Tuesday, February 02, 2010


You know how much I love mushrooms. Sometimes I am lucky and can find them in the woods around the Palouse. Usually I find a handful so I just fry them in a little olive oil and salt then eat them up right away.

Some of the best recipes are the simplest. Some of the best moments in life are simple. Bon Appetit!

Canned Garlic Peppers

During the summer at the farmer's market there are some amazing peppers. The variety is wonderful. Spicy, mild, sweet and OR KILLER! I bought several pounds of red peppers to make my grandmother's canned garlic peppers.

My Dad loves to make a sandwiches with these and always seemed ecstatic whenever Grandma would send a jar in the mail. He would take bread, a little mayo or Miracle Whip, red onion and flatten out a pepper. That's it! Very simple and very good!

Cut peppers into half or fourths. In olive oil fry the pieces and flatten until tender. This is going to take some time especially if you have several pounds. You know? I recommend doing maybe 5-6 peppers to fit into a half quart jar. After you fried the peppers set them aside. Take as much garlic as you want and slice the cloves into thin pieces.

Now stuff the jar with a layer of peppers. Flattening peppers then layer garlic. Repeat the layering until the jar is stuffed. Push down the peppers and get rid of the air bubbles. Leave about 1/2 inch space at the top. Sprinkle a little sugar on top then pour apple cider vinegar into the jar until 1/4 inch at top. Screw on the lid.

I like to shake the jar to get the sugar dissolved and the vinegar spread down through the peppers.

Keep the jar in the fridge and within 2 weeks you can enjoy them!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mimic Cream Thank You God!

It has been years since I have had the pleasure of eating a creamy soup or pasta dish. There have been whole baking recipes I would skip because of the ingredient evaporated milk or cream. But not anymore! Hello Mimic Cream! A chef came up with this cashew nut based 'cream' when her husband developed a milk allergy in adulthood. She couldn't stand that he had to go without Alfredo so she developed this. There are two versions on the market. Original and sugar. I recommend buying the original because you can always add sugar to the cream to make it like evaporated milk.

I did a pasta recipe. It wasn't my best but I was so excited to eat this!

This was made by sauteing garlic and onions with some mushrooms and salt. Then I added olive oil and about 1 cup of Mimic Cream.

I had a fantastic potato and corn chowder with Mimic Cream! Also a very healthy and delicious kale and sausage soup. Here is the recipe for that.

Kale and sausage soup:

1 small bunch kale
1/2 package frozen chopped spinach thawed
1 small onion chopped
1-2 tbl. chopped garlic
1-2 sausage links or ground pork sausage. Anytime really.
2-3 potatoes cubed
Chicken bouillon

In the soup pot add oil and saute the onions and potatoes until about soft. Then add the garlic. Try not to add garlic too early or you will get a burned flavor. Then add sausage and cook until about done. Remember you will be adding water and cooking it longer so the meat will be done. Add chicken bouillon and rest of the veggies and bring to a gentle boil until done.

At the last minute add about 1/2 Cup Mimic Cream or more if you want it thicker.

Now my fella says Mimic Cream gives him gas. I haven't had this problem. But you may notice this. If so I recommend buying charcoal pills. These help to reduce gas and can help cleanse the digestive system. I highly recommend them. I also recommend them if you know you ate something that was bad for you. If I eat out I'll come home and pop some charcoal pills, enzymes and drink 1/2 cup lemon juice.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin is very good for you! An incredible source of fiber and vitamins. I have some friends that feed their dog a little pumpkin puree in their food to add fiber. Not sure about you but adding this veggie into the diet may seem difficult and daunting. But canned pumpkin is super if you can't roast your own pumpkin and freeze the chunks.

This recipe is originally from Country Living but I have adapted it to be Sueann Friendly. You will LOVE these! I made them for a friend's babyshower and they were a hit.


1 1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup cocoa
2 tea. Baking Powder
1 tea. Baking Soda
1/2 tea. salt
1/2 cup rice milk
1 cup canned pumpkin or puree
2 tea. vanilla
3/4 cup palm shortening
1 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.

In a separate bowl mix rice milk, pumpkin puree and vanilla together

In another bowl beat the shortening until soft. Then add sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and yolk one at a time.

Now add all ingredients alternating between dry and wet ingredients but try not to over beat the batter.

Bake: 350 degree. Cupcakes cook quick. I say about 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent over baking. Dry cupcakes are gross!

Now for the super yummy frosting!

1 cup palm shortening beaten until soft. Add LOTS of powdered sugar. I would say nearly 5 cups. Add 1 tea. of water until the frosting is the right consistency. Add 1 teas. vanilla extract OR artificial butter extract. I am 90% sure butter extract is total chemical and resembles nothing in the natural world but I sure do love the fake buttery taste!

