Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash

Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash – I recently read in a baby book that my little fetus is at the point in his development where he can taste the things I eat. If I eat spicy, he gets a taste. If I eat sweet, so does he! So in my efforts to not have to cater to an infant that rejects everything or a toddler that only eats “mac and cheese” and chicken nuggets, I figured I’d start introducing the little one in utero to a variety of yummy, tasty things that are au naturel. Also, and happily so, my baby generally directs me to things he wants to eat. I’m totally serious!!! Sometimes it’s things like mashed potatoes, which I RARELY eat but have recently started craving. Or out-of-the-blue cravings like octopus! This week, however, he steered me to butternut squash.

I usually make savory butternut squash, with lots of rosemary and flecks of sea salt. This time, however, I decided to try to make it into a dessert. Oh, right, I forgot to tell you that most of the things my baby wants to eat happen to be sweet carbohydrates like ice cream sundaes or pie. Just ask my friends who are witness to my new eating habits and somehow join the pregnant girl in head-to-head eating! But I try to resist temptation to stuff my face with not-so-good things, and try to substitute in more nutritious foods. So I thought to make a barely sweetened squash dessert with rich notes of fall spices that turned out to be really quite delicious. It’s great warm or cold, you can add toppings to it if you like to make it even more special- my favorites are shredded apple and cranberries. But it’s really quite simple and hits the spot both for it’s sweet flavor and it’s nutrition. And the baby loved it!!

Makes 6 servings


1 1/4 lb butternut squash, diced
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp orange zest
1/8 tsp kosher salt

Optional toppings: toasted sunflower seeds, shredded apple (super yummy and unexpected!!!), dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375. In a baking dish, combine the squash, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut oil, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt. Toss to evenly coat the squash with the spices. Roast in oven for about 40 min, then allow to cool to your desired serving temperature. When serving, add topping of your choice.

Red Potato Salad Recipe

This is the very Best and Easy to prepare Red Potato Salad Recipe that you are going to find. Red Potato Salad has always been one of my favorites. Not only does it taste really good, but it is also colorful. If that were not enough, the red potato salad recipes that I have eaten has always been a favorite on the picnic table as well as the dinner table.

The red potato has always held a special place on the meal menu. If you go to any buffet, anywhere: Las Vegas to Paris, the red potato will be proudly displayed with all of the other potato salads.

How To Make The Red Potato Salad Recipe


3 pounds of red potatoes
2 celery sticks, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, diced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Scrub the potatoes
Place the potatoes in a large pot (don’t peel the potatoes)
Cover with water, cover the pan and bring to a boil
Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender (don’t let the potatoes get too soft…..we are not making mashed potatoes)
Drain the water and let the potatoes cool a bit
Cut the potatoes into one inch chunks
In a large bowl mix the celery, carrots, cucumber, vinegar, milk, mayonnaise, onion, salt, sugar and pepper
Gently stir the cooked potatoes being careful not to mash them
Make sure everything is blended well
Place in fridge until time to serve
This red potato salad is a make ahead recipe. Once you taste it I am sure that red potato salad recipe will be on your dinner menu a few times a month.

Red Potato Salad is truly one of the most delicious recipes that you can make. It is a summer food that is an all time favorite. It is a mainstay as one of the great Fourth of July Recipes. Can you imagine a better tasting and delicious summer food? I can’t!!

Potato Patch Recipes welcomes your comments and suggestions on this Best and Easy Red Potato Salad Recipes or any other potatoe recipies

All Recipes On This Potato Recipe Site Are Free Recipes

When we talk about Red Potato Salad Recipes we are talking about the number one item that people pick up at the deli counter. Bet you didn’t know that! Potato Salad has the advantage of being one of the easier quick recipes that you can make. It is also one of the side dish recipes that people just love to eat.

Red potato recipes are popular not only because they taste really good but also because they look good. The red skin really is striking. When we post a salad recipe on this site we generally look for a easy to make recipe. This red potato salad recipe fills that bill. This truly is an easy potato salad recipe.

Summer salad recipes need to be quick and easy recipes. Nobody wants to have a bbq or a picnic and then spend all of their time cooking up side dish recipes that take all day.

Don’t forget that this Red Potato Salad Recipe is also a creamy potato salad. The mayo really does the trick.

The Best Seafood Recipes and Fish Recipes Are Very Healthy and Taste Great

The Best Seafood Recipes and Fish Recipes Are Very Healthy and Taste Great- How would you like to spice up your dinner menu while adding nutrition, variety, and flavor to the meal? Seafood in the form of fish and shellfish will do just that.

