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Oct
23
2009

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for October 23 – 30

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Good Morning! The week before Halloween is a busy one!  I wish I were a tad more enthusiastic with my decorating this year but I seem to be falling down on that job.  Our Halloween tree is up and that’s about it!  If you were to walk into my kitchen this morning, you might think I was well on my way to having that room adorned but you see, my kitchen is always filled with witches!  I collect them.  My mother in law gave me my first kitchen witch not long after Husband and I married.  I am sad to say “Hilda” is no longer with us – I honestly don’t remember when she disappeared but it has always been my fear that I left her hanging in a kitchen when we moved once.  She was the old fashioned Strega style with a kerchief and riding a broom.  She had a little poem that read:

Look who’s landed in your kitchen,
Bringing fortune to your home.
It’s me, the lucky kitchen witch,
Your special little gnome.
I’ll end burnt pots,
I’ll keep meals hot,
I’ll do such magic chores.
For I’m your lucky kitchen witch,
Keep me safe by your kitchen door.
Look who’s landed in your kitchen,
Bringing fortune to your home.
It’s me, the lucky kitchen witch,
Your special little gnome.
I’ll end burnt pots,
I’ll keep meals hot,
I’ll do such magic chores.
For I’m your lucky kitchen witch,
Keep me safe by your kitchen door.

One of these days I will find another one like her and add her to my collection.  At last count I have 9 – not all hanging.  Maybe some day when I am cleaning them I will have them all pose for a photo 😉 Oh…and here’s my Witch Broom…standing alone I might add.

witchbroomShe stays out all year as well.

We have had a very busy time since Husband arrived home.  We got more of our fall/winter garden planted and as soon as the rain stops and the ground is a bit dryer we will start on my greenhouse!  I am so excited about that!  I will post photos as soon as it is up.

We harvested and delivered all the pumpkins and I only wish I had a better picture to share.  I am not the photographer of the family!

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I know the lighting is terrible!  This is part of them and they ended up being beautiful, as usual.  I was worried that they were not going to be pretty since the weather had been against us since planting them.  But they were much better than I expected. Through the week I am going to try and post more “seasonal” pictures for you to see.  But for now I best get you some recipes posted!

Technically this recipe is a baking recipe since you end up baking the popped corn before consuming!  I know it is a stretch but this was my mom’s caramel corn recipe and I have never made it.  It’s one of those little things that “she did better” so I just never tried.  I will give it a whirl this year!

OLD FASHIONED CARAMEL CORN

  • 14 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it begins to boil, stop stirring for 5 minutes, or until mixture reaches 255 degrees on candy thermometer. (You may have to adjust according to altitude and humidity). Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. The mixture will start to foam, so stir well until blended.

While the caramel mixture is cooking, pop the pop-corn either in a hot air popper or microwave. Once you have popped the pop-corn, remove any unpopped kernels. Now place the popcorn in a large (buttered) metal bowl. Pour the hot mixture over the pop-corn and toss gently with well buttered forks to distribute evenly. Spread onto 2 ungreased baking sheets and bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. if it starts to look too golden it may be time to take it out!

Remove the caramel corm from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cool, break it into clusters, and store in a tightly covered container. For a Halloween party, serve in decorative bowls. For treats, fill those little paper Halloween bags and tie off with black ribbon to hand out.

And now for Recipe Two:

I wish I could take credit for this because it is TOO cute!  But it is from Matthew Mead’s Monster Book of Halloween.

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If you don’t know who he is…google him.  He’s a genius!  So many ideas! Or you could click in my recommendation section and order the book for yourself!


Yummy Mummy Meatloaf

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photo from Epicurious.com

Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 8 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • 1 3-ounce mozzarella ball
  • 1 can pitted large black olives

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

To make the meatloaf:

1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 10 x 13-inch (or 10-inch round) baking dish. Combine the meat, egg, onion, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into a 10-inch round dome and place it in the baking dish. Mix the 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons prepared mustard in a small bowl until blended. Spread the mixture over the meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour. Transfer the meatloaf to a wire rack and let rest for 20 minutes.

