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Posts Tagged ‘cayenne pepper’

Quick Re-Visit Of Somethings

Posted by terrepruitt on August 31, 2016

I have some follow up information on some of the posts I have posted:

I made another batch of Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts, actually I made two.  I made one like before actually sweet and savory, and I made a sweet and spicy.  I didn’t measure the cayenne pepper, I just sprinkled a lot more in the mixture.  I also found a packet of crushed hot red pepper flakes in the refrigerator, ya know the kind you get when you order pizza to be delivered?  I used a package of those.  So I don’t know how much that is.  But last I heard it was a good amount.  When I first told John he said, “Is that all?”  And I reminded him I am not really trying to make them HOT, just give them a little warmth.  But then he ate them and said it was a perfect amount.  But ya know, sometimes with things like this it seems like the spices can be all in one spot.  But hopefully the batch he took to work this morning for a snack was just as good.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitOur cats, formerly known as Smokey and Esmeralda, have adjusted to their new names.  They are now Teagan and Nessa.  My hubby and I are convinced that Teagan actually likes her name as about the same time we decided to change it she became a little bit more affectionate.  I think that Nessa likes her new name too, now, but she was quick to warm up to it.  Who knows if cats actually care, but it SEEMS like they do.

When I taught yoga at The Dancing Cat earlier this month, I forgot to mention that they have adopted out eight one cats!  That is awesome.  I am not sure if that number has gone up, but I am hoping for them to hit at least 100 when they close in November.  Again, them closing in November is the last I heard, but perhaps that has changed.

Awhile back I posted about this sugar that I had purchased because it was the only kind in the store.  I had posted about it because I thought that maybe since it was less processed it actually “lasted” longer in the hummingbird feeders.  By “lasted” longer I meant it didn’t get grungy as fast.  Well, I have to take that back as I think it didn’t get grungy because the birds were eating it so fast.  We have had a very active hummingbird community this year.  It is really cool.  Over the many years that we have lived here we have probably had about 10 hummingbirds at a time come into the yard to feed.  But there is usually one very possessive bird that thinks he rules the yard and he spends most of his time chasing all the other birds off.  This year they all seem to chase each other around, but no one bird stands out as the boss.  And we have had more birds than ever.  It is really cool.  I filled five of our six feeders on Friday, today is Wednesday and I filled three again today.  I filled one yesterday.  So in about five days I had to refill our feeders.

Speaking of hummingbird feeders, I still maintain that our old hummingbird feeder, the one that is really difficult to clean, is still the favorite amongst the birds.  They will always empty that one first.  It always has the most birds around it.  I really think they can get to the nectar better because of the way it is designed.  I can’t get in and clean it better because the way it is designed, but I think they like it best.  The birds do eat off the other ones, but they don’t get emptied as fast as the old one.  The new ones, though, as so awesome to clean.  It literally takes less than five minutes each to soap ’em up, scrub ’em down, and rinse them out.  I love it.

We are planning on taking down at least three of the feeders this winter.  I will leave up the two large easy to clean ones and the small one that is super easy to clean.  The hummingbirds LOVE that one.  We take down the oriole feeder, the hard to clean feeder, and the hummingbird bar.  Any birds that are still around will still have enough to eat.  If as many birds that are around now, stay around, I will keep up all the feeders, but the numbers seem to dwindle in October.  We will see.


Well, that is all for the updates for now.  I have thought to do a post on some of these things, but then realized none of them really warrant an entire post on its own, so I am lumping it all together!

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Butternut Squash Soup Adaptation

Posted by terrepruitt on November 22, 2011

Yesterday, after my Nia class in Central San Jose, I went to Campbell to pick up some locally “grown” honey.  It has been pretty cold here so I have been drinking tea and I was thinking soup.  It was at the last minute and through a chance of “well this light is green so I will turn this way” that I ended up at Trader Joe’s.  I don’t get to Trader Joe’s often because it is just not in my regularly traveled areas.  I didn’t know what I was going to get there until I saw the package of cut butternut squash.  Then I was on my phone trying to find the recipe so I could make certain I got all the ingredients for butternut squash soup.

