Day 319: Roast Beef Tenderloin with Yorkshire Pudding, Bison Sausages with Plum Chutney, and Maple Pouding “Chomeur”

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It was nice enough to start snowing late this afternoon, just as the last of the second group arrived for the final weekend package of Christmas in November. We walked around the lake and skipped rocks across the partially frozen parts, creating an eerie sort of space bird sound, had hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and then had hot baths and watched Wall-E while writing Christmas cards in our robes before Buffet #2, at which point the evening quickly deteriorated into a frenzy of chasing HellBoy as he ran through the crowd and attempted to disassemble Christmas trees, placating him with lamb chops and trying to maintain our composure as he screamed and spread-eagled himself on the ground in the middle of the high-traffic main doorway and refused to move.So when M took (or rather dragged) W back to the cabin (to answer the query – he has spent many nights in our room ordering room service, partly because he has a bum knee and W won’t stop, partly because three year olds don’t make ideal gala dinner guests, and partly to keep himself away from the free-flowing wine and martinis at the main lodge) I managed to sit and eat some dinner. I have a guest photographer tonight – while we ate Michael Olsen offered to photograph his plate, as well as the two tenderloins on the carving board at the head of our table. (My plate had a few token greens on it – his is far more accurate.)

The plum chutney played such a minor role in this buffet; it was there to accompany short, squat bison sausages wrapped in the merest belt of puff pastry, but it interested me most – it could have so many other applications. I asked Chef Turcot for the recipe and he obliged. (He didn’t have much else to do this week.) I love this formula… this is what restaurant kitchen recipes look like – they assume you know what the hell you’re doing if you’re there and using the recipe – and generally the amounts are in liters or pounds instead of cups and teaspoons. (There are some sausages with plum chutney in the last buffet photo – Monday’s dinner.)

Plum Chutney

1 liter plums, diced (that’s 4 cups)
7 garlic (I’ll assume that’s cloves, and I’d crush them)
336 g brown sugar (about 1 2/3 packed cups)
300 mL cider vinegar (a cup is 250 mL; you do the math)
3 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. cloves (let’s say ground)
1 tsp. nutmeg

In pan place ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and reduce by half. Cool and serve.

The Maple Pouding Chomeur though. There were a lot of desserts, but this was The One. It’s a sort of sticky maple goo covered with golden, crunchy-topped cake. A French Canadian pudding cake. I was a little disappointed to see the quantity of cream, butter and sugar, but it did make sense considering how good the finished product is. And it does serve 24. Michael says its original name is “Poverty Pudding” – I should be so impoverished.

Maple+Pouding Day 319: Roast Beef Tenderloin with Yorkshire Pudding, Bison Sausages with Plum Chutney, and Maple Pouding Chomeur

Maple Pouding “Chomeur”

Cake:
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk

Maple Creamy Sauce:
1 ½ cups maple syrup
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1/3 cup butter

Cake: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. In another bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, and mix well. Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch oven glass dish. Sauce: In a large saucepan, bring to boil the syrup, brown sugar, heavy cream and butter while stirring. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 2 minutes or until the sauce has slightly reduced. Slowly pour the boiling sauce onto the batter.

Cook in a preheated oven of 325°F for about 35 minutes or until the top of the pudding is golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 24.

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81 Responses to “Day 319: Roast Beef Tenderloin with Yorkshire Pudding, Bison Sausages with Plum Chutney, and Maple Pouding “Chomeur””

  1. Kathy on 14 Nov 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    The plum chutney sounds great! It’s been such a treat to have a peek at “Christmas in November”. Thanks so much for keeping us in your loop.

    I have to chuckle at your description of your wee one. 16 years later (my youngest is 19), yes, it’s easy to chuckle! Maybe not so much at the time….

  2. Buddiegirl on 14 Nov 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    When I was younger (oh, so long ago), we always, had a sit-down Sunday dinner either at home or at my grandma’s house. We would have our biggest dinner of the week then and nine times out of ten it would be roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad and Yorkshire Pudding(It was also the only day of the week that we got to have dessert). I love Yorkshire pudding and the one’s my mom and my grandma made were wonderfully light with a crispy exterior and soft custardy interior just waiting to be filled with gravy. I have had them since at restaurants and served on a buffet, but by the time they get to your plate they are rubbery and cold and not worth eating.

