Fall Bourbon Shandy

I’m using the term “shandy” a bit loosely here. Technically a shandy is equal parts beer and soda or fruit juice. While this recipe contains both beer and fruit juice, they’re not in equal parts. Plus the big difference is the addition of liquor – both bourbon and sweet vermouth. [Read more…]

Kale, Cranberry, Pecan, Feta and Brown Rice Salad

People tend to either love kale or have a strong disdain for it. You’re supposed to love it because it’s good for you but unless it’s prepared correctly it can be easy not to like it. I think the key to loving kale is mixing it with other well-liked ingredients. [Read more…]

Autumn Chicken, Bacon and Vegetable Bake

Nobody is going to be surprised that I subscribe to many cooking magazines (good old fashioned paper ones that appear in my mailbox) plus a bunch of online blogs as well. In reading my fall issues, I kept coming across a variety of recipes for one pan chicken meals and decided that I should give it a try. [Read more…]

Pumpkin and 5-Spice Powder Ice Cream

I consider myself quite lucky to have been on the short list that received Winfield’s Wonderful Wumpkins for the second year in a row. Winfield is the elementary school aged son of one of my colleagues and he is already showing his entrepreneurial prowess. [Read more…]

Port Wine-Fig Sauce

This might just be my new favorite sauce. It’s rich (but not loaded with dairy) and has a depth of flavor that will make your taste buds dance. [Read more…]

Butternut Squash-Sage-Goat Cheese Spread

Fall has arrived! And it’s my favorite time of the year. Cooler temperatures, leaves changing, amazing natural light and comfort food – all good things. Having grown up in California I really didn’t get to experience fall until I came east to college in 1986. [Read more…]

Roasted Pears with Rosemary and Honey

It wasn’t until relatively recently that I liked pears. I’m not really sure why I didn’t like them nor do I recall why I started eating them. What I do know is that I “betrayed” my brother-in-law, Colin S, as he is not a fan of pears and he liked that he had an ally in the family. So now he’s the only one. [Read more…]

Chicken Cashew Chili

It’s cold outside so why not make a big pot of chili inside? Looking to expand your chili repertoire? Add some chocolate and cashews to it for a new twist. Think of it as mole sauce meets chili. [Read more…]

Pepita Brittle

There’s still time left for one more pumpkin recipe (besides the requisite pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner, of course). Here I’m focused on pepitas which are the hulled portion of a pumpkin seed. Pepitas are green (and smaller) whereas pumpkin seeds are white (and larger). [Read more…]

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

With the weather turning colder it’s the perfect time of year to whip up some tasty soup. And what better fall ingredient than butternut squash. [Read more…]