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Most Excellent Pot Pies

In honor of the first day of Spring, I’m posting a recipe for a classic fall dish. Figures…

This was meant to be a collaborative post with Alimonkee, but sadly I wasn’t able to get the pictures put together in time. So I think we’re both going to be posting our own versions of the same cooking event. (And by “going to” I mean that Alice posted hers *months* ago, and I never finished my draft until now.) Also, due to some mishaps with lighting and trying to use a camera-phone, less of the documentation turned out well than I’d hoped, so the pictures are a little different.

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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.

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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…)


Apple Picking is Good for the Soul: Part 3 – Apple Butter

My grandmother used to make my sister and I “sandwiches” of cream cheese and apple butter on what our friend Laura called “tissue bread” – wonder bread.  Not only was it wonder bread, but she cut off the crusts for us – how decadent!  I’m not big on wonder bread, but I did love those sammiches (they’re one of my fondest memories of my grandmother), so I have a serious soft spot for apple butter.

cream cheese and apple butter english muffins

When I had the overabundance of apples recently, I decided that along with applesauce and apple crisp, I should probably try making apple butter.  I didn’t have a go-to recipe, because I’ve never made it before, but I thought I’d try out an old reliable – Joy of Cooking.  (In retrospect, this was a mistake.  I love cookbooks, but sometimes a recipe with comments and ratings is more reliable.  But how was I to know?) **Please see the note with the recipe – this might not have been such a mistake if I’d actually read the recipe correctly…  I’m going to put this one down to half Purple-fail and half Joy-of-Cooking formatting fail.

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Butternut Squash Soup

I made this in early January, but never got around to sharing. Now I don’t remember what recipe I used or anything about it except that it was delicious. Next time, I’m going to try making it even creamier.

Oooh, but I do remember one thing – I got to use my immersion blender! Huzzah! It was awesome, but lesson learned: next time, either make more, or put it in a thinner pot so the soup is deeper. That thing makes all kinds of weird noises when it gets stuck to the bottom of the pot…

Photo gallery after the jump…

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