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Flavored Syrup Teas

These teas use the flavoring syrups used for Italian soda and in coffee stands. I am still experimenting with these recipes.

1 gallon Filtered water
5 bags Tea — Tried English Breakfast tea
1 cup Flavoring — So far I have only tried blueberry
1/2 cup Sugar

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the tea and sugar.
  3. Allow the tea to brew on medium-low heat for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Turn off the burner and allow the tea to cool for several hours.
  5. While tea is still warm (but not boiling) add the flavor syrup.

Cast Iron Skillet Bread

This is an very tasty and easy to make bread. This is based on the recipe by Tessa Arias. My version uses garlic, onion, and pepper. This recipe is quite good but I am still fine-tuning the recipe.

Ingredients

2¼ teaspoons (1 package) instant yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
4½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons Dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons fine salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Thrive chopped onion
1 teaspoon Thrive spinach
¼ teaspoon Fine, ground pepper
4 teaspoons Minced garlic

Directions

  1. Combine the yeast and water in a large mixing bowl and wait a few minutes for yeast to activate.
  2. Add half the flour and stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and the remaining flour and stir until combined.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Or, you can let the dough rise in the skillet (next step).
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Brush 2 tablespoons olive oil over the bottom of a 10″ or 12″ cast iron skillet. Dust bottom of pan with a little flour to make the bread easier to remove. You can also sprinkle some salt and pepper in the skillet, if desired.
  7. Sprinkle the dough and your hands with flour before shaping it into a rough disk (dough will be sticky). Place the dough in the skillet, cover loosely, and let it rise about 30 minutes until puffy.
  8. Drizzle additional olive oil over the top of the bread. Slash the dough with a sharp knife to create an X shape. Sprinkle with rosemary leaves. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle all over with the Parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Recipe: Poultry Infusion

I am still experimenting with this recipe but it worked nicely in a turkey breast last Thanksgiving.

1/2 cup Chicken broth
4 tbl Butter
1/4 tsp Pepper, finely ground

1/2 tsp Parsley, very finely chopped
1 clove Garlic
2 tbl Onion, very finely chopped

Be sure the onion, garlic, and parsley are chopped extremely fine or chop them in a food processor. Warm the ingredients gently and inject into the poultry before cooking.

Recipe: Fruity Brine

I am still experimenting with this recipe. It produced turkey with a nice, fruity flavor.

1 gallon Filtered water
2 quarts Apple juice
2 quarts Orange juice
2/3 cup Salt (or 1 cup of coarse salt)
2/3 cup Brown sugar
10 cloves (whole)
1 tablespoon nutmeg (ground)
1 Carrot, diced

Experimental

The basic fruity brine was very good but I want to experiment with adding some savory notes to the fruity flavor. I have not tried this yet but I want to add another carrot, diced onion, and some parsley to the brine. I do not know how this addition will work but will update this post after I try it.

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil and add diced carrot, salt, brown sugar, cloves, and nutmeg. Allow it to boil for about 10 minutes to release all of the flavors.
  2. Remove the pot, add juice, and allow to cool.
  3. Add meat so that it is completely covered by the cool brine.
  4. Allow meat to brine for 24 to 48 hours.
  5. Remove meat, rinse, and pat dry.
  6. Rub olive oil on the meat and cook or smoke until internal temperature reaches 165°

Earth Friendly Weed-Be-Gone

This is an environmentally-friendly weed killer. I got the recipe from a booth at the Everett, WA Sorticulture event.

1 gallon White Vinegar
2 cups Epson Salt
1/4 cup Dawn Dish Soap

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Apply with a sprayer or watering can

Sassamint Tea

This is minty tea with the earthy taste of sassafrass and a strong aroma that reminds me of root beer.

1 gallon Filtered water
3/4 tsp Sassafrass tea
1 tsp Peppermint
1 tsp Spearmint
3/4 cup Sugar (more or less to taste)

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the teas and sugar.
  3. Allow the tea to brew on medium-low heat for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Turn off the burner and allow the tea to cool for several hours.
  5. Pour the tea and leaves through a very fine strainer, chill, and enjoy.

Fruit-o-licious Iced Tea

This is a sweet fruity tea with black tea base that is very tasty and easy to make. You can adjust the recipe to your own taste by increasing or decreasing the amount of tea or sugar.

1 gallon Filtered water
1 tsp Keemun tea (black tea)
1 tbsp Blueberry loose tea
1 tsp Wild Cherry tea
1 tsp Raspberry Splash tea
7/8 cup Sugar (more or less to taste)

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the teas and sugar.
  3. Allow the tea to brew on medium-low heat for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Turn off the burner and allow the tea to cool for several hours.
  5. Pour the tea and leaves through a very fine strainer, chill, and enjoy.

THRIVE Enhanced Soup

You can use THRIVE meats and vegetables to enhance existing soups and ramen. Place your soup in a pan and add whatever THRIVE products that you like. Heat the soup on a low heat. This allows the THRIVE to rehydrate and cook. You can use THRIVE to turn a boring soup into something tasty and more healthy.

The THRIVE enhanced ramen can work particularly well with kids. If they can make ramen then they can make healthier and more flavorful THRIVE ramen. All they need to do is heat the ramen water, after the water is hot add a variety of THRIVE ingredients, add the ramen noodles and cook as normal. The enhanced ramen will taste better and have more nutritional value.

Since THRIVE products are cleaned, cut, and ready to use all you need to do is open the can and add some product. If you want finely chopped product then place the product in your hand and crush it. Good food can be very easy to make.

Teriyaki Jerky Marinade

***** This recipe is still being tested and tweeked *****

This is a teriyaki marinade that can be used as a marinade for jerky, meat, chicken, etc. Vary this recipe to suit your taste. This recipe will make enough marinade for about 2 pounds of jerky meat. Allow the meat to marinade between one and two days depending on the thickness (marinate longer for thicker cuts).

½ cup Soy sauce
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp Peppercorns
2 tsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Onion power, or 5 tsp Thrive Chopped Onions (turn to powder)
1 tsp Paprika
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
1 tsp Aleppo chili, ground
1 tsp Parsley, dried

Directions

  1. Grind the peppercorns, Thrive Chopped Onions, sesame seeds and parsley to a fine powder.
  2. Mix all liquid and dry ingredients in a sauce pan.
  3. Heat on low for about 15 minutes and stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. When cool pour over meat and marinade at least 12 hours.

Mellow Yellow Bread

This is a basic white bread with a hint of banana and spices. It works well as just toast with butter or as sandwich bread.

1 Banana, preferably an over-ripe one
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp Salt, or 1½ tsp sea salt
1 tblsp Brown sugar
1½ tblsp Sugar
1 Egg
2¼ cups Flour
½ cup Milk
1½ tsp Yeast
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions

Add all ingredients in bread machine and set for Light White Bread.