon strips, cooked and finely crumbled
1 tablespoon finely shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions
1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise; remove yolks and set whites aside.
2. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Stir in the mayonnaise, bacon, cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper.
3. Stuff or pipe yolk mixture into egg whites.
4. Garnish with paprika or chives (optional).
Refrigerate until serving.