Monday, October 26, 2009

Cheddar Potato Soup

Cheddar Potato Soup (modified from Taste of Home)
(Printable Version)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 T. olive oil
5 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
2 cups (8oz pkg) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk (I used coconut milk)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tsp salt (add 1tsp, taste and add more if needed)
Dash paprika

In a large pot, saute onion and celery in oil until tender. Add potatoes, broth, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Puree in small batches in a blender until smooth; return to pot. *We wanted more chunky soup, so I pureed about half of the potato mixture and then just roughly mashed the remaining mixture. Just do it however your family likes it* Stir in cheese, milk, pepper, salt and paprika. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted.

Serve with seasoned croutons or crusty bread. Yield: 6 servings

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

These were for my baby shower, that's why the frosting is pink. ha.

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes (modified from
(Printable Version)
1 box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place paper baking cups in muffin cups. (I've done both regular cupcakes and mini ones and they both work great)

In a large bowl, beat all ingredients with a mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Frost cupcakes with store bought cream cheese frosting, or the recipe below for homemade frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
3-4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in 2 cups of sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add remaining sugar, beating at low speed until you reach desired thickness. Refrigerate for an hour or so before frosting cooled cupcakes.

This recipe is linked to Cupcake Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Easy Oil Pie Crust

Easy Oil Pie Crust (from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil
3 T. milk

In a medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add oil and milk all at once to flour mixture. Stir lightly with a fork. Form into a ball. Press dough firmly onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

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Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Caramel- Pecan Pumpkin Pie (modified from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

1 pie crust (use store bought or make your own. I use this recipe)
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1/4 cup milk (I used yogurt)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 T. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)
2 T. butter, softened

Prepare crust and set aside. In a large bowl stir together (I used my mixer on low speed) eggs, pumpkin and milk. Stir in the sugar, flour, and spices. Pour pumpkin mixture into pie crust. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together brown sugar, nuts, and butter until combined. Remove foil from pie. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over top of pie. Bake for 20 minutes more or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean and topping is golden and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours.

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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

2 large zucchini, washed and dried
1 egg
1 T. onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed corn flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Poke zucchini with a fork (about 6 times each); place on a paper towel in the microwave. Microwave for 3 minutes on high; turn over, and cook 2 more minutes. Let cool for several minutes.

With a large knife, cut off the ends of the zucchini and discard. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp onto a cutting board. Place zucchini shells in a shallow lightly greased baking dish.

Roughly chop zucchini pulp and put in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Fill zucchini shells with pulp mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

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