Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I got some nice acorn squash at the last farmer's market of the season, along with some other beautiful fall vegetables. Preparing it to bake, I decided to add a bit of stuffing and began looking in the refrigerator. The resulting dish is light and flavorful and not overly sweet like some baked squash recipes. The sage gives the otherwise fruity dish a savory touch. Give it a try.


  • acorn squash (I used two for two people because they were small; you may only need one for every two people if they're larger)
  • butter (about 2 t. per squash)
  • brown sugar (about 1 T. per squash)
  • maple syrup (about 2 t. per squash)
  • leftover cooked apples or applesauce (at least 1/2 c. per squash)
  • golden raisins (about 2 T. per squash)
  • toasted pecans (at least 1 T. per squash)
  • dusting of finely ground sage

Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Score the flesh with a sharp knife. Rub each half lightly with butter -- about 1 t. per half. Place on baking sheet or in shallow pan.

For the filling, mix together the remaining ingredients and divide among squash halves.

Bake at 375 for about an hour.

Serve and enjoy!

And... cook, eat, dance, love!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Harvest Apple Bread Pudding

I keep buying apples from the orchard down the road. I love just about anything when it's in season and the variety -- and varieties -- of apples available now aren't matched by anything found the rest of the year. I've made a lot of different apple dishes lately, including several apple desserts. Here's the latest.


  • 4 leftover corn muffins
  • 1 2/3 c. whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c. dates, chopped
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger

Crumble the corn muffins into large chunks. Mix with apples and dates, sprinkle with ginger, then pour molasses over all and stir gently to coat bread pieces.

Turn corn muffin mixture into a greased 2-quart dish.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, then stir in milk, and pour over corn muffin mixture.

Cover and let sit for at least 1/2 hour so the bread absorbs some of the liquid. Bake, 350F, 45-60 minutes. Top should be golden and a knife inserted into the pudding should come out clean.


I would substitute about a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger for the ground ginger -- the ground ginger didn't give it the zing I would have liked. Otherwise it turned out well; moist, dense, with rich corn flavor, and just the right amount of sweetness. It's perfect with a little whipped cream.

Enjoy -- and cook, eat, dance, love!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Apple Ginger Pie

It's autumn -- and finally feels like it after a heat wave that ended Monday with record highs in the 80's and 90's. Trees show reds, oranges, golds; birds migrate; the air is crisp and cool; and apples fall from trees. What better time of year to enjoy an apple pie?

This is a fairly traditional apple pie, with the slightest twist -- a bit of fresh ginger. The ginger is an ideal compliment to the tart-sweet fruit, adding just a bit of zing to a familiar treat.



  • unbaked 9" pie shell
  • tart apples to fill pie shell, peeled, cored, and sliced, about 5 c.
  • 1/3 c. sugar (part brown sugar)
  • 1/2 c. golden raisins
  • 1 T. grated fresh ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3 T. flour

  • 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 5 T. butter


Preheat oven to 425F.

Combine all filling ingredients and set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add butter and work into mixture until it's well combined and crumbly.

Pour apples into pie shell; sprinkle topping to cover the apples right up to the crust.

Place in oven and immediately turn heat down to 375F. Bake about 1 hour.

Don't hesitate to enjoy it with a slice of good cheddar cheese or top it with a little vanilla ice cream.

And don't hesitate to cook, eat, dance, love!