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“Goodbye-Summer, Hello-Autumn” Soups

I love it when the seasons change. I think that I say this at the beginning of every season, but autumn is my favorite. In the kitchen, I love autumn for the roasted foods, apple crisps, pumpkin anything, and of course–SOUP! I’ve been on a soup kick this past week and found two keepers. One … Continue reading

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Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze

I  found this recipe “Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze” in Better Homes and Garden, Sep 2011. It was delicious except that the cooking method didn’t work for me (possible cause = my ineptitude). The pecans were burning but the pork was undercooked. I had to finish it off in the oven. The family LOVED the flavors: maple, … Continue reading

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Roasted Balsamic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts “peak” season begins in September! This is one of my favorites, roasted brussels sprouts. Roasting brings out a rich flavor because of the caramelization that occurs. You can roast them whole, but I slice them, which means a shorter cook time and more surface area which browns. The flavors of this dish include balsamic vinegar and … Continue reading

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“Superman” Cake: Yellow Cake with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Frosting

The hubs is now home after a month-long deployment. I asked the kids what to make him besides the Welcome Home banner. Their answer: a cake, a Superman cake to be exact. But there wasn’t time for that! Instead I combined two of his favorites: chocolate & peanut butter. I made a boxed yellow cake mix … Continue reading

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Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

I love squash, especially butternut. This wonderful warm squash salad includes chickpeas, garlic, red onions, and cilantro, though I substituted cilantro for fresh chives. It’s coated in an acidic & nutty dressing featuring lemon, garlic and tahini. (Tahini is sesame seed paste used in Middle Eastern foods, like hummus.) This dish is so delicious, it’s … Continue reading

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