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Pumpkin in Many Forms: Drunken Pumpkin Chili

Thanksgiving was yesterday, but Calin and I celebrated with his family, which this year meant that I didn’t cook anything.  I showed up in my apron and looked busy staying out of the kitchen while everyone else did the hard work.  We did bring cream cheese and some of my pepper jelly as appetizers for the chefs and onlookers, which I suppose counts for something…

Don’t worry – we are doing my family’s Thanksgiving on Sunday, so I’ll have loads of things for you next week. But since I didn’t do any of my own chefing, I don’t have a real Thanksgiving post for you today.  But I don’t want to leave you with nothing to read on this beautiful no-work Friday, with your full tummies and relaxing souls, so here’s another episode of Pumpkin Love.


Continuing my fall obsession with pumpkin, I found this fantastic recipe for pumpkin chili.  This is perfect because 1) chili is the easiest, tastiest soup I know, and I make lots of it in cold weather, and 2) it has pumpkin in it, which makes it feel even more seasonal.  I wasn’t 100% sure how the flavors would work out, since I don’t usually combine pumpkin with savory things (other than ravioli, which I haven’t made but I really want to), but love of pumpkin and love of chili combined to make this something I just had to try.

Unfortunately, the weekend didn’t quite go as planned, and I didn’t have an evening where we would actually be home to eat chili! So I decided to make it as an all-day crockpot extravaganza and have a week night dinner instead.  This, of course, meant that I had to modify the original recipe, because it was designed for real cooking rather than slow cooking. (more…)


Last Minute Chicken Noodle Soup

True love is hot tea and home-made chicken noodle soup.

Which is what my poor, sore-throated hubby requested this evening, and what his sweet, loving wifey made for him.

Aren’t we adorable?

Yesterday, I called an emergency conference of People Who Read My Blog or Facebook Posts, when Calin requested chicken noodle soup to help him feel better.  I have never made chicken noodle soup.  I have never made chicken not-noodle soup.  I have made soup, though, so I figured with the right recipe I could probably pull this off. (more…)

Planning Ahead: Chopping Ingredients

A few weeks ago I tried an experiment.  It was based on the theory that the most time consuming part of most recipes is preparing ingredients: chopping, measuring, etc. So one evening I collected all the ingredients for three soups and mini breakfast quiches., and I chopped and measured them all into little bags.  Then I labeled each bag so I wouldn’t forget which one was for which recipe.