    Tonight’s dinner was take-out Vietnamese food. I had a craving for it and it was the perfect opportunity to indulge as our daughter wasn’t home to complain since she doesn’t like it.

  3. Lesley on 15 Nov 2008 at 12:31 am #

    Chutney…so good. I think chutney has been an acquired taste for me. A mark of adulthood. As a kid, it was confusing. It was lumpy and not sweet, but kind of sweet. I just didn’t get it.

    I had sushi tonight. Vancouver is good for sushi, plus all three kids love it. I put about six pieces of pickled ginger on every mouthful.

  4. Jan on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:20 am #

    The event that you’re attending sounds like Heaven! Is it open to the “common people as well”?! I’m going to try the Maple Pouding Chomeur this very weekend, since it sounds scrumptious.

    Dinner tonight was Ham Braised in Madeira with Rosemary and Green Peppercorns (minus the green peppercorns ‘cuz I didn’t have any on hand), from “All About Braising” by Molly Stevens. There was steamed white rice and sauteed brussel sprouts to accompany the meal as well. The ham was so delicious that I think I’ll try out another recipe from this book!

  5. kate on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:41 am #

    We went to Jasper Park Lodge for part of our honeymoon so all your descriptions of things you’ve seen and done make me long to go back!

    Dinner tonight was Orange Chicken and a veggie stir fry.

  6. ladyloo on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:58 am #

    Oh how I miss Jasper! And bison meat.

    Dinner tonight was leftover spaghetti and meatballs.

  7. Joni on 15 Nov 2008 at 5:31 am #

    That maple thing sounds amazing, and I think I’ll be trying it this weekend since we’re having guests for dinner tonight and tomorrow. Last night we had hot dogs with veggies and dip. Definitely not a standard around here, but once in a while I’ll give in if only to get some form of protein into the 2 year old vegetarian.

  8. Debra on 15 Nov 2008 at 6:16 am #

    Yummmmm, gonna make that Poverty Pudding…for dinner we had ribs 2 ways (one with rub for hubby, one with sauce for son)cheesy scalloped potatoes, peas,and chocolate cake. I had mexican quiche (too much yummm in the other stuff for me, or rather my waist)sweet potatoes and a pomagranate.

    Have a great day today!

    Debi

  9. carla roesler on 15 Nov 2008 at 7:16 am #

    I totally want to be in Jasper with you! My youngest would have been right there with W, and I’m pretty sure she could out-scream him!!
    The food you are eating sounds really great! Hey – does that crock pot come pre-filled??

  10. Jenn on 15 Nov 2008 at 7:20 am #

    Jasper sounds great, I’ve always wanted to go to that event. Supper was stew tonight.

  11. EricaB on 15 Nov 2008 at 7:33 am #

    Hellboy omg I can sympathize and if it makes you feel better share one of my more embarassing dining with children moments: I’ve had them throw screaming fits, I’ve even had them throw food, but having A (then almost 6) THROW UP in the middle of a crowded resto at the Bellagio – THAT was the worst…especally since she tends to be rather er vocal about the issue and sounds like she’s in mortal pain. That one tops the list as the biggest DWC embarassment in recent memory. The kids are now 7, almost 4 & 2&1/2… there’s time for a new best of the worst ;)

    Oh, dinner Friday night sea bass, steamed broccoli and veggies and dip…followed by a McBlizzard that I convinced myself would be a good idea after an evening of Xmas shopping.

  12. Meghan on 15 Nov 2008 at 7:43 am #

    I’m embrassed to say dinner on Friday was a peanut butter and honey sandwich followed by an oatmeal raisin cookie. Not my finest meal but for a tired Friday night it worked. I did make a delicious pork stir-fry earlier in the week, does that count for something?

  13. Natalie on 15 Nov 2008 at 7:49 am #

    Sounds like your son and mine would get along great! If we could only capture some of that energy for our own use….

    Dinner was an easy meatless ziti with mushrooms.