Now add 2 teas. allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon until the frosting tastes the way you like. I prefer a lot more fresh nutmeg. Martha Stewart is right, fresh nutmeg is amazing!

Monday, June 29, 2009


Dad: "I was waiting for my daughter to call me since it was Father's Day."
Me: (feeling really guilty) "I'm sorry Dad. How was your weekend?"
Dad: "Sad because I was waiting for my daughter to call me since it was Father's Day."

"You have to believe that you are the best thing since since sliced bread, but know you're not."

M: "I like the American work ethic. Americans put 100% into what they are doing. They love their job, they bruise their bodies for sport, they embrace something 100%. But going to Europe would be best for us."

R: "There is a price we pay for independence. If we were in France there is no way 2 women would be changing a flat. But in America, several men will go by without even a second glance."

Me: "I think we have trained our men well to not open doors."

M: "Yes. That is sad. But in France, you have the macho mentality. So you sacrifice too."

Monika: (clearing her plate of BBQ chicken) "Hey Sueann! Should I (points to my backyard chickens) feed them this?"
Me: "Sure! They'll eat anything....... ....... WAIT! NO! No! Don't feed the chickens chickens! Oh god, that's bad!"

R: "Was I the last to know this was going on?"
Me: "Yes. I'm sorry R."
R: "I'm an idiot."
Me: "No. You're a dude."
R: "You know? You're the third woman to say that to me."

P: (email) "I just wanted you to know, one of the piglets drowned this morning. But our pig is just fine. Guess M didn't realize you feed and water 'em in a trough, not a pickle bucket so the poor thing fell in and drowned. Guess it was good we named our pig Lucky."

Me: (at an estate sale) "You made it!"
C: "Yeah, wow. You got a lot of stuff. Did you get that Gucci bag too. (laughs)"
Me: "Yeah."
C: (serious) "OMG. No. Really?"
Me: "No."
C: "Shit, I almost thought you did."

Trin: "Going for a walk huh?"
Me: (double time march with Belle) "Yeah, more like job."
Trin: "Didn't go rollerblading with her huh?"
Me: "You can tell? Yup. She's full of energy."

Ben: (Pointing out that the on-coming car has one broken headlight) "Broken headlight! BEER! Did you play that?"
Me: "Where I grew up we couldn't drink while driving."
Ben: "We didn't always drink. It's that you owe me a beer."
Me: "Where I grew up we would say, 'You owe me a coke.' "
Ben: "Not, 'You owe me a bible?' "

D: "I think this is the first time I haven't been drunk with Harlow. (Looking at B scaling a rock cliff, doing a handstand, hugging everyone) ... Wow."

Darcy: "Uh. B had more beer."
Me: "Hmmm."
Darcy: "You sound just like your mom."
Me: "You've never met or heard her before."
Darcy: "I have a lot of Korean friends and 'Hmmm' is a common sound."

Dave: (To his youngest girl) "It's ok honey, you didn't mean to burn your sister's face."

Jen: (To her eldest daughter) "Under NO circumstances are you to EVER touch the drums!"

C: "She doesn't like the word pussy willow."
K: "It just...I can't say it."
C: "Or the word moist."
K: (shivers) 'Ug! and the word...panties. god I hate those words!"
Me: "So you'll never say, 'My panties are moist around my pussy?"
K: "AHHH!!! STOP! (covers her ears) Disgusting."

Me: (in the back of a pickup getting a ride up a hill to the reception) "This truck ride is really working out my keigal muscles."
Darcy: "Oh god we sound like old ladies!"


"It's not what you gather that matters, but what we scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived."

"I'm not fat compared to you."

"You're baby is so skinny. I mean, most babies are fat and yours is so thin. Not that that is a bad thing..or that..fat..."

E: "Honey. There's smoke. Is something burning?"
M: "Just the food."
E: "OK. I'll just kneel down to breathe. When's dinner?"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I used to have a MySpace site and would blog the best quotes I heard that week. I've decided to continue that here on Sueann Friendly. Enjoy!

Friend: "What kind of dog is Belle?"
Ben: "Awesome."

Kabir: "You are tangled up in others and have forgotten what your heart once knew."

Kid: "His name is Extra."
Me: "Is that for extra pounds?" (referring to an enormous dachshund)

N: "The baby can come at anytime so I have my baby bag with me everywhere I go."
Ben: "Is that to catch the baby?"

D: "Honey. Your undies are showing."
J: "Oh. Thanks. Geez, the one time I wear underwear too."

Kids: "Do you know any jokes?"
Me: "Yes, but they are highly inappropriate for your age."
Kids to each other: "Then we better not tell her ours."

Jake S: "Geez Sueann. Why don't you just beat him up? At least those scars will heal."

Me to Mom's email: "Here are some links to the wedding dresses I like!"
Mom's reply: "Ugh."

