Monday, September 6, 2010

Tempt my tummy tuesday.


This wonderfully buttery squash puree, sweetened with maple syrup and whipping cream, is a classic fall favorite that's sure to make a spectacular side to your Thanksgiving turkey.


  • 4 lb. (2 kg). butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) salt

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. With a large, sharp knife, cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop seeds out with a spoon and place both halves, cut side down, in a shallow baking dish or cookie sheet with sides. Pour in just enough water to cover the pan about 1/8 inch (0.25 cm) deep. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the squash halves over and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until very tender when poked with a fork. Remove from the oven.
  3. With a spoon, scoop squash flesh out into a bowl. If you have a food processor, puree squash with butter, whipping cream, maple syrup and salt until very smooth and creamy. (You may have to do this in two batches.) You can also beat butter, cream, maple syrup and salt into squash with an electric mixer, if you prefer. The squash won't come out quite as velvety smooth, but it will still be delicious.
Servings: 8

A little sweet, a little sour, this sensational side dish of braised red cabbage and apples is an easy accompaniment to roast turkey that can be made ahead of time and reheated right before dinner.
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  • 2 tbsp. (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 small head red cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) red wine (any kind)
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) sugar
  • 2 tsp. (10 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) apple jelly

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring for 5 minutes, until softened. Add cabbage and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until cabbage is thoroughly wilted and softened. Now add apples, wine, vinegar, sugar and salt, lower the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring once in a while.
  2. Stir in apple jelly, replace the cover on the pot and continue to simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Servings: 8


This is a delicious and quick one-pot wonder. If you want, you can use herb and garlic seasoned diced tomatoes instead of the plain kind – but omit the basil in the recipe and save yourself a step when making this wonderful One-pot pasta with chicken and mushrooms recipe.


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 lb (500 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch (2 cm) chunks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups (375 mL) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can (28-oz.798 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) smallish pasta, such as shells, bow ties, fusilli or elbows
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken chunks and cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until just beginning to brown. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken chunks to a bowl leaving the as much of the oil behind in the pan as possible.
  2. Add the onion and mushrooms to the pot and cook until softened – 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water and basil, bring to a boil, then stir in the uncooked pasta. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to medium low and cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender but not mushy, stirring once in a while. Drain any excess water.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan, and cook for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is completely heated through. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Servings: Makes about 4 servings.

Meet Me Monday!!!

1. What do you do when you have time to yourself?
When I have time to myself where I don't have to write something, or clean something, I would scrapbook, I'm so behind its crazy so yes if I had some me time all to myself that is what I would do.

2. When you look out your kitchen window, what do you see?
I see my neighbors house and their veggie garden, a few piles of wood. Then there is the dry dirt that they dug up to put the propane tank in. Where my lawn and beautiful flower gardens were. Man I miss my flowers.

3. Who/What would you want to be reincarnated as
I have no idea, maybe my dogs, they are spoiled and get to hang out and sleep all day and have no worries.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve about other people's kids?

I can't HANDLE the whining!!
Makes me wanna gouge out my eyeballs when I hear whining. Or not having their children say thank you or the kids that are so lazy that they can't even pick up after themselves, or when I am on the phone and the parents are yelling to them through the phone, just hang up with me and have your loud discussion with out me.
5. Regular or Diet soda?

Diet Coke, I can't do much sugar or I would have to give myself even more insulin. 
& we don't need that now do we.....