Well I have been incognito for¬†a few days… but I am back with a great recipe and some even better news about the giveaway ….
First a recipe…
I decided the other night that I wanted something really different for dinner instead of the same old same old…so…… I made acorn squash with a spicy sausage stuffing.. and it was delicious!
1¬† – Medium sized Acorn Squash (this is enough for two people depending on the size ..I made it into a meal)
1/2 pkg – Jimmy Dean hot spicy sausage (give or take depending on the size of your squash)
1 Bag pre packaged seasoned¬†bread cubes for stuffing ¬†(2 – 3 handfuls¬†)
1 box chicken broth
1 – 2 stalks¬†chopped celery¬†
1/4¬† to 1/2 chopped onion
Salt and Pepper to tast (I only used pepper)¬†
I am one of those cooks that really doesnt measure anything unless its for cookie and cake recipes¬†so you can use your judgement¬†on most of this except the squash
So …you take your acorn squash and split it in two…scoop out the seeds … place it in a baking dish skin side down and add approximately 1 inch of water to the bottom of the pan (now if you have a problem with your squash sitting up straight.. just cut off¬†a teeny slice on the bottom )¬†…¬†and bake in a 350 o¬†oven for approximately 30 to 40 minutes…. this¬†will depend on the size of your squash so after 30 minutes start checking for tenderness.. poke with a fork… squash will be…. well squashy hehe… remove from oven and¬†let cool for a few minutes and drain MOST but not all of the water
While your squash is cooking in the oven….
Melt some butter in a frying pan (use as much as you like) …add your onion and celery and saute until opague to lightly brown…
Then add your sausage… crumble with a fork and cook until nicely brown …( lots of browning in this recipe)¬† ….once done¬†take your bread stuffing cubes and throw into the pan and add just enough¬†chicken broth to make the¬†mixture moist…sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste….¬†
Once squash has cooled add a pat of¬† butter in the middle of the hollowed out area of the squash¬†then stuff with the mixture¬†…
Lower oven heat to 325 0 ….place a small dab of butter on the top of the mound of¬†goodness and a few small dabs in the bottom of the pan along with the small amount of water left and return your stuffed squash to the oven and bake until¬†the mixture¬†is golden brown on the top..
( see I told you lots of browning in this recipe) then serve and eat… deeee lish!
Now on to the lovely day…
I had not been¬†feeling¬†the Christmas spirit of late.. why?….. I dont have a clue…. I just couldnt seem to get myself¬†¬†to realize¬†that this wonderful holiday¬†(my favorite) was right around the corner¬†…. let alone get excited about it…. Well¬†this morning¬†was spent making a list of the ¬†goodies we were planning to have…. looking through¬†tons of cook books and making decisions on what would make everyone happy….family will be coming here … on Christmas day and Christmas eve for drinks and d’oeuvres… so there was a lot¬†of adding and crossing out on the list
Then…. it was on to the shopping… well…. as I started picking up all the ingredients…¬†Christmas Eve dinner. … A combination of seven different fishes in puff pasty with a lemony cream sauce… then Christmas day …..a buffet style dinner¬†including but not limited to¬†my ricotta stuffed pasta shells and homemade sauce..¬† marinated pork¬†tenderloin….buffalo chicken wings ( homemade)… little smokies in a sweet sour sauce…moms meatballs…shrimp … veggies….brie stuffed with pistachios cherries and brown sugar rum sauce encased in¬†puff pasty … an assorment of¬†dips¬†……cheeses…..crackers¬†and cookies that I will be making this next week ( and this is¬†only the beginning) ¬†….. suddenly my mood lifted and I started getting all excited….especially as I picked¬†up the sugar… flour and butter for the baking.
So once we got it all home and unpacked it was close to dinner time…
The decorations which we¬†are late getting up¬†are going to have to wait until tomorrow (Sunday)….so ¬†we opted for some¬†munchies (little quiches with a few mini corn dogs and pizza rolls thrown in hehe) ¬†by the firepit
Which was a much needed respite… the weather was warm but chilly and perfect especially after being¬†sick for so long¬†….it was¬†so nice to get some fresh air and relax .. This was then topped off with a lovely after dinner drink of brandy with eggnog…
The glass on the edge of the pit…right next to the fire…warmed slightly from the heat… perfect ending to a lovely day..
Tomorrows¬† (Sunday) dinner…
Pork roast perfectly cooked with sauerkraut.. apples and onions¬†on top of creamy¬†snow white¬†mountains of yummy mashed potatoes.. cant wait… moms recipe of course…
And on to the giveaway
Within the next few days I will be posting all the information about¬†my exciting giveaway… a little teaser….there will be pictures….. this is in collaboration with the lovely CAT of http://www.shabbychiccatsgardencloseups.blogspot.com/
I am excited… and I hope everyone else will be too… I am fnishing up the particulars… it will be grand… so keep checking back
HUGS TO ALL