Archive | October 2013

Mummy Dogs!!

Great idea, for dinner or for a party, during Halloween…too cute!!

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McDonald’s After Eight Baked Pie…Whaaat?!

The second I saw this, I knew we HAD to try it!! How could this be anything, but pure edible enjoyment…right?! I’m sad to say though…it fell short of my expectations. Not that they were sky high or anything…but still LOL It did taste like the After Eight mint filling, but the ‘chocolate’ flavoured crust, left much to be desired. Oh well, at least I can say, we tried it!!

Bon Appetit Everyone 🙂

Turkey Pot Pie With Cornbread Crust

Two weekends ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. A wonderful dinner was had by all, and a TON of turkey and fixin’s were left over. We decided to save, one of the breasts and a leg, to make something else. After perusing the interweebs, I came across this turkey pot pie recipe, that had a cornbread crust. I usually make pot pie with a flaky crust, but wanted to try cornbread, since I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix. Next time I’ll make the cornbread from scratch, as is shown on the recipe itself though. I chose to use frozen veggies, consisting of carrots/corn/peas/green beans. I had leftover celery, and added mushrooms, because we love mushrooms. I chose to also use poultry seasoning instead of sage and thyme separately. It turned out pretty good too!! The only thing I’ll change for next time though, is I won’t pour the cornbread batter over the pot pie mixture, since it sopped up a lot of the liquid in the baking process. Next time, I’ll scoop the cornbread batter, on top of the mixture instead. I’d recommend this recipe, as a good basic one to make your own though!! The recipe below has been doubled, so if you want to make less, just adjust the measurements accordingly.

Bon Appetit Everyone!! 🙂

 

RECIPE

Servings: 12

Filling:

  • 3  tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 4 tsp ground thyme
  • 4 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • 4-6 cups chopped, cooked turkey

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups white or yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg
  • 4 tbsp canola oil

Directions:

To make filling: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a pie plate (or any baking dish you like) generously with nonstick cooking spray. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and green beans, and sauté for about 10 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir until it coats the vegetables, about 30 seconds. Slowly stir in 2 cups of heated chicken or turkey stock, whisking well so that the flour begins to declump and thicken the stock. Cook mixture over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Stir in turkey, thyme, sage,  salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture into your prepared pie plate and spread mixture evenly.

To make crust: In a large bowl, whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir milk, egg and canola oil until well combined in a separate bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spoon the batter evenly over the filling. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm – October 5, 2013

(Photo provided by the internet – thank you to whoever took it!!)

Thanks to a voucher deal, we checked this farm out. There was really not much too it, but then again, it’s tailored to younger kids. But. They did have food!! So, we checked that out 🙂

We saw that they had Spicy Pumpkin Sausage, so my hubby and I got one for each of us. It was tasty and the spicy level was fantastic!! I didn’t really taste the pumpkin, but they may have just used it, to keep the sausage moist 🙂 There was also a mild version, for those of you, with an aversion to spice. We also saw that they had Pumpkin Spice Donuts. Who could pass up the chance to try those right?! They were fresh made, when you ordered them. So, you can only get them in half dozen orders. Which, at first, we thought that was too much. But, after each of us ate one, we were ok to take 4 more home!! They were perfectly spiced and flavoured with pumpkin. And the powdered sugar, was a nice added touch…omnomnom!!

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm

Bon Appetit Everyone 🙂

Roasted Acorn Squash

So, this was another tester!! I’ve never made roasted acorn squash before, and I finally decided to try it. I Googled how long to roast it, and came across a basic recipe, from Chow.com. I followed the recipe, but also added cayenne pepper and garlic powder, to kick it up a notch. In my oven, after 45mins or so, it was ready. It turned out pretty good. I’d forgotten how neutral a flavour acorn squash is, as I’ve put it in soup, and never really tasted it once cooked. So, flavouring is key!! Go wild and sprinkle your favourites, to really enhance the squash. We ended up having it with chicken burgers, and it went well together!!

Basic Roasted Acorn Squash

Bon Appetit Everyone 🙂

Salsa Chicken and Green Bean Casserole

So, tonight was a mish mash of a dinner, as I was testing two recipes. The first was Salsa Chicken. It was easy to make with a jar of salsa and a can of Coke Zero. At first, I thought that was a weird combination, but it turned out all right 🙂 Will be adding this one into our chicken recipe rotation for sure!!

Next I made Campbell’s Healthy Request Green Bean Casserole. Since I live in Canada, I had to use the 40% less sodium condensed Cream of Mushroom soup, as we don’t have the healthy request version in condensed form. It turned out pretty good. Mind you, I’ve never made green bean casserole before, so I’m glad the first time turned out well 🙂 I actually tested out the recipe, to see, if I wanted to make it for Thanksgiving next weekend. And I think I might!!

Salsa Chicken

Campbell’s Healthy Request Green Bean Casserole

Bon Appetit Everyone 🙂