Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CEiMB - Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Our host this week is Oddball Oven Mitt and she refers to herself as Hat and Fappy. I love that. She chose Pumpkin Pie Muffins for us to bake this week and she is one of my favorite people today because of that. With fall here, anything pumpkin that comes my way gets scarfed up, chewed up, devoured, swallowed whole, and enjoyed! I love the smell of it as well as the taste of it. It makes my home smell delicious while it is baking. It makes me feel warm and happy.

The food we make during the fall season is one of the only things I like about fall. The leaves changing is another one. I hate the weather and I hate that it means cold weather is knocking on our doorstep. Give me spring and summer any day over fall and winter.

I added a few chocolate chips to some of my muffins and topped the rest with walnuts. These were easy to mix up!

Oops, where is the twelfth muffin? It's missing. There was not enough batter for twelve. But I had eleven nice big, fat muffins.

Check out the recipe and whip up a batch for yourself! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend. We'll be dressing as pirates this year. Photos will be coming next week!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TWD - Sweet Potato Biscuits

I take any opportunity I have to make biscuits. I love them all. Buttermilk, sour cream, or sweet potato! I was very excited that Erin of Prudence Pennywise chose this recipe this week for our Tuesdays with Dorie challenge. It's Halloween - grab your witch's broom (you know you have one tucked away in that closet) and fly over to Erin's webpage for the recipe. While you are there, be sure to read her fabulous, warm, witty post that goes with her baking.

I loved these biscuits. I love anything pumpkin or sweet potato and they were perfect for fall. Easy to make and delicious served with butter or jam. Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

CEiMB - Tuscan Vegetable Soup

In the south, we do not expect cold temperatures in October. It was so cold this weekend a snowman showed up on our front porch asking if he could sleep on our sofa! I'm a bit dramatic, but while I was shopping yesterday I truly needed a coat. It is good soup weather however!

Movie review - The Proposal - absolutely adorable. Another Sandra Bullock hit.

I'm a bit late with this post, and I changed the recipe a bit. I added hamburger to it, and also a few spiral noodles for substance. I left out the white beans and used limas. I did not precook the vegetables and I left out the spinach leaves.

If you need a bit of warming up this week, try a good bowl of this soup! Delicious. Use your witch's broom (you know you have one) and fly on over to Lobster and Fishsticks' post to see how hers cooked up. Thanks Pam for choosing this week's recipe.
Tuscan Vegetable Soup
courtesy of Ellie Krieger
1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans and the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.

Friday, October 9, 2009

No CEIMB this week - but will return next week!

Please forgive me. . I've been lapse lately. I have missed some very important tasty looking recipes. I hope to do better starting next week!
Loved all your cheese sandwiches, new york breakfasts, and chop suey!!
Please share. . . come on over. . . I'll get you a glass of iced tea to go with.