    I would love a crockpot! Have you made the homemade yogurt yet from Steph’s site? It was SO easy and amazing to behold.

  14. Ann on 15 Nov 2008 at 9:04 am #

    I love your cookbooks and reach for the Starting Out book when I’m stumped for ideas.

    Yesterday we had rice with wintersquash soup and KFC chicken. I love their Hot wings!

  15. Anne on 15 Nov 2008 at 9:13 am #

    Boys don’t get any better to take out when they are teenagers either sorry…

    Dinner was a stirfry at the mall trying to get a start on Christmas shopping

  16. Ellen on 15 Nov 2008 at 9:32 am #

    oooh! i just read about Pouding Chomeur some place else, and it sounds so fantastic but so rich. thanks for the recipe.

  17. Mel on 15 Nov 2008 at 9:38 am #

    I dined out last night, it was Vietnamese Food. I had rice noodles with lemongrass pork, chicken, sauteed shrimp, and spring rolls. It was delicious.

  18. Larissa on 15 Nov 2008 at 10:02 am #

    Dinner last night… was grabbed on the way to work (and i work at a restaurant… haha i just knew there was no way i would anything from the kitchen on a friday night). so i had curried pork with pineapples from sunterra. do you have sunterra in calgary? their premade stuff is cheap and pretty darn good… and usually makes 2 meals for me! yum!

    ps i want a crock pot!

  19. mmac on 15 Nov 2008 at 10:11 am #

    We should all be so impoverish. And here’s a shout out to the clever Crock-pot folks for recognizing an opportunity when it waltzes up the walk. Dinner last night was left over baked potato soup from the Calgary Farmers’ Market and two Laura Secord truffles purchased in a moment of weakness while running an errand at the mall. (The errand was picking up new runners, which have already been for a run today, which might ever so slightly offset one of the truffles. Or not).

  20. mmac on 15 Nov 2008 at 10:14 am #

    We should all be so impoverishED and much more careful typists.

  21. JulieVR on 15 Nov 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Of course – it’s open to everyone! I’m just one of the presenters, but people come from everywhere. Check out the details at http://www.christmasinnovember.com. I still think we should all come up for a big party next year – and let someone else do the cooking! Maybe I’ll rent a bus?

  22. Tina on 15 Nov 2008 at 10:51 am #

    That bus thing is definitely one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard!
    For dinner last night I had a perfectly grilled bison ribeye with some sort of tomato-wine reduction and roast veggies and some lovely merlot at Il Bricco in Langdon – a really great little restaurant that’s definitely worth the drive from Calgary, though I just live 5 minutes down the road – it’s such a luxury as an acreage dweller to have such a great place so close!

  23. liza on 15 Nov 2008 at 11:25 am #

    i needed to buy groceries yesterday, but didn’t. don’t think i’m gonna have the gumption today either! last night was a creamy penne throw together (leftover turkey meatballs in the freezer) and i think i have two measly chicken thighs and a baggie of chickpeas in the freezer that i can concoct a curry with. i am ever thankful that my nearly 3 year old likes curry.

  24. piccola on 15 Nov 2008 at 11:33 am #

    Technically, it translates as “unemployed (person) pudding,” but I guess that does lead to poverty… Normally, it doesn’t have that much cream, or anything as fancy as maple sugar – it’s supposed to be affordable. But this version looks downright delicious – even holiday-worthy!

    Oh, and can I please have that crockpot? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease? :)

  25. Pat on 15 Nov 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    Can the bus start in eastern Canada and pick up people along the way? LOL Last night was sole, bean salad, and sweet potato.

  26. Jan on 15 Nov 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    I’m still reeling from the lumberjack. BBQ salmon, baked purple potato and coleslaw.

  27. charlo on 15 Nov 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    I’m going to try the “poverty” dessert tonite.I think after checking my stocks this week I’m in the poverty catagory!! I would love to have a crockpot!!

  28. Doug on 15 Nov 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    Last night we had salmon with pesto, brussels sprouts, and couscous with currents and cilantro (and a steak for the son who does not eat salmon). I would love to try some crockpot cooking!

