Sunday, January 19, 2014

Butternut Squash Chili

This is almost vegan! I used Worcestershire sauce in it, so that prevents if from being vegan, but I think you could leave that out if you wanted it to be completely vegan.

Butternut Squash Chili

1 lb. of butternut squash, cubed
1 15 oz. can Light Red Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can Black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 can Ro-tel
1/2 red onion, diced
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 heaping Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
A couple splashes of soy sauce
A splash of Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
Olive oil
Avocado, sliced

1.  Toss squash with a little olive oil. Roast at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
2.  Chop the garlic and onion. Saute lightly over medium high heat in 1-2 tsp olive oil.
3.  Add spices and stir.
4.  Add broth, tomatoes and Rotel.
5.  Add squash and beans.
6.  Add Soy and Worcestershire sauce.
7.  Simmer on low for ½ to 1 hour.
7.  Serve with sliced avocado.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dine with the Snow Queen

My dear dish friend Monica challenged me to do a snow table. Originally, I thought maybe snowmen, but it didn't turn out that way. Instead, I went the elegant Snow Queen route. I am sure this is what her table might look like. Since I had my white Fiesta out and my HLC Greek key pattern, I decided to use that in a new way. I had used a little of both on my New Year's Table, but this is a totally different look. 

I chose to go with silver, white, and ivory. 

The crystal candle holders and the tall, white tapers add to the elegance.

I think in the Snow Queen's kingdom, there are probably silver reindeer, so I put a couple on the table.

I have used the glassware during the fall season before, but I love them on this winter table.

The napkin rings were a gift from my friend Monica. I have used them numerous times, and I love the bejeweled look of them.

My Aunt Hyacinth gave me the silver pieces for Christmas last year. We devised a plan to scour flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores and fill a box with treasures to give to each other. These were in my box!

The little creamer is edged along the handle in gold. Very elegant. I am sure I won't be putting that in the dishwasher!

Homer Laughlin China (HLC) Greek key pattern china. It is very classic.

The table cloth came from a thrift shop. I pretty much buy most of my linens from thrift stores. Maybe it is because people cast off a lot things that have a vintage look and feel, and I happen to love those things.

Love this gravy boat! That shape is magnificent.

This is a snow table--see the snow???

Another piece from my Aunt Hyacinth. I thought about polishing the silver, but I like the aged look. Again, it feels vintage to me.

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.