Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

Chicken Andouille Gumbo

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Nothing warms the tummy more than soup and this one does it very well. Adjust the seasonings to make it spicy or tame. Add some shrimp to make it that much better. Serve some warm bread on the side and you have a fantastic meal.
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Vampire Chicken

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

When Wendy asked me to edit this recipe, I had no idea she meant she didn’t say anything about it! For being so intelligent, she sure wasn’t thinking when she basically gave me free reign to type a paragraph or two (you can take just guess about all the things I could insert here, especially if you knew how our friendship works).

But; I’ll let you guys use your imagination on what I would say….Instead I will tell you that Wendy is an AMAZING cook. Her egg rolls are out of this world! And I would willingly eat anything she makes. Especially one with a name like Vampire Chicken!

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Oh My So Much Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

This year there are pumpkins everywhere. How I love the smell of pumpkin cooking and wish it would last throughout the year. Here is one way I get my pumpkin fix for the rest of the year. I make Pumpkin chips and pumpkin powder. My dehydrator is a good friend that I often use with my bountiful baskets produce. There is nothing easier than drying fruits and vegetables for later use. You don’t even need a dehydrator as the oven on its lowest setting works fine.
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Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pasta

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Each time that I make pasta, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.  It really isn’t that much effort and fresh pasta is amazing.  I wish that I could say that I came up making pumpkin pasta but the idea came from fellow blogger, Jamie Scott.  She is the brains behind this idea, I just executed it and reaped the benefits ;)
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Potato Fennel Cheese Soup

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Tuesdays are particularly fun at our house!  There’s piano lessons, and of course it is produce ordering night.  This particular Tuesday was a special sort of challenge.  It involved fence defying goats, hopping fences after them, trudging through recently irrigated muddy mosquito filled pastures, getting the little Ms. Special Pants, Long lost bucking bronco, rodeo Jersey Family Milk Cow in the corral without a rope because I didn’t remember it as I dropped my shade structure project and ran to the back of the pasture after the goats.  It was fun!

I got home and quickly looked in the fridge and threw together a soup with everything but the kitchen sink.  It was AMAZING!  There’s not a drop left and the house smells so good that when the Mr. gets home from the airport he will look at me with puppy dog eyes even though he already ate dinner. (more…)

Pumped up Broccoli Cheese Soup

Monday, October 27th, 2014


When I was a child, we showed horses.  Some of the fondest memories of my life were during this time.  Believe it or not, this recipe was inspired by these fond horsey memories.  I remember going to the Quarter Horse Youth World Show in Fort Worth and ordering these HUGE, loaded baked potatoes.  As memory serves, you could top them with whatever incredible topping you wanted. I would load it up with bacon and cheese (of course) and broccoli.  Amazing! (more…)

Au Gratin Potatoes with Fresh Fennel

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I always get excited when we get fennel in our baskets!  But then again I LOVE black licorice, and raw fennel has a definite licorice flavor and aroma.  Sadly my husband is not a licorice fan, so raw fennel is not an option for him.  However, cooked fennel has a different flavor, it’s not as pungent and aromatic when its roasted or baked in a casserole.  A friend shared a recipe with au gratin potatoes and bacon which sounded good, but i didn’t have a pound of bacon handy.  After digging in my deep freeze (come on we all do it, looking for that one item you know you stuck in there and just like your purse, everything immediately goes to the abyss in the bottom) I found a pound of Italian sausage.  What is in Italian sausage for spice…Fennel seed. Hmm, I am thinking this could be a winning choice.


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Soul Soothing Creamy Chicken Soup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Naturally my stew pack was screaming at me to make a bowl of comforting soup.  We got a couple of fallish days (okay… maybe it was just the morning) in Central Texas recently so I promptly pulled out my boots, scarves and made this fabulous soup.

This soup really hit the spot with some bread (I had crescents on hand but a crusty bread would be great) and a glass of wine.  My family is weird and aren’t really “soup people” but they loved this and my husband said the leftovers were fabulous for lunch the next day. This is the kind of soup that warms your body and your soul. (more…)

Autumn Fennel Slaw

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.

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Fennel Sausage Skillet

Friday, October 24th, 2014

While stalking the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page this weekend, I noticed we have some clear lines drawn when it comes to fennel:

1) People who like it and are armed with scrumptious recipe ideas
2) People who weren’t familiar at all with it (what is this leafy, green, dill-looking, celery looking thing?)
3) People who gave their fennel away because they don’t like black licorice

The good news is you don’t have to be number three. Just because you (like me) don’t like black licorice doesn’t mean you won’t like fennel. I adore it and once it is cooked, it doesn’t have a hint of black licorice or I’d give it away at pickup. This recipe is so comforting and cooks up in one pan. I think you’ll find this recipe is a delicious way to move yourself up to number one.


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