As an added bonus the nutritional value of seafood is well documented. It is hard to come up with a more healthy food than fish! Fish is a great food to get a daily dose of high quality protein, and it also comes jam packed with minerals, such as iron, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium. But it doesn’t stop there…Most fish also come with some essential B vitamins!

If your on a diet then the next bit of “fish” news will have you doing back flips in the water. Fish have very little sodium and because fish are low in fat and low in calories, they make a superb menu item to use when putting together meals for low sodium and low calorie diets.

Did you know that there are over 240 different varieties of fish or shellfish for you to choose from when planning a meal? Now that is what I call variety. You never have to worry about not being able to find fish at your local grocery store. Some fish are seasonal and come and go during the year, but there is always plenty of fresh, frozen, and canned fish that are available 365 days a year.

Fish is a wonderful food to work with in the kitchen. It is not only nutritious, but it also has a delicate flavor that blends with with most other foods. The soft and tender texture of fish goes extremely well with the crispness of a salad, relish, or vegetable.

Seafood also wears many different hats! It doesn’t just have to be the main course. It can be yummy appetizer, a scrumptious soup, a tasty salad, or even a gourmet sandwich.

Fish cooks very fast so it comes in handy for people that work all day, have kids to take of, but still need to provide nutritious and delicious meals at lunch and dinner time. You should combine fish with other foods that are mild in flavor and won’t overpower the delicate taste of the fish.

Fish and all seafood recipes makes for a delicious meal that is also very healthy to eat.

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce – In my opinion, BBQ just isn’t the same if you don’t have a great BBQ sauce to compliment the meat you slow cooked.  And making a Homemade BBQ Sauce is something everyone should try.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and you might just discover you can whip up a batch of homemade bbq sauce that rivals your favorite store brand!

As you’ll see by looking around this website, we’ve collected tons of great BBQ Sauce Recipes you can try.  Homemade BBQ sauce recipes are actually very simple and quick to make, so there’s no need to be scared of trying to make it even if you are a novice cook.  Just a few simple ingredients and your off to making your very first batch of homemade BBQ sauce.

Just to get you started with a simple recipe, give this one a try!

2 Tbs. vegetable oil1 onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced1½ cups ketchup½ cup cider vinegar¼ cup Worcestershire sauce⅓ cup sugar1 Tbs. chili powder½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)

Prepare all the ingredients so chop the onions and mince the garlic.Heat up the oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, gently stirring.Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne (use more cayenne if you like it hotter).Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 to 30 minutes.Makes around 2½ cups.

As you can see, making your own homemade BBQ sauce just isn’t that complicated!  Check out our section called “The Basics” for a description of the 4 basic types of BBQ sauces that we have in the U.S.  I will say there is a 5th type called Alabama White BBQ Sauce which is a Mayonnaise based sauce which is still fairly unknown.  For more information on the history of this type of BBQ check out our section on White BBQ Sauces.

Another advantage of making your own homemade barbecue sauce is freshness and no preservatives.  So, for the health conscious and organic fans, making your own homemade bbq sauce is a great way to go!

So, dig in, find a recipe you want to try, or heck find two or three and get cookin!  You’ll soon discover that you too can make great homemade BBQ sauce and enjoy experimenting with different recipes that you won’t be able to find at your local grocery store.

Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe

Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe – Like a few of the other recipes, I also have this recipe for Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce listed in the Hot & Spicy section of this website.  I include it here as well since it has honey in the recipe and I wanted to make sure all of the “honey” BBQ Sauces Recipes were listed together for easy browsing.

As usual, I like sweet BBQ sauces and with the honey, this Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce is a winner!  If Habaneros are a bit too hot for you, you can always cut back on the amount or even substitue a Jalepeno or something less hot.  However, habanero like any hot pepper has it’s own unique type of hot flavor so give it a try before you think habaneros are too hot for you.Honey Habanero BBQ Sauce Recipe:Ingredients:

6 fresh habanero peppers

5 cloves fresh garlic

7 shallots

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup honey (I use a local farmer – fresh unrefined honey is the

way to go)

1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

1/2 cup any brand regular bbq sauce

4 tablespoons horseradish

2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

2 teaspoons liquid smokeDirections:Remove all seeds, stems, and ribs from habanero (scotch bonnet) peppers. Finely dice cleaned peppers, garlic, and shallots, and sauté in olive oil until garlic and onions begin to carmelize. Once the garlic and onions begin to turn golden brown, add honey, teriyaki, bbq sauce, horseradish, mustard, and liquid smoke. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Use as you would any bbq sauce, and know that even without the ribs and seeds, this is a VERY spicy bbq sauce.

