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Cavey’s Spicy Dill Pickles

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 7, 2014

Cavey's Spicy Dill Pickles
Everybody in the Cavehold loves a good pickle. Problem is, most store bought jarred pickles aren’t that good, and making trips to the local deli several times a week can get a bit cost prohibitive. So, we went to work and came up with this easy recipe that many are describing as the best pickle they’ve ever eaten. Give ’em a try, and let us know your thoughts.

INGREDIENTS

4 Large Cucumbers
4 Serrano or Jalapeño Peppers
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Ounce Fresh Dill
4 Cups White Vinegar
4 Cups Water
2 Tbsp. Pickling Spice
1/4 Cup Pickling or Kosher Salt
4 24-Ounce Canning Jars

Optional:
1/4 White or Sweet Onion – Sliced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper – Sliced
1 Large Carrot – Sliced

RECIPE

First, sterilize your canning jars and lids. A run through the dishwasher, with the “Hot Water Heat” and “Hot Air Drying” settings turned on, will do the trick.
HINT: You can use traditional canning jars and lids. Or, as we do in the Cavehold, save the jars and lids from store bought pickles, olives, relish, etc.
Place vinegar, water, salt, and pickling spice into a medium-large pot and bring to a soft boil for 10-15 minutes.
Boiling water, vinegar, and spices

While liquid is heating, rinse cucumbers well in cold water and slice each cucumber in half, crosswise. Then, again in half, lengthwise. From each remaining section, slice into three equal sized spears, lengthwise. You should get 12 spears per cucumber.
Slicing cucumbers

Slice hot peppers and garlic cloves in half. Cut any of the optional vegetables into 2 inch slices.
NOTE: While the “optional” ingredients aren’t required, the more you put in the more the flavor complexity of the pickles increases.
HINT: If you don’t want your pickles to have an edge, don’t add the Serrano or Jalapeño peppers. Though, you really should try them in at least one jar … they don’t add that much heat, but do add a ton of flavor.
Slicing peppers and garlic

Now, place 1/4 of the fresh dill into each jar. Follow that with 12 cucumber spears, 2 slices of the hot peppers, 2 slices of the garlic, and a 1/4 of the optional ingredients into each jar.
Stuffing the jars

Once the brining liquid has fully cooked, place a jar into the sink. Using an oven mitt, remove the boiling liquid from the flame, and completely fill the jar with the liquid, being sure that 1/4 of the pickling spices also make it in.
Pouring brine into jar

Return the pot to the flame and, with oven mitts on, carefully place the lid on the jar and tighten firmly as possible. Repeat this process with each jar, being sure to return the pot to the fire (mmmmmmmmm …. fire gooooood!) between each pour. Place finished jars onto the counter and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
Finished jars of pickles

Once cooled to the touch, place the jars into the refrigerator and forget about them for two weeks. It will be tempting to pop open a jar and give ’em a go once they’ve chilled. But, they need the time to “pickle”, of course! They’ll last up to 4 months in the fridge. DO NOT store them in the pantry …. you gotta keep ’em cold. Enjoy!
HINT: The other veggies (except for the dill) are now pickled, and delicious, as well. Yes, even the garlic!
Cavey's Spicy Dill Pickles

Prep Time = 40 minutes
Curing Time = 2 Weeks
Makes 4 Jars

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A Neanderthal Thanksgiving

Posted by Caveman Cooking on November 27, 2013

T-Day Turkey BrineWell, the big day isn’t until tomorrow, but the cooking almost certainly starts in earnest today. So, if you are looking for a few last minute Turkey Day ideas, I thought I’d share the annual standards we employ in the Cavehold.

I just posted my famous Cavey Gravy recipe the other day. But, you’ll need to put that gravy on something (though, some have considered just grabbing the gravy boat and a straw! 😉 ). Of course, the main event (ie. turkey) is a prime candidate to be smothered in that savory sauce, which calls for a start 24 hours before you pop it into the oven. That’s because we always use our T-day Turkey Brine to ensure a moist, flavorful bird. White wine, grapes, garlic, and rosemary are the mainstays of this magnificent marinade.

Garlic Mashed TatersOne thing that most Thanksgiving gobblers agree on: mashed potatoes are a must! Plus, they are another traditional landing pad for the gravy. But, if you are going to cook like a Caveman, you are going to have to bump it up a notch or two. We accomplish that with our tasty Garlic Mashed Taters. Milk, sour cream, and cream cheese are all combined into this recipe to create a creamy, delectable side dish … which does make it the “Angioplasty Special”. Though, if you are only cranking these spuds out once or twice a year, your cardiologist shouldn’t mind too much. I can attest that your taste buds won’t complain one bit!

