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Sunday, October 14, 2012

October Family Night

We have a Q family dinner each month.  This allows me the chance to have some willing guinea pigs (aka the kids) to try some of my new cooking adventures and trials on.  This weekend was our October Family Meal night.   I wanted to use foods from the harvest, such as apples, squash, beets, and local fruits in our meal.  I have a real difficult time knowing what foods to combine 'cause I think of color, texture, taste, as well as the affect it will have on the different organs (yes, I'm weird that way).  Here was our menu:

Fresh broccoli
1 lb. chicken (boneless)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. curry
Bread cut in cubes and toasted.
Shredded cheddar or sharp cheese
Cut up broccoli and layer on bottom of casserole dish. Mix together in side bowl: chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry. Cut up chicken into small chunks and layer over broccoli. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli. Top with flavored bread crumbs.
Oven: Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Microwave: 15 minutes on high. Cover with wax paper. When done, top with shredded cheddar cheese - will melt when hot.

Cut up squash and remove seeds.  Bake squash, face down on pan, for 40 minutes. Peel and cut squash into little chunks. Add salt and/or herbs.
Serve warm.

Place 1 pound beets on a large piece of foil. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3 tablespoons water; close into a packet. Roast at 400 degrees F until tender, 50 minutes. Peel the beets and cut into wedges. Whisk 1/3 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt to taste in a bowl. Add 2 segmented oranges, the beets and 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (I used almonds) and toss.

1 1/2 lbs. apples (4)
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. flour
Arrange apples in casserole (sliced). Melt butter; add sugar, oatmeal, flour, cinnamon until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.