Baby it’s dry outside: Dehydrated Herbs

Herbs that is! Los Angeles is technically supposed to be a desert . None of the vegetation is natural here… We go through droughts. Herbs cost money. Buy them at the market for $1 and dehydrate or air dry. In supermarkets herbs such as rosemary can cost up to $5-$8. Let’s save a few bucks and dehydrate more… here’s what I have so far. More to come!

 

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It’s still a Vegetable…Oven Roasted Glazed Carrots

carrot

1lb 1/2″ sliced carrot
2 diced shallots
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Grade A maple syrup
2 tbsp orange zest
1 tbsp bacon grease (optional)
2 tbsp seasme oil
one cap liquid smoke
2 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
1 tsp Spanish smoke paprika

Place shallots and carrots in a baking sheet coat with seasme oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 300 until soft and slightly crispy. Toss remainder of ingredients in a bowl. Mix until blended. Pour over roasted vegetable and toss. EAT!

 

AmazeBalls (Coconut bacon topping smoky, mallow stuffed, mashed, sweet potato balls)

I got a little weird and remembered I had the most delicious mashed potato balls at Porto’s  in the Valley. Why not sweet potato balls? Sounds delicious enough… turns out… THEY ARE AMAZEBALLS (pun intended). Just look at that Mallow oozing out!

AmazeBalls Difficulty: Not

Time: 1 1/2 Hrs

Recipe

4 large sweet potatoes

1 small bag marsh mallow

12oz. fresh orange juice

zest of one large orange

1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup (grade A)

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 caps of liquid smoke

3tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tbsp nutmeg

2 cups of coconut

Salt and Pepper

Set coconut to the side. Slice sweet potatoes into 1″ pieces. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon, and bake at 300 F for 20 minutes or tender. Minus a capful of liquid smoke and coconut, mash remainder of ingredients with warm potatoes in separate mixing bowl. Let mixture cool. Insert desired amount of marsh mallow in center of mash, and roll into ball.

To create coconut bacon simply mix a cap of lquid smoke and desired amount of Grade A maple syrup. one mixed, top onto Amazeballs and bake at 300 F for 20 minutes. Coconut will be perfectly brownish when ready.