Every meal calls for a vegetable. But, even the most anti-veggie attendee can’t turn their nose up on the Cavewoman’s incredible Super Spinach Soufflé. With eggs, two kinds of cheeses, milk, and butter it is plainlySuper Spinach Soufflé obvious that this is not a healthy dish, either. So, we try to cut out some of the fat by using non-fat milk and light sour cream. It works great, and there is plenty of other fat in there to more than make up the difference! I guarantee if you try this one at your T-Day feast once, it will become a regular participant in your family’s faire for years to come.
HINT: I highly recommend that you get some Cougar Gold from the WSU Creamery for this recipe. It adds the perfect flavor that just pushes the entire dish over the top.

Holiday cooking has always been where my Mom shines brightest in the kitchen. Her creative mind is always at work … but, none more so than when she puts her signature touch on a recipe. This is plainly evident with her Cavemom’s Orange Yam TurkeysCavemom’s Orange Yam Turkeys – an ingenious spin on the traditional Thanksgiving yams. This unique, colorful, and tasty dish has become a real favorite of the Cavekids … not just to eat, but to make as well. They really look forward to working in the kitchen on these with their Cavenana, and this year is no different! They’ve already been asking us if their grandmother was “bringing all the stuff to make Yam Turkeys”. Put one of these on your guest’s plate, and I guarantee they will be ooing and cooing about how cute they are. That is, until they taste it and start oohing and awing about how delicious they are! Yams, orange, pineapple, nuts, marshmallows, butter … I mean, what could be bad about that, right?!?!

Cave’s Cranberry SauceYou can’t call it a Thanksgiving meal without cranberry sauce. However, far too many call it “good” with a canned variety of the tangy berry relish. If you are in that crowd, I strongly advise you step out of your canned comfort zone and give my Cave’s Cranberry Sauce a go. It will only take an extra 20 minutes in your meal’s preparation, and you will end up with a C-sauce that will forever have you shunning the pre-made type in the future. Plus, it’s easy … just the recipe on the package with some molasses and either wine, port, cognac or brandy added. Best of all, you can make it a day or two ahead of time and refrigerate it until chow time – which actually also helps it to set up better, both flavor and consistency wise. The only problem with that is keeping everyone away from it until the big meal … the Cavewoman is our biggest offender on that!

Most of all, we wish you the sweetest of Thanksgiving Holidays, filled with laughter, love, and memories to last a lifetime!

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Today’s Bounty

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 21, 2013

I know it has been a while since I posted anything here … I’ve been a very bad Caveboy! 😉 Though, I do have some new recipes to post up here in the very near future. In the meantime, thought I’d share what we picked out of the garden this morning. Believe it or not, this was actually a “slow” day!

Today's Bounty

Freshly picked Serrano Peppers, Sweet 100, Husky Red, Celebrity, and Better Boy tomatoes.

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C3TV: Caramelized Pear Salad

Posted by Caveman Cooking on December 30, 2011



If I could choose to have only one salad for the rest of my life, this would be it! It’s a flavor explosion that goes well along side any number of dishes. This salad actually incorporates three different recipes, so it’s a bit more labor intensive than most of the concoctions you find here. But, man, is it worth it! Try it and you’ll be hooked, too!!

Episode 102

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Super Spinach Soufflé

Posted by Caveman Cooking on December 22, 2011

Super Spinach Soufflé
While you wait for the next episode of C3TV (which is coming next week) we thought we would tempt your taste buds with this delicious dish that works great with any meal, but is especially suited for your Holiday fare. This is also a recipe that we have gotten many requests for since this site came to be. So, before we need to make any more excuses why it hasn’t appeared here yet, please read on … 😉

INGREDIENTS

2 10 Ounce Packages Frozen Chopped Spinach – Defrosted and Drained
2 Cups Cougar Gold Cheese (or another aged white cheddar cheese) – Shredded
2 Cups Medium Cheddar Cheese – Shredded
2 Cups Milk
1 Cup Sour Cream
4 Large Eggs – Beaten Well
6 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Garlic – Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/4 Cup Flour
Salt & Pepper to taste

RECIPE

Defrost and drain spinach.
NOTE #1: You might be tempted to use fresh spinach in this recipe, but we have found that the frozen variety works MUCH better.
Frozen Chopped Spinach

