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My choice this month and I chose Winter Squash. That would include butternut, pumpkin, acorn, delicata, hubbard, and spaghetti squash (to name a few). I love butternut so that is what I worked with.

IF you have read my blog in the past you know I love ethnic cuisine – Indian, Asian, Latin American – and I love to cook it. Using the butternut I made Thai butternut and chicken curry.

My cookbook collection includes everyday asian which is where I found the recipe but it is also available on The Williams Sonoma website. The recipe is here. It calls for pumpkin or butternut.

It was OKAY. I liked it but I didn’t LOVE it. I think the butternut was too sweet for a curry. But that’s just my humble opinion. I don’t think I’ll make it again.

More winter squash recipes from:

Kayte

Ulrike

Peggy

Next veggie: Any fresh produce for November 5th

We’d love to have more members in Good Friends Good Food so if you want to join in just let one of us know.

This week our veggie is Sweet Potatoes. aka yams. This was Peggy‘s choice and it is a good one. Especially since fall has now arrived and these are often on the table at various celebrations. Most of the time I either make these into Sweet Potato Fries. Or a casserole. Or stew them down in my MIL’s recipe (which is delicious). But I wanted to do something a little different. So what else is new?

I give you Sweet Potato Gnocchi! Delightful little bites. I wanted to serve them with brown butter and sage but I was out of Sage so I sprinkled them with Cinnamon Sugar instead. YES!! And I got to use my little gnocchi board which has been lonesome sitting on my shelf. It is fun to use.

Recipe is HERE.

Definitely a keeper.

Want more sweet potato?
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Peggy

Ulrike

Yesterday was Spinach Salad Day. Needless to say, I didn’t quite make it. So what else is new, right?

This was Peggy’s ingredient pick. And since I hadn’t made this salad in a while I decided to make it super simple and go with what I know.

Ingredients: baby spinach, boiled eggs, raw mushrooms, bacon, shredded cheddar, and ranch dressing.

That’s it! Just cut up the eggs, shrooms, and bacon. Toss it with the spinach and cheese and add in some dressing.

See, I told you. SUPER simple.

With the store bottled ranch it is not KETO. But if you make your own….So Good!

More salads?

Kayte

Nancy

Peggy

Ulrike

Donna

Ellen

This week the choice for Good Food Good Friends is FRUIT. My choice. Because the Farmers Markets are full of fresh fruits and veggies. I used some fresh and some canned. Not ALL fruits are available fresh. This fruit salad is based on an Ambrosia my grandmother used to make. For Thanksgiving. For Christmas. For Easter. It was one of my favorite sides.

I’ve taken her Ambrosia and kicked it up a notch. (BAM!) There are not measurements just add in the fruit you really like. Anything, really. I used mangoes, bananas, cherries, satsumas, and strawberries. I added coconut and then mixed it well into some Hibiscus Passionfruit whipped cream. PERFECT!!

See, no recipe. I found the Hibiscus Passionfruit flavoring and thought it would add a little extra to the whole mix. 1 cup whipped cream + 2 TBL flavoring.

More Fruit?

Kayte

Ellen

Donna

Peggy

Ulrike

Our next fresh ingredient for salad is Spinach. Peggy’s choice.

Spring Peas. What a great veggie. A good indication that spring is on it’s way. Warmer weather. Sunny days. (Unless you live in Louisiana lately!) and fresh veggies. While these are not from our garden they are my favorite pea. Frozen sweet peas.

This weeks ingredient was chosen by Ellen. And the theme for the next few months is SALADS! My idea!

So I chose a pea salad. I had never made one before or had one I really liked so I decided to make one for our monthly church supper. They seemed to like it. And so did I, but I would make a few changes if I made it again.

The original recipe is from The Pioneer Woman.

