Entries Tagged 'Holiday'



Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas and Skillet Corn Bread

While it’s hard to believe that another year has flown by, I have to say that I’m more than ready to move on.  Goodbye, 2010, I’ve learned a lot from you, but you won’t be missed.  I’m heading into this new year arms outstretched, with open heart and mind, ready to learn, experience, and share. Continue reading →

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Scandinavian Rosettes Recipe

Rosette Pattern

Pretty, aren’t they?  These delicate, crisp, lightly sweetened Scandinavian Rosettes are as delicious as they are beautiful.  The “cookies” are made from a thin, crepe-like batter that is quickly deep fried on specially shaped irons.  Rosettes are traditionally made during Christmas time and are a delight to make, share, and eat. Continue reading →

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Whole Wheat Persimmon Bread

Sliced Persimmon Bread

Like most places around the country, autumn in California’s San Joaquin Valley is a beautiful time of year.  While we might not have as many vibrant colored leaves as other places, we do have fruit trees.  Pomegranates, persimmons, lemons – these are our fall colors.  Take a drive through the country or just about any older neighborhood and you’re bound to run across some of these beautiful trees with their red, orange, and yellow fruit.  Persimmon trees are my fall favorite.  The trees drop their leaves as the fruit ripens, leaving nothing but the spectacular glowing orange orbs – it’s quite a beautiful sight. Continue reading →

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Praline Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Praline Pumpkin Cake

You won’t believe how easy this cake is.  Delicious, too!

I usually have a couple of boxes of yellow cake mix in my pantry in case I need to whip up one of Nana’s Lemon Jello Cakes – it’s just good to be prepared.   But last night I was craving pumpkin cake.  I had planned on throwing together a quick pumpkin spice cake from scratch until a Google search led me to this Praline-Pumpkin Cake from Betty Crocker. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts

It’s time for Fall Fest again and this week we’re celebrating brassicas – a genus of plants that includes cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and more.  I chose to focus on brussels sprouts because they are currently available on the stalk and I think it’s fun to take home a giant, awkward stalk of brussels sprouts! Continue reading →

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Butternut Squash Pudding

Butternut Squash Pudding with Whipped Cream and Pecan

I love pudding.  Chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, tapioca pudding, rice pudding, butterscotch pudding… you name it, I love it.  I love pudding made from scratch.  I love pudding that comes from a little cardboard box.  And when I was a kid, I loved the pudding on my school lunch tray.  So it should come as no surprise that I love this rich and creamy homemade butternut squash pudding – it’s pudding!  Plus, it’s amazing. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Welcome back to Fall Fest!  I missed pumpkin party last week, but I really think this simple and delicious pear cake will make up for it.  This rich and spicy cake is filled with fresh pear chunks and topped with a buttery, crunchy pecan streusel. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Fall has finally arrived here in California, bringing thunder, rain, and the cooler temperatures I’ve been waiting for.  While these cool gray skies have me dreaming of hearty soups and warm baked goods, the theme this week for Fall Fest is fall salads.  I’ll save the soup-making and bread-baking for next week since my kitchen is still only half unpacked – an easy fall salad was the perfect thing for me to make this week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Continue reading →

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