Monthly Archives: October 2012


It is our family tradition to have chili and cornbread for Halloween supper. I usually make it a day before to allow the flavors to mature. This chili recipe is my own that I have developed over the years. I … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Soup with Prosciutto and Sage

Butternut squash soup is a lovely autumn lunch or dinner option and there are many recipes on the internet for it. For years I made one that was rich with cream and delicious, but this week I changed the recipe … Continue reading

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Cajeta Caramel Cheesecake

This past weekend my daughter had her school Sadie Hawkins dance. She and her friends organized a group date with five couples that included dinner at our house. My husband and I had fun waiting table and preparing dinner for … Continue reading

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Pickled Cheese Peppers

My father loved pickled peppers on his sandwiches, and so does my husband. My favorite pickled pepper is the cheese pepper. It isn’t a spicy, hot pepper, but a more mild, clean-flavored variety. We cannot find them here at the … Continue reading

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Ajvar (Balkan Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Spread)

Ajvar (pronounced “eye-var”) is an addictively delicious Balkan roasted bell pepper and eggplant spread or relish. You can use it as part of an appetizer, antipasto, or meze table. It is good on crostini or as a dip with pita … Continue reading

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Pork, Kale and Carrot Stew

This nice fall stew is great on a cold, rainy day. I had kale, leeks, yellow carrot, and a purple bell pepper in my CSA from La Nay Ferme that needed to be used, so I came up with this … Continue reading

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Spiced Apple Plum Pie

Our children have fall break this week. One of our annual family traditions at this autumn season is to go to a local apple, cherry, and pumpkin farm, enjoy a hayride, and stock up on apples, cider, fresh donuts, and … Continue reading

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Fresh Raspberry and Fig Focaccia

It is October, and figs and raspberries are still yielding fruit in our garden. I will miss them when the season ends shortly. I was recently reading Nigel Slater’s wonderful book Ripe and came across an intriguing recipe for blackberry focaccia. … Continue reading

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Egyptian Fava Beans

Fava beans are a warm and inviting meal option when the weather cools down. This simple fava bean dish (one of Egypt’s national dishes known as ful medames) is a favorite because it is fast, flavorful, and vegetarian. The recipe … Continue reading

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Peach Plum Raspberry Bread Pudding

The days have cooled off, the nights are chilly, and I have been in the mood for bread pudding. My local produce stand was selling the last of the summer peaches this past weekend, so I bought a bag and … Continue reading

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