Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween Soup: Yam, Black Bean and Couscous Soup

This bright orange soup with black bean accents is perfect for Halloween. You can make it on the lighter side by reducing the amount of couscous, but I like it to be a little thicker, more like porridge, so I … Continue reading

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Soft Black Licorice Caramels

A neighbor gave me this recipe several years ago. She was in her early 80’s at the time (she has since passed away) and mentioned that she could eat the entire pan of caramel by herself. I thought she had … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats: Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies

As part of our Halloween family traditions, I make several batches of these pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and give them away to neighbors and friends. This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I know everyone has different ideas of what … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Broccoli Rabe

I have been craving slow-cooked greens now that the weather has turned chilly. I was in Whole Foods a few days ago and found a big, fresh bunch of broccoli rabe. I bought it because I had read an article … Continue reading

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Pasta in Roasted Baby Portobello Mushroom Cream Sauce

This is a delicious autumn vegetarian pasta dish. The mushrooms are roasted prior to combining the sauce ingredients. This can be done a day ahead if you are pressed for time. Be sure to drain the mushrooms if there is … Continue reading

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Getting Organized For The Upcoming Holidays

I love cooking and baking for the holidays. When I was younger, childless, and a less experienced cook with a much smaller repertoire, I had the luxury of spare time to plan and execute the holidays. Now, with children and … Continue reading

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Macaroni with Cucuzza

While my New Jersey cousins were probably eating cucuzza in July and August, it took us in the West until October to get a cucuzza harvest. As I have mentioned in previous posts we had a cold, wet spring and … Continue reading

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Chili Peach Jam

The cool down has begun so we have been harvesting the garden. My husband planted several different kinds of chili peppers this year. The Hungarian wax peppers were so prolific that we got more than 50 peppers off of one … Continue reading

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