Friday, November 29, 2013

Butternut Squash for the Holidays! A Nanny Cookie Experiment

New turkey platter from Hobby Lobby

Butternut Squash for the Holidays!

1 large butternut squash
2 medium vidalia onions
1 cup craisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup English walnuts
1 apple
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 packet Bacon & Chive roasting powder for potatoes


Pre-heat oven to 400*
Cut butternut squash in 1/2.
Scoop out the seeds
Peel and dice squash into 2 inch cubes
Peel and slice onions into thick ringlets
core apple and chop into 2 inch cubes
Place squash, onions, apple, into a large bowl.
Toss with olive oil
Toss with seasoning
Toss with bread crumbs
Add nuts and craisins and toss one final time.

Spread onto 13x 9x 1 cookie sheet and bake in 400* oven for 30 minutes

Serve warm as a side dish.

 This was one of my Kooky ideas or experiments. I'm known for cooking some crazy idea recipes and then not knowing what to call it.  This was one that turned out to be wonderful! It was a hit with even the members of the family who are not known to eat veggies!  This will be appearing on my table again!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

2/3 Cup shortening
2 2/3 cups sugar
 4 eggs
 16 oz. can pumpkin
 2/3 cup water
 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons baking soda
 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1 teaspoon ground cloves
 2/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts
2/3 cup raisins
***See substitutions and additions at the bottom of this page*** Directions:
Heat oven to 350*
 Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans
 *This recipe may be made in a clean metal coffee can to bake round pumpkin bread slices
, but grease entire inside of can lightly and only fill can 2/3 full to allow for expansion of bread*
I baked one round and one regular this time. Use 9x5x3" size for rectangular loaves
 Mix shortening, sugar, pumpkin, eggs and water in one large bowl.
I mix together all my dry, powdered ingredients with a sifter.
Then blend them into the wet ingredients Last stir in the nuts and raisins.
 Pour into pans and bake for 1 hr 10 min or until a butter knife inserted into loaf comes out clean.
 Allow to cool completely before slicing. Wrap & Refrigerate to store for up to 10 days.

11/1/13** Substitutions and Additions***
Today when I made this recipe I lacked the ground cloves.
I had whole cloves so I put them through the coffee mill to make my own.
I still lacked 1/2 tsp. 
I added what I had to the dry ingredients.
Then I put about 1 tablespoon of crystallized ginger in the coffee mill.
I added that to the dry ingredients.
I added a dash of nutmeg . This helped make up for the spicey flavor which would have been lacking without the rest of the cloves.

I also added about 1/2 cup sourcream and substituted buttermilk for the water.
Makes for moist, flavorful and more nutritious bread. I look for any opportunity to
include buttermilk in recipes since it is full of probiotics.

Sore Throat and Cough Remedy

This recipe I found on Facebook.  It helps in dealing with cold weather problems
like colds, coughs, and sore throats.

wash fresh ginger bulb and slice into small pieces
Wash and slice lemon
Raw local honey is best

Place layers of ginger and lemon slices into a jar or container with a tight seal.
Pour honey over these.
Place lids on tight and put in refrigerator for a week or so.
This makes a liquid cough syrup that is all natural.
It tastes good too.

Make a tea with a cup of hot water and a tablespoon of this.
Sip it for relief.

It tastes so good it is good in tea just as a flavoring.
The nice thing is that if it doesn't help it won't harm you.
It doesn't cost a lot to make!