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…]

Clams with Wine and Bacon

A big pot of clams is one of our favorite meals to share – whether we’re eating in or out. Until going wheat-free I wouldn’t dream of having clams without lots of good crusty bread to sop-up the great broth that accompanies good clams. [Read more…]

Halloween Bark

I like to think of this Halloween Bark as adult Halloween candy. Probably because I’ve brought it to family Halloween parties the last few years and more of it gets eaten by adults than kids (maybe that’s because we keep it out of reach of the kids?). [Read more…]

Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken

I like to think of this as a transition recipe – the kind that eases us from summer into fall. It’s a stew but not one that you have to wait to make until it’s the dead of winter. [Read more…]