“Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes — Heading into Autumn!”

With Hurricanes Harvey and then Irma ravaging friends in Texas, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean the past few weeks, Little Red Bear and I decided to pause in the recipe sharing out of respect for all of those displaced, losing their homes, and suffering. Somehow, it just didn’t seem like the time while family and friends were being battered by the storms.  And so many are still in need of our help.

But — now we’re back to share some awesome new recipes which came our way in the interim.  We are heading into the Autumn Season, our very favorite time of year around these parts.  Halloween will be here before we know it, followed rapidly by Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas, Hannukah and holidays seasons!  Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Time to bring in a fresh supply of fall spices and baking powder. Dig out the baking sheets, loaf pans, and muffin tins. Dust off the cooling racks and measuring cups. Pull out the mixing bowls.  Little Red Bear and I are big fans of both quick and yeast breads, so watch for a few of those in the coming weeks, too.

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Ready — Set — Apron — Here we go!

Autumn Barm Bread

This quick bread recipe looks delightful for a taste of fall.  It calls for a few more non-staple pantry ingredients than I normally look for, but the promise of fall aromas baking and the taste of this bread caused me to share it.  An award-winning recipe, this might be one to make up in double batches! (And that fiddle bow bread knife in the photo is just like the one Little Red Bear and I have — love it!)

Autumn Barm Bread Recipe

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

Little Red Bear loves Apple Butter. I love Streusel Toppings. Put them both together in a Pumpkin Pie — my, oh my!  With a slightly crunchy pecan streusel topping, this pie looks amazing for the fall season and coming holidays!

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping Recipe 

Southern Fried Corn

When two of my favorite words are put together — Southern and Fried — it seldom matters what follows, it’s always good!  Southern Fried Corn is delicious, with a hint of sweetness for a perfect side dish.  But when you mention Southern Fried Corn, the “Great Onion Debate” frequently follows — do you put the onions in or not?  For Little Red Bear and me, the onions add an extra depth of flavor and sweetness. What kind of onion — sweet Vidalia or Red?  Doesn’t really matter. The Vidalia or other sweet onions may add just a bit more sweetness, but I like the red onions for the hint of extra color they add, too. Either way, this is a winning side dish.

Southern Fried Corn Recipe

Butter Pecan Cookies

As in the words ‘Southern Fried’, the words ‘Butter Pecan’ never seem to sneak by unnoticed, either.  Butter Pecan Cookies — Buttery, soft and chewy with toasted pecans!  And a little extra brown sugar for more flavor.

Butter Pecan Cookies Recipe

Basil & Garlic Vegetable Pasta with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Bears and men cannot live on cookies and pies alone. Take our word, we’ve tried. It’s not that it ended all that badly, new belts and larger pants size aside, of course. This recipe from McCormick Seasonings, one of my favorite spice brands, is definitely a keeper.  I love penne pasta because it is the perfect size for adding in broccoli and other vegetables to make a wonderful unplanned primavera dish with whatever I have on hand at the time. One could also use Whole Wheat Penne, the Veggie Penne made with tomato puree and carrots, or another favorite of mine, Rainbow Rotini, in place of the regular penne pasta. The white penne as called for will give the most striking color presentation, though.  For this recipe, note that it calls for ‘White Balsamic Vinegar’, not the regular which I add to salads all the time. Also, the recipe simply calls for ‘sliced bell pepper’.  If you want the beautiful color presentation as in the photo, be sure to pick up a red bell pepper from the grocers, not a green.

Basil & Garlic Vegetable Pasta with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin is the flavor of the season, so why fight it?  These Pumpkin Bars will be perfect from now clear thru New Years.  If you feel inclined to test the theory, just make up a plate anytime and watch them disappear.  Little Red Bear likes the fancy little pumpkin candies on top, too!  Around Halloween, any little candy treat toppings would be great.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Maple Butter Acorn Squash

Little Red Bear and I love squash, particularly Butternut and Acorn squash in the fall. Real maple syrup and butter are the secrets to this one.  Easy-to-make and a perfect side dish for fall meals.  Don’t you just want to dive right into that mapley-buttery pool of goodness awaiting in the bottom?

