saansaturday: (pumpkins)
( Wednesday, 3 November 2004 15:37)
This delicious pumpkin with cornbread and sausage stuffing was the main dish for our Dumb Supper this year. Since it's such a heavy dish, I served it with simple sides--fresh green beans steamed and served with salt, pepper and butter and a salad of spinach, rocket and grated carrots served with my best olive oil and balsamico (the nine year aged real stuff). I was delighted to find out how tasty the grated carrots were with the balsamico! The sides complimented the main dish wonderfully, as did the wine, a pizzolato prosecco. This was probably the best Samhain feast I've ever had the pleasure of cooking.

stuffed pumpkin
1 small pumpkin (actually this made enough to fill a big pumpkin, so I ended up with leftover stuffing to bake later)
1/4 cup melted butter
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
9 garlic cloves, minced
2 Granny Smith apples, cubed
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon thyme
2 oranges, zested
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh sage, divided
6 sausages (I used four bratwursts and two smoked sausages, all organic, made from turkey, delicious stuff), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup heavy cream
cornbread croutons (from one skillet of homemade cornbread, cut into cubes, then dried/toasted, stirring every ten minutes, in a 150 C oven)
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
1/2 cup tart dried cherries
3 cups chicken broth
2 eggs, beaten
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saansaturday: (pumpkins)
( Thursday, 28 October 2004 13:52)
cobweb cupcakeI have never been a fan of cupcakes, as they are usually too sweet for me. But these Halloween cupcakes are so delicious that I can't stop eating them. I used to make them every year. It looks like this year I won't have time. :( I've altered the recipe to work with ingredients available in Germany but I didn't write it down, so this is the original version (ok, with slight modifications, I just can't help changing things to my taste)of the recipe. It comes from, of all places, the October 5, 1999 issue of Family Circle. I bought the magazine just for this recipe and it certainly was worth it. Everybody loves the chocolate spiderwebs on top...the frosting is especially yummy. Since I haven't made them this year, I don't have a picture of mine, but I did take a photo of the picture in the magazine...and I have to say that mine actually look better.... :)

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