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Meatless Monday is now scheduled for Thursday this week

There are weeks when our meatless meals just do not happen on Monday. I try not to beat myself up about it. This week, we’ve been coasting on leftovers from the impromptu super bowl party held at our house. I had made a huge salad of spinach, fresh corn kernels, avocado chunks, green onions, cherry tomatoes, carrots, dried cranberries, feta, and a home made lemon garlic vinaigrette. It was so good that our friend Mike ate three bowls of it before he even touched the amazing chili that another friend had prepared.

We enjoyed steaming bowls of chili that my friend Paige had made from scratch–bursting with tomato and fresh veggies–and fragrant squares of green chili cornbread.

For dessert, I had prepared a Harvest Pear Crisp from Cooking Light Magazine that was out of this world and oh so perfect for the cold weather.  I had gotten a huge bag of pears from Costco and this was the perfect way to showcase them.

Harvest Pear Crisp

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6  cups  Anjou or Bartlett pears, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 pounds)
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/3  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  tablespoons  chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3  cup  regular oats
  • 1/4  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine pears and lemon juice in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pear mixture; toss well to coat.

Note: I got to use my food processor on this one! Joy! If you don’t have one, simply cut the butter into the flour using two knives or a pastry cutter –available at most grocery stores or kitchen stores.

I’ve done it for years and it works just fine….it just takes a few more minutes.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture.

Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.

** I highly recommend serving warm. You can heat it in the microwave just before serving if necessary. It makes a difference!

So I will do my best to make up my mind what to prepare for Meatless…ahem…Thursday. It’s still freezing here in the southwest and I have custody of the cold that J and I have been passing back and forth for weeks. I think it might be soup!

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Feeding the Peeps


I’ve been on a roll this past week.

Using Annabel Karmel’s book as inspiration, I finally mustered up the courage to use my food processor and began making baby food.

I started with a simple blueberry rice cereal puree–I steamed 1/2 c blueberries for 3-4 minutes until the skins began to pop open. I then dropped them into the food chopper with 1/4c rice cereal and enough formula/breast milk to make a smooth puree.

Next, I moved on to frozen peas and then sweet potatoes. My sweet potato puree is so elegant and delicious that I think I may serve it for the holidays next year. I had to force myself to stop licking my immersion blender and fill up the baby food trays!

Cinnamon Orange Sweet Potato Puree

serves 2

1 med sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 stick cinnamon

2-4 tbs fresh orange juice

  • Steam the sweet potato with stick of cinnamon until tender, add fresh orange juice and puree

How simple is this??

She seemed to really like it…

So few things have made her happy while she’s teething.

Don’t worry, big brother and his friends had some fabulous food for their play date this week.

I’m going to leave you with a picture of Morgan over the weekend. He refused to get dressed and insisted on wearing his favorite Christmas jammies for two days straight. He buttoned them himself–looking like the long lost love child of Hugh Hefner and “Pigpen” from the Peanuts cartoons.

Note the crayon containers doubling as a drum set. These paper covered infant formula cans are giving new meaning to the word multi purpose!

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