Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Bacon Sauce

If you are looking for more of a "grown-up" Halloween dinner, this recipe for pumpkin bacon sauce will not disappoint!

Fall=pumpkin everything. That’s a fact. However pumpkin doesn’t always mean sweets like cookies, cakes, and breads (although I love those too!). Pumpkin works just as well in savory dishes! I always make it a point to make a new savory pumpkin recipe every year, and so far, I’ve never been disappointed. So grab some pumpkin and local bacon and head to the kitchen!

Pumpkin Bacon Sauce
 {Pumpkin Bacon Sauce}

Pumpkin Bacon Sauce
 {Serve the sauce over whatever you prefer be it pasta, rice or steamed veggies like cauliflower!}

Pumpkin Bacon Sauce
 {Want a bite?  Head to the kitchen and get cooking!  This was done in under 30 minutes!}

Two years ago:  Lazy Pizza Dough

Pumpkin Bacon Sauce
adapted from Created by Diane

1/2 pound bacon (local), diced
1/2 medium onion (local), diced
4 cloves garlic (local), minced
12 oz tomato sauce
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup broth
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup Greek plain yogurt
Pasta, cooked (rice, steamed cauliflower, etc)
  1. Fry bacon until crispy.
  2. Turn heat down, and add onions and garlic. 
  3. Cook onions and garlic until transparent and fragrant. 
  4. Add tomato sauce, pumpkin, broth, nutmeg, and pepper flakes, stirring to combine. 
  5. Allow to simmer 10-5 minutes or until thickened. 
  6. Turn off heat and add yogurt. 
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  8. Serve over cooked pasta. 
The Hubby loved this! Several co-workers were lucky that I was able to sneak some out of the house! Not a bad word to say about this recipe, and I even brought steamed cauliflower to serve it with at work instead of pasta. Everyone was surprised at how delicious a savory pumpkin recipe can be! Won’t they be even more surprised when I bring a Pumpkin and White Bean Stew for our potluck on Halloween? It’s just as delicious!

Do you use pumpkin for more than just sweets? Comment below with some of your favorite recipes because I am always looking for more ideas (and I don’t think I have all of my pumpkin-eating out of my system)!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween | Frozen Hand in the Punch

You can't have a Halloween party without red punch and a hand in that punch!  So easy but cool!

Frozen Hand in the Punch
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 {Freezing the water in the glove}

Frozen Hand in the PunchFrozen Hand in the Punch
 {Set in the freezer, and be careful when peeling the glove off!  Mine broke several times}
 
Frozen Hand in the Punch

NON-latex, powder-free gloves
Rubber bands
Water
Punch
  1. Fill each glove with water and tie off with a rubber band.
  2. Freeze overnight.
  3. Allow the hand to sit out for a few minutes before use so the glove is easier to remove; if you are in a hurry, it can be run under cool tap water.
  4. Remove glove.
  5. Place hand in punch.  Bonus if a "finger" falls off!
Hopefully these easy recipes gave you some ideas about your Halloween party this year!  Or at least with your family!

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