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Celebrate Pi Day with Pie! (and some fun family time!)

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Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I mean, com’on! That’s just cool! You should probably let everyone sleep in until 926! (Math geeks everywhere just freaked out.)

For those of us who are far more interested in Pie than Pi, we have put together some truly delicious recipes. For those who like Pi we have some really fun and educational ideas for family time! Here are your instructions:

1. Eat Pie.

2. Play Pi games.

3. Eat more pie.

4. Laugh your heads off!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

 So, first the pie. Here are more than 30 totally fantastic recipes from some of the best food bloggers on the web! You will want to lick your plates, we promise you! We suggest you make a savory one for supper and a sweet one for dessert. One can really never have too much Pie.

SWEET

SAVORY

THE CRUST and OTHER GOODIES

 

And now for the games!

Math is so much more fun when it’s a game! These particular games were planned and perfected by Kristina’s daughter (my god-daughter) Anna, our resident brainiac.  I’d say she takes after me, but my mouth is too full of pie.

Game Number 1

You will need:

  • 20 Index Cards
  • A Sharpie or black marker
  • 1 Mini Pie (For prize)
  • Plus 1 extra index card with 867-5309 on it.  (Tommy Tutone fans unite!)

(Requires at least two people but three or more is better!)

You begin by writing the first twenty numbers including the decimal point; putting each number on it’s own individual note card. Then you blindfold one player and the other player hides the cards around the house and sets a stopwatch for 1 minute. Have the first player take off the blindfold and give him/her 5 seconds to gather themselves then begin the official timer.  In that minute the player must find as many cards as he/she can. If they find the card with 867-5309 they get an ten extra seconds of looking time for the pi cards, this card has to be hidden the hardest.

Once the one minute timer has expired, the player gets an additional thirty seconds to put all cards in order.  However many they get in order is their score.

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If you get a tie score:
If you end up with a tie, you have to race to the pie! Simply find a spot in your house with 6-10 feet without any obstacles. Have the two players lie on their backs and slide across to floor in a race to the finish (using their feet is allowed.)  Put the piece of pie at the end of the racetrack first person to make it to the pie wins!

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Game Number 2

You will need:

  • Twine or a strong string
  • A small piece of pie

(This game requires at least two people to play.)

Begin by wrapping the twine around the piece of pie and have one player lay on the floor and the other player hold the pie at mouth level the player laying down gets five chances to do a sit up, no hands allowed, to reach the pie.  Whoever can reach the pie gets to eat it!!

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Game Number 3

You will need:

  • Blue masking tape
  • The twenty index cards you made for game one
  • A Mini pie for prizes

(You need two people)

Make a blue masking tape hop-scotch course in a any shape you want. (We only had regular tan-colored masking tape, but blue would have been much easier to see!)  Then have the first player hop through course on one foot.  To make it more challenging, there can be squares that say change feet or you may create a square in which the player can put both feet down.

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Each time the player completes the hop scotch course without touching any of the tape lines and/or falling he or she places a card with a number of pi down in any square the player chooses.  That square is now off limits and has to be jumped over.

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To make the game even more exciting, music is being played the whole time if the music stops (like in musical chairs) the player must stop jumping and stay perfectly still until the music starts again.

The last player to jump the course successfully wins!

Happy Pi Day ya’ll!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I […]

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

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Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new favorite snack.  Another reader said that she just must have this recipe.  We are so happy when we can make your wishes come true.  Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! We know you will enjoy her recipe and joyful spirit. Make sure you check out her blog: Food Laughter Love!

Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

At our house we love snacks and, honestly, we would eat Tapas for dinner everyday if we could.

Several year ago I started making Fried (not really fried but baked) and Stuffed Rice Balls (Arancini di Riso) and we loved them, but then I realized I was allergic to rice… SAD DAY!  (Well, let me say this I can eat 1/4 cup without wanting to cry from stomach pain. So, it makes begin gluten free a little hard and generally I need to create my own flours.)  Since then I decided to play with quinoa and see if I could make something similar. These are simple to toss together and everyone generally loves them! They are the perfect place to toss in extra veggies or some extra fibrous seed (think flax, Chia Seeds, or sesame). You can make pizza bites with spaghetti sauce, buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese dip, spinach artichoke bites or even Southwest bites with an avocado creme! See the possibilities are endless!!!  For these I used Prosciutto and asparagus with a homemade hollandaise sauce. We might have fought over them.  I mean, I took them to a friend who was sick along with a salad and bone broth.

I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to hear what amazing bites you all make!

Quinoa Bites

• 2 c. cooked quinoa (I cook mine in low sodium chicken broth)

• 2 large eggs

• 2 tsp minced garlic

• 1 c. diced onion

• ½ c. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or any herbs you want)

• 1 tsp dried oregano

• ½ tsp dried thyme

• ½ tsp sage

• ½ tsp real salt

• ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

• 1/2 cup of meat of your choice (precooked)

• 1 c. shredded paramasan cheese or cheese of your choice

• ½ c. bread crumbs or flour – I used chia & flax meal seeds soaked in chicken broth (2 tbs )

•  sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together all ingredients, except for your sauce

3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).  (Note: my were not in the muffin tin – but they do work better in a muffin tin.)

4. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Check at 20 minutes and bake longer as needed.  Let cool for 10 mins. Remove from pans.  Enjoy with dipping sauce.

Quinoa Bites

Hollandaise Sauce

Don’t be scared! Its super simple to make and you can brag that you have mastered the great Hollandaise sauce.

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon and lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/8 tsp.  real salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 Tbs. (1 sticks) unsalted butter , melted

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, combine the egg yolks, lemon and lime juice and water and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, then continue whisking about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from over the pan as soon as the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.

Using a stick blender with the aerator attachment, blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and keep warm over very low heat, if it starts to warm up just add a small drizzle of warm water and whisk.

Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Makes 2 cups.

Rebecca Smith of Food Laughter Love

About Rebecca Smith:

She is a creative soul, who loves to help others. She is a food lover and her ideal vacation would be an around the world trip, learning to about food from the locals. She loves people and helping them become who there where created to be. This includes coaching them on healthy foods and a toxic free life. On her healing journey she has learned that your heart and soul plays a major role in the body’s overall well-being.  She is pretty much head over heals in love with her husband, loves her adult step-daughters, and really enjoys taking their dogs Charlie and Coco for hikes. She totally geeks out over the science and chemistry of essential oils and herbs.  You can follow her at www.foodlaughterlove.comon Facebook at Food Laughter Love and on Instagram where she sometimes shares quick recipes at @rebstar.

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new […]

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Lavender Butter Sauce

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I love our CSA. The Urban Homestead has a weekly pick-up of their Farmbox that is just FULL of goodness. It makes me happy every single week.  Local. Organic. Fresh. **swoon**

It’s always fun, too, to find new ways to use the produce.  Rather than buying food to match the meal plan, with the Farmbox, we are challenged with making meal plans to match the food!

When I get the box home, I see what I have to work with and see what I can come up with, letting nothing go to waste! Last week we were blessed with some delicious butternut squash and some lovely herbs, among other things.  Time for a Fall favorite: butternut squash gnocchi!  Served that up with some of the fresh yellow beans and it was delicious! The kids were licking the plates.  No really.  They were.  It wasn’t pretty.

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Lavender Butter Sauce

I love our CSA. The Urban Homestead has a weekly pick-up of their Farmbox that is just FULL of goodness. It makes me happy every single week.  Local. Organic. Fresh. **swoon** It’s always fun, too, to find new ways to use the produce.  Rather than buying food to match the meal plan, with the Farmbox, […]

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The Best Salmon Burgers Ever!

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Salmon Burgers

We are blessed to have a year-round Saturday farmer’s market.  It is one of the perks of living in Southern California.  I do my very best to go every week, because the produce I can get there is so much better than in the stores even if I buy organic.  In addition to great farms we also have a really good fish monger who starts his day at about 3:00 in the morning down at the docks buying and processing fish, literally right out of the water.

I recently got inspired to recreate a salmon burger I saw on television.  It looked so good and if it worked, I might even be able to get my dear hubby and girls to like another fish recipe.  (It’s been a long road getting my husband to like fish.)

There are a number of ingredients in this list, but don’t let that deter you.  You probably have most of them around the house.  This recipe packs a huge nutritional punch and if your kids are picky about their vegetables you might be able to sneak these in.

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½ Red Onion, grated
½ Red Bell Pepper, small chop
½ Celery Rib, small chop
1 Green Onion, chopped green parts only
1 Lemon, zest only
4-5 Sprigs Fresh, Flat Leaf Parsley, rough chopped
¼ cup Teff Flour, (any flour can be substituted)
½ cup Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs, beaten
1 lb Fresh, Wild Caught Salmon
½ tsp Dill
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Several Turns Black Pepper from grinder
½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a small bowl, beat eggs; add breadcrumbs.  Allow the breadcrumbs to soak up the egg while you chop the vegetables, approximately 5-10 minutes.

Remove skin from salmon and cut into small pieces.

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Combine red onion, red bell pepper, celery, green onion, lemon zest, parsley, and teff flour in a large bowl, stir to combine.  Stir in soaked breadcrumbs, dill, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.  Once the ingredients are combined, gently stir in salmon.

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Pour the panko on to a separate plate or shallow bowl.  As you make each burger gently place patties into the panko and cover all sides.  (Note:  These will not be “tight” burgers like you would get from ground meat, so handle them gently.)

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Heat a skillet (I like to use cast iron) over medium-high heat; add olive oil.  Fry each pattie for approximately 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

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I served these with my favorite jalapeno tarter sauce and a side of broccoli.  A bun would be good here too, so let your imagination and taste buds run wild!

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These turned out better than I had even hoped!  Dear hubby and both girls really liked these and have asked for them several times!  I call that a success!!

Note:  This was originally posted on Kristina’s family blog, but we just couldn’t resist sharing it with you, our Provision Room readers!

