Winter Salad

Every now and then I want a sturdier salad with my meal.  Whenever that happens I tend to reach for this one in the summer and this one in the winter.  Its a ton of chopping but actually keeps fairly well if you don’t dress the greens that make it to the fridge. Ingredients: -1…

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

I had butternut squash pop up in my garden this year and I was fortunate enough to harvest enough that I gave half of it away to my mother.  Which she accepted happily.  Thank goodness.  I think I brought in 50 pounds for myself alone… That being said, I’m trying out a few recipes to…

Butternut Squash Oven Fries

I ended up buying way too much butternut squash this season and so as part of my hunt for new ways to use them up, I found  this recipe from Sweet Lavender.  How smart is that?  I love sweet potato fries and the two veggies seem to be fairly interchangeable, so why not make butternut…

Butternut Squash Quick Bread

Yumyum, eat ’em up!  That’s all that I could come up with at first when I sat down to write this post.  I made this quick bread from a recipe I turn to fairly frequently: Morning Glory Farm’s Zucchini Bread with the veggie switched out.  I played with the spices, too!  I did this last…

Autumn Harvest Pie

What better way to give thanks for life’s bounty than with the season’s ingredients?  This pie is filled with freshly harvested goodies – apples, cranberries, walnuts and orange.  The recipe comes from the Morning Glory Farm’s second cookbook – a place that is part farm, part farm-stand and part local grocer located on Martha’s Vineyard…

Roasted Onions, Bacon and Sweet Potatoes

I grew onions in my garden at home this year and needed a new recipe to use them up before they go bad.  The little ones tend to turn fast but just look at how cute they are!  Its worth it. This was a super simple dish: all I did was bake the bacon until…

Pecan Pie Plans

Any one else working on plans for Thanksgiving?  Its within striking distance so I’ve got my list: Turkey Brussel Sprouts Sweet Potatoes Stuffing (Dressing?) Gravy Cranberry Sauce Apple Pie Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie Whipped Cream That’s it.  What more do you need? A few seasonal dishes, the turkey and plenty of pies to snack after…

Classic Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells.  I know there are people who love lasagna, manicotti and baked ziti, but my favorite classic Italian baked pasta dish to order out are stuffed shells.  I’m not sure what it is about shells that I love but they are pretty great.  It could be that I have yet to find a better…

Chocolate Banana Bread Bites

Enjoy chocolate chip banana bread?  Then you’ll probably love this one!  I melted down 24oz of half semi-sweet chocolate and half milk chocolate chips (although I’m sure you could use some leftover Halloween candy instead of the milk chocolate chips) then coated 1×1 inch pieces of banana bread.  It was time consuming but the co-workers…

Frozen Berry Smoothie

It was pretty warm today in the city!  At one point I was walking around without a jacket, enjoying the sun on my arms thanks to my short sleeved t-shirt.  When I got home after errands I wanted a quick pick-me-up and this smoothie was about as simple as it gets to put together plus…

Hudson River Valley

I went to Thomas Cole’s house a couple of weeks ago while in Albany (ok, months).  I’ll probably go again in another couple of years so that I can see the house post-reno but for now, I’ll comment on how things stand: This place is definitely in progress but its not out of touch from…

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

This recipe is about as ‘ready for fall’ as you are going to get!  Although I suppose you could switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash or pumpkin to up the ante…. This is definitely a soup that I’ll be repeating! Will I try and tweek it?  Definitely.  There are so few recipes that…