Tuesday, November 23

Solar Penne Pasta, November Harvest, and Iron Foodie Follow-up

Solar Penne Pasta Casserole
Around the holidays, it's hard to get everything done and, knowing there's gonna be a never-stop-eating meal on Thanksgiving, we're catching meals on the fly, here. Had some left over roasted chicken that served as the protein in this casserole. We've been having some unusually sunny days for this time of year and I've been keeping the solar oven busy with drying herbs, roasting veggies for storage, and dinners. This little casserole, along with some toasted garlic bread, really hit the spot.

Preheat solar/conventional oven to 275F. Spray or lightly grease 8x8x2 baking pan. Prepare 1-1/2 cups penne pasta. While pasta is cooking, in large bowl, thoroughly blend 3/4 cup chicken stock, 1 egg, 2 Tbsps buttermilk powder, 2 Tbsps mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp. dill leaves, 1/2 tsp. tarragon, 1 tsp. parsley, 1/4 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. stevia (sugar), salt and pepper to taste. Add two cups chopped chicken; blend, then add al dente pasta and lightly fold all together. Spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle a mixture of 1/2 cup each shredded mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses over top. Bake for approximately 45 minutes until casserole is bubbly and top is browned.
Waiting for cheese toppings
With cheese topping
Iron Foodie Contest Follow-Up
Well, I didn't get into the Iron Foodie Contest from the Foodie Blogroll and Marx Foods, but was offered an oppotunity to pick five ingredients I've never cooked with, before, as a thank-you from the Marx Foods people for entering. So, I made my five selections from the seven available categories and will keep my fingers crossed that I was early enough to get what I wanted rather than a substitute.

November Harvest
I told you we were having very unseasonal warm weather. Well, look what I found in the garden, this morning! It's a world gone mad; that's all I can say.

I would love to be happy about this, but this is supposed to be beddy-bye time for the gardens. My fruit trees are confused, too, and already starting to bud! And, it's too hot for pruning. In spite of the late harvest, I'm still going to put the container garden to bed for the winter -- I need the time to plan next year's garden!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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