Sunday, October 30, 2011

Aged Parmesan


I really love all sorts of cheese, mainly because they are so versatile and can add such a nice flavor to any dish. Parmesan is one of my favorites so when the aged parmesan went on sale at our local grocery store, I had to stop in and pick some up. I made some spaghetti bolognese and finely grated some parmesan cheese on top. It was absolutely delicious. Adding parmesan cheese shavings to soups is another one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkins


We went to visit a farm on the weekend and there were so many pumpkins! Of course, they had a huge pumpkin patch where we got to explore and pick out a pumkin. We ended up with four pumpkins, a mini one, a small one. a regular sized one and a large one. I wanted a really HUGE pumpkin, but my husband thought it would be too heavy to carry across the farm and back out to the car.


I am not one for carving pumpkins so I figured I would take the seeds out and roast them in the oven. Roasted pumpkin seeds have always been a favorite of mine. Once I take the seeds out of the pumpkin, I am sure to pick them out of their pulp right away. Then I rinse them in a colander under cold running water. I take a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the seeds out in a single layer, sprinkle them with salt and roast them at 325 degrees F for about 25 minutes. Be sure to stir them around about half way through. Finally, let them cool and enjoy!

Making a pumpkin pie with the actual pumpkin is a great option, but this month has been really busy for me so I figured that having my husband carve the pumpkins would be a better idea. We are going to put them out on the front porch for Halloween!
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