Harvest Dressing

Apple Raisin DressingTurkey Pies and Dressing. On Saturday for our lunch we were experiencing the glorious smells of fall. My kids thought I was crazy and kept asking me if it was October. Goofy kids. Truth is I found store-bought turkey pies on a super sale, I guess not everybody wants to buy them in the hot summer months. So I bought them. Then we proceeded to eat them with this delicious new dressing recipe I found. Stuffing is by far my favorite item on a turkey dinner plate so I will make a dressing, once in a while, and love every single bite. It goes along with my theory that bread, or anything made out of bread, is one of the most delicious things ever. So I found this recipe in the Goose Berry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking. An enjoyable afternoon reading Christmas cookbooks led to another enjoyable afternoon eating this.

  • 2 apples, cored, and chopped ( I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cups. whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

1. Melt butter in large skillet. Add apples and raisins. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

2. Add the pecans, sugar and bread. Stir until combined. Add Apple cider, stir until combined.

3. Place in greased 1 1/2 quart casserole and bake, uncovered, for 18 minutes at 400 degrees.

4. Eat and enjoy!

French Onion Cheese Bread

French Onion Cheese BreadHello all, did you miss me? I took a few days off, a long, long weekend if you will. But I am back and I have got one amazing recipe to share with you. It is a recipe that I found over on Pinterest, and added immediately to the meal plan. You know a recipe looks good when I don’t even save it for later. Foodie Crush is the brain child behind these lovely eats. I adapted the recipe a bit to use up groceries we already had. I love this bread, and will be making it again, and again. I am sure. The nice thing about it too, is you can change out spices and cheese depending on what you have and enjoy your cheesy, oniony goodness as much as you like.

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Portuguese rolls, split in half
  • 2 cups White Cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Melt butter in large skillet, add onions. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme. Cover and cook on low heat for 40 minutes. Stir once in a while.

2. Add sugar, salt, pepper and vinegar. Cook additional 10 minutes.

3. Cut rolls in half and place cut side up on large baking sheet. Divide cheese evenly on top of rolls. Top with cooked onions.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Blueberry Bread Pudding

blueberry bread puddingIs it cold where you are? We are cold. It is snowy. So when I got this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment I knew it would be some good home cooking comfort food. This month my assignment was Teaspoon of Spice a joint effort by two dietians, Serena and Deanna, with lots of healthy goodies to eat. Of course it is so hard to choose, but the most fun part is just that. I perused the entire blog, pinned my favorites, and then eventually chose the Blueberry Bread Pudding. I have never in my life made bread pudding, but I have made baked French toast, and you know what it was pretty similar. My hubby especially liked this one, but I think we all agreed it is something I should definitely make again.

  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 slices whole grain I used 5 white bread slices, and 5 flax-seed bread slices.
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (not thawed)

1. Grease a 13×9 dish. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut bread into cubes.

3. Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir in bread and blueberries. Let soak for 15 minutes.

4. Pour into pan bake for 70 minutes.

5. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or cream.



Secret Recipe Club

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda BreadAlright I have posted so many Irish recipes this week, you may think I have turned into a leprechaun. Not only that, I already have an Irish Soda Bread recipe on the site, but, not THIS recipe. I have tried many, many different recipes for the same thing, in this case soda bread. It’s part of my nature, I love trying new recipes, even if I already have a great one. This recipe was the BEST soda bread I have ever made. So I may just have to stop trying out new recipes. Just for soda bread though, I still can’t resist spending hours looking at recipes when I do the weekly meal plan. I’m an addict!

Recipe from Allrecipes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • additional butter for serving

1. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

2. In separate bowl, mix together buttermilk and egg. Stir into dry mixture until just moistened. Add butter, Stir again until just moistened.

3. place dough in a greased standard sized loaf pan.

4. Bake for 70 minutes at 325 degrees.

5. Slice and serve with additional butter.

6. Eat and enjoy!