Thursday, September 8, 2011

What's for Dinner?

In Ohio, it is fall.  After 52 straight days of rain this spring and record high temperatures in summer, we are enjoying a respite.  Cool nights and cool days which put us in the mood for hot chocolate, Christmas knitting and anything pumpkin. Which brings me to my next point.
There is little to no pumpkin in Cincinnati. Pumpkin pie filling abounds, but no canned pumpkin.  A plethora of yummy looking pumpkin recipes cross my email and cooking websites that I peruse, but they are of no use without pumpkin.   Well, I spent the morning on a hunt and decided to think out of the box.  Whole Foods has pumpkin!!!  I bought 8 cans and will buy more for next year before the season is over. 
Sometimes breakfast for dinner is good.  This is an easy casserole that everyone always loves, and it is gluten free.
Farmers Casserole

3 cup shredded frozen hashbrowns
3/4  cup shredded jack cheese
1 cup  diced ham
1/4  cup chopped green onions
4 eggs
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1/4  teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Place potatoes in 8 in. square pan.  Sprinkle with cheese, ham and onions.  Beat eggs, milk, pepper, and salt.  Pour over all.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Remove 30 minutes before baking to sit on counter.  Bake at 350 uncovered for 55-60 min or until knife comes out clean.

And for fall, these muffins are perfect and delicious!  (Not gluten free though...)

Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Muffins
Yield: 18 muffins

2 1/2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 t  cinnamon
1/2 t  nutmeg
1/2 t  ginger
1 t  baking soda
1/2 t  salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. solid pack pumpkin
1/2 c. oil
2 c. apple, peeled and chopped
2 T flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t  cinnamon
2 t  butter

Combine dries.  combine eggs, pumpkin, and oil.  Add liquid ingredients to dry; stir until moistened.  Stir in apples.  Spoon batter into cups until 3/4 full.  Sprinkle with streusel topping.  Bake in 350 oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Debbie,

    I haven't been out looking for pumpkin because we are on the way south again for another ten weeks. I am looking forward to being home for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I won't be canning any pumpkin this year, but will surely buy some to make some pies. :)))

    Thanks for the recipes!



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