Maple Butter Acorn Squash Recipe

Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

If ‘Pumpkin’ is the official flavor of the season, then ‘Caramel Apple’ must have been a close runner-up. At least in these parts, it is! And adding Caramel Apple Pie flavoring to fudge?  Someone has been eavesdropping on Little Red Bear’s dreams again.

Caramel Apple Pie Fudge Recipe

If you enjoy these recipe features, please tap the Like button below and feel free to Comment and let us know, and we will be on the lookout for more interesting and fun recipes to share with you each Sunday morning as we go along.  And remember, all of these recipes are added each week to our “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes” board on Pinterest for you to access anytime and find those from previous weeks if you missed them. Follow and check out my other Pinterest boards while there.

If you have a family favorite or vintage recipe that you would like to share, please snap a photo and send it along to us. We’ll be happy to add it in for the benefit of others.

Thanks as always for spending part of your day with us!  Wishing everyone a wonderful coming week. Random acts of kindness cost nothing but can yield the greatest rewards. Brighten someone’s day this week with a smile! – Jim (and Red!)


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“Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes — Labor Day Specials!”

Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, the end of summer was marked by the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, with the following Tuesday always the first day back to school. Times have changed, with so many school districts now restarting early to mid-August.

So, Little Red Bear thought it might be a good idea today to dedicate this week’s recipe selections to the coming Labor Day Holiday next week, in order to give you the week to gather ingredients and be ready ahead of time for the weekend.

Our inbox overflowed with autumn pumpkin recipes this week, and “Mickey’ Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” already started at Disney a few days ago, but we are going to hold off on autumn things in lieu of one more taste of summer before heading into the annual Fall Pumpkin Rites of Passage.

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So, in honor of Labor Day next weekend and the end of the summer season, here are some notable summer recipes, a few sides and a few treats, that we found to savor the flavors of Summer one more time!

Apple Cranberry and Almond Cole Slaw

This cole slaw is made with Gala Apples, Cranberries, and Almonds, using mostly Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a healthy and delicious twist on an old favorite. And incorporating apples and cranberries, this slaw will transfer right into the coming fall and holiday seasons, as well.

Apple Cranberry and Almond Cole Slaw Recipe

Barbeque Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets

These Potato Nuggets, seasoned with your favorite barbeque dry rub, are a perfect accompaniment to any dish coming off the grill — steaks, burgers, barbequed chicken, and more.

Barbeque Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets Recipe

Berry Feta Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

If not up for Cole Slaw, this salad makes a beautiful and delicious dish for company, with festive strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.  Oh — and did I mention that it also features Candied Pistachios?

Berry Feta Spinach Salad Recipe

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches

Okay, so your Labor Day Weekend plans don’t include stay-at-home barbeques or dinners with friends. You’re going to be out and about enjoying the last holiday weekend of summer. Awesome — we’re right there with you! So how about some lighter fare?  These delightfully fresh Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches perfectly fit the bill and are amazingly good.  Little Red Bear and I used to do sort of the same thing on Ritz crackers — a spread of cream cheese, a cucumber slice and sprinkle of dill weed on top for appetizer snacks. Little Red Bear and I skipped the Seasoned Salt in the recipe, but kicked it up a notch by stirring a packet of Good Seasons’ Zesty Italian Dressing Mix into the cream cheese first.  Oh, so good. The dill weed is what makes it! But if you do not have fresh dill weed, no worries. The dried dill weed seasoning is still amazing with this.

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cake

Company is coming for dinner and what to do for dessert?  A cheesecake? Or a traditional cake? Around these parts we love both, so why not put them together? This patriotic colored Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cake will be a holiday showstopper any time of year! And it is simply a layer of cheesecake sandwiched in between tinted layers of vanilla cake.

