Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

Jaye Beeler                                              Grand Rapids, Michigan

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 large butternut squash (about 5 lbs.), peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 package (16 oz.) frozen corn, divided

4 cups water

1 Tbsp. chicken base

2 cans (15 1/2 oz. each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans (14 1/2 oz, each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Heavy whipping cream and minced parsley, optional

In a stockpot, cook sausage, onion and red pepper over medium heat 9 – 11 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Remove sausage mixture with slotted spoon; discard drippings.

Add squash, 1 1/2 cups corn, water and chicken base to the same pan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 – 20 minutes or until squash is tender.

Remove soup from heat; cool slightly.  Process in batches in a blender until smooth.  Return to pot.  Add beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, sausage mixture and remaining corn; heat through.  If desired, drizzle serving with cream and sprinkle with parsley.

12 servings (4 1/2 quarts)


Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish

Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish

Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish

This recipe, Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish, I wanted something different for dinner, so I looked through all my recipes (over 100).  I came across a small pamphlet from McCormick Spices for Health, which I’ve had for at least 12 years, and I haven’t looked through it since I picked it up at the A & P.  Well, you had to put the salmon in a marinade for up to 30 minutes or longer.  Of course I choose the latter, because I HAVE NEVER HAD SALMON BEFORE.  Well, it was SO GOOD, that I made it the next day, and have bought more salmon because I’m making it this week again.


Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish Recipe


Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish

¼ cup orange juice

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp.  McCormick Thyme Leaves, divided

4 salmon fillets (about 1 lb.)

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Garlic & Herb SALT FREE Seasoning


Orange Relish

½ tsp. grated orange peel

2 seedless oranges, peeled, sectioned and cut into ½ inch pieces

2 Tbsp. chopped red bell pepper

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. chopped red onion

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

½ tsp. McCormick Ground Ginger


FOR THE SALMON:  Mix orange juice, oil, and 1 teaspoon of the thyme in small bowl.  Place salmon in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish.  Add marinade; turn to coat well.  Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.  For the relish, mix all ingredients in medium bowl.  Cover.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

MIX brown sugar, Perfect Pinch, remaining ½ teaspoon thyme in small bowl.  Remove salmon from marinade.  Discard any remaining marinade.  Rub salmon evenly with the Perfect Pinch marinade.  Place salmon on foil-lined baking dish.

BAKE in preheated 400 F. oven 10 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Or grill salmon over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per sides or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Serve with Orange Relish.             4 servings


(Recipe for Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish, McCormick Spices for Health, 2015)


Individual Italian Frittatas


Individual Italian Frittatas

Individual Italian Frittatas

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at



The Italian word “frittata” refers to frying the egg-based dish in a skillet.  This Italian spin with added salami, roasted sweet peppers and mozzarella is baked in a ramekin but the ending is the same delicious day or night,

          Mrs. Nancy Elliott                                                                           Houston, Texas


Individual Italian Frittatas Recipe

Individual Italian Frittatas

¼ cup finely chopped onion

2 tsp. olive oil

4 medium fresh mushrooms, chopped

2 thinly sliced hard salami, julienned

2 Tbsp. finely chopped roasted sweet red peppers

4 eggs

1 Tbsp. 2% milk

1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. tsp. minced fresh parsley

1 tsp. minced fresh chives

Dash pepper

¼ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Chopped fresh chives, optional


In a skillet, cook and stir onion over medium heat until tender.  Add mushrooms; cook 2-4 minutes longer or until tender.  Divide between two greased 8 oz. ramekins.  Top with salami and red pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, Parmesan cheese, parsley, minced chives and pepper; pour into ramekins.  Bake at 400 F. for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; bake 8-10 minutes longer or until eggs are set.  Sprinkle with chopped chives if desired.            2 servings


(Recipe for Individual Italian Frittatas was on www.tasteofhome.com, 2014)