Me: "How was your visit to Italy Mom?"
Mom on Skype: "Uhm. Itsu nice. I tink Mommy made to libbu Italy. I mean, Alpsoo so beautiful! But nuting open after noon. Mommy inconvienientsu. Eberybody closu Sunday too. I mean, golly how they get tings done? They are slow. I tell you. Different life here."
Me: "So the shopping is done before noon?"
Mom: "Yeah. Mommy not up by then."

Meatballs and Nuts

You can make an even funnier name for this dish by changing and adding the words meat, ball and nuts. I leave that up to you!

I was at an event in Wenatchee and the caterers had these fabulous meatballs! Ravenous Catering had it going on! When I got home I tried to figure out the recipe and came up with this. I know it is not the same, but the idea is there. Walnuts, raisins and black beans are used. How cool is that? Oh and it is a little spicy!

1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 tbl. granulated garlic
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
big squirt of ketchup (1/4 cup?)
1 tbl. paprika

Mix all above together and shape into balls. Fry 'em and set aside.

The Sauce:

1 can black beans
1 green pepper chopped
1 medium onion chopped
half a bottle of Thai sweet and sour sauce. The more Thai writing on the bottle the better!
another big squirt of ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar

Add the onions and pepper into a pot and fry up till they sweat. You'll need a little oil of coarse, but you knew that. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes the smoosh the beans with a potato masher in the pot. Add sauce to the meatballs and enjoy!

I suggest browning the balls and putting them in a crock pot with the sauce for a couple of hours. The smell will drive 'em crazy!

Eat with pasta or rice or use as appetizer.

Jalapeno Potato Casserole

A Sueann Friendly Original! I came up with this dish when I used to help with the Feral Cat spay and neuter clinic. I would bring this to help feed the veterinarians and student interns. It was a hit then and still is for those who like it spicy!

4 large russets or equivalent other type potato. I am a fan of the reds and yellows. Thin slice. I use the food processor.
1 large onion chopped
2-4 jalapenos with seeds if you dare!
1 1/2 cup Canola Mayo - Best Foods makes a good one and its usually at Safeway
1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in a little water
1 tbl. granulated garlic or 4-5 cloves crushed garlic
pepper and bread crumbs for the top

Directions: For quick cooking microwave the sliced potatoes!
In a food processor add jalapenos, half onions, bouillon water, garlic, and mayo. Pulse till liquefied. Pour over potatoes and other half of chopped onions. I like to make sure the liquid covers most of the potatoes. Add bread crumbs on top, spritz with some oil and bake 350 degree oven: 15-25 minutes if you microwaved potatoes, 35-40 if raw.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Perogies on Steriodies

Perogies at the top, served with steamed broccoli, beats and...uh...some white thing...cauliflower?

Perogies are a favorite of my favorite person. He grew up eating them with butter and cheese sauce. So what to do to make these Polish dough balls Sueann Friendly? Well, the dough itself is a simple mix of flour and rice. It is the filling and the sauce you change. I decided to up the health factor of he perogies and incorporate some extra morel mushrooms I just happen to have.

I decreased the amount of flour and replaced it with ground flax seeds. The filling is mashed potato, salt, fried up morels, onions and garlic. The dough is WAY soft and sticky if you add flax but don't let this stop you. The health benefits of flax is worth it!

For the sauce, I use Pregu because it is a Sueann Friendly off the shelf sauce. Spaghetti sauce is great for dipping perogies in if you can't do cheese!

Perogies original recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup cold water

Mix into dough for a few minutes. I have a perogie maker, if you do not roll out dough and use a glass to cut rounds. Add a little bit of the filling and close. This is similar to making small egg rolls.

4 medium potatoes mashed
salt to taste
bacon, mushrooms, onions, or whatever you think will be good. I recommend sausage and sauerkraut!!! Yum!

Now you boil these until the dough is cooked. I say about 3-5 minutes. Any longer and the dough starts to fall apart. Serve hot. The next morning you can fry them up in oil! And as we know, everything is better fried! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


L: "What kind of dog is Belle?"
Ben: "Awesome."

Ben: (Looking at two drops of liquid on the gravel) "Is that from your nose? No. Your clutch fluid is leaking."

Me: (kissing Ben goodbye 4am) "Love you. See you later."
Ben: "Have a good day. Don't poop your pants."

K: "So my kid says to my friend, 'Mommy is going dumpster diving with Sueann.' And I was like...oh my god. They hear EVERYTHING!"

Mom: "Go ahead. You are grown up now. You can do on your own. See. We told you to do it when we there!"
Me: "Mm Hm."
Mom: "You can do it without us. You grown up."
Me: "It's not about being an adult Mom. It's that we wanted you there for the wedding to celebrate with us. It's not about being grown up."
Mom: "I send you money."
Me: "....ok."