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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkin, apple and coconut soup

This soup was created during the yoga teacher training I took — making it a result of being generally worn out, hungry and at a loss for a wide variety of ingredients. That result is a simple, amazing meal that pairs wonderfully with a salad and cornbread.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Maple pumpkin cornbroad

Baking is one area where I’m frightened about making substitutions and getting creative, so I took baby steps with this New York Times recipe. Instead of honey, I used maple syrup (and was curious about using molasses), and I added a dash of cinnamon. I considered adding zest from a mandarin orange but then chickened out. Maybe next time …

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Heat the oven to 400 degrees, and place a 2-quart baking dish on a rack in the middle of the oven.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, olive oil, maple syrup and eggs.

Place the cornmeal in a large bowl, and sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together without overworking.

Remove the baking dish from the oven, and add the butter. When it is melted completely, brush the sides of the pan with the pastry brush; tip the excess melted butter into the batter, and quickly mix it in. Scrape the batter into the hot pan, and return it to the oven. Bake for 35 or 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before serving. Slather warm pieces with butter, and drizzle them with more maple syrup.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe adapted from: nytimes.com

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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips

Can’t find whole wheat pastry flour? No problem, you can usually just substitute all-purpose or regular whole-wheat flour. But if you can find it, use it. Pastry flour really adds a little extra somethin’-somethin.’

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Autumn in New England goes like this, apparently: The "leafers," as they're lovingly referred to, pile into their cars and make the long weekend drive through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, scoping out the fall foliage. They stop at pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin patches. They pick more than they know what to do with. Meanwhile, all of the local breweries  chuck pumpkins and spices into their brew kettles, and on their way back home, the leafers stop for seasonal six-packs. Here's the pick-six I brought home to sample.

Autumn in New England goes like this, apparently: The “leafers,” as they’re lovingly referred to, pile into their cars and make the long, laid-back drive through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, scoping out the fall foliage. They stop at pick-your-own apple orchards and pumpkin patches. They pick more than they know what to do with. Meanwhile, all of the local breweries are chucking pumpkins and spices into their brew kettles, and in most cases, these concoctions are magical. On their way back home, the leafers stop for seasonal six-packs. Here’s the pick-six I brought home to sample.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Pumpkin spice granola

I’ve been watching fall movies (Lemony Snicket, anyone?) and snacking on this pumpkin granola lately. Isn’t autumn lovely?

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the oats, flax seeds, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee syrup, egg white, oil, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir and stir and stir until all of the ingredients are wet.

For chunky granola, line a glass baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

For finer granola, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir, breaking up any clusters. Bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

Store the granola at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

Recipe adapted from: Aunt Karen’s recipe

*It’s the breakfast that doesn’t require a skillet or even a bowl; It’s the easily prepared and transportable granola! This month we’re getting our crunch on with homemade granola recipes that can be enjoyed on the go or part of a complete breakfast. Check out all the Morning Clusters recipes here.

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by Sarah Steimer

Chipotle-pumpkin chili

Are pumpkin flavors just for fall time? Absolutely not. It is a winter squash, after all. Pumpkin is chock full of vitamin A, which helps maintain your immune system while your entire office or family is sick.


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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkin spice oatmeal

Oatmeal provides an awesome morning canvas if you wake up feeling creative.  I had leftover pumpkin puree in my refrigerator and my wheels just started turning from there.


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