Archive for October 2015

Slow Cooker Oatmeal--Make breakfast the night before!

Slow Cooker Oatmeal--Make breakfast the night before!
Am I the only person who operates at less-than-optimal capacity within the first half hour of waking up? Some mornings, I shuffle through my routine like a confused wind-up toy, barely getting everything done on time. I’m what’s known as a “night owl.” I generally like to stay up late (although that means something very... Read more »

Butternut Squash Soup—A bowl of sunshine on a dreary day!

Butternut Squash Soup—A bowl of sunshine on a dreary day!
I look out the window at the drab scenery—gray sky, freshly stripped tree branches, limp leaves plastered to the ground. Mother Nature and her overzealous cleaning crew went at the trees last night and scrubbed them bare. This happens every year when the leaves are celebrating the season, decorating the world with their colorful designs... Read more »

Pumpkin Muffins Your Way—No trick; a sweet and spicy treat!

Pumpkin Muffins Your Way—No trick; a sweet and spicy treat!
When did pumpkin become a thing? When I was younger, we had pumpkin once a year. On Thanksgiving. In a pie. That was it. It was served after the largest, richest meal of the year, one that tested the limits of our stomach walls. I was so full on stuffing and mashed potatoes that eating... Read more »
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Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms and Fresh Mozzarella--A dream dinner

Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms and Fresh Mozzarella--A dream dinner
Sometimes I forget what I have home. I go to the store and buy all sorts of fruits and vegetables, only to open my refrigerator and see that I had some of it already. After finding space to unload everything, I wonder what state of daydream I’d been in when I’d purchased the extras. This... Read more »

Roasted Parsnips—What the heck is a parsnip, anyway?

Roasted Parsnips—What the heck is a parsnip, anyway?
If you eat parsnips you’re probably wondering why I would ask that question, but I have friends who have never bought a parsnip; probably because they’ve never tasted one. They can’t taste parsnips if they never buy them, and it goes on and on. It’s a vicious cycle, really, and I can help. I’ve decided... Read more »

Apple Cider, Hot and Spicy—The cider house always rules!

Apple Cider, Hot and Spicy—The cider house always rules!
You know autumn is here when the leaves are changing and falling, there’s pumpkin everything at the grocery store, and people start having bonfires. My children like to have friends over for bonfires. The kids sit around the fire, show their propensity for pyromania, and make lots of noise. What I’ve noticed is that some... Read more »
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Apple Puff Pancake--Smells better than any candle ever

Apple Puff Pancake--Smells better than any candle ever
There’s something about the scent of apples and cinnamon wafting through the house that makes it smell inviting. It makes it seem like home, like there’s something good baking in the oven. Which is why so many people buy scented candles. Well, why make it seem like you’re cooking something delicious? If you have the time, make... Read more »

Cauliflower Soup--A bowl of comfort on a chilly autumn day

Cauliflower Soup--A bowl of comfort on a chilly autumn day
I went to our local farmer’s market recently. It was a sunny fall day, with blue skies and a pleasant breeze. I perused the foods and wares at the stalls, sad that the incredible corn was gone, but hopeful something might catch my eye. Then I saw it. It was big and beautiful, white and... Read more »

Avocado Smash Hit--A tasty, delicious meal

Avocado Smash Hit--A tasty, delicious meal
I didn’t know what to make for lunch. My kitchen was populated with the usual suspects, except for a particularly gorgeous orange heirloom tomato from the farmer’s market. That drove my decision—I had to use that tomato, juicy and flavorful, in a way that I could enjoy it. Come October in Chicago, we know our... Read more »
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Make Mojito Water: Infuse your day with one last sip of summer

Make Mojito Water: Infuse your day with one last sip of summer
I sat outside a few days ago to write a blog about autumn and apples. You know, the leaves starting to change colors, pumpkins and cool winds and fall festivals. Then I looked in the garden. There, between the struggling tomato plant and the dried basil stalks… mint. Mint—that ridiculously resilient herb that plants itself... Read more »