Shred both the Cougar Gold (which you might just have to crumble instead) and the cheddar cheese.
NOTE #2: While you can use another type of aged white cheddar cheese, we highly recommend using Cougar Gold for this dish. It’s unique flavor adds the right amount of zing to the taste of this soufflé. Plus, you can use whatever you have leftover for Stuffed Pork Loin, fondue, cheese puffs, or just served with crackers and grapes … Mmmmm MMMMMMM!
Also, you might want to shred some extra cheese if your brood is anything like the ingredient-stealing, cheese-munching Caveclan.
Shredded Cheese

Place spinach, shredded cheeses, and sour cream into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Spinach, Shredded Cheeses, Sour Cream

In a medium sized sauce pan over a medium-low flame, melt the butter then whisk in the flour. Yes, this is a “roux”.
Making Roux

Now, slowly whisk in the milk. When the sauce becomes evenly smooth and creamy, whisk in the garlic.
The Sauce

Add the sauce to the large mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything together well.
Mixing Ingredients Together

Stir the eggs into the mixture (It is at this point that we would suggest you stop your “taste-testing” of the raw but delicious mixture). Salt and pepper to taste.
HINT: It’s best to have your own beautiful and talented Cavewoman to put this dish together. Besides, it’s her recipe, so I had to give her some props! 😉
The Cavewoman

Place the entire mixture into a large, well buttered, baking dish. Place it, uncovered, into an oven preheated to 400° for about 45 minutes … until the top is slightly caramelized and the soufflé hardly moves when the baking dish is jiggled. As actual oven temperatures my vary, so will cooking times … just make sure it is cooked all the way through!
Mixture In Baking Dish

When done, let the soufflé set up for 10 minutes before serving. Eat your heart out, Popeye!
Super Spinach Soufflé

NOTE #2: It is plainly obvious that this is not a healthy dish. So, we try to cut out some of the fat by using non-fat milk and light sour cream. It works great, and there is plenty of other fat in there to more than make up the difference!

Prep Time = 30 minutes
Cook Time = 45 minutes
Serves 8-12

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Garden Bounty

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 15, 2011

Garden Bounty

Just picked from the Cave garden:  Heirloom Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, and Red Bell Pepper (picked early).  Is there anything better than the flavor of fresh home-grown veggies?

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Oven-Baked Cave Chips

Posted by Caveman Cooking on September 23, 2010

C3 Oven Baked Cave Chips Top 9

This recipe was honored with a FoodBuzz Top 9!

Oven Baked Cave Chips
Finally! A chance to share a recipe or two!! And, this one is yummy, yummy, in my tummy!!! Nothing better than homemade potato chips … especially when they are made in a somewhat healthy way. Best of all, they are easy as can be to make.

INGREDIENTS

2 Russet Potaotes
2 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Salt
Seasonings to taste

RECIPE

Scrub potatoes well and rinse with cool water. LEAVE THE SKIN ON!
Scrubbing Potatoes

Cut potatoes in half, crosswise. Slice thinly with food processor and slicing disk.
HINT #1: You can use a mandolin, or even a sharp knife, to carefully slice the chips as thinly as possible by hand. But, when someone like the Cave-in-laws give you a food processor for a gift, this is a great recipe to break it out for! Plus, it makes life a whole lot easier!! Be sure to put the flat cut side of the tater down into the processor for more uniform slices.
Slicing Potatoes

Place water and salt into a large bowl and whisk until salt is dissolved. Place potato slices into the saltwater and let sit for 20 minutes. Then, drain well in a colander.
Soaking And Draining Potatoes

When potatoes are completely drained, place back into large bowl, add olive oil, and toss gently until all slices are evenly coated.
Oil Coated Potato Slices

Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Arrange slices in a single layer on the cookie sheets. Place into oven for 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven and altitude).
Potato Slices on Cookie Sheet

When chips are golden brown and crispy, remove from oven. Immediately place into a bowl and lightly season to taste, toss gently.
HINT #2: If chips haven’t cooked evenly, remove the browned ones and return the rest to the oven for another couple of minutes until done.
HINT #3: For these, I used Garlic Salt for seasoning. But, you are only limited by your imagination as to what you can use. Dried Italian Herbs, Onion Powder, Parmesan Cheese, Cayenne Pepper, even the cheese seasoning from a box of mac & cheese will work well on these.
Oven-Baked Cave Chips

Serve as a side dish to your favorite sandwich, hamburger, hot dog, or just as a delicious snack. Enjoy!
Oven-Baked Cave Chips

Prep Time = 30 minutes
Cooking Time = 12-15 Minutes
Serves 4

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Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes

Posted by Caveman Cooking on August 19, 2010

Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 6
Yeah, I know … been a while since I posted a new recipe. Been dealing with a family emergency. So, I deserve a little slack. 😉 To make up for it, I’m giving you a very tasty dish that really compliments just about any main course … beef, chicken, pork, fish, you name it!