  29. Vicky on 15 Nov 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Julie,love your daily entry, the pudding thing this morning caught my eye, they really added lots of calories, I’ve been making this pudding for about 40+ years my sister-in-law in Regina got me into it, I use boiling water, pour over the cake batter and then you have all this yummy sauce, I forgot to mention that the water has brown sugar and a bit of butter, not 1.5 cups of cream, we call it butterscotch, there’s lemon and mocha and you can do it with blueberries, just alter the sauce, now this is poverty pudding and it’s a gem. Carry on you are doing a terrific job and I’ll be following you and hope there is more after day 365

  30. Ellen on 15 Nov 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    Wow – that dessert is a definite “next-recipe-to-try-from-Julie’s-blog.” My kids and I make this our first stop every morning – it has become part of our “checking email” routine. Last night, we had rotini pasta with homemade tomato sauce and Spolumbo’s chicken & apple sausages.

  31. Pauline on 15 Nov 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    The pudding is terrific I will vouch for that. This was the dessert that we made in Patrick’s class at JP. so simple and soooooooooooooooooooo good. Its funny the food there is great, but after a few days its let me have some of my own simple food. I think being Friday which is wine night I had a little too much. Dinner turned into toast and fruit spread. Its not usually that simple honest.

  32. Fiona on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    It appears that I might be going to Christmas in November next year, so I have a question for you, Julie. Is it Meat City? I ask because I”m on the verge of vegetarian, and I can’t imagine eating meat, meat, meat for three days. (But maybe that’s just because I haven’t done it….)

    PS I don’t need a crock pot. I’m actually trying to get rid of mine, if you can believe it!

  33. Jodi on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    Had supper delivered from Spicy Hut. Not the most authentic Thai food, however the ginger beef is tasty.

  34. JulieVR on 15 Nov 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    No it’s not all meat all the time! That’s just what I’ve been leaning toward while I have the opportunity.. one day it was salmon for lunch, and last night the buffet had fish (didn’t notice what kind) and prawns and lots of greens and grilled vegetable panini. They are always accomodating for vegetarians attending dinners when things like Beef Wellington are on the menu!

  35. Carolann on 15 Nov 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Have been passing on your blog to friend and she went beserk over the Apple Crumble Pie, so she’s making that this Sunday and I’m going to try the Maple Pouding Chomeur. Have a feeling our dinner is just desserts. Ah well, apples are supposed to be good for something eh? Am getting to love your Crock Pot people. Can’t wait till you get back tho cause we miss you personally on the old radio.

  36. jennifer on 15 Nov 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    hello this trip to jasper sounds fantastic!
    i can empathize with you and your “hellboy”! now that mine is 5 it is a much nicer scene eating out!
    so i am from niagara and have had the joy of eating
    pinque proscuitto etc. they make amazing meats! for sure! they are on many menus in the area too! great family! let me know & i’d be happy to ship you stuff!

    i had the pleasure of dining at my favourite restaurant “coppolas” a family run italian eatery! fantastic! my sister and i picked up our ma at train station, she is here for our “christmas in november!”
    i ate tortellini with beef tenderloin,roasted red peppers, leeks and a gorgonzola cream sauce!
    crossing my fingers for that shiny sleek crock pot! :)

  37. Cecily on 15 Nov 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Christmas in November sounds fantastic! I noticed in one of the earlier comments you said that there are vegetarian options, but do you know if they can accomodate gluten free as well? I would love to go next year!

    Dinner on friday was Asparagus Ricotta Frittata and garlic primavera risotto from a box. I love frittata because it is quick and easy.

  38. Rhonda on 15 Nov 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    Christmas in November sounds fantastic! Just the idea of having someone else cook for me for one week, unbelievable!! Dinner was pizza from the “Forbidden Zone”, delicious!! Teenies wanted Japenese rice rolls, tomorrows dinner I guess.

  39. Margaret on 15 Nov 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    Dinner was spinach quiche with chunks of frozen turkey left over from Thanksgiving. Oh, and the spinach was from my veggie garden. Since the oven already on was I made your granola nut cluster! This will be tasty with yogurt.

