Archive | April, 2012

Tortellini Soup

26 Apr Tortellini Soup (1)

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So quick and easy!  Find out (in the notes section) which brand of tortellini was chosen by taste testers of a leading cooking magazine as the best tasting.  Hint…it’s food storage friendly!

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Rice Pudding

26 Apr Wonderoven Rice Pudding (1)

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My kids really love this rice pudding.  It’s made for dessert one night, eaten for breakfast the next day (if they can get away with it), and goes into their lunch bags as a treat for lunch.  It’s easy to make in the wonder oven, includes simple ingredients and even though the recipe doesn’t call for eggs (which is good for my food storage plan) it’s still thick and creamy.  Yum!

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Spanish Rice, two varieties

26 Apr Spanish Rice (19)

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traditional spanish rice

tomatillo pilaf

Forget the Rice-a-Roni.  These two wonder oven made rice dishes are just as easy to make and taste a whole lot better!  Left overs freeze well so you can even enjoy it later when it’s needed for a fast meal.  In using with your food storage plan, serve this with Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, Shredded Beef Taquitos, Tacos, Tamales or any other fiesta minded main dish.

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Skillet Penne with Sausage and Spinach

20 Apr Skillet Penne with Sausage and Spinach (1)

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This meal is a fast one to put together and everyone likes it!

It’s based off a favorite one dish meal, this time made over using  food storage ingredients.  The pine nuts are definitely optional, it’s good with or without them.

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Biscotti Cookies

20 Apr Biscotti Cookies (10)

This recipe comes from Pam Emick’s “Bread in a Bag – Book Two”.  For those who are new to the blog I had a chance to try out a recipe  from her first book and share it with everyone back in November over in this post.  In this latest book, you’ll find even more bread recipes bagged “pantry style” for convenience, but this time in addition to breads she’s also included a variety of muffin, wheat-free breads, sourdough, cracker and cookie recipes.  I love finding a book like this that’s figured everything out for me and made it easy to understand with step by step pictures.

So I was excited to try the biscotti cookie recipe she had in this latest book and wanted to see if it would also work in my sun oven.  They turned out just great!  Pam was kind enough to agree to let me post the recipe for you to try out too!  You’re going to love them!

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Beef Empanadas

18 Apr Beef Empanadas (36)

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Before we were married, my husband spent two years in Chile as a Mormon missionary where he enjoyed many an authentic empanada.  It’s funny because he’s pretty picky as we’ve since had them at restaurants, always quickly comparing them to the ones he remembers.  In fact, there’s only been one restaurant’s empanadas that he’s been happy with in all the places we’ve tried!

Considering myself up for a good challenge, I’ve been wanting to find an empanada recipe that would pass his test to make at home normally and w/ a few food storage substitutions be able to use in our food storage plan.  Well, this recipe worked!  He happily (even quietly) finished off a plate of four of these and said they were “good”, which for him is really quite a compliment.

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Raspberry Squares

18 Apr Raspberry Squares (1)

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Everyone loves these!

I like using my tart pan to make these in for how easy it is to remove them after baking and also because it will then also work in my sun oven to bake if wanted.  If you don’t have a tart pan you can line a pan with foil (in both directions) and after it’s baked just lift out the entire block to place on a cutting board to cut.

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Wonder oven links

17 Apr

I’ve been getting questions about wonder ovens.  How to make them yourself, where to go to buy them, what in the world they are, etc.  My apologies for the confusion, in the future I’ll be redesigning things to make that information easier to find.  In the meantime anyone with questions can hop over to this post and this youtube for a quick run down.  Of course, feel free to email me ( if you have other questions that still aren’t answered and I’ll do my best to answer :) !


Sun Oven Discount Buy

12 Apr

I decided the sun oven buy needed it’s own post to make it easier to find.   As I was saying, I called and talked to Paul Munson, president of Sun Ovens International the other day and he offered My Food Storage Cookbook readers a 20 – 40% discount until May 2nd on a variety of their products.  Use the special discount codes below to get a great deal on a sun oven or just the accessories if you already own one… your choice!

All packages are sold at  Upon checkout the discount code can be entered and the discount will be applied to your order!  By using separate orders you can buy more than one package if wanted.

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Baked Taco Shells

12 Apr Baked Taco Shells (25)

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Thanks to these shells, crispy tacos are the next to be added as a meal choice on my food storage menu!  I’m really excited to share these with you —  they turned out so well!  Baked rather than fried, they’re so much healthier than store bought taco shells yet still super crunchy.  Also, taking from an idea from the tamales recipe, I added a can of corn (processed into a puree) into the masa dough to boost the flavor of the tortillas themselves, brushed the cooked tortillas with a mixture of oil, lime juice and chili powder and then sprinkled with salt before baking.  These tasted the best yet!

The biggest trick here was adapting the baking/taco shaping idea to my sun oven.   In searching for what I needed, I was excited to find a set of baking racks made especially for sun ovens that solved the problem.  Beyond that, I had to find a way to get the height I needed in stacking the baking racks while creating a way to transfer it all to the oven quickly, conserving precious heat.  This is what I came up with.

Let’s go make some taco shells!

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Making Tamales

5 Apr Making Tamales (47)

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Frankly, I don’t want to have to say goodbye to tamales … ever.  It seems like every three months or so I find myself desperately craving these little corn-husked bundles, at which point you’ll find me visiting the homemade Mexican grill down the road and spending $1.45 for a 2 tamale fix.  What would happen  if there weren’t tamales to be bought from the wonderful spanish speaking “I’ve-made-tamales-my-whole-life” women at the restaurant?  Sadness, I tell you.

To avoid such I set out to find a reasonably simple way to make my own.  Mind you I’m not interested in spending all day in the kitchen (as some recipes suggest) no matter how much I’m wanting tamales.  On top of that, I wanted a recipe who’s staple ingredients could be stored long term.  Once again I turned to a reliable recipe testing source, Cook’s Illustrated (specifically their “Best International Recipe” book) to teach me how to make something that before I’d only bought.  What I found was an uncomplicated recipe that brought everything to the table I was looking for and turned out some pretty great tamales if I do say so myself!

Oh , and did I mention this recipe provided another perfect chance to save fuel by using my wonder oven?  (*see this video if you’re wondering what a wonder oven is!)

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