INGREDIENTS

4 Medium-Large Red Potatoes
2-3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Garlic, minced (approx. 4 cloves)
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper To Taste

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 420°. Scrub and rinse potatoes. Then, cut them into bite sized wedges. LEAVE THE SKIN ON!
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 1

Mince garlic and chop basil.
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 2

In a large bowl, place potatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly combined.
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 3

Evenly coat a large cookie sheet or baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly distribute them, trying to keep the skin side down. Place into oven.
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 4

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until potatoes become golden brown along the edges (These probably could have used another 5 minutes, but everyone was starving and all the other dishes were ready 🙂 ). Remove from oven, and immediately drizzle balsamic vinegar over the potatoes. The vinegar should begin to sizzle and caramelize. Toss the potatoes until they are completely basted in the vinegar.
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 5

Serve potatoes with other dishes of choice. Pictured here with Steak ala Cave and a steamed artichoke.
Roasted Red Balsamic Potatoes 6

HINT: Got leftover taters? Just cover and refrigerate until morning. Then, in a skillet, saute some onions and minced garlic in olive oil and, when onions are translucent, add the leftover potatoes. Continue to cook until taters are thoroughly warmed. BOOM … now you have some incredible home-style Breakfast Potatoes!

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 30-35 minutes
Serves 4-6

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Sauteed Asian Veggies

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 29, 2010

Food Blogs Post of the Day for 1/29/10

This recipe won Post of the Day for 1/29/10!


As promised, the third of three tasty recipes in 24 hours! Just your basic sauteed vegetables … with an Asian angle.

INGREDIENTS

1 Yellow Squash
1 Zucchini Squash
20-25 Snow Peas
1/4 Sweet Onion
1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1-2 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

RECIPE

Rinse and drain all veggies. Mince garlic, set aside. Chop squash into 1/4″-1/2″ semi-circles, trim any stems off of the snow peas, cut onions into 1″-2″ long 1/4″-1/2″ strips, set aside.
Cut Veggies

Place non-stick skillet over medium-high flame, heat oil. Sautee garlic for about a minute.
Sauteed Garlic

Add squash and saute for one minute. Add onions, salt and pepper to taste, and continue to cook until onions turn translucent.
Sauteed Veggies

Add soy sauce to taste, continue to saute until all ingredients are covered with soy sauce.
Adding Soy Sauce

Remove from heat and serve with any Asian-influenced dish. Pictured here with Korean Pork Chops (Daeji Galbi) and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Sauteed Asian Veggies

Prep Time = 7 minutes
Cook Time = 10 minutes
Serves 4-6

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Rockin’ Guac

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 25, 2010


As promised in Freezer Food Fest #10, here is my recipe for some killer guacamole. It doesn’t hurt that I get some phenomenal homegrown avocados, courtesy of the Cave-in-laws!

INGREDIENTS

3-4 Medium Avocados, ripened
1 Medium-Large Roma Tomato
1/4 Cup Sweet Onion, minced
1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 Fresh Lime
1/4 tsp World Spice Merchants Ancho Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Tapatio Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

RECIPE

First, make sure you enlist the help of a good sous chef. Not only do things go faster, it’s a lot more fun to cook with some one else … especially if it’s your kid!

With a sharp knife, cut avocados in half, lengthwise. Score the avocado into 1/2 inch square sections, being careful not to cut through the skin. Then use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the avo and place into a medium-large bowl.

Chop tomato and cilantro, mince garlic and onion, and place into the bowl. Add chili powder, Tapatio Sauce, salt, and pepper, as well.
HINT #1: I like to use Garlic Salt instead of regular for this recipe.

Take a fork and begin to mix all the ingredients well. Continue until the avocado starts to smooth a bit, yet leaving some chunks, as well.

Squeeze the juice from the lime section onto mixture and mix in well.

At this point taste the guac and adjust seasonings as needed. Place into bowl and serve immediately, or cover air-tight and refrigerate until needed (not more than 4 hours for freshest flavor and color)
HINT #2: Reserve one avocado pit and place into center of completed and plated guacamole. It not only looks kind of cool, but it also helps it from turning color too soon. No one likes guac that isn’t green!

RECIPE UPDATE: Lately, I have taken to switching out the chili powder and Tapatio Sauce for a small jalapeño pepper (veined, seeded, and minced), and a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. It really takes this already rockin’ recipe to the next level!

Prep Time = 15 minutes
Cook Time = n/a
Serves 4-8

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