Saturday, September 15, 2018

Weekend Cooking: Back in the Kitchen


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Although it's warm and humid today in central New York, we recently experienced a brief taste of fall. It was glorious! I've yet to indulge in the season's first pumpkin spice latte, but have been cooking again. Here are some of the new recipes we've enjoyed.



Fresh Corn Chowder from Natasha's Kitchen
We all love local corn and eat it as often as possible, especially during the late summer when the sweetest varieties are available. In this recipe, stripped cobs are simmered to make an unbelievably flavorful corn stock. In typical chowder fashion, heavy cream is used, but I think half and half or low-fat milk could be substituted to lighten it up. This is best corn chowder I've ever made!



Butternut Squash Soup from Gimme Some Oven
I've been using Susan Branch's Butternut Bisque recipe for ages (even shared it in this 2014 Weekend Cooking post) and never thought I'd try another. But Gimme Some Oven is a trusted source and I was intrigued by the addition of a Granny Smith apple and unsweetened coconut milk... also, this recipe is made in a slow cooker. So easy! I'm not setting aside the old standby, but my daughter prefers this version. I thought it very tasty, too. Guess I have two favorite recipes now.


Blueberry Crumble Pie from Two Peas & Their Pod
I've baked plenty of blueberry pies over the years, but never one with a crumble top. This photo on the blog caught my eye... mine looked almost as good. It's a keeper.



Speculoos Brownie Cake from Simply Recipes
Drop what you're doing, go to Trader Joe's, buy a jar of speculoos cookie butter, and bake this cake - immediately! You can thank me later. ;-)



Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake from Two Peas & Their Pod
Despite mild resistance, I'm trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our dinner lineup. I recently made this casserole while my husband was away. With a green salad, it was a delicious dinner. I had leftovers for lunch the rest of the week, though admit I was a little tired of it by Thursday. Hubby refused to try it for lunch on Friday...


  Does your kitchen get busier in the fall? Have you tried any new recipes lately?


36 comments:

  1. Your soups look good, but for my taste, it’s still too hot outside to eat soup. Sad that corn goes out of season when soup weather comes in! I’ve been wondering what that cookie butter might be good for ...

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Mae - I could (and do!) eat soup all year long. During the cooler months, I make some every week.

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  2. These recipes look really good. I'm always in the mood for soup and especially like to take advantage of the end of corn season

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    1. Judee - We love soup, too. I'm hoping to make more corn chowder this week.

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  3. It all looks good. Your pictures are making me hungry. My wife and I both cook. With Fall approaching we also will be making seasonal dishes that Include ingredients like squash. Happy cooking and eating!

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    1. Brian - Cooking is very relaxing for me. There's something almost therapeutic about peeling and chopping ;-)

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  4. Your soups look amazing; I just love corn chowder. The Blueberry Crumble would be great right about now with a cup of tea or coffee. LOL

    I made beef stew when we had a cooler day, it was so nice to have an old fall favorite.

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    1. Diane - Beef stew sounds good! Hope I can make some soon.

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  5. I have a favorite butternut squash soup recipe too and that has stopped me from trying new ones...but I like the sound of yours! I've been bookmarking (not making, of course, just bookmarking...) some because of their garnishes..there's one with an apple compote and one with maple cream. I figure either would be good with my old standby. :) There was a hint that we'd be getting more seasonal after Tuesday (and the remnants of Florence) but now they're saying the warm and muggies are going to be here all week. I WANT FALL!!! :)

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    1. Audrey - Love the sound of a maple cream on butternut squash soup! It will be very warm & humid here today - again. Most of the week, actually. Sigh.

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  6. You cook the best looking food! That corn chowder looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I'm hoping to make more corn chowder before the season ends.

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  7. We did have some speculaas here at one point (my partner's heritage is Dutch so every now and again we have such things). Not sure where it went though,

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    1. Marg - This was the first time I'd ever purchased it. Unfortunately the recipe only used about half the jar... it's so good and dangerous to keep in the cupboard!

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  8. That corn chowder looks so good! Fall is the start of soup season in our house, so I'm looking forward to that.

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    1. ANgela - I love all kinds of soups, stews, and chowders! During the cooler months I like to make at least one every week.

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  9. Great selection of dishes. Cheers from Carole's chatter

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  10. Definitely happy to be cooking again! The corn chowder looks great (I hope I can still find corn this week at the farmer's market!). The enchilada casserole would be a hit here, and butternut squash soup just screams "fall!" I have apples and plums to cook up today . . . I was thinking of a crisp, but maybe a crumble.

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    1. Beth F - We've got at least another week or two of local corn, so I'll definitely be making that chowder again. It's almost time for our annual apple picking expedition, too. Can't wait!

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  11. I love corn chowder...and anything with black beans! Yum! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - I could et corn chowder all year long!

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  12. Blueberry crumble pie sounds divine. I love blueberries and eat them most mornings, and I love pies and crumbles. Looks so pretty.

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    1. JaneGS - When I took that pie to Sunday dinner, there were no leftovers.

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  13. Brownie cake! I want some. When the weather cools down, I’m going to try baking a date cake. It’s still around 100 degrees here during the day, and I don’t have the energy to make anything.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - That cake was the best! My daughter had a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend and she made that cake for him.

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  14. I adore corn chowder and everything you made looks and sounds amazing. I love and eat soup all year long. ;-)

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    1. Deb - Thanks. We eat soup most of the year, too. I even make it in when we're in Florida.

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  15. Two great soups! I love soup. That blueberry crumble looks great too. Looks like good eating at your house.

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    1. Tina - It seems like I'm making some kind of soup almost every week. We love it!

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  16. JoAnn, I love the sound of the Butternut Squash Soup :-) My kitchen does tend to get busier in autumn, as we switch from salad to comforting soups and stews :-)

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    1. Jessica - Funny how there's a rhythm to it all... it rises to a frenzy around the holidays.

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  17. I LOVE soup. I love chowder but always have to sub the flour for gluten free flour which often changes the texture. Bleh.

    My kitchen does get busier come fall. No one wants to cook out here when it's 114 out. We are still having 100 degree days but it feels cool by comparison.

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    1. Ti - Except for the very hottest weeks of summer, we'll eat soup all year long. We all love it. Kind of sad when a 100 degree day feels cooler... hope fall arrives soon!

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  18. OMG that corn chowder looks amazing! I love corn chowder! I might have to try that recipe. I always used the cheesy corn chowder recipe by the Curvy Carrot but it is always good to try new things. :) And I am intrigued by that brownie cake thing!

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    1. Erin - Think I'll have to look up your cheesy recipe... I love cheesy soups!! The brownies cake is to die for!

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