Kombucha – Light, apple-y flavor 1 quart water 1/4 cup sugar per quart of water 2 teabags of black tea (Lipton, Tetley) per quart of water 1/2 cup of kombucha 1 scoby (Scalable recipe, except that you only need one scoby per container) Boil water, add sugar, remove from heat […]

Kombucha – Two Recipes, Mild or Bold


Ingredients Cooking spray to grease pan 1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick) 1 cup milk 2 large eggs 1 1/4 cups yellow, white or blue cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray the bottom […]

Sweet Cornbread


Ingredients 1 pound dry kidney beans 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion 1 green bell pepper 2 stalks celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 6 cups water 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon dried sage 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning […]

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice



Makes about three and a half quarts 3x 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes* 1 cup of chopped green peppers 1 cup of chopped red/orange/yellow sweet peppers 2 cups of chopped onions (we’ve used red, spanish and yellow) 6 cloves of garlic 2-3 peppers for extra heat or sweetness (I like […]

Salsa – Quick and EZ


Macaroni Ingredients 5 cups elbow macaroni 4 tsp chicken base 5 and 1/2 cups water 2 Tbsp butter or margarine 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard 1/2 Tbsp spicy mustard Cheese Ingredients 8oz shredded sharp cheddar 8oz shredded swiss 6oz cream cheese Add all “macaroni” ingredients to […]

Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese


Approx. 28oz of plain tomato puree 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning (mostly oregano and basil, some thyme, savory, sage, and marjoram) 1/2 Tbsp of onion powder 1 tsp of garlic powder 1/2 Tbsp of sugar 1/2 Tbsp of salt 3 Tbsp of olive oil 3 Tbsp of red wine/cherry mead/white wine, […]

Red Sauce for Pizza



Via Faithe’s Wicked Delights, you can also subscribe to her YouTube channel here I decided to concentrate the second show on just the chicken. It’s an economical, tasteful marvel and I rarely cook it in pieces. With the incredible benefits of bone stock which I spoke about previously and the […]

The Simple Things, Episode 2- Bird, Bird, Bird


Via Faithe’s Wicked Delights On my first show I talked about a basic marinara sauce. Here are a few words plus the ingredients for each recipe! My basic marinara sauce usually contains a piece of chicken, as mentioned in the video our family uses chicken in the sauce to ‘sweeten’ […]

The Simple Things, Episode 1- Two Sauces, Marinara and Carbonara


10 cans 28-29oz tomato puree 250ml of oil 300ml red wine 1/2 tsp Ground Savory 1/2 tsp Ground Sage 2 tsp Rosemary 2 tsp Marjoram 2 tsp Thyme 2 tsp Black Pepper 1 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt 2 Tbsp Onion Powder 3 […]

Cy’s Fast Red Sauce – Bulk



Makes at least 40 servings (8oz of concentrate per person). To serve for five, take 40 oz of the concentrate (recipe below), add 20-40 oz of your favorite stock. Best served with bread. ____________________________________________ Ingredients for Vegetable Soup Concentrate: ~2 lbs peeled carrots ~1 lbs mushrooms ~2 lbs zucchini, mixed green and […]

Vegetable Soup Concentrate (non-vegetarian)


Makes about enough for a 48 oz container if the product (whatever you are pickling) is flexible, or 32 oz jar of larger tomatoes. Great for cucumbers, peppers and green tomatoes, which will be preserved for weeks and possibly months. Ripe tomatoes should be eaten after twenty-four hours and before […]

Pickling Brine – Dill and Garlic


    2 cups of fresh basil olive oil 1/4 cup of grated parmesan very small handful of walnuts (or raw pine-nuts) a dash of ground black pepper Salt to taste Start with about 1/8 of a cup of olive oil. Pulse in a food processor about 4 secs and look […]

Pesto Sauce for Pizza



3 Tbsp flour 3 Tbsp butter (or oil) 1+1/2 cups milk (or half and half, or light cream) 8oz cheese (at least 8oz, I like swiss and cheddar) Salt to taste Melt butter, add flour and stir until smooth. On low, add milk in small parts, stir until smooth (a […]

Cheese Sauce for Pizza


(for white pies) In food processor or blender, add 1 peeled medium sized head of garlic and cover with olive oil. Add up to 3 tsp of dried oregano and 1 tsp of dried basil. Pulse until chopped fine. Put as much of this topping as you want on the pizza […]

Garlic and Olive Oil for Pizza


Start with about 16 oz of a dollar store, generic “buffalo sauce” or make your own (11oz of hot sauce, 5 oz of butter, 1 tsp onion powder and 1 tsp garlic powder) Warm in a pot, adding; 2 tsp of worcestershire (or A1 steak sauce) 1 tsp of garlic […]

Buffalo Sauce for Pizza



Ingredients 10lbs potatoes (at least 7lbs of russets, 3lbs a mix of red, white, gold, blue, and/or more russets) 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter 2 cups of half and half 1 and 1/2 Tbsp onion powder 1/2 to 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1/2 Tbsp seasoned salt 1/2 Tbsp kosher […]

Southwest Smashed Potatoes


Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells 1 lbs of Ricotta 12 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried parsley 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup finely chopped onion 2 tsp minced garlic 1 […]

Cy’s Stuffed Shells/Manicotti


Bread/Pizza Dough Sponge- Make this 12-24 hours before preparing to make the bread. 190ml water (about 2/3cup +2Tbsp) 1/8 tsp yeast 1 cup bread flour Start with water, add yeast, add flour, mix approx 4 mins, cover with plastic wrap 12-24 hours Bread- Sponge (12-24 hours old) 30ml milk (2tbls) […]

Cy’s Bread/Pizza Dough



Dark Chocolate Syrup 2 cups Syrup Base (simple syrup heated to 240F, and cooled) 4 Tbsp of salted butter (or 3 Tbsp any oil or oil substitute, and a pinch of salt) 10 Tbsp of “Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder” 1/2 Tbsp of molasses 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract Melt […]

Chocolate Shots


Inspired by Refried Black Beans on Simply Recipes (Refried Black Beans by Elise) 1 lbs black beans 1 large white onion, chopped (about 2 1/2 – 3 cups) 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 Tbsp cilantro 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp salt 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp chipotle chili […]

Refried Black Beans


I use my pre-cooked crust. Toppings listed in order, use as much or as little of each ingredient to taste. I usually prepare 6-8oz of shredded cheese per 16in pie. Top the shell, put in a pre-heated oven at 425F for 8-12 mins (8 for thin pies, 12 for the […]

Cy’s Pizza Building Suggestions



2 Tbsp chili powder 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp ground cumin 2 tsp kosher salt (or 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp crushed beef bouillon cube) 2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp dried minced onion 1/4 tsp […]

Taco Seasoning


Cherry Syrup 4c Sugar 4c-6c Pitted cherries 1c Water 1/2c Corn Syrup With the heat on low, and a candy thermometer in the pot, cook the sugar, water, and corn syrup until the temp reaches 230F. Remove pot from heat, when the temp comes down to 200F, stir in cherries. […]

Cherry Syrup & Candied Cherries


Cherry Chocolate Syrup 1/2 cup cocoa powder (as Dark as I can get it) 8 oz cherry syrup Pinch of salt Put cocoa powder and a pinch of salt in a 2 cup measuring cup, adding the syrup very slowly, stir the powder until it gets pasty, check to be […]

Cherry Chocolate Syrup