Sunday, November 25, 2012

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds & a Farmhouse Celebration

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds ~
An excellent snack that is rich in fiber as well as vitamins B and E.
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tsp. melted butter or olive oil
kosher salt
garlic powder
cayenne pepper
seasoning salt
cajun seasoning

With the end of November approaching,
we will all be replacing our pumpkin decor with Santas and Snowmen.
Before you toss that pumpkin out...
save the pumpkin flesh for baking and the seeds for roasting.

Scoop out the seeds and place in a strainer.

Wash your pumpkin seeds. 
It's ok to leave some strings and pulp, as it adds flavor.

Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and the seasonings of your choice.

Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake for at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally,

or until golden brown.

Purists will want only salt as a seasoning,
but if you're feeling adventurous,
experiment and have fun with seasoning blends. 

It is the Grand Opening Day of our Spirit of Christmas Celebration in the Old Farmhouse.
The artists have been busy preparing new items for our Etsy shops.
Click here to see all of the Christmas goodies...
perfect for gift giving or to decorate your own home.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chili Cook Off Contest Winner!!!

Our contest winner is Ashley of Wooly World!!! She has the most unique chili recipe. She uses Goose breast but says that it is similar to steak! To visit Ashley and to check out the winning recipe, just click on the photo above.

You can also check out Ashley's wonderful Etsy shop below:

Congratulations Ashley!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chili Cooking Contest ends Sunday ...

This is the perfect weekend to prepare your family's favorite chili recipe...
snap a photo and post a link to this Old Farmhouse Cooking blog post.

This Turkey Chili was prepared by our team captain, Lucy.
You can find her recipe here.

A winner will be chosen by
and announced on Monday...

...and the prize?
This beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen cookbook, donated by Lucy.
Thank you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tip of the Day!

When making soups, stews or stroganoffs that require you to add pasta or noodles, cook your pasta or noodles separately. However, cook for 1-2 minutes less than what the directions call for. The pasta or noodles will be firm when you add to your soup, etc. Cook for a few minutes longer in your dish until they are fully cooked. You will find that your noodles or pasta will not be mushy when pre-cooked and will not add extra starch to your stew. They will still taste wonderful having absorbed some of your delicious broth. You will also be able to better control how much you are actually adding to your dish.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chili Cook Off Cooking Contest

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Tip of the Day!

Have you ever dropped an egg on the floor? I think we all have done that at one time or another! Here's a simple way to clean up the broken egg:

Sprinkle the egg with a generous amount of table salt. Wait about 10 minutes and then you can just sweep it up in your dustpan. The salt will absorb the egg making it easy to clean! Make sure you wash the area thoroughly after cleaning up the broken egg.