NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY

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The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon”.  Within recent years, white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States.

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being-a-christianpumpkin-scripturethank-godHow about a recipe?

PUMPKIN SOUP (Makes 8 servings)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. sweet Italian turkey sausage

1/2 c. chopped onion

3 c. chopped pumpkin (or butternut squash)

4 c. chopped kale

4 c. chicken broth

4 c. water

Parmesan cheese for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook sausage in a medium saucepan.  Add onions & saute’ until translucent.  Pour the broth and water into the saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Add kale and pumpkin.  Simmer until pumpkin is soft – about 20 minutes.  Serve hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

my-favorite-basketthe-orange-armypumpkins-and-patchesautumn-pumpkinspumpkins-just-their-sizeIt’s a great day to go out to the pumpkin patch!  Enjoy the moments while you can!  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are so many varieties of beans…  yes, BEANS!

Maybe it’s the rainy weather we’ve had in Wichita lately, but it’s made me want to dig out my soup recipes and start using my slow cooker.

I wonder why Navy beans have that name.  As I understand it, they have this name because they were served to sailors at sea so often.  They are small and are so compatible in most recipes.  Since it is such a “flexible” bean, it is often used by commercial baked bean manufacturers.

Navy beans are an inexpensive ingredient that provide much-needed fiber and nutrients for those of us interested in eating a healthy diet.

Just 1/2 cup serving of Navy beans pack a huge nutritional punch!  They have a mere 130 calories with 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber!  They also contain 128 mcg Folate, 2 mg Iron and 64 mg Calcium.  My favorite part is that they have less than 1% fat content and 1 mg of sodium!

Women who are getting older (I’m raising my hand) should eat foods rich in calcium and essential vitamins and minerals while limiting fat intake.  Navy beans fit the bill perfectly.

Does anyone else need to smile today???  Watch this – it’s too cute!

Even though it would be easier to open a can of manufactured baked beans, it’s better to make your own dishes with raw ingredients so you know how much sugar and fat is in it.  When I make homemade baked beans it is with sugar substitute which cuts the calories and carbohydrates in half.  Have you read the label on a can of baked beans lately?  Read one the next time you go to the grocery store – it’s a real eye-opener! 

I want to share a recipe I look forward to making this autumn:

Smoky Navy Bean Soup (slow cooker recipe)

Makes 8 servings

1 pound Navy beans, soaked overnight

2 cups, chopped smoked ham, about 8 ounces

1 large onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, thinly sliced

3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 bag (5 oz) baby spinach

  • Coat slow cooker bowl with Pam (or use a slow cooker liner)
  • Drain beans and add to slow cooker bowl.  Stir in 6 cups water, ham, onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes and thyme.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  • Remove 2 cups of the soup, purée (you can use a boat motor) then return to slow cooker.  Add salt and pepper; gradually add spinach and stir until wilted.

A little note – the first time I made this, I thought I’d just put my boat motor in the slow cooker to purée’ instead of taking 2 cups of soup out to purée.  That didn’t work well at all because my slow cooker liner got chopped into pieces along with the soup!  So, don’t do that!  Ladle the soup out of the slow cooker and put it in a separate bowl before you purée it.  LOL!!!

I hope this becomes one of your family favorites this autumn.  It’s economical and so very good and good for you!  Wink!  😉

NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY

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When the weather is cold, isn’t it tempting to make a big pot of soup or stew?  Well, in our house, it never gets eaten up in a day.  Since there are just two of us, it takes several days for us to eat it all, and we are sick of it by the time we’ve finished it.  It takes so many days to finish off the Potato Soup – ugh…

Today is NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY!!!  They make it clear that even though this is the official day to swap soup, it is not by any means the only day you can do it.  All you have to do is find a friend who thinks this is as good an idea as you do and coördinate, then SWAP!

I’ll make you some great German Potato Soup if you will fix me some of your grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  See how simple it is?  All you have to do is find a partner (or two or three).

There are a couple of things I would suggest, just to make the whole process easier and avoid some hard feelings down the road.

  • It’s okay to make the soup in your best pot or crock pot, but I wouldn’t transport it in the same pot.  Pots grow legs and walk sometimes.  It could lead to some hurt feelings if you have to go out and buy a new one because it does not come back home.
  • Be sure you and the one you are in cahoots with share the same kinds of tastes.  If I make a mild lentil soup for you, don’t make your four alarm chili for me.
  • This can be a hoot at first, but take a break from it once in a while.  Sometimes people just want to eat something besides soup or stew.  I know it’s hard to believe, but on occasion I like a steak cooked on my George Foreman.
  • If you swap with someone and for any reason do not like, or are unable to eat what they give you, don’t tell them.  That just hurts the person and puts a strain on your relationship with them.  I’m not saying you should lie, just say, “My the stew you made was quite remarkable.”  Or, you could just say “Thank you” and leave it alone.  If you over-state, you will undoubtedly get it again…  often.
  • This may or may not work, depending on your partner.  You could plan to meet with cookbooks and make a list of soups or stews that you think you and your family would like.  Leave your list with your partner and that would ensure that you don’t get an unpleasant surprise.  For instance, if there is a recipe for Turtle Soup in her cookbook, just don’t put it on your list if you don’t want to try it.  I mean, that’s what I’d do.

WORRIES GO DOWN BETTER WITH SOUP

Give it a try this winter.  It could be a fun time and a great learning experience.  You’ll never get bored with soups and stews again!  Wink!  😉