Pear Riesling Sorbet

Oct 30, 2016

Pear Riesling Sorbet

If ice cream is made for summer, is fruit sorbet—like this Pear Riesling Sorbet–made for fall? Last summer I had a great time testing ice cream recipes from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home .  I made a few from the book (like this chocolate), then took her how-to-avoid-hard-icy-homemade ice cream theories and started innovating (pumpkin anyone?).  It was so … Continue reading

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Oct 13, 2016

Fall Colors Pavlova Dessert with Sorbet

If you are a locavore, fall is the time to stockpile for winter.  Buy a side of pork for the freezer, store some onions in a cool place and fire up the spare refrigerator for the extra carrots and beets.  Then turn last season’s frozen egg whites into a Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue dessert.  What?  Yup, make dessert. 

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Sep 15, 2016

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Between the seasonal beauty and the bountiful harvest, you have to love autumn.  And eating local?  A snap.  Now the one downside to autumn is that sometimes that bounty part can get away from you.  I remember a CSA harvest party where one woman remarked, “I think I need to quit my job to cook all this food.”  

Nov 23, 2015

Spiced Cider Syrup (Instant Hot Apple Cider)

Now that we’ve had a few cold days, I can feel winter in the air. I love the change of seasons (especially when it follows a long autumn) with winter’s promise of snowdrifts and sugarplums. Winter is especially nice if you serve it up with a warm drink like hot spiced cider. Made from freshly pressed apple juice, warmed with … Continue reading

Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata is a favorite at Thanksgiving

Nov 1, 2015

Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata with Cherry Tomatoes

You’ve got to love classic recipes like Green Beans Almondine.  Super easy and delicious, who can argue with browned butter!  But sometimes you have to shake things up–and this recipe for Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata is more than up to the challenge.  Cheesy Green Bean Gratinata, known lovingly in our family as “that green bean dish with the cheese and … Continue reading

A bite of Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Oct 25, 2015

Fall into Winter: Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

It seems like just yesterday when I announced I wasn’t ready for fall.  And now fall is preparing to move on–a burst of color and host of pumpkin recipes later.  Thanks goodness for warming, fall-into-winter recipes like this Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup.   I recently attended the harvest party that my CSA throws every year.  It’s beautiful to walk along … Continue reading

Oct 18, 2015

Maple Glazed Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts

Is there any such thing as too many pumpkin recipes?   Given pumpkin’s great flavor—and super nutritional value, I’d say no!  It even comes dressed for fall!  My latest recipe is for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts and I’ve done them two ways—first with a simple cinnamon sugar coating and then with a maple glaze.  I have to give credit where credit … Continue reading

Sep 27, 2015

(Real) Pumpkin Chai Latte

My oldest daughter is seriously pumpkin obsessed–every fall she goes wild with pumpkin foods and decorations.  Since she is also the queen of tea, I was not at all surprised when she announced she was going to learn to make Pumpkin Chai Latte.  Chai is defined by Wikipedia as “a blend of black tea and herbs and spices, originating in … Continue reading

Three SIsters Stew

Sep 20, 2015

Fall Casino Food: Three Sisters Stew

Every year, fall rushes in–a brilliant wash of light and color.  The change from summer’s verdant greens to a kaleidoscope of hues appears not only in the trees but also the bountiful harvest. Greens from peppers, yellow from corn, red from tomatoes, orange from squash…  And today’s “Three Sisters” stew has it all! 

Aug 23, 2015

Spiced Wine Poached Pears

Do you love fruit as much as I do?  Fruit topped desserts, fruit pies, fruit in yogurt or all by itself…      Yes, I love fruit in pretty much any form–and for a special treat, I’ll take my fruit boozy. Bourbon peaches.  Plums preserved in brandy.  Cider mulled wine. Wine poached pears.