When MSNBC news correspondent Norah O’Donnell and her husband, chef Geoff Tracy, published Baby Love, we felt a moment of guilt (and jealousy). How could they — with their demanding jobs and three kids under 4 — have time to make their own healthy baby food and write a book about it?
Two weeks worth of fresh baby food in less than one hour is how. So we asked them to whip up a Halloween recipe for us — in their spare time.
Makes around two dozen
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ c. pumpkin puree (recipe below)
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. ground ginger
1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs.
3. Mix together all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ground ginger. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
4. Mix in pumpkin puree.
5. Spoon the mixture into a small or large muffin tin. Bake small muffins for 20 minutes. Bake large muffins 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove and cool on a rack.
3-5 pound pumpkin
1. Remove top and spoon out seeds and stringy insides.
2. Slice pumpkin in half and put in baking dish with 1-2 cups water.
3. Bake for 90 minutes at 350º. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
4. Spoon out flesh of pumpkin and puree until smooth.
For more delicious recipes, check out Baby Love, by Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, available online at amazon.com.
Rosenbach Museum & Library’s Halloween Party for Families
What: Stop by for face painting, a pumpkin hunt, and eerie music.
Why: A perfect opportunity to test drive that costume.
When: Sat., 3-5 p.m.
Where: Fitler Square, Pine St., at S. 23rd St. Admission is free.
What: Forty vendors offer upscale clothing, books, toys, and more ($5-$500) at the annual event.
Why: Crafts and stories on Sat. keep him occupied while you browse.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: The Shipley School, Yarnall Gymnasium, 814 Yarrow St., Bryn Mawr (610-525-4544). Adults, $10; children, free. Admission is free on Sat.
What: Learn ceramics techniques through a changing lineup of projects each week (ages 6 and up).
Why: Handmade tableware will add a bit of flair to the Thanksgiving table.
When: Schedule online at theclaystudio.org.
Where: The Clay Studio, 139 N. Second St. (215-925-3453). Registration (recommended) online at theclaystudio.org. Adult and child pair, $30; each additional child, $20.
Photo: elena’s pantry / Flickr
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