Friday, November 26, 2021

Turkey a la King

Turkey a la King
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There are slices of roasted Turkey in our fridge. Yes!  Tonight, we will be enjoying Turkey a la King served over sliced toasted oatmeal bread.  We enjoy this dinner. Think small chunks of roasted Turkey that are surrounded by mixed veggies in a creamy white sauce- oh yum!  After Thanksgiving Day this is always a "go to" dinner for me.  The Turkey was cooked yesterday and the veggies are in our freezer.  A can of chicken broth is in our pantry.  What can be easier?

Why roll out or purchase/ use another pie crust to prepare a pot pie?  Using toasted bread is so much easier!  So much quicker too!  There is no need to bake anything in the oven.   

Take a short cut today or tomorrow.  Prepare Turkey a la King using this easy recipe! (Click here for recipe.)  Just remember the Cranberry Sauce!


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

~Butternut Squash Pancakes~

Butternut Squash Pancakes
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It's all about the Butternut- Butternut Squash that is! This is definitely our favorite veggie.  We enjoy it as a side dish at dinner, but it does not stop there.  Butternut Squash Pancakes are absolutely delicious!  What a great way to start a day.  After making a batch and enjoying breakfast, the remaining pancakes are placed in our freezer for other mornings.

I usually use Egg Whites in this recipe, but you could use Egg Whites + 1 whole Egg. 
Remember when cooking/ baking:
2 Egg Whites= 1 Whole Egg

This recipe calls for 4 Egg Whites. So, remembering the above formula, instead of using only Egg Whites sometimes I use 2 Egg Whites and 1 Whole Egg.  It depends on how many eggs are in our fridge and what their expiration date is.

I have posted my recipe in the past, so I am including the link for this delicious recipe now:

Click here for the recipe for Butternut Squash Pancakes.

Last weekend I made a batch.  The extra pancakes were placed in our freezer, so we will be enjoying them at breakfast on Thanksgiving Day morning.  

At this time of year you may also be enjoying Butternut Squash as a side dish on Thanksgiving Day!  Save out 1 Cup for these delicious pancakes on the weekend! You will be happy you did!


Friday, November 19, 2021

Pie Crust and Butternut Squash Custard Pie!

Unbaked Pie Crust
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Thanksgiving Day
is next week!  As we continue to plan our menu for this November holiday, thoughts of desserts and pies come to mind.  Will pie be included? In my family of course we will be enjoying a slice or two of different varieties of pies. We like pie!  

The next question will be what kind of pies do family members like? What kind of pies do I like? Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!  I bake most pies, as the expression goes "from scratch".  Yes, that includes prepping a pie crust.  I don't like the "store bought" crusts.  I also have the best recipe for homemade Pie Crust!  I will be preparing the whole recipe and using half of it for Butternut Squash Custard Pie!  I don't bake a pumpkin pie.  It is a long family tradition starting in my childhood to bake a delicious Butternut Squash Custard Pie! Click here for the recipe. It's worth the click!  

My Pie Crust recipe is one that my mom always used.  It is for a double crust- top and bottom crusts.  I cannot tell you where it came from, because I really do not know.  But, I do know that she always used it and her pie crusts were so good!  They were flaky and thin.  Sometimes, instead of baking a pie, she would roll out the bottom crust to fit inside a cookie pan.  Then, she would fill it with slices of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and roll out the top crust and crimp the edges before baking.  We would call this dessert an Apple Square.  No, it was not square in shape, it was rectangular. It was a dessert that would last for quite a few days.  It needed a doubled recipe of Pie Crust to prepare it.

I have had my rolling pin for probably 50 years!  It is a Tupperware rolling pin that allows me to unscrew the cap on one end and pour iced water inside before screwing the cap back on.  The cold rolling pin works great!  I am not sure that they are available anymore.  Mine seems to have lasted forever!  I will be using my handy rolling pin the beginning of next week. 

The recipe for the delicious pie crust was called Plain Pastry for a Pie Crust.  I always use it and my pie crusts are thin and flaky, too!  The recipe is below.

