Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections

Meeting holiday expectations can be hard. Sometimes the expectations (and hopes) we have around holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentines, take such an idealistic shape thanks to the messages we get on TV, in movies, and all around us, that … Continue reading

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Chiles Rellenos – Frittata Style

Looking for a holiday breakfast? Here’s a great one I’m planning on. It’s inspired by a recipe I saw in Sunset Magazine years ago for Baked Chiles Rellenos. The recipe is long-lost, but I’ll always remember the photo: whole poblano … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: An Invitation To A Global Feast

Every once in awhile, a book will show up unannounced on my doorstep, thoughtfully selected by my cousin for me. It sometimes arrives unexpectedly, and is always a welcome surprise. Earlier this year, one of her gifts was 97 Orchard: … Continue reading

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Fall Kale Salad with Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Yesterday I posted my recipe for Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes as part of my Gifts From The Kitchen series that included a gift idea of a spice rub. The Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are great as a stand alone side … Continue reading

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Gift #4: Chipotle Spice Rub and Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

For those who might be new to my blog, I’m doing a series of Gifts From the Kitchen as we all ramp up for the holidays. These are gifts you can use for a gift exchange with family or friends, … Continue reading

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The Backup Plan: Kabocha Squash Soup

In our over-scheduled lives that feel overwhelming from the moment the alarm jolts us awake every morning, do people have time to cook anymore? If you’re working a job that makes you feel completely depleted at the end of the … Continue reading

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Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Apple and Feta Crumble

I have had pumpkin on my brain for weeks, thinking of all the ways I want to use it. And then I realized I was just sitting around and thinking, but not doing very much about it. Honestly, sometimes I … Continue reading

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