First Tuesday Recipes for October

It’s the first Tuesday in October! This year is going so fast, quarantines and lockdowns notwithstanding.

The three recipes I’ve chosen for this month are perfect for fall: they’re full of warm flavor, they’re great comfort foods, and everyone loves them.

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Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 c. canned pumpkin (you can use homemade pureed pumpkin, if you prefer)

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. water

2 eggs

1 2/3 c. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/4 t. ground cloves

Optional: 1/2 c. each chopped nuts and/or raisins/dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9 x 5″ loaf pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients (through eggs); beat well. In a separate medium bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat on medium speed until well-blended. Stir in optional ingredients, if desired.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Begin checking bread at 65 minutes.

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Pasta Fagioli (with thanks to my mother)

1 T. olive oil

1 small onion, minced

1 carrot, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 15-oz. can chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce

1/2 t. dried oregano

basil to taste

1 16-oz. can cannellini or white kidney beans

2 c. chicken broth (can use vegetable broth for vegetarian or vegan soup)

black pepper

1 c. (or more) pasta, depending on how much pasta you like in your soup (I use elbows or ditalini)

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven. When oil is hot, add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Stir once or twice, adding about a tablespoon of water if vegetables are sticking, then cover pot and simmer 5 minutes more until vegetables are very tender (mixture at this point is like the consistency of mush).

Add can of tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes, dried oregano, and basil to taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Add black pepper to taste, white beans, and chicken or vegetable broth. If you’d like thicker soup, you can either use an immersion blender until some of the soup is pureed or simply mash some of the beans against the side of the pot. Simmer for ten minutes. Add pasta and simmer for 10 minutes.

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Angel Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 c. butter

1 pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix (I use Good Seasons)

1 can golden mushroom soup

1/2 c. white wine

4 oz. onion and chive cream cheese

cooked angel hair pasta

Grease a slow cooker. Place chicken on the bottom.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add Italian dressing mix, soup, wine, and cream cheese. Stir well and pour over chicken.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve over cooked pasta.

Enjoy!

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If you have any recipes you’d like to share, please email me at amymreadeauthor[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll be happy to include them in a future post!

Until next time,

Amy

First Tuesday Recipes for November

It’s that time of year again…the time when the calendar is in fast-forward from Halloween through the New Year. It’s a busy season, but try to slow down every now and remember to be thankful!

This week I’ve got a breakfast recipe that’s simple and delicious, a side dish, and an easy weeknight soup using convenience ingredients.

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Favorite Oatmeal

One serving of plain oatmeal, prepared according to package directions

1/4 c. half & half

1 banana

1 T. (or to your taste) brown sugar

Prepare oatmeal as directed. Place in a bowl. Pour half & half over oatmeal, but do not stir. Slice banana onto top. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar until golden and fragrant. Stir and enjoy!

If you don’t have a kitchen torch, place the oatmeal in a broiler-safe bowl, layer ingredients as above, and broil until sugar is golden and bubbly. Keep a close watch on it!

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Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Sour Cherries

This recipe comes courtesy of Chef Ed Daggers of the Atlantic City Country Club, with his permission.

3 med. acorn squash

2/3 c. dried cherries

1 c. frozen tart red cherries

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1 t. grated lemon peel

1/4 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. salt

1/4 c. lemon juice

3 T. butter

Cut each squash in half and discard seeds. Place squash, cut side up, in two 13 x 9″ greased baking dishes.

Combine the dried and tart cherries, brown sugar, lemon peel, nutmeg, and salt. Spoon into squash halves. Sprinkle with lemon juice and dot with butter.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, or until squash is tender.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice original recipe (discard spice packet)

1 c. water

2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken broth

1-2 carrots, shredded

10 oz. frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

onion flakes

1 can cream of chicken soup

8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese

In medium saucepan, bring rice, water, and chicken broth to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Add carrots, broccoli, and onion flakes; simmer for 5 minutes.

Add canned soup and cream cheese; simmer until thickened.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Amy