The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. -- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin --

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pumpkin Cobbler

HOWDY!  I hope this joyous holiday season finds each of you well and happy.  We are all doing well, and all wrapped up (LOL) with work, family & holiday preparations.  I came across this recipe online a few weeks back, and have been dying to try it.  I hadn’t had an opportunity until this weekend (in preparation for a potluck luncheon), so I was excited to pull it out and give it a try.

I made my usual adjustments/substitutions, but pretty much stuck to the original recipe (except that I completely left out the nutmeg…I’m not a nutmeg fan).  My baking pan was a bit larger than the one used in the original recipe, so my cobbler was a bit thinner than Serena’s.

Then, I forgot to adjust the cooking time, so mine cooked a little longer than it should have, but it was still absolutely delicious!!  The only difference was that it should have been a little creamier in the center.  (Although my hubby said he really liked it this way…it made the topping extra crunchy.)  No problem…there’s always next time…and there WILL be a next time.  This stuff is REALLY good!!

If you’re a fan of pumpkin…you’ll definitely want to give this a try.  It’s really quick & easy to put together, but it needs a bit of time to cook.  Just pop it in the oven and let it cook while you do other things.  BONUS:  It will make your house smell fabulous!

When you get a chance stop by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch and check out her other yummy recipes.  She’s got plenty…and don’t forget to tell her Faithy sent you!

Anyway…on to the recipe…

Pumpkin Cobbler

15 ounces pumpkin puree (If you don’t want to use canned, here’s my recipe for homemade pumpkin puree.  NOTE:  You can use regular orange pie pumpkins in place of the kershaws - both are delicious.)
3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 whole eggs)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup fat free (skim) milk (the original recipe called for whole milk)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or 1/4 tsp. regular salt)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar (or Whey Low Gold for a lower calorie option)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (you can also use Whey Low Granular for a lower calorie option)
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 teaspoon sodium free baking powder (or regular baking powder, as in the original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 whole egg)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all base ingredients.  When well mixed, pour into a 9” x 13” baking pan.  (NOTE:  The original recipe called for an 8” x 11” baking dish, but I didn’t have one.  This came out a little thinner, but still very good.  Feel free to use whatever you have, although I wouldn’t use anything larger than 9”x13”.)

Stir together the first seven topping ingredients (all the dry ingredients), until thoroughly mixed.  Add egg & vanilla, and stir together with a fork until everything is well mixed and a crumbly texture is achieved.

Crumble topping over the pumpkin mixture (in baking pan) until evenly distributed, then pour melted butter evenly over the crumb mixture.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until top is golden brown with slightly loose center.

Cool until set, and serve warm with a dollop of sweetened whipping cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Trust me…you’re gonna love this!  Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Gotta run for now.  Happy cooking!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Broccoli & Grape Salad

HOWDY!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, friends & lots of good food.  I just had to take a minute to stop by and share a new recipe.  I had something like this recently, and liked it so much that I made some of my own for our Thanksgiving dinner.  There's no exact recipe...just three whatever amounts suit your taste.  
  • black grapes (seedless)
  • raw broccoli florets (broken into bite-sized pieces)
  • poppy seed dressing (use your favorite...mine is Brianna's Home Style)
Mix everything in a bowl, and toss together until grapes and broccoli are coated with the dressing.  Serve in a pretty bowl, and enjoy!

(I think it would be good with some sunflower seeds or candied pecans tossed in as well.  I may try that next time.  Hmmm...crumbled bacon might be good too...)

Super simple, nutritious and oh so good!  I hope you'll give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sausage with Spinach, White Beans & Tomatoes

HOWDY everyone!  I hope this fall finds you well & happy.  My hubby & I recently returned from a much-needed vacation visiting family in Colorado.  It was wonderfully relaxing and filled with quality family time.  We greatly enjoyed the respite from 3-digit temperatures too.  We’re back home now, and despite the still-hot temps here at home, I’m craving some of my favorite fall recipes.

I came across this one online a year or two ago, and it has become a real favorite at our house.  I made a few minor adjustments to the original recipe, but it is really simple, and comes together really quickly.  It’s perfect for a quick & hearty meal when you don’t have much time.  Just add a loaf of crusty bread, and enjoy!

Sausage with Spinach, White Beans & Tomatoes

3/4 pound kielbasa (sliced into rounds, or half-rounds, and browned)
1 cup chicken broth
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tsp fresh from garden)
Ground cayenne pepper (to taste…NOT TOO MUCH!)
2 cups Cannellini beans (rinsed well - approx. 1-19 oz. can)
Two medium sized tomatoes diced small (about 1 cup or so)
6 cups baby spinach leaves (in a pinch, you can also use frozen, chopped spinach - thawed)
Freshly cracked pepper to taste

Brown sausage rounds and remove to a bowl.  Save drippings in pan.

Pour chicken broth and garlic into the skillet you cooked the sausage in, to deglaze.  Place on medium high heat and bring to a simmer.

Add oregano, ground cayenne pepper and beans.  Stir well before adding tomatoes.
Heat through till the beans are tender.  It won't take long at all.

Once beans are tender, add in the spinach and cook just until the leaves are wilted.
Stir in cooked sausage and sprinkle cracked pepper on top.

Serve with crusty bread and a big spoon!   (Also good served over brown rice!)

I really hope you’ll give this one a try.  It’s sure to become a family favorite at your house too!  If you do, please let me know...I'd love your feedback.

I pray your weekend is going well.  I plan to watch my Aggies BTHO Arkansas tonight!
Blessings…and Gig’em!