Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts

Pumpkin Praline Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

While it’s honestly a little hard for me to imagine, I know there are some of you out there who don’t really care for pie.  I may not agree with that sentiment, but I can accept it.  And I can agree that there should always be room for delicious, seasonal, non-pie desserts on the Thanksgiving table.  As long as there is also pie.  Here are some ideas: Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

Baking a Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

I’ll be adding a thick cream cheese glaze to this and delivering it to a friend as a belated birthday gift later today.   I started with a recipe I found through The Food Librarian but made some changes to the ingredients and process.  Assuming this cake tastes as delicious as I think it will, I’ll share my version of the recipe later in the week.  Meanwhile, if you have access to Fuyu persimmons and have never used them in a cake, check out the original recipe and give it a try.  Happy baking!

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Morning at the Farmer’s Market

The Vineyard Farmer's Market, Fresno

Since we moved to Madera and signed up for our weekly CSA box, I don’t make it to Fresno farmer’s markets nearly as much as I used to.  But this morning I got up early and headed down to The Vineyard Farmer’s Market with my aunt and cousin to do some shopping and visiting.  It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful Fall morning and my favorite outdoor market under the arbor was filled with vibrant produce and people, just as I remembered it. Continue reading →

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Gluten-Free Brioche Rolls

Gluten-Free Brioche

Today I gave myself permission to let go of responsibilities and deadlines and just play in the kitchen.  I started the day thinking I would pull out my sourdough starters and give them some love but I ended up going a different direction entirely.  At some point this morning I was reminded of a gluten-free brioche roll recipe I had seen on the Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour website.  Since I still had most of a bag of the Cup4Cup flour (I first talked about and used this flour in this Sweet Potato Bread) and a fresh supply of my favorite Kerrygold butter, I decided to go ahead and try the brioche roll recipe.  Just because. Continue reading →

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Throwback Thursday: Pumpkin Roll Revisited

Pumpkin Roll

I decided to reach way back into the archives today and pull up a favorite recipe from November of 2006 – Pumpkin Roll!  I’m sure most of you have tasted some version of this delightful Autumn creation, but if not, you’re in for a treat.  Pumpkin Roll is a spiced pumpkin sponge cake that is spread with sweetened cream cheese and rolled up into a pinwheel.  It’s fairly easy to make, impressive-looking when sliced, and absolutely delicious.  But you’ll have to travel way back to 2006 if you want to learn how to make it:  Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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Wordless Wednesday: Kale, Butternut Squash, and Chickpeas

Butternut Squash and Kale

Looking through some old photos, I ran across this bowl filled with Fall colors and flavors.  I developed this recipe for Clean Eating magazine a few years back and it can still be found online.  Follow this link for the recipe: Ginger Lime Kale with Squash and Chickpeas at Clean Eating.

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A Peek Inside Our CSA Box

November CSA Box

We joined our local CSA last Spring and although I don’t always make it through all of the lettuce and I occasionally lose some vegetables in the back of the fridge when it gets full and we’re busy and I’m not cooking as much I’d like, we’ve really enjoyed picking up our weekly box of goodies and I’m happy to support our local organic farm, T&D Willey Farms, here in Madera, California. Continue reading →

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Learning to Use a Mobile Phone

Baby with Cell Phone

I’ve had a busy day but very little of it was spent in the kitchen, so instead of talking about food I thought I’d share a little part of my afternoon with you instead.  I spent a couple hours babysitting my little cousin Ava who will be turning a year old next month.  Her recent accomplishments include picking up phones and saying hi, calling all animals (and everything else) “Coco”, and giving high fives.  We had quite an afternoon! Continue reading →

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