Low Sugar Quick Breads

Low-Sugar Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Applesauce Cake with Walnuts and Cranberries, two healthy and easy diabetic friendly quick breads. . . . → Read More: Low Sugar Quick Breads

Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins

Today is a twofer: These pumpkin muffins and a recipe for a spicy chai mix. . . . → Read More: Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream for November C.L.U.E.

Welcome fall and as Thanksgiving nears, C.L.U.E. is celebrating all things PIE. Here is an unusual take on this month’s theme. . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream for November C.L.U.E.

Witchy Cocktails for Halloween Food ‘n Flix

Having a grown up Halloween party and need a beverage? Try this Pumpkintini and Zombie Voodoo Cocktail—all to celebrate October and Food ‘n Flix. . . . → Read More: Witchy Cocktails for Halloween Food ‘n Flix

White Bean-Tomato Soup with Chickpea “Croutons”

For my very first Secret Recipe Club assignment back in July 2011, I tried to roast chickpeas.   I love chickpeas and I love wasabi peas so I had high hopes.   They came out soggy and chewy, not crunchy and delicious.   (Needless to say I moved on to another recipe.)

Recently I was . . . → Read More: White Bean-Tomato Soup with Chickpea “Croutons”

Pumpkin Cookies Galore for January’s Secret Recipe Club

I couldn’t help myself; I had to make three recipes from my assigned blog-buddy this month: Pumpkin Seed Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Shortbread Bars, and Pumpkin Gingersnaps. Do you see a trend here? . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Cookies Galore for January’s Secret Recipe Club

Rosemary-Pumpkin Soup with Pancetta

A number of years ago, I was a finalist in a Cooking Light cook-off.   This was back when I was OCD about entering recipe contests.    I have refocused that obsession to this blog now and I haven’t entered a contest in quite a while.   I think my last winner was in 2011.

Anyhoo—one . . . → Read More: Rosemary-Pumpkin Soup with Pancetta

Pumpkin-Tomato Soup with Beans and Chickpeas

I have tons of frozen pumpkin puree in the freezer.   You see, I love buying pumpkins for holiday decorations.   I get my money’s worth because I buy for Halloween, leave the pumpkins on the front steps for Thanksgiving, and then they finally meet their demise in a hot oven as they roast.   . . . → Read More: Pumpkin-Tomato Soup with Beans and Chickpeas

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins (and a weird squash)

Have you ever been over to M.J.’s Kitchen?   If not, you must stumbled over there as soon as you are able.

Last January, M.J. posted about an unusual squash with an unusual name:   Cushaw Pumpkin.   These things do not look like pumpkins at all.     Besides the weird name, they were . . . → Read More: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins (and a weird squash)

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Have you noticed the pumpkin recipes I have been posting lately.  I am in good company as I lurk around the internet (and Pinterest).   There are a LOT of great pumpkin recipes out there.

That must mean one thing….Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving will follow close behind.

We have had fewer and fewer Trick-or-Treaters . . . → Read More: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

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