  40. Janice on 15 Nov 2008 at 11:30 pm #

    I want the crockpot! I want the crockpot! Every time I make Yorkshire Pud, I use my mom’s altered Joy of Cooking recipe, with 3 room temperature eggs, and melted butter in the muffin tins. It smokes out the house, always…setting off the two fire alarms, but its worth it. Tonight we had ribs. And dill pickle chips over a movie. Bad. Very Bad.

  41. Sujata on 16 Nov 2008 at 6:54 am #

    I’m a recent subscriber; love getting a daily dose of Dinner with Julie.
    For Mother’s day this year I asked for and recieved from my 9 and 11 yr olds “Grazing”.
    All three listen to you on Tuesday Mornings on CBC on our way to school.
    Would love to win the crock pot.

  42. Cheryl on 16 Nov 2008 at 7:45 am #

    I would love a new crockpot — mine came over on the ark and is only good for oven braising now….the electricals have expired…

    Dinner on Friday night was this new curried lentil, spinach and butternut squash stew I found on the Canadian Living website…it’s dead easy and already a big favourite around here. Costco is selling 2 lb. bags of chopped squash these days, and we’re having a blast creating soups and stews without the hassle.

  43. Vivian on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:42 am #

    What a vicarious pleasure to “visit” Christmas in November again. I was privileged to go once in the early years, tagging along with Judy Schultz. Wallowing in such inventive, satisfying and decadent fare definitely got me into “foodie-realm”. Last night’s meal was European wieners and baked beans (made in my OLD DECREPIT crockpot..nod, nod, wink, wink).

  44. Tamara on 16 Nov 2008 at 11:19 am #

    Last night for dinner we had a bunch of leftovers… leftover salmon, and I found the last of some mashed potatoes in the fridge which I transformed into potato pancakes. oh and salad. for something green.

    I’ve never had a crock pot and have always wanted to try using it!

  45. Carol SB on 16 Nov 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Such a pleasure to vicariously experience Christmas in November. I WILL be along with you… someday… but you make it so vivid the whole experience has come into my living room via computer! (I have the lumberjack as my screensaver now) (jk)
    Dinner Friday was leftover pumpkin soup (my sister’s recipe: also has carrots, basil, sweet potato and CREAM)mixed with leftover rice (and nut) pilaf. A marriage made in heaven.
    It would be made even more easily in a crock pot, I am sure…

  46. Suzanne on 16 Nov 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Wow, I too have a shot at entering the digital age with a new Crock Pot – great!

    Dinner at Rush tonight with a crowd, 10 or so courses and amazing wine; bliss.

  47. Claire on 16 Nov 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    These past few blog entries make me long for Christmas … Thanks for taking time out to write about it (and provide recipes!!) Dinner on Friday was pasta and lemon meringue pie. Yum!

  48. Cheryl on 16 Nov 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    That poverty pudding sounds fantastic… now I need a potluck to attend.
    It was a great weekend to be in the mountains, I hope your drive home was safe. We spent it in Banff with family, so dinner was spaghetti and meatballs on Friday and a Ukrainian feast last night.

  49. Amy on 16 Nov 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    I spent a rare weekend away from the family and was able to eat dinner out both Friday and Saturday (woohoo!) The best part was a Tuscan Manhattan I had Saturday night – good bourbon, Tuaca, and fresh cherry juice.

  50. kris on 16 Nov 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    OMG!!! Julie you are so lucky to be in Jasper especially at this time of the year! Supper last nigt was take out: kfc! I know, I’ve been working 12 hr. nite shifts so I was too tired to cook.

  51. Rose on 16 Nov 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Christmas in November sounds fabulous!!

    Last night we had osso bucco (sp?), risotto with poached egg on top and prawns. Beautifully prepared by our friends.

    Would love the crockpot…
    Rose

  52. Ada on 16 Nov 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Wow, what a wonderful week you’ve been having. I lived in Jasper for awhile, but never quite ate so well. For dinner tonight, I had a warm Caesar salad with halibut, salmon and shrimp. An interesting combo I’d never heard of and very yummy. (It was at a restaurant, but definitely repeatable at home!)

