GARDEN from Pg 5
6 ounces of shitake mushrooms, stemmed and
chopped, about 3 cups
1/3 cup chopped celery
1⁄2 cup quick cooking barley or use precooked
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup water
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1⁄4 cried cranberries
1⁄4 cup roasted and salted sunflower kernels
3⁄4 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese, divided
Salt and ground pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 15x10x1-inch
pan with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Cut squash in half
lengthwise; scoop out pulp and seeds. If necessary,
cut a small slice off round sides of squash halves so
they will stay upright in the pan. Place squash, cut side
down, in prepared pan, cover loosely with foil. Bake
for 35-40 minutes or until just tender when pierced
with a fork. Remove from oven and turn squash cut
side down on pan.
While squash is baking, heat remaining oil in a
large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms,
celery and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occa-
sionally. Add barley, thyme, garlic and salt. Cook and
stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the water and wine. Bring to
a boil, reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10-12 min-
utes or until barley is just tender, stirring once after
about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in
spinach, cranberries, sunflower kernels and 1⁄2 cup
of the cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide stuffing among squash halves. Top with re-
maining cheese. Return to oven and bake for 10 min-
ute or until heated through.
Healthy Bean Soup with Kale
This bean soup if full of all kinds of vegetables and
will warm you on chilly evenings.
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cups raw kale, chopped, take out any hard stems
4 cups chicken broth or 4 cups vegetable broth, di-
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, undrained
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 cup chopped parsley
Shredded parmesan cheese
In a large pot heat olive oil. Add garlic and onion,
saute until soft and the onion is transparent.
Wash the kale, leaving small droplets of water. Sau-
te, stirring, until wilted and a lovely dark green color,
around 15 minutes
Add 3 cups of the broth,
reserving 1 cup, 2 cups of
the beans, reserving 1 cup,
all of the carrots, tomatoes,
herbs, salt and pepper.
Simmer 5 minutes. In a
blender or food processor,
mix the reserved beans and
broth until smooth. Stir in
the soup to thicken it nicely.
Simmer 15 more minutes.
Ladle into bowls, sprinkle
with chopped parsley and
shredded parmesan. Serve
with some crusty bread
to soak up the end of the
If you have never heard of nanaimo bars, it is time
to try them. It is a dessert item that originates in Can-
ada and named after the west coast city of Nanaimo.
British Columbia. It is made of a wafer crumb base
layer topped by a layer of custard butter icing that
is covered by a layer of melted chocolate made from
chocolate squares. There are many varieties and this
recipe is one with fall flavors.
1⁄2 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 1⁄4 cup graham crackers
1 cup shredded coconut
1⁄4 cup finely chopped pecans
1⁄4 cup butter
1 box pumpkin spice pudding mix (3.4 ounce or
make your own—recipe follows)
1⁄4 cup milk
1 1⁄4 cups powdered sugar
4-5 ounces of chocolate or 3⁄4 cup of chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
Mix crust by melting but ter in a saucepan over low
heat. Add cocoa and sugar, quickly stir to combine.
Add egg before mixture becomes too hot, mix well.
Continue cooking and stirring another minute or so
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to let mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press
mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 pan, let it chill while
you make the filling.
Filling: soften butter, combine with the pudding,
milk and powder sugar. Beat until smooth, spread
evenly over crust layer. If using homemade pudding,
you do not have to add the milk or powdered sugar,
just spread it over the crust.
Topping: Melt chocolate and butter together in the
microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between
each. Pour over the other layers, smooth with a knife.
Let the bars chill for at least one hour before cut-
ting into squares. Keep chilled in refrigerator.
Homemade Pumpkin pie Filling
1-1/2 cups cold milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package of 3⁄4 ounce instant vanilla pudding
1 to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned pumpkin
In a bowl, combine milk, 1⁄2 cup cream, pudding
mix and pie spice. Whisk until thickened and smooth,
about 2 minutes. Stir in pumpkin. Spoon over pre-
pared crust as in recipe above.
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