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It snowed here on October first, believe it or not. It is snowing right now, and the town plows, huge things, have been roaring by on the road since first light. I'm so glad that my mother bought a 4-wheel drive vehicle last summer. I think that this will be the scene now, until spring. It's pretty out there, like a living Christmas card, but, of course, I worry about the homeless animals.
I fell on my seat five times the other day, just trying to walk down the
driveway. We are on the side of a mountain, very near the top, and the
driveway is steep. Good for drainage, so they tell me.
I'll tell you, when we come into the house from 7 degree cold, we need
something fast, hot, and comforting, and so this month I have rounded up ten recipes that ought to thaw us out right quick.
So put them together, and eat hearty!
Preheat the oven to 325º F.
For the mushroom sauce, sauté the onions and mushrooms in butter for 5 minutes. Blend in the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Gradually add the cream, stirring to boiling point. Turn off heat and taste for seasoning.
In a buttered casserole, spread half of the spinach; cover with half of the mushroom sauce, then repeat. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Set in pan of hot water. Bake for 40 minutes.
1 15-ounce can great northern beans -- rinsed and drained
3 slices mozzarella cheese -- 6 1/2 x 4-inches each
Grated parmesan cheese -- if desired
Preheat oven to 400º F.
Spray a rectangular baking dish, 11 x 7 x 1 1/2-inches, with nonstick cooking spray. Break up tomatoes in large bowl. Stir in ricotta cheese, onion, parsley, thyme, salt and red pepper. Carefully fold in pasta and beans. Pour pasta mixture into baking dish, spreading evenly. Arrange mozzarella cheese on top. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and cheese is golden brown. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.