December 2013 - Our Sunday Cafe, the Retirement Edition!
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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Recipe rewind, because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Wednesday October 13, 2010.

Tuesday we had a family potluck dinner to celebrate two October birthdays. The lovely Jess, my beautiful daughter and Miss Olivia, granddaughter of the cutest order!




Cooks wisdom:  Note, this is dairy free for those that prefer.

We had a wonderful dinner of roast turkey with stuffing, a variety of vegetables and of course cake and ice cream for dessert. Now I had it in my head, turkey dinner needs pumpkin. But I did not want to make pie, I love pie, as I have confessed, but we needed birthday cake with this dinner. So I made this....

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
adapted from:
http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/thoroughly-chilled/

1 15 oz Pumpkin
1 14 oz Coconut Milk
1 c brown sugar
1/4 c real maple syrup
2 T Bourbon - left this out, will use next time
2 t cinnamon
1 t ginger
1/8 t ground cloves
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla


Combine all ingredients, stirring until sugar is dissolved.


Pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturers instructions.


When churned, pack into a freezer container and freeze until serving time.


Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving, to facilitate easy scooping!


Makes approximately 1 qt.

The ingredients for this are so easy to keep in the pantry, this will be made often, as I love pumpkin pie. 

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Prunes Poached in Red Wine, or "I like prunes, how about you?", Recipe rewind because some things are too good to miss!

There are many shared traits between my husband Terry and I, but none more delicious than the love of prunes. So with that, I  no we offer you.......

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Saturday May 29, 2010. 

Prunes Poached in Red Wine

Sometimes I think we need to concentrate on the funny foods. Like prunes. Prunes are the laughing stock of food, and such a pity. I read a recipe years ago that tried to address that issue and then went on to give the the recipe a more glamorous name. Dried Plum whatever, instead of Prune whatever. I remember the content was aimed at younger cooks and the goal was to get the cook, cooking with prunes, I mean dried plums.

The nutritionist wrote about the great food value in dried plums; the minerals, the fiber, the great taste, and the convenience.
But.....can't we just say prunes?
And mean prunes?
And know that they are delicious, available in your pantry at all times (unless you forgot them at the store, which would be such a pity) and make for great foods, both sweet and savory?

We can?! OK, great.

Today I am making Prunes Poached in Red Wine, for Sunday Cafe. The recipe states to simmer and serve, but I wanted to make this a day ahead and let the cinnamon sticks add more flavor. I only made one change I used 3 cinnamon sticks, instead of only 2. I used Merlot as the dry red wine, it is what I had open.



Prunes in Red Wine
adapted from Kitchenography

1 pound pitted prunes (about 40)
1 1/4 c sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
2 1/2 c dry red wine



2  8oz containers Mascarpone cheese

Combine in a large covered pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer 45 minutes. Transfer to a dish, cover and chill until serving time.



To serve place a large spoonful of the cheese on a rimmed plate or shallow dish, add prunes and drizzle syrup over.

Serves 8

More than delicious, rich, silky and deeply flavorful. You won't be sorry and you might need to double the recipe next time!

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