Salmon Burgers

We are blessed to have a year-round Saturday farmer’s market.  It is one of the perks of living in Southern California.  I do my very best to go every week, because the produce I can get there is so much better than in the stores even if I buy organic.  In addition to great farms […]

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Sausage and Spinach on Sourdough Pancakes

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Sausage and Spinach

This was so delicious.  We just finished dinner and I’m already planning when I’ll make it again!  Read More

Sausage and Spinach

This was so delicious.  We just finished dinner and I’m already planning when I’ll make it again! 

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Fish Fridays (Trout Pate with Yorkshire Pudding)

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We’ve given up red meat for Lent.  A true sacrifice for my Mongolian who doesn’t quite feel that he’s eaten if he hasn’t had beef or sheep (or camel or goat or horse).  But, this Mama is enjoying Fish Fridays.  In fact, I feel like our Fridays of Lent have added a really nice rhythm to our week.  We eat our fish and then we read a devotion about one of the Stations of the Cross.  And then we all pray together, using Pope Francis’ Praying With My Fingers and ending with the Prayer Before The Crucifix.

Fish can be a challenge, because it can be pricy.  And I certainly don’t feel like frying fish every Friday (it’s so messy!  And again, expensive…). So, here is a fish recipe that the whole family really loves. Read More

Fish Fridays

We’ve given up red meat for Lent.  A true sacrifice for my Mongolian who doesn’t quite feel that he’s eaten if he hasn’t had beef or sheep (or camel or goat or horse).  But, this Mama is enjoying Fish Fridays.  In fact, I feel like our Fridays of Lent have added a really nice rhythm […]

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Bacon and Kale Mac-n-Cheese

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It’s finally Fall.  Time to start a regular rotation of cheesy pans of gooey goodness covered in bread crumbs, bubbling with butter and stuffed with bacon.  Oh yes, indeedy, Sweetie.  It’s time for more experiments with macaroni and cheese!

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It’s finally Fall.  Time to start a regular rotation of cheesy pans of gooey goodness covered in bread crumbs, bubbling with butter and stuffed with bacon.  Oh yes, indeedy, Sweetie.  It’s time for more experiments with macaroni and cheese!

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Beautiful Bone Broth Benefits

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(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.)

More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish.  You name it.  If I had bones and “parts” (knuckles, joints, feet, innards) I was making broth.  Sometimes I incorporate it into soups, beans, gravies, etc.  Sometimes we all just drink a cup of broth for lunch along with some toast and pate or a cheese plate.

It made me feel good to feed this “miracle food” to my family.  When you drink a cup of homemade bone broth you feel genuinely nourished, not just fed.  Plus, for a dietary/lifestyle change it was EASY on the pocketbook!  I mean, sometimes bones are practically free.  You make a roast or cook a bird, you have the bones left!  If you buy a whole fish, you have all the most nutritious parts (head, tail, and bones) as leftovers!  May as well use them up rather than waste them!  When I went to buy bones, however, I noticed the butcher is practically giving them away!  I can get fish heads and tails, chicken feet, pig hooves, etc. and never pay more than 1.99 per pound.  That’s a LOT of nutritional bang for your buck! Read More

Wholesome bone broth

(I despise alliterations.  But the title really does fit.) More than a year ago I decided to make bone broth a regular part of my family’s diet.  The more I learned about its restorative properties the more I just couldn’t resist!  So, for the past year I’ve been making bone broths of many kinds–beef, chicken, turkey, fish. […]

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Tutorial: Tsoivan (Mongolian noodles with beef and vegetables)

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Moving to Mongolia required major dietary adjustments.  I grew up eating a variety of foods and considered myself fairly adventurous.  However, after taking up residency in Mongolia I missed (shall I say CRAVED) my food.  My good ol’ comfort foods like enchiladas with copious amounts of stringy cheese and fresh salsa.  Oh, and lasagna.  And freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  But, the makings for salsas were hard to come by–especially during a long cold winter in Mongolia, jack cheese was nowhere to be found.  If I wanted tortillas I had to learn to make them from scratch, likewise with lasagna noodles.  And to get chocolate chips I had to buy a candy bar (imported from Europe) and attack it with a hammer. Read More

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Moving to Mongolia required major dietary adjustments.  I grew up eating a variety of foods and considered myself fairly adventurous.  However, after taking up residency in Mongolia I missed (shall I say CRAVED) my food.  My good ol’ comfort foods like enchiladas with copious amounts of stringy cheese and fresh salsa.  Oh, and lasagna.  And […]

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Mongolian Vegetables With Rice

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If you’ve ever been to a Mongolian BBQ or a Mongolian Grill or a Mongolian Restaurant of any kind outside of actual Mongolia, then you have absolutely no idea what Mongolian food is.  😉  Not a clue! Read More

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If you’ve ever been to a Mongolian BBQ or a Mongolian Grill or a Mongolian Restaurant of any kind outside of actual Mongolia, then you have absolutely no idea what Mongolian food is.  😉  Not a clue!