Banana Cake Recipes – Yummy and Easy

Here’s a page with a chockful of delicious, wonderful recipes for Banana Cakes!

Over-ripe Bananas can be used to make cakes as it lends a nice, rich flavor to the cake. I tend to make Banana Cakes when I have too many over-ripe bananas lying around in the kitchen.Bananas tend to ripen very fast in humid tropical weather where I live!

I’m sure most of us has had that problem, so instead of throwing away those delicious nutrition-rich fruits, I suggest adding them to Cakes and Desserts by using these easy recipes. Bananas go extremely well with nuts and/or sour cream frosting.So for a healthier alternative, I usually add nuts and seeds in the Cake itself or use it as topping.

It’ll give the Cake a nice crunchy taste and goes very well with the rich flavor. It is best to use brown or muscovado sugar in Banana Cake Recipes.

Brown sugar has a rich, caramel flavor while Muscovado sugar has a rich, full flavor. Both go very well with cakes and puddings that use fruits. Plus, both have a deep, dark color and gives fruit cakes a golden color and rich aroma which is ever so tempting.

And the gorgeous, rich aroma wafting through the kitchen as the cake bakes….completely irresistible : Moist Banana Cake Recipe.

Here’s a low-fat and simple chocolate cake recipe with a twist…bananas added to give it that results in a nice, rich taste…Delicious Low-Fat Banana Chocolate Cake.

Also, do check out this traditional Malaysian-style Cake recipes called Bengkang Pisang. I’ve included 2 recipes– Bengkang Pisang Version 1 and Bengkang Pisang Version 2.

Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe

Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe – Here’s my first recipe for our BBQ Side Dish Recipes section.  Yes, it’s named after me even if I did steal it from my mother’s hair dresser some 20 years ago!  Heck, it’s probably on the back of the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing package for all I know but man is it great.

I’ve used this recipe a hundred times and because its so easy, anytime there’s a potluck dinner I take it and everyone loves it.  So far, it’s been one of the favorite dishes everywhere I’ve taken it so you can’t go wrong with this pasta salad recipe.

It’s one of my favorite BBQ side dish recipes because it’s a cool dish vs. hot so it compliments the hot BBQ, hamburgers or whatever you might be grilling for a nice summer afternoon.  I think it’s a nice change from the typical potato salad that everyone has as a side dish for BBQ meals.

Dave’s Pasta Salad Recipe

1 whole bell pepper (color of your choice), chopped

1 bag rotini twirl pasta noodles

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 4 oz jar sliced mushrooms, with liquid

1 10 oz pkg. frozen green peas, thawed

1 pkg. dry hidden valley ranch dressing

1 pkg. cooked ham, cut into thin strips


Cook noodes al dente.

While noodles are cooking, make up ranch dressing mix and chill.

In a large bowl, combine drained noodles, bell pepper and tomato.

In a saucepan, combine mushrooms, mushroom liquid and frozen peas.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat slightly and boil gently 2-3 minutes.  Add ham.  Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed.

Pour contents of saucepan into bowl containing noodle mixture.  Add chilled ranch dressing mixture.  Mix well.

Easy Banana Bread Recipe with Cardamom

This amazing Banana Bread Recipe baked with cardamom is soft and delicious especially when served warm at tea-time with butter and jam.

Use over-ripe Bananas for a richer flavor.Banana Bread Recipe.


Makes 1 Loaf.

1/4 pint (150ml) warm water

1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried yeast

pinch of sugar

10 cardamom pods

14 oz (400 g) strong white flour

1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt

2 tablespoon (30 ml) malt extract

2 ripe Bananas,mashed

1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame seeds.


1. Pour warm water into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast, add sugar and mix well. Leave for 10 minutes.

2. Split the cardamom pods. Remove seeds and chop finely.

3. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre. Add yeast mixture, the malt extract, chopped cardamom seeds and Bananas.

4. Slowly add the flour and mix into a soft dough. Add extra water if required.

5. Knead until well combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for a further 5 minutes.

6. Put the dough back into the clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth/towel and leave it to rise for 2 hours until it is double in size.

7. Shape the bread as desired, place on a baking sheet, cover the cloth again and let it rise.

8. Grease/Butter a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 220 degree Celsius or 425 degree Fanrenheit.

9.Brush bread with water, sprinkle with sesame seeds, place in a 450 g (1 lb) loaf tin and bake for 10 minutes, lower oven’s temperature to 200 degree Celsius or 400 degree Fanrenheit.

