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Good Friends, Good Food

September 28, 2007

I have a dear friend who, since I have known her, has really had a part in turning my heart more and more toward home, most specifically, in the kitchen. Shelly tries lots of great recipes, even ones that I might not pick out of a book to try myself, then passes them on to me. Honestly, there has never been one that I haven’t liked. Last year, we added this one for Winter Vegetable Chili to our list of “keepers” for fall. Since I knew it came from a Good Housekeeping cookbook, I searched for it and lo and behold, you can find any recipe from Good Housekeeping Magazine on their website.

This recipe for Butternut Squash Pizza may sound strange to you, but had you seen the picture last year in Real Simple, you would have wanted to try it as well. Anyway, I served it to some mommy friends of mine with a garden salad and it was a hit. One change I made in my version was to caramelize the onions instead of baking them with the squash. I’m just a sucker for caramelized onions.

Here is another great recipe for fall. We particularly like this one in our house, because it is a muffin recipe that contains no milk. All the lactose intolerant individuals in our household can enjoy without worries. It is however, a rich recipe, often a little too sweet for first thing in the morning. The kids might beg to differ. Anyway, I got this from my friend Beth and I’m not sure where it originated.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 2/3 cups flour
3/4/ cups sugar
1T. pumpkin pie spice
1 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 eggs beaten
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine first six ingredients in large bowl, then add the eggs, pumpkin and butter and mix until just moist. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

*I sometimes substitute some of the flour with whole wheat, or add a tablespoon or so of wheat germ or flax seed. I do this with all my muffins, although none are quite as sweet as this recipe, so I’m not sure it makes that much difference.

Here is something else, totally off the subject, but still genius!

There are some great ideas for things to keep toddlers busy that I had never heard or thought of. So check it out. It is well worth it.

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