Pumpkin Chili

 Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

I found this recipe, Pumpkin Chili, tucked away in a can of recipes, that I haven’t looked through in YEARS!!  So why don’t you give it a try just in time for Halloween.

Pumpkin Chili Recipe


Pumpkin Chili

1 ½ lbs. butternut squash

¾ lb. lean ground beef

¾ lb. ground turkey breast

1 ½ cups chopped green pepper

½ cup chopped sweet onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ½ tsp. olive oil

¾ cup bottled chili sauce

1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

¾ cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (15 oz.) can chili beans

1 (15 oz.) can navy beans or cannellini beans

1/3 cup water

2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

4 ½ tsp. chili powder

¼ cup brown sugar

1 ½ tsp. (EACH) cumin, coriander, cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder


Place squash (discard seeds and pulp).  Place squash cut side down on baking sheet.  Bake 350 F. for 40 minutes or until tender.  Remove from oven, set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a 6 quart Dutch oven cook ground beef, turkey, pepper, onion, garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat until meat is brown and veggies are tender.  Add all remaining ingredients, except squash.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Cut squash in 4 wedges.  Remove rind and cut in ½ inch pieces.  Add to chili; simmer covered for 20 minutes more.


(Recipe for Pumpkin Chili, was dated September, 2000)


Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup

This recipe, Curried Pumpkin Soup, is rich, smooth and nicely spicy.

                                  Sandy Bingham                                                                Portland, Oregon


Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe


Curried Pumpkin Soup

2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)

2 Tbsp. butter

2 large garlic cloves

1 ½ Tbsp. minced fresh ginger



½ – 1 tsp. CARDAMOM (recipe calls for the full teaspoon)

1 ½ tsp. salt

¾ tsp crushed red peppers

2 cans (15 oz.) solid pack pumpkin (NOT PIE FILLING)

7 cups water

1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 can (14 oz.) unsweetened regular coconut milk

¼ cup olive oil




Heat the butter in a stockpot over medium low heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring 1 minute.  Add the CUMIN, CORIANDER and CARDAMOM and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Add the salt, crushed red pepper, pumpkin, water, broth and coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat.  Puree the soup so it is totally smooth; do this in batches using a blender or food processor (Use caution when blending hot liquids and don’t fill the blender more than half full).  Keep warm over low heat.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.  Add the MUSTARD SEED and cook until they begin to pop, about 15 seconds.  Carefully add the mixture to the soup and stir until combined.  Add additional broth if you would like a thinner soup.          10-12 serving


(Recipe for Curried Pumpkin Soup was in Penzeys Spices catalog)


Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

The healthiest way to cook ribs (both meaty spareribs and smaller, leaner baby backs) is to grill or roast them on a rack rather than bake them in a pan.  As the meat cooks, the fat drips off instead of pooling around and saturating the meat.  Also, cook the ribs long enough so that the fat melts away and the flesh becomes tender—and even more delicious!!

Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs Recipe


Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

1 ¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. light brown sugar

¾ tsp. ground coriander

¾ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 rack baby back ribs (2 lb.) cut between ribs into 4 large pieces

1 small lime, halved


In a small bowl, stir the first 7 ingredients.  Place ribs in a large baking dish.  Rub the ribs all over the cut sides of the lime, and then rub with the spice mixture.   Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes before cooking.

If grilling the ribs, preheat the grill or grill pan over medium.  Grill the ribs, turning occasionally, until browned and tender when pierced with a form, 20 to 30 minutes.

If baking, preheat the oven to 300 F.  Place the ribs on a rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet, meatier side upCover loosely with foil and roast until tender when pierced with foil, about 50 minutes.  Preheat the broiler; broil until browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

Let the ribs rest about 5 minutes.  Cut between the bones into individual ribs.          4 servings




1/3  cup cider vinegar  *  1/3 cup ketchup  *  ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. applesauce  *  1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard  *  1 large clove garlic, minced   *  ¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper  *  ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce  *  ¼ tsp. chili powder .  

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients.   Makes about 1 cup.


(Recipe for Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, July 2015)


Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce


Stuff the crispy, high-protein chickpea patties into a pita filled with lettuce, tomatoes and olives.  Top it off with our tzatziki sauce, and you have a nutritious meal that will keep you going the distance.


Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

16 oz. dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

2 cups chopped onion

6 Tbsp. minced garlic

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground cumin

Ground black pepper, to taste

Olive oil (for frying), as needed

5 each 6 ½ pita breads

5 leaves romaine lettuce, torn in half

2 plum tomatoes, sliced and cut in half

¼ cup nicoise olives, sliced

Tzatziki sauce

Drain the chickpeas, then puree in a food processor until smooth.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Stir in the onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, coriander, cumin and pepper.

Divide an shape the mixture to form 40 patties (1 3/4 inch by ½ inch).  Fill a skillet with olive oil to a depth of ½ inch, and heat to 350 F.  Working in batches, fry the patties until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side.  Drain on absorbent paper towels.

Heat the pitas and slice in half to form a pocket.

To assemble, place lettuce, tomato and olives in a pita half, along with falafel patties and tzatziki sauce.

Serve on a heated platter.             10 serving (4 patties per serving)


Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup sour cream

½ cup peeled, grated cucumber, squeezed dry

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. chopped mint leaves or fresh dill

Juice on ½ lemon

1 tsp. lemon zest

Salt, as needed

Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Combine the yogurt, sour cream, cucumber and garlic in food processor and puree until smooth.  Transfer to a bowl and fold in the olive oil, mint or dill, lemon juice and lemon zest.  Stir until combined and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Keep refrigerated.               1 ¼ cups


(Recipe for Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce came from the USA Weekend, January 31- February 2, 2014)