Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pear Almond Olive Oil Cake

We have been enjoying very sweet local Bartlett pears the past couple of months and my favorite recipe that takes advantage of them has been this pear olive oil cake. The combination of pear, almond, and warming spices creates a … Continue reading

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Southern Pecan Pie

We always begin our Thanksgiving feast with antipasti, followed by the turkey dinner. We take a break to clean up and distribute leftovers, build a fire in the family room, and perhaps watch a movie before we have dessert. We … Continue reading

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Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cake

This pumpkin cake has been in my recipe box for at least 25 years. It is one that a New Jersey friend gave to my mom in the 1980’s. We made it for several years, then it fell out of … Continue reading

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All-purpose Tomato Sauce

Here is my simple, all-purpose tomato sauce recipe. It is one I have made for years, adjusting it over time until it seemed right. The amount of salt, pepper, and sugar depends on the quality of the tomatoes. Each batch … Continue reading

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Apple Blackberry Plum Crisp

I love this time of year with the golden light and beautiful autumn colors. Our local farmer’s market still has plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. This past week I bought apples, blackberries, and the last of the plums, and … Continue reading

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Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

This pasta dish is one my husband and I absolutely love. Unlike many recipes for pasta and broccoli where the broccoli is left fairly crisp, this pasta dish is made by cooking the broccoli for a longer period of time, … Continue reading

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Small Batch Fig Preserves

We grow three small fig trees in our backyard, two in pots and one in the soil. They each yield a bit of fruit, plenty to eat fresh but not enough to make any quantity of preserves. The trees seem … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

The eggplant and tomatoes are still producing in our garden. I have been experimenting with eggplant salads this year and so far this is my favorite recipe. I prefer the eggplant grilled rather than roasted because the flavor seems fresher … Continue reading

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