Odds and Ends

Posted by Brette in Food

I’ve got a few Martha odds and ends to wrap up, so here goes.

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffin batter

Pumpkin muffin batter

First of all, after I made the Pumpkin Swirl brownies (as reported in October), I had pumpkin left over. I decided I wanted to make some pumpkin muffins for weekend breakfasts. I did a recipe search on Martha’s site and only found one (called, surprisingly and creatively enough, “pumpkin muffins”). The recipe called for whole wheat flour and yogurt, so I was happy that it was somewhat healthy. It tasted healthy too – and not in a good way. They muffins were heavy and doughy. They had a heavy floury taste. I won’t be making those again.

You’ll see in the photo above that I use an ice cream scoop to scoop the

Muffins ready to eat

Muffins ready to eat

batter into the muffin tins – a trick I learned from Paula Deen. It has to be one of those sccops with the little windshield wiper that pushes it out of the scoop. It makes just the right size for a muffin. Martha  – that’s a good thing!

Butternut Pear Soup

In Cooking School segment #2, Martha and Sarah talked about making cream soups. I must say I found this confusing – cream soups that have no cream in them! I guess I always just thought of these as pureed soups. I often make a pureed carrot soup as well as a roasted butternut squash puree soup. Martha has a recipe for Butternut Pear Soup in the Cooking School book, so I decided to give it a go.

Onion and pear

Onion and pear

The process is pretty simple. You cook onion and pear, add your roasted squash (she says roasting is optional, but I always roast mine first) and then add chicken stock. You puree it with your boat motor (this is what Emeril calls those hand held immersion blenders and I find it an apt description!). Seriously, this recipe

Roasted squash

Roasted squash

has nothing else in it. No salt or pepper or herbs or spices of any kind. It tasted like baby food squash (which, I have to say, both of my kids adored the most out of all the jarred baby food veggies!). So I went to work doctoring this. First in went salt and pepper. Then some cumin. Then some ginger. I even added a dash of garlic salt. At the end, I poured in some leftover cream. By the time I did all this, it at least had some flavor. I served it with some homemade croutons and it was yummy.

Ready to be blended

Ready to be blended

Perfect for a cool night!

Perfect for a cool night!

Blogging Martha

Here are some great posts about Martha from around the web. Got a

great one to add? Put it in a comment!

Martha Moments has great video up from BN.com where Martha talks about her first disastrous Thanksgiving. She also talks about her many cookbooks.

Mad about Martha is doing great interviews with MSLO employees. I also love the study

carrel craft.

Good Things has photos of new Martha craft items up

You can follow any comment to this entry through the RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.