Monday, October 10, 2011

Creamy Turkey and Pasta

Thanksgiving leftovers...  Here is something different from the hot turkey sandwiches and the turkey and stuffing casserole.  We enjoyed this simple and comforting dish.

Image by me.

Creamy Turkey and Pasta
(adapted from
  • 12 oz rotini
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup turkey or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 package dry onion soup mix (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups diced turkey
*Cook pasta as usual.
*Dissolve onion soup in water.
*Melt butter and add flour over medium low heat.  Cook until golden.
*Add garlic.
*Slowly add turkey stock, tomato sauce, and water.  Stir until bubbling.
*Add chicken and cheese.  Stir until melted.
*Pour over pasta and stir to mix.

-C :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

I have been itching to dig into the big box of apples I brought home from my parents farm a few weeks ago but unseasonably warm weather has stopped me from doing anything productive or fall-like in the kitchen.  The weather today took a tiny (as in it is not above 25 degrees) turn towards fall, so I decided to turn on the oven and peel some apples.  I am glad that I did!!  As I took my first bite of these muffins that embody fall, I may have cooled off a few degrees!  The kids really enjoyed these too, although I did skip the pecans in theirs as G's school is nut free.

Image by me, can't you tell?

Apple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins
  • 1.5 cups pumpkin
  • 0.5 cups oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 0.75 cups white sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2.25 cups flour (I used half whole wheat and half white)
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 0.75 teaspoons baking soda
  • 0.75 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 0.75 cup pecans
*Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl.
*Mix dry ingredients in a smaller bowl.
*Add dry into wet.  Add apples and nuts.
*Scoop into greased muffin tins or liners (3/4 full).
*Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadian readers!!

-C :)