1/3 c. sour cream

1 tbsp. 

mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp. white vinegar

4 c. frozen green peas, almost totally thawed

8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped

1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced very thin

6 oz. cheddar or American cheese, cut into small cubes

3 tbsp. minced fresh parsley

I would make twice the dressing because the noted amount was not enough for the amount of peas. It seemed dry.

I would increase the bacon next time. As Ulrike says, everything is better with bacon.

Other than that the salad was tasty.

More peas to come:

Kayte

Peggy

Ellen

This weeks veggie is EGGPLANT! My choice! I love eggplant but don’t get to use them that often in recipes as the Man is NOT a fan of this lovely purple fruit.

I thought about making Moussaka but I wanted to try something different so I found a new recipe for a Veggie Moroccan Tagine. But I wanted a dish I could use for a meal rather than just a side so added some chicken to it. That was a good choice as it made a great KETO meal. The recipe is from Essential Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet Cookbook gifted me by my great friend Kayte who is also in this group.

You can find the recipe here. Veggies include eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, onions, garlic, green olives, and artichoke hearts.

I browned some seasoned (salt and pepper) chicken thighs in some EVOO until almost done. Then I simply added it to my dutch oven (sans skin) with the veggies and let it cook just a little longer to get the flavor into the chicken.

Absolutely delicious. The spices: ginger, cinnamon, cumin, and paprika added so much flavor to the vegetables. I wanted to just sit down and dig into the pot with a big spoon. I’m sure there will be some veggies left over. Maybe…I hope…

This serves 6 and (without the chicken) has; 309 calories, 21 grams fat, 24 grams carb (15 net) 9 grams fiber and 6 grams protein. Each chicken thigh adds

More Eggplant recipes from…

Kayte

Nancy

Ulrike

Peggy

Ellen

Donna

Our next Ingredient is corn

And then we start with some salads. Looking forward to that in mid-April.

This Last week’s ingredient was ONIONS and LEEKS. This was Kayte’s choice. She loves French Onion Soup so onions was a good choice from her. Unfortunately I am very late with my post. Last week was chaotic and I just could not find the right time to make my onions dish.

I ended up using a dish from Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America. Baked Onions Stuffed with Pork and Mushrooms. Oh my goodness. What a list of ingredients but well worth it

and then all that yummy stuffing came poring out.

I could eat just the stuffing!

3 Tbl cajun seasoning (I used Tony’s)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

4 Tbl unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups chopped onions

1/4cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (recipe called for green, I used red and orange)

1/2 tsp chopped garlic

3/4 cups uncooked rice ( I wanted Keto friendly so I used pork rinds)

2 cups pork or chicken stock

1 12-oz can evaporated milk. (I used heavy cream)

2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

Preheat oven to 375.

Peel the onions and and slice off a small piece from the top and bottom. Scoop out the insides until you have a shell about 1/2″ thick. Save the onions. Make thin slices on all four sides of the onion. This is so It will not roll when browning the outside.

Add the butter and add the onion cups laying them on their sides and browning all four sides. Remove from the skillet.

Add ONE cup of the 1 1/2 cups onions, bell pepper, and celery to the skillet. Cook until browned. Add pork and garlic and cook until brown breaking pork into small pieces. Stir in ONE TABLESPOON seasoning and the remaining 1/2 cup onion. Cook 1 minute. (I have to admit I just dumped everything in at once and it worked out fine.) Stir in rice and remaining seasoning TWO TABLESPOONS mix. Cook for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 1 minute. Scrape the bottom so as not to stick to the skillet.

Add 1 1/4 cups of the stock and cook until stock is reduced. About 8 minutes. Add the milk/cream and pecans. Bring to a roiling boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes

Sprinkle each onion cup all over with reserved seasoning mix. Rubbing the interior and exterior of the onions.

Place onions, open ends up in a cake pan or other pan so that they sit upright. Stuff each onion with the pork/mushroom mixture heaping it as much as possible.


Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Pour remaining stock in the bottom of the pan. Bake 20 minutes. Then turn heat up to 550 and bake until brown and bubbly on top. About 10 minutes.

