Creativity Sparks Creativity

If you are over a certain age, then you grew up hearing “don’t play with your food”.   I love playing with my food.  I do it all the time, and come up with some pretty amazingly creative dishes while doing so.  When I get together with good friends who like to play with their food as much as I do, and who are as equally creative, adventurous and experimental as I am, I always have a good time.  You never know what is going to happen next, but almost always, the moments are magical.  We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with some good friends who are just like that.  My friend Janet loves to cook and create in the kitchen just as much as I do.  I made the side dishes and she made the pork adobado, which was out of this world.  It is a rich, bold, spicy pork dish made with a variety of chilies, and cooked nice and slow, giving all the flavors time to really come to life.  We were originally going to serve it over tortillas, but when I brought the pumpkin spice biscuits, we both decided to try it over those instead, then topped everything with avocados.  WOW!!!  It came out great!  We were all very impressed with the end result, and will definitely do that again.  I do not have her recipe for the pork adobado, but maybe one day soon I will be lucky enough to get it from her.  This just re-enforces what I’ve been saying all along.  Have fun in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try something new or different.  You just never know what you might come up with, and you just might surprise yourself in the process.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Biscuits

These biscuits themselves were a creation of mine, inspired by another recipe for sweet potato biscuits.  I had some left over pumpkin puree, and thought “why not?”  I loved how they turned out.  Again, play with your food and be creative.

2 cups flour

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup pumpkin puree

3/4 cup milk

2 tsp cinnamon

 

Preheat the oven to 425*F.

Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Mix the shortening, pumpkin and milk together in a mixing bowl.  When well blended then add to the dry mixture and incorporate together.  Form into a ball and then on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/2″.  Cut out your biscuit circles with a round cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly browned and puffy.

They are also very tasty served with honey butter.

 

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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