Sunday, June 9, 2024

Evelyn's Air Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash with Crushed Pineapple

Hello, Darlings

I know it’s been a while but I have busy with ups and downs of gardening, both indoors and out. If you have not already done so, check out my blog, "Evelyn’s Twigs, Thyme and Stranger Things Garden."

Today I want to share my new recipe “Air Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash with Crushed Pineapple.” It is very delicious and easy to make.I paired this recipe with Betty Crocker's Slow-Cooker Corn Pudding with streamed green beans and ham as pictured on the website.

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Air Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash with Crushed Pineapple

Ingredients

1 acorn squash

1 can crushed pineapple

4 tablespoons butter

¼ cup brown sugar

Apple pie seasoning

Directions

1.      Cut acorn squash in half, lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and fiber.

2.      In a shallow microwave casserole dish, place squash cut-side down. Put 1 to two tablespoons of water in bottom of dish.

3.      Microwave covered on high power 7 minutes until almost tender.

4.      In the meanwhile, combine crushed pineapple, apple pie seasoning and two pads of butter in a mixing bowl.

5.      When squash is done, let cool and peel off and discard skin.

6.      Place acorns back in casserole dish

7.      Fill centers with pineapple mixture.

8.      Melt the remaining butter and pour into the center of the acorns and sprinkle the tops with additional apple pie seasoning

9.      Air fry at 400 for 20 minutes, or until tops are toasty brown

10.  Before serving acorns sprinkle centers with brown sugar and microwave for 2 minutes

11.  Remove from microwave, and then pour drippings over crushed pineapple in the centers.

12.  Serve warm

Download PDF here.

Until next time,

      Chow, Darlings

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

1200 Watt Microwave Oven Rice

Hello, Darlings

Recently, I bought a new microwave. I could not find the same wattage in the brand that I’m use to, so I went up to 1200 watts.

Let me say, since I have had this new microwave oven, I have had to readjust many of my recipes. Now when I microwave foods, like potatoes, pasta, and rice, I cook them on  lower settings.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my new microwave. It’s just that most of the rice I cooked with it came out hard or mushy, but today, I finally got the settings right.

Normally on a 900 to 1000 watt microwave I would cook the rice according to the direction on the package, which were 5 minutes on high and then 10 minutes on power level 5. I got perfect rice every time.

Today, and after several past failures, I discovered by lowering the power level to 6 minutes instead of 10 that I got the same perfect rice as with my old microwave oven.

I know rice cookers are “a thing”, but if you are like me and want the convenience of using your microwave oven, then this recipe will be helpful to you. Be it the recipe on the rice package or my newly developed recipe for rice cooked at 1200 watts.

1200 Watt Microwave Oven Rice

Ingredients:

1 cup rice

1 ½ water

Direction:

1.      Add water and rice into 2-quart glass casserole dish

2.      Place dish uncovered in microwave

3.      Set cook time for 5 minutes, don’t worry if after this time the water level appears to be all gone, it’s not, so then,

4.      Set power level to 6

 

Once the rice is done, fluff with a fork and cover with a paper towel and glass lid to absorb the extra moisture.

 Download the Recipe.

Until next time,

      Chow, Darlings

Monday, March 18, 2024

The introduction of a new site

 Hello, Darling

Tonight, I have worked very hard to bring to you my newest website. It is called "Evelyn’s Twigs, Thyme and Stranger Things Gardens". 


It is a place to post all journal entries on indoor and outdoor gardening. For more details click the title link above.


Until next time,

 

     Chow, Darlings

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Making Seniors and Arthritic Suffers Life Easier

 Hello, Darlings

Recently I discovered easiest way to clean my microwave oven. If you do not already know, here is a simple trick.  Place a full glass of water inside of your microwave. Let the microwave run for about 4 to 5 minutes so that the steam will generated inside the microwave. The steam will soften the stains making clean up quicker and easier.

Okay, this product is great for those of us with arthritic hands, bad knees and backs. It is a cordless power spin scrubber with an adjustable telescopic extension arm for cleaning bathroom tiles, shower, edges of floors, corners, stoves, countertops, sinks, windows, and more.

For years, I have had attached jumbo paper clips attached to one of my wired spice rack to hold up my recipes for quick reference while I prepare our meals. In addition, for a lightweight recipe book you can use a pants hanger with a swivel hook.