Plain Pastry for Pie Crust
    Makes 2 crusts: lower and upper crust


2 Cups Flour
3/4 teaspoon salt- (I use a little less.)
2/3 Cup solid Vegetable Shortening- (I use Crisco.)
5- 6 Tablespoons Cold Water- (Sometimes I need an extra Tablespoon.)

extra Flour
Rolling Pin
Rolling Mat
Pastry Blender or 2 Knives


  1. Measure out shortening and refrigerate for 15- 20 minutes.
  2. Place Flour and Salt in Mixing Bowl and combine.
  3. Place solid Shortening on Flour/ Salt mixture.
  4. With a Pastry Blender or using two knives cut shortening into Flour/ Salt mixture. It will look like small pebbles.
  5. Add 5 Tablespoons of cold water to mixture and continue mixing. Add additional 1 Tablespoon Water and mix in.
  6. If dough feels dry, add 1 additional Tablespoon Water and combine.
  7. Dough will be soft and can easily be divided into 2 balls.  Divide into 2 balls.
  8. Spread a thin layer- small amount of Flour on rolling mat.
  9. Take one ball of dough and place on floured rolling mat.
  10. Begin rolling dough into circular shape by rolling in one direction and then in another direction.
  11. Continue this process until dough is thin and will fit into the pie plate. The dough needs to overlap pie plate so a fluted crust can be made before pie is baked.
  12. If a top crust is needed, follow these same directions.  Place top crust on after filling is placed on bottom crust.
  13. To flute pie crust: Trim dough that is overlapping edge of pie plate to about 1".  Use index fingers and thumbs of both hands roll both crusts together and place on top of pie plate edge. Go around entire pie.
  14. Then, using index fingers and thumbs of both hands, crimp the dough that is on top of the pie plate edge. Right hand goes in one direction, left hand goes in opposite direction. Go around entire pie. The unbaked crust will be fluted. Now, move the fluted crust inside the edge, so later when slicing the baked pie, it will not break off. 

If you are baking a pie that needs only one crust like Butternut Squash Custard Pie does, there is that extra ball of dough. It never goes to waste here! It is a tradition of mine to bake Tasty Treats! They are my Part 2 of baking a Butternut Squash Custard Pie

Tasty Treats!
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The dough is rolled out and Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Raisins and Craisins are sprinkled on top. 

Tasty Treats
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The dough is then rolled like a Jelly Roll. Cut into slices and place on a cookie sheet. They are sooo goood!  Click here for the Tasty Treats recipe! 

Before placing in oven!
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Have you decided what pies your family will be enjoying on Thanksgiving Day? Butternut Squash Custard Pie is a great choice! Yes, we will be enjoying one. I have not decided on the other variety just yet. 

Prep your own Pie Crust!


Friday, November 12, 2021

Butternut Squash Bread

Butternut Squash Bread
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Today a delicious Butternut Squash Bread is baking in our oven!  There is no way that I will be freezing it to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day, because I know that after it cools there will be two slices cut for dessert.  While it bakes the wonderful aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg float out of my kitchen.  It is quite the tease. 

For that same reason I also know that next week I will be baking two more of these yummy breads.  But, after those breads cool, each will be wrapped in heavy duty foil/ labeled and placed in our freezer. 

It was a tradition from my childhood to use Butternut Squash rather than Pumpkin when baking these delicious treats.  My mom always used the Butternuts.  While growing up we had 2 large gardens and definitely had a great supply of them.  Now, I keep that tradition going!   

Plan on baking a Butternut Squash Bread for your family to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day!  It is easy to prepare and tastes so good! 

Click here for my recipe!  

Add Butternut Squash to your grocery list!



Thursday, November 11, 2021

November 11

"The Homecoming G.I."
Norman Rockwell
(May 25, 1945)

Today on November 11,
Veterans Day,
we honor and we thank all military veterans
for their service! 

Thank you!

Friday, November 5, 2021

Freezing Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash
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The bushel of Butternut Squash is in our garage w-a-i-t-i-n-g (similar to the bushel that was in our garage last year in October that is pictured above).  Waiting for what you may be thinking.  Waiting for me to get busy and begin prepping this delicious veggie for our freezer!  We always purchase a bushel.  Usually during the month of October, working with a few at a time the Butternut Squash are cleaned/ cut into chunks and steamed, so the chunks can be mashed.  The next step is to place the mashed squash into freezer bags.  After labeling/  dating each bag, into our freezer the bags go.  What a great veggie to enjoy not only now and at Thanksgiving but for months to come!

Butternut Squash ready for the freezer.
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I did say usually I am working on this during the month of October.  Well, I have not been as quick about it this year.  It is time to get busy!  

We enjoy mashed Butternut Squash served at dinner and I also substitute this veggie for pumpkin when baking in so many recipes.  Taking a bag out of the freezer and defrosting overnight in the fridge comes in handy!  If we are having this veggie as a side dish for dinner, I place the frozen veggie (taken out of the bag, first) in a microwave safe baking dish, venting the cover and defrost/ heat in my microwave.  I use my CorningWare.  No butter/ margarine nor sugar is added nor needed before placing the steaming veggie on the dinner table.   

Do you freeze Butternut Squash?  It is so delicious!   

Click here for my complete instructions that are included in this post that I wrote in 2014.