How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  Stop wasting your money at Starbucks on pumpkin bread.  Start baking with homemade pumpkin puree.  It couldn’t be easier. Sugar pumpkins are an excellent choice for cooking and baking.  These smaller squashes have a firm, sweet flesh and are only about 6 to 8 inches in diameter.  These particular pumpkins are great for roastingContinue reading “How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree”

Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad

  Take a look at this salad.  Tell me that doesn’t look beautiful and delicious.  But don’t actually tell me that, or type me that, or whatever … because you know it’s not true.  You know this baby looks fantastic.  What you may not know is the little trick I used to make it tasteContinue reading “Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad”

Spinach and Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups

  Admit it.  Unless it’s fried, chicken is pretty boring.  Or as I like to say, BOOORING. I can’t help myself from going off on a little Emily side tangent here: Using the proper pronunciation of the word ‘BOOORING’ is always key. Make sure your voice is low, and then say those two words.  BOW,Continue reading “Spinach and Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups”

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino

  I’ve eaten this salad three days in a row.  Here’s why. Unique texture, delicious taste, and high levels of vitamins and nutrients.  You know I love versatility in dish, especially in a salad. I am, indeed, a salad girl.  It’s easy to be when cheese and bacon are involved, right?   Well, it’s justContinue reading “Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino”

Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up

Hello old friend, It’s really good to see you once again. In honor of the first day of Fall, I’m sharing with you a round-up of my favorite Crock Pot recipes.  Here’s easy escape from busy schedules and cold weather.  It’s crock pot time again. Crock Pot Apple Butter   Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce  Continue reading “Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up”

How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

  Are you reluctantly saying goodbye to summer?  Here’s my perception. Whip up a large batch of homemade pesto.  Then freeze it.  IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!! (yes, that deserved the double exclamation point).  We all love the smell and taste of fresh basil pesto.  We need it during the non summer months.  That said, here’sContinue reading “How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto”

Classic Hummus

Don’t buy it.  Make it yourself.  More fun and flavor are to be had! If you normally read something like the above in a food blog or publication and think to yourself,  “sure, I should do that,” … but then, upon further and deeper thought, you say to yourself (honestly) … “Even though that looksContinue reading “Classic Hummus”

Stuffed Pepper Soup

  Is it weird to coin a phrase referring  to your style of cooking?  Is it weird to coin a phrase on your own blog?  Is it weird to coin a phrase using your own name?  Is it weird that, when I asked myself these questions, I found none of the above weird?  No toContinue reading “Stuffed Pepper Soup”

Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp

  I’m a pesto loving fool.  I’m also a tomato loving fool.  Thankfully, this dish has ’em both (plus super cool spiraled zucchini noodles).  I’m a fool in love, and in this particular instance I’m referring to my dinner. What do I love about this dish (other than the pesto and tomatoes?): The harmonious balanceContinue reading “Zucchini Noodles and Spaghetti with Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Shrimp”

Maple Almond Granola

It’s made up of pantry staples.  It’s a whiz to throw together.  It’s the first request from my sisters when they come visit. It’s GRANOLA.  I can’t tell you how many requests I get to make granola.  When my sisters came to visit a few weeks ago, this version made an appearance.  A very shortContinue reading “Maple Almond Granola”