Sunday, March 14, 2010

Apple Crisp

Abe and Jimi love apple pie.  It's their only requested dessert.  Sometimes I don't have the time (or desire) to make pie dough, so I will whip out an apple crisp instead.  It always hits the spot.  It also works really well when I have company... who isn't impressed by a warm dessert being pulled out of the oven?

I got this recipe from (along with the photo).

Serve with ice cream. Enjoy!

Apple Crisp
Serves 12

10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup


Yummy smooth and creamy soup...... who doesn't love that?  This is a favorite with Abe and me (Jimi, on the other hand, doesn't even want to try it- More soup for us!) and it's great on a fall night.  Heck, it's good anytime.

Very few ingredients are needed, so it's something you can make whenever you see butternut squash on sale.  Be careful with the clove..... too much will kill the soup.

Serve with fresh crusty bread and a leafy green salad.

I got this from (where I got the picture from too).

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds peeled and seeded butternut squash , cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, cut into large dice
1 tablespoon butter
1 pinch sugar
3 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth, homemade or from a carton or can
1 1/2 cups half-and-half (or whole milk)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.

2.  Add butternut squash, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until squash start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.

4. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.

5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes.

6.  Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid.  Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)

7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.