Fall Food with Friends

I’ve been practicing my fall recipes over the past few weeks.

I made stuffed peppers using tomato sauce with butter and flour, to make the gravy.  I used ground turkey instead of beef.  Hmm…this one needs a bit more work.

I made a chicken pot pie.  The pie crust fell into the stew as I was trying to top the pot.  It just made the stew extra gooey…this one needs a bit more work too.

We had friends over for dinner, so I whipped up some cinnamon roasted almonds, a pot roast with carrots and onions, served over mashed potatoes.  I made homemade applesauce and a salad with apples, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, feta cheese and raspberry dressing.  We had chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert.

of course, you cannot pick up a pot roast from the grocery store here.  Ramesh took a photo of a cow, with the part I wanted highlighted.  He came home with lovely beef…all chopped up into pieces!  I went forward with my plans, but assumed the beef would cook faster – and so I did not get it started as early as I should have.  Our guests arrived, and we still needed another hour of cooking!  We munched on the almonds to keep from munching on each other!

The cake was a bit of a flop…at least the frosting.  The cream cheese seemed to really make the icing ‘wet’.  I thought I had run out of my ‘good’ powdered sugar, and had to resort to using the ‘crunchy’ local powdered sugar – resulting in ‘crunchy’ frosting.  Turns out, I had another bag of the good powdered sugar after all.  Ugh.

 

A friend from our Chennai days was in town and she joined us for lunch one day.

We had roasted pumpkin soup with ginger and garlic, Waldorf salad with chicken, fresh croissants, and oatmeal cookies.

Ramesh lucked out by finding some fresh croissants at a local restaurant.  They only had 6, but that was enough for our little lunch.  (They were huge!)

I wanted golden raisins for the oatmeal cookies.  Ramesh picked them up for me while out finding the croissants.  He brought back about 20 raisins for a batch of cookies.  I used them up, and added a cup of chocolate chips.  Hmmm…they were fine…but I would have rather left out the chocolate, and used a cup of the golden raisins instead.

We had a lovely visit – and can’t wait to do it again!

I believe turkey and pumpkin pie are next on the list!  🙂

One thought on “Fall Food with Friends

  1. It all sounds good. Don’t get discouraged, the turkey (if you can get one will be delicious. Hope you can get pumpkin for the pies.

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