Serve with stock spooned over the top.

This was very tasty. Definitely a keeper even though it takes a while to make.

What other onion/leek dishes showed up in the kitchens of the GFGF cooks.

Kayte

Ellen

Ulrike

Peggy

Donna

Tune in next week for some Eggplant/Aubergine recipes.

I have always loved mushrooms. At least since I was 10 years old. My Dad decided to grow some and bought a ‘log’. We ate a lot of mushrooms. I love them sauteed in butter over a steak. Chopped in a omelette. Sliced in Fajitas. Or my newest dish find – Garlicky Shrimp and Mushrooms.

The recipe comes from The Essential Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. There are some wonderful recipes in this book. Thanks, Kayte, for this great B’day gift.

If you like shrimp and mushrooms this is super simple and super quick and super tasty.

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tsp salt

1 cup EVOO

8 large cloves garlice, sliced

4 ounces sliced sh’rooms. (I used button and baby bellas)

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (nope, used dried)

Place shrimp in a small bowl and sprinkle with salt.

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over med-hi heat. Add garlic and heat until there is a lovely aroma in your kitchen. About 3 – 4 minutes. If it starts to burn – lower the heat.

Add the sh’rooms and sautee for 5 minutes until soft. Add shrimp and pepper flakes and sautee until shrimp turns pink, 3 – 4 minutes. (I cooked a little longer.)

Remove from heat and add in Parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

Serve over Zoodles or Caulirice.

This is KETO friendly. Only 4 gm carb/serving. 620 calories, 56 gm fat. 24 gm sodium.

Thanks to Nancy for this week’s veggie pick.

More mushroom dishes?

Kayte

Nancy

Ellen

Peggy

Ulrike

Donna

Next veggie: Rutabaga. Ulrike’s choice. I’ve never eaten one so this will be fun.

Not just any bean. Ellen’s choice. Shell beans: Red beans, lima beans, cranberry beans, pinto, great northern. Just to name a few. These are beans that must be removed from their pod to be eaten. My Dad was a big fan of Ham Hock and beans made with great northern beans. And Hubs is a great fan of Red Beans and Rice. So that is what I made for this GFGF post.

  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 lb andouille sausage, sliced ¼ inch thick (if not available use a good smoked sausage)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbl salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbl vegetable oil.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cooked rice

In a large bowl place dried beans and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Let stand at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight.

In a large Dutch oven, heat bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add onion, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add drained beans, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and peppers.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender and liquid has thickened, about 1.5 hours. Remove bay leaves from pot; discard.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat saute sausage until browned. About 6 minutes. Add to the bean pot.

Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish with sliced green onions and/or hot sauce if desired.

Usually served on Monday it is the traditional Laundry Day Meal.

This recipe is adapted from the Delta Queen Cookbook and was in the February 2013 Louisiana Cookin’ magazine

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Donna

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Ulrike

Nancy

Ellen

It’s that time of the month again. Veggie Friday with Good Friends Good Friday. This week it is CARROTS. What a great way to start the new year – cooking with friends.

I like carrots. Raw. Not to wild about them cooked. I like them cooked in stews IF they are well cooked. I know they are sweet if they are cooked right but I just don’t cook them often enough. So this week I went in the other direction.

CARROT CAKE

I’ve been making this carrot cake for about 12 years. First made it when baking with Dorie Greenspan and the BFMHTY cookbook . I met some wonderful ladies in that group. Several of whom are the creators of this group.

I am not going to print the LONG recipe here but I will leave the link. Dorie’s Carrot Cake.

Let me tell you this cake is WONDERFUL! I make it every year for The Man and a friend. This year I made it as a Christmas Gift for that friend. She loved it.

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Ulrike

Peggy

Donna

Ellen

Nancy

I wish all of you a Happy New Year in 2021. See you in two weeks with GREENS!

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