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Monday, October 17, 2011

What's Cookin' in the Parsonage?

This is the beautiful morning I woke up to yesterday...



This time next week that tree will probably be bare.  ~Sigh~  I can enjoy its beauty today, though!

When I look at the seasons changing, I have to believe that God likes variety.  I do too! I get tired of hum-drum, so I love variety in lots of things, but especially my menu.  I pulled out a few tried and true things for Sunday dinner yesterday, but I mixed it up with some new recipes.


Harvest Pork Roast
Green Beans
Corn
Peanut Butter Pie



This picture isn't pretty, but you're seeing the browned roast and the apples that have cooked and turned the same color as the meat.  The meat fell apart from the slow cooking. =)


Harvest Pork Roast

2 lbs pork tenderloin, fat trimmed (I used a Pork Roast)
3 Tbsp canola oil
3 cups apple juice
3 Granny Smith apples - I tossed the apples with about 3 Tbl brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon before adding them to the crock pot.
 1 cup fresh cranberries (I used dried - they plumped up so nicely in the juice)

1.  Season roast with salt and pepper.  Brown roast on all sides in skillet in canola oil.  Place in slow   cooker.
2.  Add remaining ingredients.
3.  Cover.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.



I will refer to these Rosemary Roasted mashed potatoes  as "smashed potatoes" because that's really what you do with them.  They are roasted in the oven, then smashed with a masher.  So they're not a smooth consistency like mashed potatoes would be.  The addition of the sour cream, Parmesan cheese,  green onion and garlic make these delicious.  This is a great alternative way to have "smashed" potatoes for Sunday dinner.  I had them in the oven set with the timer, so when I got home all I had to do was dump them off the baking sheet into a bowl with the other ingredients.  They were very good and very quick!

I make this pie every couple of years.  Why not more often?  I love it too much!  Cream pies are just heavenly!  This is my favorite recipe for this particular pie!  A dear friend gave it to me years ago, and I'll share it now with you....

Peanut Butter Pie

To keep the pie shell from shrinking, I put a piece of waxed paper in the crust, and use dried beans to weigh it down.  I take them out about 10 minutes before it's finished so the bottom of the crust can get browned.

1 baked pie shell
1/3 C peanut butter
3/4 C powdered sugar

Blend until mealy.  Sprinkle 2/3 over pie shell.  This crumbly part makes the pie!  Yum!

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C flour
1/8 t salt
2 C milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 T butter
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 C peanut butter

Combine sugar,  flour, and salt.

Mix well and stir.  Add 2 C milk gradually and cook until thick.  Stir in a few tablespoons filling into 3 beaten egg yolks and then add to hot mixture.  Add 1/2 C peanut butter.  Cook 2-3 minutes longer.  Blend in 2 Tbl butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla.  Pour in pie shell.

Top with meringue or Cool Whip.  Sprinkle rest of crumbly mixture on top.




I pray you're having a lovely fall day.  Before you leave, why not tell me what's been cooking in your kitchen?  Have you tried a new recipe you loved?

From my parsonage kitchen,


6 comments:

The Weigle Family said...

grJust made another batch of CrockPot Apple Butter! We were given about 20lbs. of apples the other day and I was determined to not let them go to waste. This is a super easy recipe. Basically cut around 5 1\2 lbs of apples into small pieces and throw them in the crockpot. Then add 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1\4tsp of ground cloves,2 cups of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix all together and cook on high for 2 hours then low overnight. In the morning your house smells AMAZING and everyone has happy tummies because of warm apple butter on their toast! Enjoy

Denise said...

What a great recipe! I, too, just got a bunch of fresh apples. Hmmm, may have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

Alli Cunningham said...

I love the picture of the backyard! I miss seeing that. And your food sounded super yummy!

Angie C. said...

I tried your recipe for Apple Bacon Coleslaw this weekend. We loved it! I also purchased my $5 splurge: Nutella and Vanilla Wafers. I love to dip the cookies in the Nutella.

Denise said...

Well, Miss Alli, the backyard is waiting for you...me too!

Angie, your indulgence sounds yummy!

Whitney said...

I made your garlic parm knots to go with spaghetti last week, definitely a go-to bread recipe for me!