Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween I thought I'd post a Great Pumpkin recipe!

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup


  • 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 pound cubed cooked ham
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar


  • Pour 2 cans of the black beans into a food processor or blender, along with the can of tomatoes. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion is softened. Stir in the bean puree, remaining can of beans, beef broth, pumpkin puree, and sherry vinegar. Mix until well blended, then simmer for about 25 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Stir in the ham, and heat through before serving 

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Potato Soup--Yum!

Pumpkin Potato Soup Recipe

I was looking for a good hearty soup. This one was in the healthy recipes section at Web MD.

This Sounds yummy.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Easy Microwave Applesauce

 Easy Microwave Applesauce


8 apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. In 2-quart microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100 percent) 12 to 14 minutes or until apples are tender. (If microwave does not have carousel, rotate dish every 4 minutes.) Stir sugar and choice of flavoring.. If finer texture is desired, mash or puree apple mixture and put through strainer.

2. Microwave on high 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside to cool before serving.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

California Melt

A Yummy recipe I found on All Recipes.

I would add lemon or lime to the avocado IMO.

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California Melt

4 slices whole-grain bread, lightly toasted
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds(optional)
*can substitute with  EVOO*
1 tomato, sliced
4 slices Swiss cheese

Preheat the oven broiler.

Lay the toasted bread out on a baking sheet. Top each slice of bread with 1/4 of the avocado, mushrooms, almonds, and tomato slices. Top each with a slice of Swiss cheese.

Broil the open-face sandwiches until the cheese melts and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Serve the sandwiches warm.

    Friday, October 2, 2009

    Great Fall Recipes

    Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread Ingredients

    1 Tablespoon Cinnamon - Vanilla Spice Mix(or any cinnamon mixture)
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1 can (12 oz.) golden refrigerator buttermilk biscuits
    1/4 cup melted butter


    1. Heat oven to 400°.
    2. Spray magic loaf form with non-stick cooking spray.
    3. Mix cinnamon vanilla spice with sugar.
    4. Separate dough into 10 biscuits and cut each into quarters.
    5. Dip each piece into melted butter and then roll into cinnamon sugar mixture.
    6. Arrange in prepared loaf form.
    7. Bake 20 minutes.
    8. Cool in pan for 2 minutes.
    9. Turn out onto serving dish.
    10. Serve warm.
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    5 Layer Bars


    1/3 cup butter
    1 cup gramb cracker crumb mix
    3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
    3/4 cup coconut or toffee chips
    2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk


    Melt 1/3 cup butter in Vent ‘N Serve Large Container for 45 sec. Add 1 cup graham cracker crumb; mix, flatten and microwave 1 ½ minutes.

    Then add the following:
    ¾ cups milk chocolate chips or whatever
    ¾ cups coconut or toffee chips or whatever
    2/3 cups sweetened Condensed milk (about ½ of the can)
    Cover and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Cool completely, cut and serve.

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