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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chapter 9, Page 16, Book 09

As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It's time to start making soup again
Leslie Newman

The cooler weather brings with it a different way of cooking than what we're used to in the summertime. I use my crock pot and oven far more from now until April. Hot stews, soups and beverages all taste better on a cool day. After my camping season is over I do really get into my kitchen on the weekends. I usually make 1 or two things and then have leftovers most of the week. I go by the standard that after 5 days it does get pitched but if I've really cooked too much I usually put some in the freezer rather than to pitch it.

Here's a few things I enjoy when the weather turns cooler


Rolled or old-fashioned, slow-cooking oats, rather than the more highly processed instant varieties are the best. These types of oatmeal have been minimally processed and will help keep blood sugar levels steady, minimizing cravings. Plus, studies have linked eating whole grains to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.To perk up the flavor of oatmeal, try mixing it with fresh, chopped high-fiber fruit (like apples or pears) and sprinkling in some cinnamon


1/4 lb. spaghetti, uncooked
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (1/2 of 14-1/2-oz. can) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Italian Dressing
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

COOK pasta as directed on package.
MEANWHILE, brown meat with onions and garlic in large nonstick skillet. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and dressing. Bring to boil; cook on medium-low heat 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
DRAIN pasta; place in large bowl. Add meat sauce; mix lightly. Sprinkle with cheese.
Cheesy Chile

2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, undrained
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1 jar (15 oz.) CHEEZ WHIZ Cheese Dip
4 cups hot cooked wagon wheel pasta (we call them choo choo wheels)

BROWN meat with onion in Dutch oven or large saucepot on medium-high heat; drain. Reduce heat to medium-low.
ADD tomatoes with their liquid, the beans, tomato paste, water, chili powder and cumin; mix well. Cover; simmer 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
ADD CHEEZ WHIZ; stir until melted. Stir in pasta.

2 lb. beef for stew, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups beef broth
2 cups diagonally sliced carrots
2 cups diagonally sliced celery
2 cups quartered onions
2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
2 Tbsp. MINUTE Tapioca
1/4 tsp. ground marjoram
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1 bay leaf
PREHEAT oven to 300°F. Mix all ingredients in large casserole dish; cover.
BAKE 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring after each hour.
REMOVE and discard bay leaf.

The house smells so good when you've been baking apple pies or cobblers too.

Simple Apple Cobbler

6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. MINUTE Tapioca
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup water
1/3 cup raisins
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
3/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. salt

MIX apples, 2/3 cup sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and water in large saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full boil. Pour into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with raisins. Dot with 2 Tbsp. of the butter.
CUT remaining butter into flour, 2 Tbsp. sugar, baking powder and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto hot apple mixture.
BAKE at 375°F for 30 minutes or until topping is golden. Serve warm
During the fall camping season we do things in the slow cooker too. I make my chili in it (not the recipe above) and DS#1 and his wife often do beef roasts for barbeque sandwiches. They also make some very good ribs and a delicious soup in the crock pot too.
Starting something early and enjoying it later is always nice!

Happiness is life served up with a scoop of acceptance, a topping of tolerance and sprinkles of hope, although chocolate sprinkles also work
Robert Brault

‘On Ya’-ma


betty said...

oh my gosh, Ma, all of those recipes sound yummy!! I'm going to print them out, that stew and the cheesy one sound the best! thanks for sharing them with us

I, too, like to eat more soup/stews in winter; that just seem to warm me up

we're starting to do a bit of what you are doing with making a few things that last through the week; makes cooking a bit easy on crazy work nights


Anonymous said...

good sounding recipe...and glad my printer is working just fine LOLOL...our fall is slowly coming...and just this morning I was wondering where all our squirrels have gone...haven't seen nary a one in quite a while...hmmm??? I use my crock pot alot in winter and fall simple...easy...and good...well most of the time anyway!!!!! LOLOL...God Bless..hugs Ora

Scrappy quilter said...

Those recipes look so yummie. I'll have to try some. I love fall as well when I can get back into my kitchen and make homemade beans, soups and stews. I also love your new heading picture...priceless. Hugs.

Buttercup said...

Sounds so good! There's a real nip in the air tonight. Start to think about nice hot stews and soups and getting out the crockpot.