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Butternut squash and apple casserole with dijon cider chicken

Published on October 30, 2011, by in Recipes.

I always want to make butternut squash but become intimidated and end up doing something easy like roasting them. I ran across this recipe and knew I had to tackle the beast. Recipe adapted. Butternut squash casserole Ingredients: 1 small butternut squash(2-2.5 pounds) 2 tart apples 1 pear 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed Preheat oven to 350F. Peel, seed and cut squash into small cubes. Core apples and pear and dice into cubes. Toss squash, apples and pears together in a 2 to 2 1/2 quart baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over the squash, apple and pear mix. Cover tightly with lid or aluminum foil and bake for 50

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Sweet and savory spaghetti squash

Published on October 28, 2011, by in Recipes.

Leafing through the latest edition of Everyday with Rachael Ray, I saw a recipe for sweet and savory spaghetti squash. I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash. It’s a warm and filling comfort food that won’t weigh you down. It’s a great way of sneaking in vegetables instead of carbs, too. Adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray: Preheat oven to 450F. Take one medium (2-3 pound) spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise and discard seeds.  In a large casserole or roasting pan, pour in 1 cup of water, vegetable broth or chicken broth. Place spaghetti squash in pan with cut side facing up towards you. For sweet squash: In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place ingredients into hollow center of spaghetti squash. For savory squash: In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese,

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Roasted red pepper hummus

Published on October 27, 2011, by in Recipes.

The grocery store was out of my favorite roasted red pepper hummus when I went the other day. What’s a girl to do? Make my own. In a food processor, combine(all approximates): 1 teaspoon tahini 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 roasted red pepper(I used a jarred one as opposed to roasting my own) 1 can butter beans, drained salt and pepper to taste pinch of cayenne pepper(optional) Blend until smooth. Use as a dip for vegetables or a spread on a sandwich. Tasty!

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Dad’s chili

Published on October 26, 2011, by in Recipes.

My dad makes good chili(and soups in general). This is a basic, filling chili that can easily be changed up a little to suit anyone’s specific taste. I like my chili a little spicier, so I added some jalapeno to his recipe. And I always recommend serving chili with hot cornbread. Dad’s chili(with daughter’s changes): Ingredients: 2 pounds ground turkey(my dad uses beef) 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 32 oz canned tomatoes, diced(do not drain), I used chili style 1 jar spaghetti sauce(I used Ragu veggie lovers) 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained 1 can black beans, drained 1 can chili beans, do not drain 7 slices of pickled jalapeno 3 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Directions: In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, and green pepper.        Drain when

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Pumpkin carving

Published on October 25, 2011, by in Update.

Brian and I bought pumpkins about three weeks ago and we finally got to carve them tonight. And carving pumpkins means pumpkin seeds!  Here’s a sneak peek at the ginger soy seeds that are filling the house with a great aroma.

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Spinach tortelini en brodo

Published on October 25, 2011, by in Recipes.

I am in soup mode! On Friday I adapted  Skinnytaste’s spinach tortelini en brodo recipe and made a large pot of chili. Just the perfect things to heat and eat on a chilly fall day. Ingredients: 2 teaspoon butter 2 stalks of celery chopped 1 small onion chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup, condensed 8 cups of chicken broth 2 cups water 9 oz spinach cheese tortelini 1/2 teaspoon s ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 cups baby spinach salt to taste grated parmesan cheese(optional) In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add in celery, carrot, onion and garlic. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until veggies start to soften. When vegetable start to soften, add in condensed soup, broth and water. Increase head to medium-high and bring pot to a boil. When broth boils add

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Asado coffee

Published on October 25, 2011, by in Recipes.

When I find something good, I like to share. Asado coffee. They are located on Irving Park between Ashland and Southport. They use all fair trade beans that they roast daily. No bean you are served is ever roasted more than 24 hours before it is served to you. All of thier coffee is drip coffee and each cup they serve is made with fresh water and grounds. I stopped in for my first cup on the way to the grocery store on Saturday morning and stopped there on the way back to pick up a cup to take home to Brian. It’s a great small business to support. The barista’s are very patient, knowledgeable and friendly. So, if you are in the Chicago area, stop in a get a cup today.  

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Pumpkin banana muffins

Published on October 24, 2011, by in Recipes.

This was a bread recipe that I changed into a muffin recipe. How did I work that magic? Well, I put them in muffin tins instead of a loaf pan. Pretty impressive…not. What is impressive though is how moist these muffins are and they don’t contain oil. Adapted from Skinnytaste: Ingredients: non-stick baking spray 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3 very ripe medium bananas mashed 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked 1 large egg 1 large egg white 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 325F. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.  Add egg, egg white, bananas, pumpkin

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Food fest Friday

Published on October 21, 2011, by in Update.

Happening in the kitchen today: * meatball subs * chicken tortellini soup * chili * banana pumpkin bread

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Mashed cauliflower: take two

Published on October 17, 2011, by in Recipes.

My original attempt at the healthier version of mashed potatoes was met with “eh’s” and “it’s alright”. I think the problem was that my food processor left little chunks of cauliflower in the mix, making it taste almost grainy. My second attempt using my Ninja made fluffy mashed cauliflower that could pass for mashed potatoes. Brian exclaimed, “These really do taste like potatoes”. I used a little too much liquid, so they weren’t quite as firm as I wanted, but they were delicious. I boiled one head of cauliflower(cut up into chunks) until able to be easily pierced with a fork. Drain the cauliflower and put in blender or food processor. Add a little butter, salt, pepper and 1-2 tablespoons of milk, cream or cooking liquid. Blend until smooth. Top with 1 tablespoon butter. Serve hot.