September 23, 2015

Kathy's Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

Still feels like summer outside but I just wanted a little taste of fall. This soup is fabulous especially if you like butternut squash and it has a hint of sweetness with the apples, seasoned perfectly and just the right consistency with the cream. Will definitely make this again and again. It's so easy in the crockpot because you don't have to babysit it. As I said below you can put this in a stand blender when cooked but an immersion blender is really nice to use. I find many uses for mine. I have a Cuisinart Smart Stick and I love it. I had another brand and I really didn't think it did the job but my Cuisinart is perfect.

1 whole butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cubed)
2 apples (peeled, seeded and cubed)
5 leaves of fresh sage
1/4 onion (diced)
pinch of cinnamon
sprinkle of celery seeds
sprinkle of salt & pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

Peel, seed, and cube squash and apples. Put into crockpot and add sage, onion, celery seeds, butter, brown sugar and chicken broth. Salt and pepper as much as you choose.

Put crockpot on low for 6 hours or on high 3 hours. I do the high setting. Cream with immersion blender or stand blender. Watch out not to burn yourself.  After blending this is when you can add the cream and blend by hand. You can also put a swirl of sour cream or other garnishes as desired when you serve it.

Makes about 6 cups depending on the size of squash you use.

August 28, 2015

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin time will soon be fast approaching and you have heard me say many times, I love anything pumpkin. Just as I am typing I had a vision of pumpkin chocolate swirl fudge. I think I may put that on my list to make. I'll have to find a good recipe. Anybody have one? So back to the banana bread. How can you go wrong combining banana and pumpkin for this bread. The only thing better is to add milk chocolate chips. I think I need my glass of milk now. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1/2 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup mashed bananas (usually 2 bananas)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk chocolate chips (optional but wonderful)

Mix well all wet ingredients together in mixer bowl. Add dry ingredients except chips and mix well. Add milk chocolate chips and blend.

Spray metal or glass loaf pan with baking spray. Pour in batter and bake on 350 degrees for at least an hour. Check with cake tester to see if it is done.  Cool in pan for at least 15 minutes and then turn out on to cooling rack.

August 11, 2015

Cranberry Orange Crusty Bread (no knead)

Here's another flavor for the No Knead Crusty Bread Recipe I posted before. I think I'll see how many flavors I can make. The possibilities are endless. Click on this link Cranberry Orange Pecan Crusty Bread for the recipe and just add the flavors you want. For this flavor you just add 3/4 cup craisins, zest from one orange, and 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans. These add ins replace the white chocolate chips and pecans from the original recipe.

I'm told this is one of the favorite flavors of many and it makes a fabulous breakfast bread. Again I have to say the add in possibilities are endless. To store place in a ziplock bag when cool.

August 3, 2015

Honey Lemon Salmon In Foil

I have to say that this is the way I will always make salmon from now on. We just love the tenderness and flakiness with a little sweetness and lemon flavor, salt and pepper and a little dried italian herbs. You just wrap it in tin foil and bake it for 20 minutes or so and it's fabulous.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Serving size pieces of salmon (boneless & skinless). Costco has fabulous frozen salmon in serving size.
Dried italian herbs
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Set serving size salmon in tin foil. Drizzle with honey and some lemon juice, salt and pepper and sprinkle with a little dried italian herbs. Make sure your tin foil is big enough to wrap the entire piece of salmon in so it won't leak.  You can also foil and bake an entire side or any size of salmon, just adjust the time accordingly.

Place packets of salmon on baking sheet and put in 400 degree over for about 15-20 minutes depending on size.

Check one filet to see if it's done the way you like it, being careful not to over bake.