  53. terry on 16 Nov 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    Am trying to figure out if you are disappointed in the maple chomeur as there isnt enough butter and cream? or too much? at any rate, I guess it is worth trying as I am going to do so this week! and please anter me in the crock pot contest! LOVE hearing about this Christmas in November! thanks

  54. Haruko on 16 Nov 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    Dinner was beet, carrot and potato soup. (The veggies were mostly from our garden, except the potatoes which was bought from the Farmer’s Market). Also fresh hot whole wheat bread made in the bread-maker. Oh yeah…and pasta for the kids who only sampled a bit of the soup. Too bad, we thought the soup was great.

  55. Evelyn on 16 Nov 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Dinner was an invitation from a friend. Had a melt-in-your mouth baked ham, mashed potatoes with parsnip, garlic and blue cheese, corn and salad. Finished it off with apple crisp and a rich homemade chocolate sauce. I wouldn’t normally put chocolate on apple crisp, but it was there – right in front of me. What’s a girl to do?

    I’d love a new crock pot to motivate and inspire me to try new recipes again.

  56. Karsten on 16 Nov 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    I always read your blog at night before going to bed. Bad idea. Now I’ve got a grumbly in my tumbly.

    Was in Jasper a few weeks ago during Thanksgiving. The JPL was crazy fun then–it’s great to hear about Christmas in November from your point of view.

    As for dinner…homemade lasagna. So much better than that frozen stuff. My 4-year-old doesn’t care for it though, so she got a taco made with the leftover organic ground beef.

  57. Sandra on 16 Nov 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    I had a craving for chinese food. So we made Chicken Chow Mein… its one of fastest and tastiest dishes to prepare.
    I too am a late nite computer junky… love reading and seeing the food thru your eyes Julie….thanks for all the great recipes you give us too.

  58. Barb on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:42 am #

    Christmas in November sounds worth while booking holidays around even just once…. Dinner Friday? We had Chimese food, too. Grilled rock cod with cream corn sauce and steamed rice. It was really very good.

  59. Natalie on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:55 am #

    I hope I can still enter this contest! I REALLY need a slow-cooker WITH a timer on it! On Friday, we went to Lonestar Grill, a tex-mex restaurant, and I had a HUGE taco-salad, and a texas-sized spicey ceasar to drink. Yum!

  60. Linda on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:56 am #

    Dinner Friday night was at our niece’s wedding at the Glencoe Club – beautiful squash soup, salad,beef tenderloin, creme caramel and of course wedding cake. It was a wonderful even.

  61. AmandaP on 17 Nov 2008 at 7:10 am #

    The maple dessert looks amazing! I can almost smell it!
    I really want a crockpot for Christmas but I would accept one earlier too…

  62. Jen T on 17 Nov 2008 at 7:14 am #

    How many ways can you use up a cabbage? I think i have finally run out of ideas with Japanese cabbage salad being the last meal we had. Perhaps a crock pot would be a nice thing to use on cabbage!

  63. gwendolyn on 17 Nov 2008 at 7:54 am #

    That pudding is ridiculously delicious looking and, therefore, is being immediately added to my growing list of recipes to try.

    Dinner on Friday was risotto with sauteed zucchini and roasted chicken breasts. I’ll be eating risotto for the rest of the week, though, as am apparently incapable of halving a recipe.
    : )

  64. A on 17 Nov 2008 at 8:46 am #

    Married to a French Canadian……His mom makes this alot. I’m spoiled

  65. Melanie on 17 Nov 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks Julie for taking the time to be in touch with the Crockpot “people”. It has been so great to read what other people are doing for meals given the busy time of year (as well as the cool weather!!!)
    I was lucky enought to be able to spend the weekend with 5 of my best girlfriends laughing, eating, and even doing a little bit of shopping!
    We had a great meal at Sorrentino’s on Saturday night – the sablefish with the chickpea and fava bean ragu was simply wonderful. I’ve never eaten a fava bean before!! They taste like peas! I love peas! I think I will have to eat more of those big green beans!
    The girls drank plenty of wine (I have another baby on the way so I just sniffed and drooled!) but the crew at Sorrentino’s was lovely enough to provide me with a cappucino that reminded me of a trip to Rome – I never thought I’d drink coffee here that reminded me of there!
    Sorry for the long post but I am just so grateful to have had the weekend I did – I encourage you all to take the time to celebrate yourself and your close friends as the holiday season approaches – there just aren’t enough of those moments!!!