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Cake Recipe

Patriotic Flower Pretzel Bites

Speaking of patriotic holiday themes, Little Red Bear and I both loved these Patriotic Flower Pretzel Bites as wonderful side treats for parties and get-togethers.  But here is where we got creative. With the recipe calling for Red, White & Blue Holiday M&Ms to make the flowers, we figured that we could use any holiday-themed M&Ms for a neat holiday side dish treat any time of year — the Halloween mix colors for a Halloween party, blue and white for Hanukkah, the green and red blend for Christmas, red and white for Valentines, and so on. So while this recipe is patriotic themed, it could be adapted for just about any holiday party or event. It’s also a recipe that the kids would have a blast making up for you, too! And, have you ever enjoyed the white chocolate covered pretzels?  If not, you’re in for a treat. And if so, well — you know what we’re talking about here!

Patriotic Flower Pretzel Bites

Indoor S’Mores

S’Mores are a summertime and autumn favorite, roasting the marshmallows over an open fire or the remaining hot coals from the barbeque. But what to do if it rains?  Make them indoors, of course!  Little Red Bear loved this recipe because it let him have yet another treat to make up in his cast iron skillet.  This is a baked-in-the-oven S’Mores Dip for dipping the graham crackers into while staying dry out of the rain. No reason to miss out on the S’Mores due to inclement weather any longer, and the kids will love the great dipping action and fun! But a caution — don’t let anyone lick the leavings from the skillet until it’s properly cooled down though.  Ain’t that right, Red?

Indoor S’Mores Recipe

As a bonus, if wanting to stick to a Patriotic theme and to keep in mind for next year’s Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays, here is a fun recipe for an American Flag S’Mores Dip, too. The marshmallow colors come from red, white and blue sprinkles which form a crystallized coating when baked in the oven. The recipe also includes a link to a Rainbow S’Mores Dip, prepared in the same manner, perfect for Easter and other times.

Fresh Glazed Peach Pie

I was able to get some fresh peaches from the local market this week and they were delicious, so thought this Fresh Glazed Peach Pie a perfect late summer treat.  The glaze, using peach-flavored Jello, works to keep the peaches fresh. This recipe is perfect for Little Red Bear and me, using a prepared pie crust to keep it simple and quick for the holiday weekend.  And as readers are aware, Little Red Bear is a biscuit champion, but cannot make a decent pie crust to save his soul. And with an achy back, I don’t want to bother.  So the prepared crusts work great for us!

Fresh Glazed Peach Pie Recipe

If you enjoy these new recipe features, please tap the Like button below and feel free to Comment and let us know, and we will be on the lookout for more interesting and fun recipes to share with you each Sunday morning as we go along.  And remember, all of these recipes are added each week to our “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes” board on Pinterest for you to access anytime.

If you have a family favorite or vintage recipe that you would like to share, please snap a photo and send it along to us. We’ll be happy to add it in for the benefit of others.

Thanks as always for spending part of your day with us!  And as we head off into a new week, paraphrasing what Henry Ford said — the person who thinks they can and the person who thinks they can’t are both right.  Which will you be?   – Jim (and Red!)


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“Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes #2”

This is an interesting time of year. With so many schools back in session, it seems as though summer should be over, yet we are still two weeks away from Labor Day Weekend, a holiday traditionally marking the end of the summer season for many.  So a bit of a confused mix right now of Summer/Back to School/Anticipating Autumn sense and feel about it. The recipes that Little Red Bear and I came across kind of reflected that confused state, with some summer recipes still holding on and many fall themed making their appearance now. We’re going to hold back on all the Pumpkin Everythings for a little while longer.

If you missed the first Little Red Bear Recipes Post last week explaining what we are doing with Sunday morning recipe sharing, simply tap on the link to check it out.

Here are some of the recipes which caught our eye this week, with a few summer holdouts and one notable autumn dish featuring one of our fall favorites, butternut squash . . . . . .

Healthier Skillet Peach Crisp

Little Red Bear and I look for any excuse to use our favorite cast iron skillets and this recipe fits the bill perfectly.  A summery treat, using fresh peaches while they are still around.  The topping is made from healthy Old-fashioned Rolled Oats.  A wonderful summer treat served plain or with an ice cream or whipped topping to make it extra special.

