Friday, October 24, 2014


Of recent, I have been making my own pumpkin puree because Frank likes that in his morning oatmeal.  He also likes to buy sugar pumpkins since they are in season being that Fall and Halloween is amongst us.

I roasted these babies up over the weekend so I have the pumpkin puree for the week.  It is really easy to make.  Heat up your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook them for 40 minutes.  Make sure you take out the pumpkin seeds and just lay the halves face down.  Stick a knife through them and it will make taking off the skin much easier.  Then you can simply puree it through a food processor or mash it with a fork or a potato masher.  I wash and let the pumpkin seeds dry and roast them the next day and get roasted pumpkin seeds.  It's a superfood, ya know?

Since I had to roast two pumpkins this week, I had some excess and decided to make some pumpkin pie.  I made a basic pie crust using Laura in the Kitchen's recipe.  The pumpkin pie filling recipe I used came from Chef John from Food Wishes.  I actually only used half of the pie crust that I made and tweaked the filling recipe.  Rather, I used 2 eggs, and pretty much halved everything else for the most part.  If I am so inclined, I might write it up and post it later.  But you can tell, I been kinda getting lazy these days.  Sorry for that!  I ended up with about 12 mini pies and a bonus with the extra filling that I baked in a ramekin and got an extra little treat.  I baked them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, then reduced the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for another 20 minutes.
Mini Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Custard
I was rather pleased with how these turned out.  They aren't too sweet nor are they over seasoned.  It has just the right consistency.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sugar and Spice makes everything nice!

Have you ever heard of the saying, "Sugar & Spice make everything nice"?  That thought came across my mind while I was showering.  I feel like I get great ideas in the shower.  Does that happen to you too?

I'll admit, I do enjoy something sweet here and there.  But not overbearingly sweet.  We were around O'hare this weekend and while there, we went to the Lindt outlet store.  I probably spent more than I should have on chocolate.  But check out my bounty!
I like to enjoy a little treat here and there.  My favorites are something with hazelnut or white chocolate crisp.  I also like sea salt which I usually get at Ghirardelli.  Belgium chocolates are also very delicious.  As you can see, I do enjoy chocolates.  Unless it is chocolate ice cream.

Indian food uses a lot of spices.  I recently made Chicken Makhani, also known more commonly as Butter Chicken.  All these spices combine together make a very delicious aromatic meal.  I had leftovers yesterday and the aroma of that sauce was so divine.
Chicken Makhani
I enjoy making Indian food because it is a learning experience for me.  I quite enjoy Indian cuisine so to be able to make it at home is rewarding.  I also make my own spices because I like knowing what goes into things.  Making these dishes from scratch can be time consuming but its worth it once you take that first bite.  

So these are why sugar and spice make everything nice.  Happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I've got an hour to kill before I head out to work.  Instead of using that time to watch videos on youtube, I thought, why not blog.  I'll got a ton of stuff to blog about too (recipes, festivals, updates, etc.)  I've been taking advantage of the warmer fall days and going out to festivals and such.  This past weekend was gloriously warm. Sadly, I think those days are now behind us.  The days are getting shorter and it is getting dark earlier.

It's the end of September.  I feel like this has been a long month.  That means I did a lot.

The leaves are already starting to change colors and even started to fall.  Last year, this came pretty late. It sure does worry me because I am not ready to brave the cold winter.  I hope Autumn will linger around longer.