10. Continue baking for another 20 minutes until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.FROM Banana Bread Recipe to Banana Bread Recipes page.

Bar-B-Que Ribs Recipe

To properly Bar-B-Que ribs of any kind, you have to learn slow and low.  Meaning, cook slowly over low heat.  That’s the secret to properly Bar-B-Que anything, not just ribs but any cut of meat.  If you are cooking it fast, you are grilling, not Bar-B-Queing.

RULE #1  Slow cook!

I recently posted all my secrets for slow cooked BBQ in my article about BBQ Baby Back Ribs.  Feel free to read through that post for all my secrets on properly slow cooking ribs.  For this post, I’ll give you a shortened version of the main points:

Cooking Time & Temperature: 225°F, so allow 3 to 4 hours for baby back ribs.  If you are wanting to cook pork shoulder or thicker pieces of meat, you’ll need 8-12 hours.

Charcoal:  Hardwood Charcoal.  (Always better than a gas grill!)  And hardwood charcoal is better than your standard charcoal as it burns better in my opinion.

Hardwood for Smoke:  You have to have hardwood chips for a good smoke.  Mesquite just happens to be my favorite, but lot of people also like Hickory and other flavors. Prep the Meat:

1.) Rinse. Rinse the ribs in cool water then pat dry with paper towels.

2.) Remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs if it hasn’t already been done by the butcher.  If you bought this from a butcher, they can do it for you but most likely you are just buying your meat at the local grocery and they don’t bother with this step.  This can be a pain, but worth it when you go to eat the ribs.  (Sometimes I just get lazy and I don’t bother with this step.)

3.) Rub. Coat the meat with your favorite BBQ spice rub.  If you don’t have one yet, take a look at our wide selection of BBQ dry rub recipes.

Grill Setup for proper slow cooking your Bar-B-Que Ribs:

Grill Setup for BBQ

Setup your grill for indirect cooking like the picture on the right, with 2 zones. That means the meat sits over a pan of water and not directly over the heat/coals.  This the most important setup issue to properly slow cook your ribs on the grill or any meat you wish to BBQ.  You want the meat to slowly cook.

Cake Mixers – Choosing the Right One for your Mixing Needs!

Are you shopping for the Best Cake Mixers?

Then, you’ve come to the right place. In this page you will find a brief (and hopefully, helpful!) write-up on the different types of Cake Mixers that are in the market these days.

There are 3 types of Mixers:

  • Stand Mixers.
  • Hand Mixers.
  • Wand Mixers.

Stand Mixers

Stand Mixers are the most expensive in the category. The high-end ones are used in professional kitchens and look really good!

The two popular ones are products by KitchenAid and Cuisinart.

If your specific requirement is basic mixing, then you can opt for the standard mixers which include the flat beater, wire whisk and dough hook.

Even the most basic and standard of Stand Mixers can accomplish tasks like mixing pancake batter, whisking eggs a lot faster than if done manually.

If you require one for more labour-intensive tasks like kneading dough for bread,for example, you will get more mileage if you get a more powerful (and expensive!) stand mixer.

It will also make your work that much faster as it’ll take literally minutes and you won’t break a sweat!
Power is important when choosing a stand mixer. For standard models, the range typically available in the market is between 250 and 450 watts of power. More powerful and high-end stand mixers can have up to 1,000 watts of power.
Most Mixers have varying speeds which range from 0 to up to 12 speed settings.

Stand Mixers are also more expensive and if you do not bake every day, it’s best to choose between the other 2 categories. But hey, that’s merely a suggestion…so if you really must have that funky, sleek and shiny KitChenAid, go ahead and indulge..

Hand Mixers

These are the common type of Cake Mixers used in household kitchens. They are easy-to-assemble and clean, functional and most importantly, you don’t need to break the bank to purchase one!Hand Mixers come in limited speeds. Most households have both a Stand Mixer and Hand Mixers; the former for major jobs like mixing cookie dough while the latter for less tedious jobs like mixing batter.

Wand Mixers

These are the most basic of mixers. It’s easy to store and takes up little storage space. I use my Wand Mixer for blending soups and smoothie. The brand I use is Braun.

For purposes of making a smooth, creamy soup, use a Wand Mixer as there is no need to transfer the soup from the pot to a blender. Merely, use the wand mixer and blend away directly in the pot or bowl you’ve placed your ingredients. Really easy!

If the pot is on the fire, please switch off the stove and let the pot cool for ten minutes before using the Wand Mixer.