  66. Amy on 17 Nov 2008 at 9:21 am #

    Julie, your weekend menu looked a lot better than mine! Dinner last night was a hotdog and popcorn at the hockey game!

  67. Diana on 17 Nov 2008 at 9:21 am #

    On Friday I put chunks of carrots, potatoes, and onions in the crock pot, then added boneless, skinless chicken thighs on top. Then I made a curry sauce and poured it over everything. Very good, and we have leftovers for tonight!

  68. Sue on 17 Nov 2008 at 9:29 am #

    Thanks for blogging about Christmas in Jasper. Its always fun to hear about that amazing event and to live vicariously through you.
    We have all been in that kind of situation with a toddler. What I remember most about those times is me sweating and being so worried about what people thought! But probably most people are thinking “OMG, remember those days!”!!
    We always had Sunday dinner together when we were kids. Roast beef or Roast pork. And 60 minutes on the tv in the living room. To this day, when I hear that tick ticking of 60 minutes, I can actually smell roast beef!
    We had a fabulous meal of steak on the BBQ last night (in the snow in London, ON), twice baked potatoes and a salad… and then watched 60 minutes!

  69. Kate on 17 Nov 2008 at 10:21 am #

    We had pizza for dinner on Friday night- I always think its a good idea, but then end up disappointed with frozen store bought pizza. such is life…

    Saturday was better, I made chicken pot pie. Yum!

    Love your blog!

  70. Theresa on 17 Nov 2008 at 10:23 am #

    need crock pot!

    Supper last night…….. popcorn @ the movies. Likely more calories in that than your buffetpalooza!

  71. Cath on 17 Nov 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Crock-Pot-Luck Dinner with friends on Friday. A real crock pot would have come in handy so I woudn’t have had to pick-up take-out as my bring-in!

  72. Mary on 17 Nov 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Would love a new crockpot. Had bacon and egg buns last night for supper. Tonite it will be beef stew. Love the recipes and the ideas.

  73. Tagyn on 17 Nov 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Last night was a stir fry at a friend´s house, no cooking or clean up!!!
    JPL sounds like an awesome holiday.

  74. Shobha on 17 Nov 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    What did we have for supper? Oh yes, lasaugna from the Best of bridge…. Thanks for doing what you do.

  75. Christina on 17 Nov 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on this one!! I’d LOVE this crockpot!! I was in the hospital having baby number 3 and we’re finaly home!! YAY!! Last night we had my belated Birthday dinner as I was in the hospital having our little girl on my birthday (I share my birthday with my only daughter, isn’t that nice?!!). My mom is staying with us and made a delicious roast beef dinner with all the fixings and a delicious angel food cake with fresh strawberries!! It was awesome!

  76. glenda on 17 Nov 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Supper last night? Roast beef, oven roasted potatoes, green and yellow beans, and blueberry tarts – for 30! Welcome home to you….waiting for a crock pot.

  77. JulieVR on 17 Nov 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    TOO MUCH butter and cream! It only disappoints me in the sense that I know how many hours on the trendmill it costs… SO good though!

  78. Maureen on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    My husband is awy on the trip of a lifetime-Egpyt. he has wanted to go since he was 10-and all these years later his dream is coming true. He took our youngest daughter with him so I am home alone. (yes I wanted her to go-she is an archaelogy student).

    I had scrambled eggs, toast and slices of tomato for dinner. Sat in front of the telly-I am addicted to CNN and OBama cverage right now.

    i would really love a crock pot. I have never owned one and they seem very cool.
    Thanks for the chance!

  79. Sherry on 17 Nov 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with Christmas in November. It was fun to read!! Tonight and well last night (leftovers) we had homemade donairs with the yummy sauce. This is my third time making different recipes and my husband has finally said it is perfect. Yeah!!

  80. Andrea on 18 Nov 2008 at 7:13 am #

    Last night was roasted veggies and spicy italian spolumbo sausages. I would love that crockpot!!!

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