Seasonal Sundays (Week 44) November Bucket List

It's a bucket list! Seven recipes to cook up during November from Kitchen Parade's 20+ years of late-fall recipes, not a single turkey-day recipe among 'em lest we forget that "30 Days Has November" and only one is Thanksgiving.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

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At first, the note from a national media outlet was innocuous, all fun and spaghetti guts. "Since next week is Halloween, we're talking about horror in all its varieties. What's your favorite horror trope? Tell us why."

Are these people tone deaf? Sure, sure, life goes on and we must carry on.

My reply:

"Here's REAL HORROR. Lewiston, Maine. Mike Johnson. Extreme weather that accelerated from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in a day. Hundreds of thousands in desperate circumstances in Gaza. Babies and grandmothers and soldiers dismembered in Israel. Today is one bad day to be so flipping flippant about 'horror'. Get a grip, NPR. You ain't what you used to be."

If you, too, are struggling with the state of the world's state, let me recommend again the Substack newsletter from organizing dymano Jessica Craven who inspires so many with a daily list of very specific do-able actions in support of democracy.

But she's also the Encourager in Chief, no Pollyanna, but feeling the frustration, acknowledging the fear, compelling us forward. Seriously. Subscribe. It's free if you like, she does accept paid subscriptions too.

Here's a sample from this week, Jessica's words, not mine, on Tuesday.

"Look. We're living in a breathtakingly difficult moment; it's wearing on all of us. But let's remember that it is particularly excruciating and scary for our Jewish and Palestinian-American friends. ... It's brutal and I hope we are being mindful of -- and fighting against -- the atmosphere of hate many of these citizens feel they're living in right now.

"Remember, division is a treacherous enemy. It's also, perhaps, our biggest foe. We must find a way -- if not now, then soon -- to restore unity if we are to defeat the larger threats we're facing. Please join me in seeking out groups, and people, working not just for peace but for solidarity.

"With the former, we are doomed. Without the latter, we are lost.

"Now let's get to work."

Made Me Think ...

In Praise Of ...

  • ... working outside on the summer porch all this week, the last week of an unseasonably warm and lovely fall, the hummingbirds long departed south, the winter birds back at the feeder, the bluebirds stopping by enforce, on windy moments, the pines dropping needles like a blanket of golden snow

  • ... thank you, camera phones, for revealing that the maple tree outside our dining room was 100% yellow in 2022, a full ten days before it even began turning bit by bit in 2023

  • ... driving two hours one-way just to scratch a good-barbecue itch (shhh, don't tell but I also snagged a $4 used copy of Peace, Love & Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales, and Outright Lies from the Legends of Barbecue: A Cookbook (affiliate link) as a surprise for my favorite bbq guy), the rolling hills and river bluffs of southwestern Illinois a patchwork of fall color, if only because it means that our favorite St. Louis bbq seems suddenly way closer!

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: November's Bucket List

Why a bucket list? I tried this in October, listing all the recipes that appealed for the month. Now I didn't make even close to all of them but just having the list really helped with meal planning: for the first time in forever, I bought groceries for specific meals. It fights decision fatigue, that too-many-choices inertia. I've tried similar concepts before: picking a single cookbook, picking a single cuisine (a la Deep Mexico: Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep). Helpful, maybe?
Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins ♥, healthy pumpkin muffins that stay fresh for days. Moist and spicy with great texture.

Butternut Squash Soup that Actually Tastes Like Butternut Squash ♥ A Veggie Venture, just three ingredients, silky smooth and quite elegant.

At Last Black Bean Soup ♥, Laurie Colwin's recipe, just dump in the ingredients and cook it on the stove, in the oven or in a slow cooker.

Chocolate Chili ♥, my oldest (and still best!) recipe for homemade chili with lots of spices and yes, cocoa powder. Weight Watchers Friendly. Whole30 Friendly. High Protein. Gluten Free.

Squash & Carrot Stew ♥, a low-calorie spice-rich vegetable stew with butternut squash and carrots. Two versions, one for the stovetop, another for a slow cooker. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast ♥ How to cook a breast for white meat, producing turkey stock for great turkey gravy including the giblets.

Fresh Cranberry Bars ♥, a chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar snow. No mixer required.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Simple Dill Pickle Slaw, another quick 'n' easy coleslaw ♥, perfect for pickle lovers.


Bourbon Pralines ♥, the famous praline recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking, given an extra southern touch with bourbon.
  • TRICK OR TREATERS?! "At a block party, two neighbors separately asked if I were going to be giving trick-or-treat pralines again this year. You gave me a winner recipe!" ~ Charlie
  • Bourbon Pralines The famous praline recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Looking Ahead ...

  • October 31st - Halloween
  • November 1st & 2nd - Days of the Dead (All Saints)
  • November 4th - 5th - "Fall Backward" Time Change (next weekend! an extra hour! nice!)
  • November 11th - Veteran's Day
  • November 23rd (early! nice!) - American Thanksgiving
  • December 1st - Alanna's Unofficial First Day of Winter
  • December 1 - 23 - PikkuJoulu (Finnish "Little Christmas")
  • December 21st - Winter Solstice (Official First Day of Winter)

Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus & More, organized for easy browsing & targeted searches ♥

Looking Back ...

Déjà Vu

Something useful ... or thoughtful ... or interesting ... or fun ... from Seasonal Sundays years back.

It was an entire patch's worth of pumpkin recipes, aka Pumpkin Heaven, this week last year. Best make a double batch (triple?) of Pumpkin Pie Spice!

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week, not including the Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts and Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple on repeat this time of year.

Winter Stew ♥, a master recipe for a wintry meat and vegetable stew, a concept recipe that's been much-tested with many combinations of meats and vegetables, liquids and more. Shown here, elk meat, butternut squash, sherry and dried apricots.
  • THIS WEEK I turned some leftover lamb roast into this stew recipe that just never fails. For vegetables I used cabbage and carrot, for dried fruit, prunes and served it with some leftover Microwave Green Chili Cheese Grits. So good!
  • THE RECIPE Winter Stew A master recipe, cook with confidence, no recipe required.
Apple Cider Indian Pudding ♥, a colonial New England dessert made with cornmeal and currants, served warm, decidedly delicious.
  • THIS WEEK If you make just one of my recipes this week, MAKE IT THIS. So so so so so good.
  • THE RECIPE Apple Cider Indian Pudding The best dessert you've never tasted, maybe never heard of. (PIN This)

Just Updated!

Thick Chops with Sauerkraut & Apples ♥, a country-style skillet, easy enough for a weeknight supper, special enough for Saturday company. One of my very oldest fall recipes.

Apple-Butter Pumpkin Pie ♥, a 'cousin' to Thanksgiving's apple pie and pumpkin pie, combining naturally sweetened apple butter and pumpkin purée. Just gorgeous!

No-Chill Cutout Sugar Cookies for Halloween ♥, just mix and roll, no need to wait. Mix and bake in under an hour.

Don't Be a Stranger ...

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  • Any ideas for Seasonal Sundays? Share away!
  • Any scary Halloween foods on your menu?
  • Did you make something extra-good this weekend?
  • It's almost November. What foods are on your bucket list?
  • Who else is feeling (un)prepared for the holiday onslaught ahead?
  • Anything else? Chime in, chat away.

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