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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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Rhythm

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 in Kid Friendly, Meat, Salad, seasonal recipes, Sides, Slow Cooker, summer | 0 comments

Rhythm

As the last few days of summer draw near, I’m finding my rhythms changing – our family’s rhythms changing. Getting in sync with the school gearing back up – my “new year.” Planning, prep, a stocked pantry and Yoga are my saviors. This week’s menu is one that takes into consideration those nights where soccer practice or ice cream socials are in play. I prepped – chopped zucchini, prepared dressings and salsa, etc. on the weekend and was left with the time and space to get some nourishment for me (Yoga) in as a result. It is that nourishment for self that matters when the schedule gets cranked back up again. Now is a great...

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50 Ways to Leave Your Oven

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 in Kid Friendly, Salad, seasonal recipes, Slow Cooker, summer | 0 comments

50 Ways to Leave Your Oven

O.k. so maybe not 50 ways…but I think I’ve spent the last 2 weeks dreaming up every way under the SUN (literally) NOT to cook. Since much of my life revolves around food, it’s been an interesting week. It’s amazing to me how affected we are by the weather. The last few weeks in beautiful San Diego have been hot and then hot and humid. My farming friends at Seabreeze and Garden of Eden as well as those at my local farmers market have shared the trials and tribulations that this weather forces the crops to endure (not to mention the expensive water that has to be used.) I know I have felt much like I was withering on a vine – no energy and...

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