Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Biscuits

A delightful semi-sweet treat for the fall and winter. Complements Jamaican Pumpkin and Chicken Soup beautifully. Absolutely mouth-watering fresh out of the oven with a pat of butter!

Jamaican Pumpkin and Chicken Soup

This is a hearty, rich soup with a hint of sweet and a pleasantly warming heat to it.  It is perfect as cold weather descends, and of course when pumpkins are readily available inexpensively as failed jack-o-lanterns.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Beef and Leeks with Mashed Potatoes

Quick, easy, and oh-so-tasty!  You can't ask for much more from dinner.


(beef and leeks)
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 2 large leeks, washed and any 'icky' parts removed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbs corn starch (optional)
(mashed potatoes)
  • 3-5 red potatoes (depending on size)
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (approx.)


  1.  Peel potatoes, then cut into 1/2-1 inch cubes.  Place them in a pot, cover with water, and add about 1/2 tsp. salt, then set aside for the moment.

  2. Mince onion, slice leeks into rings about 1/4" wide, dice garlic.  

  3. In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tsp vegetable oil on medium-low heat (about 4 on most stoves).

  4. Add minced onion, and saute until just beginning to turn translucent at the edges.

  5. Add 1/2 of the leeks (both white and green parts, but more of the white).  Saute until onion is fully translucent and beginning to brown slightly.