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The Witch in the Willows

Sep. 5, 2011 5:04 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2011 8:10 am
Now that it's September I can't wait for autumn to get here!  I love everything about the fall season, especially the comfort food.  Hot apple cider, warming stews, chili, freshly baked bread.  I also love entertaining, and my favourite holiday for that is Mabon.

Mabon is a pagan holiday that falls (no pun intended) roughly around September 20-23, the first day of autumn.  This year it's on the 23rd and I cannot wait to make a big autumn feast.  It's often called the Second Harvest and many pagans consider it to be their Thanksgiving.  It's the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family with good food, drinks, and company. 

This year my Mabon feast is going to be bigger than ever so I'm planning early!  I normally make a menu and then hem and haw over it for weeks and make numerous changes (if you looked in the dictionary, my picture would be under the definiton for "indecisive"). 

As it stands now my menu is:

Rosemary Roasted Chicken stuffed with apples, garlic, and onion
Ham with cloves and brown sugar
Roasted Potatoes, Beets, and Carrots
Apple Sausage Stuffing
Gravy (of course!)
Homemade Pull-Apart Cheese and Herb Rolls
Pumpkin Pie (my nanny's recipe)
Blackberry Pie
Hot Apple Cider
Red Wine

If anyone has a favourite recipe for apple cider I'd love to know about it!  I haven't made it before so it's uncharted territory for me but I feel like I've been doing without it for too many years.

As this is my first blog entry, I think I should introduce myself before I end this entry.  I'm a 23 year old educational assistant from Alberta and I work with low-functioning special needs children.  My specialty is severe behaviour in autistic teenagers.  I do love my job but it does get tiring and cooking is my escape!  I also paint on the side and make a tidy little income from that.  I also love to read EVERYTHING I can get my hands on! This year I've taken up crocheting again and have been making quilts non-stop!  I've been a member of AR for years but only became a supporting member recently because the urge to blog became too strong, hahaha.  Hopefully I will have the time and energy to keep the blog going!

Blessed Be!
Sep. 7, 2011 7:31 am
Welcome to blogging! I'm also excited for Mabon, our tradition is to cook as much from things we grew or that were locally grown as possible. I'm in northern SK so this can be challenging, we're doing elk and barley soup, farm turkey with wild rice stuffing, garden carrots, potatoes, turnips and corn, herbed crescent rolls and blueberry pies...I think. I still have time to switch things around a little. I hope you have a great one. Blessed be.
Sep. 8, 2011 8:10 am
Mabon? I swear I learn something new everyday. Welcome to the blogs.
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I'm a clumsy cook who by some miracle usually ends up turning out something good! Health and taste are my biggest concerns in the kitchen, cost comes up somewhere down the line... I think. I love using spices and making savoury dinners, but baking is my forte.
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My first love as a child aside from reading was baking for my family. Cookies, crepes, muffins, cakes. Love 'em all. Since I learned to bake bread, I don't buy it from the store any more. I also love seafood and vegetarian recipes, as well as Japanese and Greek cuisine. I LOVE spicy food, and keep a big bottle of Frank's Red Hot in the fridge for that.
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I love making my Nanny's cream puffs, actually pretty much all of her recipes I like making. I'm working on creating some traditions of my own now!
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I learned how to bake bread quite quickly from a 1970's Home and Gardens cookbook, and it always turns out good!
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The first time I tried making cream puffs, I added the eggs too soon and they could have put a dent in the wall. To be fair, I was about 10. I've had lots of near misses as well (I can be clumsy and forgetful in the kitchen.) Usually everything turns out well though, I'm pleased to say... except for that one time I tried to make turnovers using Pillsbury Croissant dough and jam... the jam leaked out all over my favourite baking pan. What a mess!
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