2. Cook the pappardelle according to the package directions; drain and keep warm while meatloaf rests.

To make the sauce:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until bubbly and thickened, about 3 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve.

2. Remove the meatloaf from the pan and place on a serving plate. Cut the mozzarella ball in half. Layer the pasta strands one by one over the meatloaf to look like a mummy’s wrappings, adding the mozzarella and two olives for eyes as shown. Surround the meatloaf with more olives. Serve with the sauce on the side.

My intentions are to post more recipes through the week.  But you know where the road to good intentions leads! :0

Have a great Autumn weekend!

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Sep
24
2009

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Sep
22
2009

Happy Fall Y’all! And orange you glad I didn’t say banana…

As of yesterday it is officially Autumn.  Though it really hasn’t cooled off here, I am assured by the forecast that it will be soon.  The overnight lows seem to be inching down and I suppose that is a good sign. This morning it is just incredibly humid. So humid I had to dry my hands after going to the mailbox to put a letter out!  I am longing for cool crisp mornings and nippy nights!

I have been rather tied up the last few days.  My “ordeal” started Thursday night when I ridiculously attempted to eat an orange. I wound up in the ER. I suppose  it wasn’t full-on anaphylaxis but, if it wasn’t, I’m good with not ever experiencing full-on, k?  If you have been reading my blog very long, you know I attempt to kill myself with fruit ever so often.  Last time was cantaloupe. You can imagine how annoying this is for a foodie.  But back to my ordeal.  It really didn’t end with the orange. I was comatose most of Friday from extraordinary amounts of antihistamines so when I came to on Saturday we went bowling with my oldest son and  little grandson, Sam.  A good time was had by all.  At some point, we drove through Dominos and got pizza.  Well, yeah, I know tomatoes are on my “list” but I have eaten them without incident many times.  I suppose though with my system already cranked up, it was a bad idea.  I always wanted lips like Angelina Jolie.  Let me just say her head must be much bigger than mine because it ended up not being such a good look for me. Not only were they amazingly pouty, but completely raw.

On Friday I had already called my allergist and made an appointment for yesterday believing I would not be tested because I had practically overdosed on antihistamines during the weekend.  But when I arrived yesterday and Dr. W was informed of my very exciting last few days, he decided it would behoove us to do a little histamine test and if it was good, go ahead with some scratch tests.  The histamine control site said GOOD TO GO, so there we went.  He did 75 foods, half on one forearm, half on the other.  There were 21 items I need to avoid completely.  Some of them I am rather miffed about like citrus and melons of all kinds, mushrooms, white potatoes and my beloved green peas.  And of course the horrible soy (is in almost everything), cottonseed (is in everything that doesn’t have soy), sunflower seed and nuts of all varieties except pecan…and for that I am thankful – I do like pecans.  My reactions had changed considerably since 2007 and not for the good.  I added some things to avoid and my reactions were worse to some of the things I already knew not to consume.  There were 16 things I can have in moderation though not in conjunction with other disallowed foods.  And 28 I can eat till I puke.  Some of which I love, others…ho hum. I mean really I could live without plums.  I don’t know that I have ever eaten more than 2 in my entire life.

So here we go again with the whole food thing.  I think what it all boils down to, as Hannah pointed out, I am not supposed to eat processed foods.  This is not a bad thing, just amazingly inconvenient.  It will be best for me in the long run.  But dang it…no potato chips.  Not that I ate them often but, never???  It seems you never out grow the fact that if you are told you CAN’T have something, that is the very thing you want.  And badly.  And I hate that it is such an inconvenience for the rest of the family.

On to something fun.  Here is a sneak peek at the apron that is in the mail TODAY along with the LOVELY book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen to lucky chick, Nicole.

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Y’all have a good one and I will see you soon.