 

You can hang a plastic lined clothe planter to store large cooking utensils over your food prepping area for easy use. I have one attached between two spice racks and another attached to a wired storage shelf across the the room.

 

Now this one is an amazing new discovery. Let’s face it, at one time or another we all may have had an accidental fire on our stove. Well, while trolling the web, I came across a neat invention called a fire blanket (No there was no fire; I was truly trolling the web. It can be as satisfying as windows shopping). Anyway, I bought a couple of these fire blanket as a prevention measure just in case a fire occurs. To use them all you need to do is when a fire occurs place the fire blanket over the entire stove top to smother the fire.  Better and quicker than using flour.

Okay, this last product is another good one for those of us with arthritic hands. It works with pressurized air that pushes the clog down the drain or toilet bowl with a push of a button. Face it, it is less expensive than calling a plumber.

All of the upon tips and products were chosen for their ability to help seniors living alone and/or people with arthritic hands, painful knees and backs. They can be found anywhere; however, most people regardless of age or physical health would find them and other like them helpful.  I hope you do too.

 Until next time,

      Chow, Darlings

Saturday, February 10, 2024

My "Game Day Antipasto Dip" Correction

Yo, yo, yo, Darlings!

It’s Super Ball time. Not that I’m such a great fan, but my husband Stanley loves the game. So today, I made him my fabulous Game Day Antipasto Dip, pictured below. While making the dip I notice I mentioned adding potato topping to the bowl of ingredients to the mix but forgot to add the type and amount to the list of ingredients in my previously posted recipe.

I have now corrected the error, but I won’t bore you with the entire recipe again, but to boost up the flavor of the dip try adding 1 tablespoon of dry potato topping; I generally add fresh success for baked potatoes, or you can also add some dried pizza seasoning instead. The choice is yours.

Have fun watching the game.

Until, next time,

       Chow, Darlings!

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Evelyn’s Game Day Antipasto Dip

Happy New Year, Darlings!


Today being the first year and a day football and basketball games everywhere I updated my antipasto dip recipe. It was more of what was on hand than a concrete idea to improve the dip; however, I believe I did just that.

 

Therefore, I am presenting to you my new and improved antipasto dip, which my husband Stan enjoys as he watches the games during this first day of the year 2024. Although this dip is traditionally prepared during the Christmas holiday, it is also a great treat during games that are played any time of the year, so as the title of this post states, I have renamed it “Evelyn’s Game Day Antipasto Dip”.

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Evelyn’s Game Day Antipasto Dip

Ingredients

2 pkgs. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

3/4 cup chopped pepperoni or hard summer sausage

1/2 cup Kraft Italian Five Cheese Blend

1/4 cup chopped black olives

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1 Tbsp. baked potato topping

4 -6 sprigs fresh oregano chopped

4 -6 sprigs fresh thyme chopped

4 -6 sprigs fresh mint chopped

3 tablespoons sweet onions, finely chopped

6 Tbsp. chopped roasted red peppers, divided

One teaspoon dried potato topping

 

 

Platter Mix

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables of your choice like

  • Whole strawberries

  • Apples, slices or wedges

  • Snack crackers

  • Red or orange bell pepper, wedges

  • Celery, sticks

  • Broccoli, separated flowers

  • Cauliflower separated flowers

  • Carrots, sticks or slices

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, add potato topping, fresh thyme, oregano and basil, pepperoni, Italian five cheeses, sweet onions, olives, and half of the roasted red peppers and stir until blended, then set aside.

  2. In a larger bowl break down the cream cheese with a pastry cutter or potato masher; then add the herbs, pepperoni, cheese and vegetable mixture

  3. Blend all the ingredients in the bowl until thoroughly mixed for about three minutes

  4. After three minutes, scrape the cheese spread out of the bowl on to a serving platter and shape into a football by hand.

  5. Cover football and let chill at least one hour, then remove from refrigerator and top with mint and remaining roasted red peppers

  6. On the platter, surround football with fresh fruits, vegetable and crackers.

  7. Serve to the guys watching the games.

  8. Later, cover leftovers and refrigerate the unused portions for tomorrow’s game.

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Enjoy!

Download the PDF here.

Until next time,

    Chow Darlings

Again, Happy New Year!