I have made this soup at least twice before, but the last time I made it I put too much pepper in it.  Probably not even as much as the recipe calls for, but it was WAY too hot for me to eat.  I was soooooooo disappointed.  But at least it didn’t go to waste because my hubby loves spicy hot food so he ate it.

I remembered from the times before that one package of cut butternut squash is about 6 cups of squash and that is what the recipe calls for.  With Thanksgiving coming I thought that we could just eat it all week if I doubled it.  I am fortunate in that my hubby doesn’t mind eating the same thing over and over.  So my plan was to make a double batch.  But my plan was also to not follow the recipe exactly.

Before I had made it the very first time, I had read the reviews and I believed what the majority of them said so I was already adapting, but I was even thinking of more modifications.  The problem is I don’t always know what I am going to do until I do it.  As I am cooking an idea will pop into my head and then I don’t always remember what I did when it comes out great.  I thought to write as I cooked but I didn’t.

After I sat down to eat it though I decided I had to make note of what I did because to me and for me, this is the best batch I have made and I want to make it EXACTLY like this from now on.  Please excuse me for being brand specific.  Normally I like to be more Rachel Ray than Martha Stewart, and I will say use whatever, but for me, I am going to use these exactly ingredients to make this soup.  I really think that these particular flavors are what made it so yummy.  But you of course are free to use the brands and flavors you like, but if you don’t want to lick the pot when you are done than it really might be the brands.  😉  I would have taken pictures of the cooking process had I thought I was going to post about this. Dance exercise, Nia classes, San Jose Nia Classes, Nia classes in the San Francisco bay area I had thought NOT to post, but then after I ate it, I realized I HAD to post just so I would have record of it.  The pictures of the products are after I fished the packages out of the garbage.

Butternut Squash Soup Adaptation

Two packages Trader Joe’s cut butternut squash (2 lbs each)

Olive oil spray


4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 box (32 oz) Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

4 packages Trader Joe’s Savory broth – chicken flavor

3 1/2 cups water

1 tsp marjoram

6 turns of the smoked pepper pepper mill

two light sprinkles of cayenne pepper

1 8 oz package cream cheese

2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese

dance exercise, Nia teacher, Nia class, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, Nia in the San Francisco Bay, South Bay NiaHeat the oven to 450.  Spread the squash on a pan or two, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt.  Roast the squash.  The goal is to cook it until it is soft, but it is nice to have some of it browned.   Roast for at least 30 minutes.  Flip, stir, or shake so as to move the squash around a bit.  Here is where you decide how roasted you want your squash.

Melt the butter in the stockpot, add the onions, and a little salt.  Cook the onions until tender.  Put the roasted squash in the pot, add the box of broth, add the water, add the contents of the broth packages, add the marjoram, add the pepper, sprinkle the cayenne.  Bring to a boil.

Take the pot off the burner and blend the soup until smooth.  (I use the immersion blender).  Add the cream cheese.  Stir.  Blend until the cream cheese is full incorporated in the soup.  Depending on how long it takes you to blend the soup and how hot you want to serve it.  You might have to put it back on the stove.

This recipe makes a nice creamy squash-flavored soup.  It is not sweet, but it is not spicy hot.  If you like spicy hot you can add more pepper.  The actually recipe on Allrecipes.com calls for a 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper and a 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper.  That is too hot for me.  I just put a few twists and a sprinkle.  The thing about making the pot mild is that people can add their own heat.  My hubby sometimes adds hot sauce.  But then sometimes he doesn’t.  He can decide.

As with any recipe, of course, you can modify it as you want.  But for me THIS IS IT!  Also as with anything, I would love to hear what you think.

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