The weather has turned noticably cooler over the past week - from the sixties down to the fifties - and wind.
LOTS of wind! Several types of comfort food are included this week for this very reason- cookies, hot cider, pasta, soup - it's all here. Enjoy!
Pasta Fagoli II
This is a little more work than other recipes, but so worth it! I used fresh herbs as I had them growing outside my kitchen. When the time came to fish out the garlic cloves, I couldn't find all of them. I smashed what I found
and returned it to the pot. I never did find the others. This was delicious served with Beer Bread I from this site. I'll be making this again!
Chops in Mushroom Gravy
By: Karen Ehatt
Tasty and easy. My chops were a little on the thick side, so I had to cook this longer than the stated time. I served it with rosemary roasted potatoes.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
I used skim milk to make this drink since the recipe doesn't specify. I think whole milk would make it better and make the drink creamier. I don't think of a martini being a sweet drink, but pumpkin pie certainly is. The drink itself isn't sweet, but the
honey and graham crackers add that sweetness. I wasn't crazy about the first sip, but found that I liked this well enough as long as I had a little of the honey and graham cracker
with each sip. I finished it quickly - maybe too quickly. ;)
Strawberry Salad I
I know, this doesn't quite for with the theme.
I just couldn't pass up the deal on strawberries. :)
Very tasty salad. I was pleasantly surprised by the dressing. The poppy seeds really added to it.
I used regular Miracle Whip as it was all I had on hand. I'll cut back on the onions next time
as they were a bit strong.
Hurry-Up Ham Carbonara
By: Ramona Parris
This was quick and simple to make. I cut back on the oil a bit. I did add frozen peas and sliced mushrooms to this dish. I added about one Tablespoon of chicken stock to the egg yolks before adding them to the pasta. This helped to incorporate them without
cooking them too quickly. Very tasty dish!
White Cheddar Macaroni with Bacon and Thyme
This is a definite keeper! Although I served this as a side dish with chicken, it would easily stand alone as a main course. I halved the recipe and baked in an 8x8 casserole dish.
Cranberry-Nut Oatmeal Cookies
Delicious! If you like a cookie that's crunchy outside and chewy inside, these will make you happy. Cranberries and pecans are an awesome combination.
Apple Cranberry Cider
By: Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I loved this. I skipped the cheesecloth and just strained before serving. I served this with Cranberry-Nut Oatmeal Cookies. Delicious!
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