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091007 – Pumpkin Pancakes
091009, 9:27 pm
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Pumpkin Pancakes

It REALLY feels like fall now here in Boston.  It dawned on me today that i have been donning my fall wardrobe all week long!

Now that i am back to working hard, I am cooking quicker meals (when i do cook).  Tonight was breakfast for dinner.  These turned out to be the best pancakes that we have ever had.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used 1 C buttermilk and 1/2 C regular)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 250F.  Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix egg, milk, pumpkin puree, and vinegar in a large bowl.  Stir dry ingredients into the large bowl, just until combined.  You may want to add a bit more milk at this point.  Mine was looking very thick so I added about 2 T.
  3. Pour 1/3 C batter a time into a buttered skillet over medium heat. Be careful while flipping these – they are fragile and have a tendency to wrinkle.
  4. Keep the finished pancakes warm in the preheated oven.


091003 – Pumpkin Gingerbread | BOM
091004, 10:33 am
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Pumpkin Ginger Muffin

This is my first experience with the ‘Bread of the Month‘ (BOM) group on Facebook.  Based on this experience, it will not be my last. This pumpkin gingerbread was so easy and good!  And festive!

  • 3 C sugar (that’s right)
  • 1 C canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C water
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 t ginger
  • 1 t allspice
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. combine oil, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add water, stir in water, then pumpkin, then spices.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until they are mixed through.
  4. Pour into greased (spray oiled) loaf pan + muffin tin, sprinkle with chopped walnuts if desired, and bake until a cooked all the way through – about 50 min. for muffins, 70 minutes for the loaf.


090927 – Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin + Quick Focaccia
090928, 10:46 pm
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Pumpkin Soup

I. Cannot. Sit. Still.  I have become hypersensitive to my body since ‘the accident’, though Joe would tell you that i have always been this way.  My bruised (?) ankle recovery rate thus far does not bode well for the marathon in three weeks.  AAAHHH.

This was my first venture back into the kitchen since the accident. Maybe I went a little crazy, but I had a good time.  As a note, the pumpkin photographed immediately below is not done.  It needed another 15 minutes after this shot was taken, but at that point I was ready to eat and not taking any more pictures.  It was good!  And the spiced pumpkin seeds I made after this were pretty tasty too!  I served the soup with some wheat rosemary olive focaccia.  See that recipe below.

Soup in the Pumpkin

Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin

  • 1 5 lb. pumpkin, w/ stem
  • 5 T butter
  • salt
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 C fresh white breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground sage
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 C grated swiss (all i had was cheddar) cheese
  • 3 C chicken stock (I used bullion cubes)
  • 2 bay leaves
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Clean pumpkin inside and out, cutting a 4″ diameter hole for the lid.  Set the seeds aside
  2. Melt 4 T butter in a medium skillet and saute onions for 10 minutes over medium heat.  Add breadcrumbs, nutmeg, and sage, and cook 2 more minutes.  Remove from heat and add cheese.
  3. Rub remaining 1 T butter (softened) on the inside of the pumpkin.   Scoop onion mixture into the pumpkin, then fill with chicken stock to within 1/2″ of the rim.  Add bay leaves.
  4. Bake pumpkin for 1 1/2 hours, or until outside is browning and pumpkin flesh is soft.
  5. Before serving, use a long handled metal spoon to scrape the insides of the pumpkin and mix the flesh in with the soup.  Serve.

Focaccia

Quick Focaccia

  • 5 C flour (I used 2 C bread, 2 C all purpose, and 1 C whole wheat)
  • 2 1/2 t yeast
  • 1 2/3 C warm water
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • dried rosemary
  • 1/3 C chopped olives
  • sea salt
  1. Stir together 1 2/3 C lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast in bowl of mixer and let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add 5 C flour, 1/4 C oil, and 2 1/2 teaspoons table salt and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed (woohoo!) until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Press dough evenly onto a spray oiled and salted (optional- but good) baking sheet. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. Make shallow indentations in the dough with your fingertips.  Gently brush or spray with olive oil.  Sprinkle with rosemary, olives, and sea salt and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.




090504 – death by pumpkin pie…
090504, 9:24 pm
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Joe is going to KILL me for making two desserts in one day, but i had NO CHOICE.  after i made a batch of Bradley muffins this afternoon to cure my chocolate craving, i still had half of a large can of pumpkin left.  i also happened to have one can of condensed milk in the pantry (i don’t even know what else to use condensed milk for besides pumpkin pie), and buttermilk leftover in the fridge for the crust.  so, what’s a good homemaker to do?

super-easy pie crust:

  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 C buttermilk
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  1. measure flour and salt. add milk and oil. stir only until dry ingredients are blended in.
  2. roll between 2 pieces of wax paper. remove top layer of wax paper and transfer crust into pie plate with bottom wax paper still intact and on top. remove wax paper from crust and shape edges as desired.
  3. refrigerate until ready to use.

pie filling:

  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 12 oz. can condensed milk (well shaken)
  1. mix together sugar and spices, then add pumpkin and eggs.  slowly incorporate condensed milk.
  2. pour into pie crust and bake at 425° for 15 minutes.  lower oven temp to 350° and bake an addt’l 40-50 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test.
  3. let cool for 1 hour (to set) before serving.


090504 – super bradley muffins!
090504, 10:14 am
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img_3443so… it’s chocolate time again, let the cravings begin!  working with what i have in our ‘pantry’, i decided to satiate my chocolate yen with a nice, semi-healthy, batch of bradley muffins.  while fishing around, i found a box of cocoa and some semi-sweet chips and though, why not?unfortunately, i only had a big can of libby’s pumpkin on hand, so i had eyeball the halfway point, and figure out what to do with the second half of can…

i am so naughty!

  • 15 oz. libby’s pumpkin
  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 4 T dutch process cocoa
  • 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. mix all the ingredients (chips last) and bake for 23 minutes at 350°.

these ‘muffins’ came out slightly crunchy on the outside, rich and fudgy on the inside.  that is to say – PERFECT.




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