Sunday, October 19, 2008

Weekend, Where'd You'd Go?

We've had a superb weekend and I'm finally grabbing a moment to provide a quick recap. Friday started out with a frozen ham and pineapple pizza with leftover kale chips and take out breadsticks (that Andy was craving). We chowed on this while watching the new Indiana Jones movie...which was decent.

I had mine with a leftover Michelob Ultra Lime that my parents left at the beach with us.

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The kale chips reheated perfectly! They went back in at 375 for another 10 minutes, I added a little more salt after they heated. I finished these off all by myself, but I figured it was better to fill-up on these than more pizza and breadsticks :o)

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Saturday morning our new KY buddies called to confirm that they could make it over for the Kentucky game (they're from Lexington, KY and now live here - cute story...we spotted a UK t-shirt at Kroger and our friendship has gone from there!!). We threw down a pot of chili and an apple, pear, cranberry brown betty. They brought homemade beer cheese, cheddar jalapeno corn muffins, and octoberfest beer!

Winning "Kentucky Wildcat" Chili

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  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can light beer (Miller Lite)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb frozen diced garden tomatoes
  • Garnish: diced avocado, sharp shredded cheese, light sour cream, hot sauce

Heat skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, add meat and brown. Season the meat with salt and pepper, to taste, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and paprika. Add the bay leaf, onions, bell pepper and garlic to the pan. Cook until onions are soft, 8 minutes. Add beer simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Stir and reduce heat to simmer.

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The Sam Adams Oktoberfest and jalapeno cheddar muffins matched the chili perfectly and were scrumptious! Thanks Kristen and Laurence! We loved having UK fans over and especially ones that bring KY beer cheese too! (smile). Dessert was a great use of fall flavors - apples, pears, and cranberries. We served this with vanilla ice cream and really enjoyed it. It only calls for 4 Tbsp butter but the flavor really came through nicely.

Apple, Pear and Cranberry Brown Betty

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  • 3 large Golden Delicious apples, diced
  • 2 red Bartlett pears, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, plus 2 Tbsp divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 bag fresh cranberries
  • 3 slices whole-wheat bread (1-ounce each) crusts included (to make about 2 1/4 cups crumbs) I used Ezekiel cinnamon raisin
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine apples, pears, apple cider, 1/2 cup brown sugar, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Stir in cranberries and 1 tablespoon butter until melted, remove from heat and transfer mixture to a 9-inch glass pie plate.

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Place bread in food processor and process until crumbs are formed, about 15 seconds. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in microwave for 20 seconds. Toss crumbs with melted butter, walnuts, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Scatter crumb mixture on top of apples and bake for 30 minutes, until topping is crisped and lightly browned.

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Sunday we headed off to church, changed at home and then made a quick trip to Brinkley's Pumpkin Patch. This is my CSA farm too, I was surprised how small the farm looked compared to the large amount of produce I see each week. The pumpkin patch had plenty of pumpkins to choose from along with mums and gourds and still some fresh veggies and meat. There were not any hay rides, mazes, games, etc - which was ok with us.

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We're carving our pumpkins, roasting the seeds, and making our annual Halloween sugar cookies next weekend!

Finally, we gave the house a great scrubbing on Saturday too. While I washed all the dog beds, I found Finley on the top of a 5 dog bed mound!! We grabbed several photos and Wilson had to come check it out too!

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