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Fall Harvest

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Meat, Pasta, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup | 0 comments

Fall Harvest

This week’s menu has a lot of diversity and some real winners with the fall local harvest, The family especially loved the butternut squash enchiladas. I included a soup to make use of your turkey leftovers….it was very tasty and satisfying. Lots of soups…I could eat them every day!   Sunday Butternut Squash Enchiladas                 Delicata Rings 1 delicata squash…1/2 inch slices 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp butter, melted salt & pepper…to taste bread crumbs 1 Tbsp chopped fresh or dried…thyme Pre-heat oven to 425F Wash & slice squash, into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices. Cut out center...

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Fallish

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Pasta, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup, Vegetables | 0 comments

Fallish

I think it’s fall. Halloween is over and all the magazines are sharing their Thanksgiving best. I saw moments of cool weather, followed by heat and winds so I’m not sure what to think or what to cook these days. I’m letting the local produce be my guide and it’s beginning to resemble fall. Lettuce, zucchini, green beans, delicata squash, grape tomatoes, parsley, spinach, persimmons, apples, asparagus, Asian pears, avocado,  red pears, Fuji apples Valencia oranges, and pomegranates. Next posting I’ll have several good squash recipes as the squash is already rolling in. Sunday I’m always looking for recipes for persimmons. A fellow...

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Wanderer’s All

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in fall, Kid Friendly, Meat, Pasta, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, Slow Cooker | 0 comments

Wanderer’s All

Anthony and I are reading the Classic The Wind in the Willow’s by Kenneth Grahame with the boys every night. Tonight we read a chapter that seemed to sum up my state of mind perfectly – Chapter 9 “Wanderer’s All.”  It begins “The Water Rat was restless, and he did not exactly know why. There was a feeling in the air of change and departure.” The chapter goes on to speak of the harvest, the movement of the swallows and the field mice south, and an encounter with a traveling gypsy rat. The “change” in seasons – if you can call it that here in schizophrenic San Diego has brought with it some melancholy and a...

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Back in the saddle

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 in Casseroles, fall, Kid Friendly, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, Slow Cooker, Soup | 0 comments

Back in the saddle

The heat seems to have passed for now and I am finally feeling like writing and cooking. It’s been a struggle to do both the last couple weeks for a variety of reasons and for the first time in many years I am looking forward to fall and not lamenting the passing of summer. Fall is a time to move inward physically and spiritually and I am ready for that on so many levels. I am looking forward to digging into the recipe books, trying new things, and exploring all the fall produce that presents itself the next few months. I know I owe you a posting on lunches for kids, but I am so thrilled to have the desire to cook again that I’m going to share a menu for you...

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Have you ever seen a Ham Hock?

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Casseroles, fall, Salad, Soup, Vegetables | 0 comments

Have you ever seen a Ham Hock?

I’ve mentioned before my love for soup. I have always wanted to try making a split pea soup and recently stumbled upon an easy crock pot recipe for it. This was a combination I couldn’t pass up – split pea, easy, crock pot. Done. I was off to the store to pick up a few things I didn’t have handy in my well stocked pantry – Ham Hocks being one of them. I’ve never cooked with Ham Hocks before. To be fair, I don’t cook with much meat and when I do it’s the every day chicken, ground beef, and the occasional fillet or short rib. I bounced into Sprouts, eager to find this new ingredient and was directed to a case toward the back...

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Life is a Smorgasbord

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 in Bread, Casseroles, fall, Fish, Vegetables | 0 comments

Life is a Smorgasbord

Websters Online dictionary defines “smorgasbord” as; smor·gas·bord noun   [singular] 1 : a meal with many different foods that are placed on a large table so that people can serve themselves : buffet 2 : a large mixture of many different things This month is shaping up to be a smorgasbord of food, friends and family. Last weekend I took a break form the every day to spend some quality time hiking, biking, eating and talking with two of my girlfriends. It was such a nice diversion and I walked away with my “well” filled up and my body tired but relaxed. The week that followed was full of all things kid and work related. This weekend...

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