Slow Cooker Autumn Harvest Veggie Soup

Kathy : October 15, 2014 09:00 : Kathy Hester

I use my slow cooker all year long. Even if you haven’t gotten on the summer crockpot train chances are that you’ve pulled yours out of its resting place.

The cooler weather and the changing leaves leads the way for soup and bread dinners at my house. It’s a signal to stock up on winter squash and pumpkin. Then Brussels sprouts start appearing at Trader Joe’s or your farmers market.

Autumn Harvest Veggie Soup from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester

Brussels sprouts fascinate me with their broomstick-sized stems. My picky eater’s favorite way to eat them is shredded and sautéed with pecans, maple syrup and a dash of liquid smoke.

She was tempted with this soup too. The winter squash stand in for the sweetness of the maple syrup and the apple cider vinegar gives this soup the depth it needs. I think you’ll enjoy this on a chilly night while you’re decorating your house for Halloween.

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A Warming Maple Spiced Toddy

Kathy : October 8, 2014 09:00 : Kathy Hester

It’s so easy to brew yourself a tasty toddy. It’s just tea brewed with spices and mixed with some bourbon and maple syrup. You can also add in some freshly squeezed lemon and if you’re coming down with a cold. It’s a tasty way to get in some extra vitamin C.

The spices I use in this one are whole and get infused into the water first, then you can seep the tea to the strength you like it. You can use cinnamon chips or sticks. In a pinch you can mix in ground spices but I would still strain it before you drink it or it will be gritty.

VMaple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe by Kathy Hester

I use a good quality black tea, but you could use a green or herbal tea in its place. If you are not a fan of bourbon you could use rum in its place.

Typically I like a strong black tea and I steep it for 4 minutes. I recommend setting a timer because if you go over it can get bitter. If you use green tea only steep for up to 3 minutes and you can go up to 5 minutes for an herbal tea.

VMaple Spiced Hot Toddy Recipe by Kathy Hester

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Whole Wheat Bourbon Banana Bread for Fall

Kathy : October 1, 2014 09:00 : Kathy Hester

I love autumn and all it takes is the weather getting a little bit cooler to get me in the baking mood. I like to use whole wheat pastry flour in my quick breads and muffins. With the cold weather I enjoy the heartiness that it adds to this easy banana bread.

Pecans are another ingredient that reminds me of fall. Their dark, earthy flavor balances out the sweetness of the mashed banana.  Adding the bourbon makes this better than all the other banana breads you may have tasted in your life.

Vegan Whole Wheat Bourbon Banana Bread by Kathy Hester

What should you do? Go grab some over-ripe bananas on sale and get a bottle of your favorite bourbon. Then make this make this Whole Wheat Bourbon Banana Bread for breakfast, dessert or to serve at your pumpkin carving party!

Vegan Banana Bread

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