Healthier Skillet Peach Crisp Recipe

Iced Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a breakfast favorite and snack here all thru the year, and Iced Cinnamon Raisin Bread is even better! I rarely purchase bread, making all of my own. This recipe calls for King Arthur Flour if available in your area, which is the flour I solely use and recommend for the very best, consistent results.  In addition, the recipe maker’s name is Mavis Butterfield.  We have a town in the Little Red Bear stories named Butterfield, where Myra Cookson recently opened her Pie Pantry & Goodies Shoppe as readers of the “Pine Holler Christmas” story know. So, between the King Arthur Flour note and the name of Butterfield, this wonderful Iced Cinnamon Bread Recipe just seemed like a perfect fit.

Iced Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe

Fried Tomato BLT Sliders

One of our favorite summer sandwiches is a BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich. This recipe takes it to another level, incorporating fried tomato slices using either remaining fresh tomatoes still coming in from the late summer garden, or any remaining green tomatoes for an especially Southern touch to this sandwich.  A touch of garlic powder and cayenne pepper (if you like) add another layer of flavor!

Fried Tomato BLT Sliders Recipe

Perfect Roasted Butternut Squash

Little Red Bear and I love butternut squash and roasting vegetables, so this recipe caught our eye, especially with the fall season approaching around the corner.  Using only a few pantry staple ingredients, this recipe is both simple to prepare and delicious!

Perfect Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

White Chocolate Caramel Pecan Fudge

This recipe has so many magical words in the title for Little Red Bear that it must be amazing — White Chocolate + Caramel + Pecans.  Wow!  This would be a wonderful fudge treat for both a summer Labor Day BBQ gathering or for coming holiday dinner and party buffets. This fudge simply looks like a “Party Waiting To Happen”, doesn’t it?

White Chocolate Caramel Pecan Fudge Recipe

Sauteed Sirloin Tips With Bell Peppers And Onion

This versatile recipe can be served many different ways simply by altering the seasonings. Prepared as-is with steak seasoning, this can be served together with baked or mashed potatoes and a salad for a weeknight meal.  Using fajita seasoning and warmed tortillas, and you have my favorite fajita dinner.  Substituting Asian seasonings for the steak seasoning, served with rice this becomes an Asian themed dish. Preparing the marinade ahead of time or overnight, the sirloin tips become an easy, one skillet dish to accompany the various sides however you choose to season and serve it.

Sauteed Sirloin Tips With Bell Peppers And Onion Recipe

No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

Many things define “summer” in our family, and two treats high on the list are Orange Sherbert and Orange Creamsicles.  The orangy, cold goodness is almost singularly refreshing on a hot summer day!  So, when Little Red Bear and I came across this Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake, it seemed a perfect treat for upcoming Labor Day Weekend barbeques and events.  And we don’t even have to turn the oven on.

No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Recipe

If you enjoy these new recipe features, please tap the Like button below and feel free to Comment and let us know, and we will be on the lookout for more interesting and fun recipes to share with you each Sunday morning as we go along.  And remember, all of these recipes are added each week to our “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes” board on Pinterest for you to access anytime.

If you have a family favorite or vintage recipe that you would like to share, please snap a photo and send it along to us. We’ll be happy to add it in for the benefit of others.

Thanks as always for spending part of your day with us. Recalling the old proverb — “A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”   Sunday family dinners accomplish more than merely feeding the family, for they nurture as well.   – Jim (and Red!)


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Introducing “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes”

My oldest son is a classically trained chef.  I like to imagine that having cooked all my life myself, that I helped to contribute a little more to his interest and education than merely a pile of cash for culinary school.

Admittedly, with everyone grown and off on their own now and not doing as much heavy cooking as when raising four children, I am still always on the lookout for interesting new recipes, techniques, and ideas for both of us, in addition for Little Red Bear, who is a noted cook himself.  Little Red Bear is widely regarded as baking the best biscuits in the Tri-County area, and renowned for his famous weekly Friday Night Fish Fries, as readers of his adventure stories are aware.

Accordingly, we have many recipes for a wide variety of dishes and treats that come our way each week, and a few always seem to catch our interest more than others.  It occurred to us, Little Bear and me, that we could share some of the more notable recipes each week with you here, especially with the fall holidays and cooking season around the corner soon.

