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Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup
     Roasted Pumpkin Spinach and Feta Slice
           Monday December 03, 2018

December is the month for soup in our house. Craig Belling is working swing shift so 9:00 pm dinner is soup du jour so I planned the week out with all new recipes. Monday night it was Cozy autumn wild Rice Soup. I have learned to develop flavors so I cook the ingredients in my cast iron skillet before adding to the stock pot. In this case I really should have roasted the sweet potatoes since they were still a bit underdone after the 45 minute simmer in addition to the wild rice needing more time. This was
a terrible year for us growing since there was no spring and we spent a few weeks traveling so our only grown ingredients were the bay leaf, garlic and onions. Instead of Old Bay I opted for Italian Seasoning and went full fat with heavy whipping cream instead of milk for the cream sauce. This takes time to put together but is so worth it. This is a meal in a bowl. I used 2 heads of garlic, nixed the celery, 1 lb sweet potatoes, 2 c onions, 
2 c carrots and adjusted the butter for sauteing. This is a keeper!
               Tuesday March 20, 2018

The calendar may say SPRING but the weather is decidedly winter so I decided to make Roasted Pumpkin Spinach and Feta Slice for dinner last night since I am still working through our 2017 harvest of Lakota squash. This is very easy to put together and I was surprised by the developed flavor since there are no herbs or spices other than salt that I used and at that I let the eater add their own salt. This gorgeous Lakota squash is much more than a decoration. A superior baking variety, it has fine-grained flesh with an enticing, sweet, nutty flavor. Once a staple variety of the Lakota Sioux people, it has not been widely available until recently. This widely-adaptable winter squash stores well. I have the squash stored in our root cellar where I monitor both the temperature and humidity and they are still in excellent eating quality. This squash has a thin rind so I leave it on for roasting. If you haven't tried preparing your squash this way it makes prepping easier and it really is quite delicious. I followed the recipe; however when I poured the egg mixture into my 17" x 11 1/2" baking sheet it fell quite short so I essentially doubled the egg mixture for a total of 16 eggs and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and all was well. The recipe link http://www.foodtolove.com.au/recipes/roasted-pumpkin-spinach-and-feta-slice-16343
Saturday February 3, 2018

Since the weather is staying decidedly on the cold side soup is on so I made Cajun Shrimp and Corn Chowder last night for dinner and I had to stop myself at one serving whereas DH happily made it through two. This is easy to put together and the following are my notes: I usually keep Wild Caught Key West Pink shrimp raw and shell on in the freezer for a go to meal and just put them in a colander with cool water running while I peel them; I used two peppers versus one and a rather large sweet onion and how could I resist but to use two heads of garlic (sorry, but I gave up celery years ago so I left that out). The best corn I have found is Butter Kernel SuperSweet Corn Harvest Select in a can and two cans were drained and added. We grow Ozette potatoes which are a great heirloom fingerling so I used a pound and experience has taught me to cook the potatoes first so I boiled them until done before adding them to the soup. https://www.slowfoodusa.org/…/a-potato-with-a-past-the-maka… In regards to spices I had no thyme to be had so I used a total of 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon on the shrimp and two for the soup itself and it had the perfect amount of heat. Finally, I am not a pepper person so I don't use it and I never add salt to the soup instead opting for individual bowl addition to the eaters preference. This is a keeper and really hit the spot on a cold February night. The recipe link is here https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/cajun-shrimp-and-corn-cho…/