Category: winter


Blood Orange-Avocado Salad with Poached Egg

Simple and well-balanced, this salad really hit the spot for lunch the other day.


Mid-Winter Turkey Feast

It’s tradition around here that my mother-in-law cooks Thanksgiving dinner. She loves to do it, and she’s very good at it. It’s always bountiful and delicious. She also sends us home with some leftovers, which we love. But there is nothing like the heady aroma of a turkey roasting in the oven to make the ...


Blood Oranges

It’s just about the dead middle of winter, and I need to liven things up here. Citrus is in season right now, and the light, bright colors, fragrances and flavors of citrus fruits are just what I’m looking for to pick up my mood.


Boil, Bubble, Not Much Toil and Trouble, Equals Pumpkin Beer!

My goodness, that month flew by. Between the holidays and the crazy weather patterns, I have not had a chance to blog. The Husband had some vacation time, and made good use of it, brewing a really great seasonal pumpkin beer. The whole process took six weeks from stovetop to glass.


Roasting Pumpkins-Step by Step

1. Cut off the stem end of the pumpkin. 2. Cut pumpkin in half, then in quarters. 3. Scoop out pulp and seeds; save in a bowl. (Sort out the seeds and roast them later!) 4. Cut quarters in half. 5. Coat the bottom of a roasting pan with vegetable oil, and add your pumpkin ...


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

This recipe is derived from a Banana Spice Muffin recipe I’ve had for years, from Cooking Light Magazine. It originally used all-purpose flour, but I wanted to substitute whole grain flours. I developed this three-flour blend over several batches, to take advantage of the purported benefits of oats and buckwheat in controlling cholesterol and blood ...


Meyer Lemon Bars (edited 1/2014)

(1/2014 – I’ve made these twice now, and they come out pretty gooey-better for eating with a fork on a plate. I’m not sure I’m happy with this, so since I cannot leave well enough alone, I may try to thicken the filling so these hold together better. Stay tuned.) This year’s deathmarch through winter ...