Each week we will feature a few of the recipes which caught our eye, and link directly to the original recipe provider for you.  In addition, I have set up a new Pinterest Board for “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes”, to make it easy for re-pinning or referring to in the future for everyone. And check out my thousands of other recipes, art and information on other Pinterest boards, as well.

Recipes shared here are simply the ones which stood out as looking exceptionally good, creative, and not unduly cumbersome or requiring deluxe or overly expensive ingredients, skills, tools, or equipment to prepare. Recipes for ordinary folk like Little Red Bear and me, no chefs-in-training here.  Calories, fat grams, salt content and other dietary issues do not enter into it. Little Red Bear’s only criteria for judging a recipe in the end is – “Did it taste good?”

I personally do not eat much meat and no seafood other than fish (because Little Red Bear’s fried fish is staggeringly delicious!), but will share recipes for others because we are not pushing any agendas here. We have not tested all the recipes shared, so do not vouch for them.  It’s all about sharing information and enjoyment.

So then, to begin here are a few of the top recipes which grabbed our attention this week –

Poached Apples with Glazed Pecans

These take me back to the poached apples my Mother would make in the fall and winter, filling our home with the scent of cinnamon apple goodness.  Little Red Bear likes to mix in some Cinnamon Red Hot Candies into the sugar mix when baking.  Per the recipe — “Poached Apples baked in a lovely bath of apple cider that simmers into a wonderful syrup.  Serve them stuffed with glazed pecans, hot or cold with a dollop of whipped cream.”

Poached Apples Recipe

Sprinkled Butter Cookies

Little Red Bear loves melt-in-your-mouth Butter Cookies during the holiday season. The fun sprinkles make these festive cookies perfect year round. Per the recipe — “Rainbow Sprinkled Butter Cookies! These delicious cookies are easy to make and use evaporated milk to make the cookies extra soft! They melt in your mouth!  Roll them around in colored sprinkles to make them more fun!”

Sprinkled Butter Cookies Recipe

BBQ Pulled Sweet Potato Sliders

Having some veggie-loving friends over for a barbeque?  These sliders, made from nutritious shredded sweet potatoes really caught our eye this week.  “Yummy and good for you!” Little Red Bear exclaimed.  With shredded sweet potatoes, onion, red cabbage and carrots, these are veggie-packed awesome!

BBQ Pulled Sweet Potato Sliders

Apple Pecan Monkey Bread

Apples and pecans in a pull-apart Monkey Bread dripping with sugary, buttery goodness for the autumn and holiday seasons!  The aroma of this baking will get anybody out of bed on a chilly morning!

Apple Pecan Monkey Bread Recipe

Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

A “Fluffernutter” is a sandwich typically made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff served on white bread.  These sandwich cookies are a playful take on the original with a toasty marshmallow and chocolate center sandwiched in between classic, soft and crumbly peanut butter cookies. I would like to tell you that these were delightfully delicious, but Little Red Bear ate them all before I could try one. So, we’ll go by his word on it, I suppose.

Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Oven Fried Pickles

Little Red Bear and I both loved fried pickles!  With this recipe using one of my favorite ingredients, Panko Crumbs, to add extra crunchiness, and being oven-baked instead of deep-fried for a more healthy treat, we both felt these would go perfectly with any barbeque or fish fry. We like to keep it simple and dip them in Ranch Dressing.

Oven Fried Pickles

Blackberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Little Red Bear and I both love blackberries and blackberry dishes in all forms, so when this Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting landed in our inbox we both took notice. Shared on my Facebook page, it immediately started gathering Likes and Shares. The all-natural flavor and color come from an infusion of fresh blackberry puree. How many times can we say “Wow!” to describe this one?

Blackberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If you enjoy this new recipe feature, please tap the Like button below and feel free to Comment and let us know, and we will keep on the lookout for more to share with you each week as we go along.  And remember, all of the weekly recipes are already pinned on our new “Little Red Bear’s Hand-picked Recipes” board on Pinterest for you to access anytime.

If you have a family favorite or vintage recipe that you would like to share, please snap a photo and send it along to us. We’ll be happy to add it in for the benefit of others.

Thanks as always for spending part of your day with us.  Good food is even better when shared with good friends. Be the reason someone smiles today!  – Jim (and Red!)


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