Pear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble

Pear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble (refined sugar and dairy free)

Not too long ago, I happened upon this recipe from long time inspirational food blog the Smitten Kitchen.  It looked way too delish to pass up simply because of the butter and refined white sugar, so I  tweaked it easily enough without compromising on flavor and texture!!  The result was amazingly yummy, a crowd pleaser…holiday or everyday!  Browsing the shelves of our local natural foods store, I found … Read More

AmyPear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble (refined sugar and dairy free)
Maple Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

Maple Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

Winter squash have thick, tough shells that protect the sweet, rich flesh inside which makes them excellent storage vegetables. With rambling rows of winter squash stored for winter, I am challenged and eager to discover new ways to prepare them. Sprawling Kabocha, Buttercup and Butternut vines gradually took over 1/3 of our garden space this summer. When fall frosts came … Read More

AmyMaple Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries
Vegetable

It’s Not All About The Turkey: Festive Vegetable Sides

The produce this time of year is extraordinary in exhibiting variety and creativity. Just walking through a farmers market or Vegetable section makes me so excited and inspired.  Look at the Brussel sprouts and their design, the gnarly Jerusalem artichokes, the brilliant red of the pomegranate.  Do they not make you want to chuckle and worship The Great Creator all at … Read More

AmyIt’s Not All About The Turkey: Festive Vegetable Sides
Chicken Pot Pie

Freeze It Fresh : Chicken Pot Pies

Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest inspiring me once again to prepare for the chilly winter months ahead. There’s something about getting our freezer and pantry fully stocked that makes me look forward to winter with all of it’s festivities, cozy meals and conversations around our kitchen table. This last Saturday morning was grey and drizzly…..the perfect day to … Read More

AmyFreeze It Fresh : Chicken Pot Pies
Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Kale Apple Slaw

Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Kale Apple Slaw

This meal got two thumbs up from Jack, my greatest critic and cheerleader, and BONUS…I had it on the table in an hour. It helped that I “nuked” the sweet potatoes (or yams). After giving them a good scrubbing, I poked them all over with a fork and cooked them in the microwave at 2 minute intervals, repeating the cooking … Read More

AmySweet Potato Quesadillas with Kale Apple Slaw
Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

What a fun adventure it is to make pita bread!  One never tires of watching them magicly balloon in the oven.  This foolproof recipe produces a perfect pita everytime!  They are fresher and tastier than the store bought variety which are often baked pocket-less. Pita Bread was on the menu for a couples cooking class I taught last weekend which really just turned into a pita making party.  I served … Read More

AmyWhole Wheat Pita Bread
Stewed Root Vegetables

Savory Stewed Root Vegetables in a Sesame Sauce

Eating seasonally and local at this time of year, means saying good-bye to the summer’s crisp lettuces, beans and summer squash and hello to the beautiful and tasty variety of winter squash and root vegetables. In mid September we cut back our collards and kale to stubby stems so they can grow back tender and sweet for fall menu’s. I’m … Read More

AmySavory Stewed Root Vegetables in a Sesame Sauce
Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding

Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding

Along with the cool crisp mornings that fall brings, comes a desire for more hearty, warm meals. I trade out the crunchy granola with fresh fruit on a summer morning, for whole grain hot cereals with dried fruit and nuts for these cool mornings. What I have for breakfast often determines my food choices for the rest of the day. … Read More

AmyBreakfast Brown Rice Pudding
Thick Crusted Greens, Onion and Feta Mini Pies

Thick Crusted Greens, Onion and Feta Mini Pies

Growing greens, whether its lettuce, kale, mustard greens, collards, chard or spinach, is not for wimps!  Once they are harvested by snipping at the base of the stems….they grow back, what seems like overnight,  in huge bunches. We’ve had a continual supply of an assortment them.  They are so packed with great nutrients that I’m always looking for new delectable … Read More

AmyThick Crusted Greens, Onion and Feta Mini Pies
Peach Pie

Ten Peach Pies in the Freezer…it’s easier than you think!

Have you ever noticed what you reach for when you’re SO hungry you can’t think about anything else? Like when you don’t eat breakfast so by 10 a.m. that gooey donut at the office is impossible to resist. Or, in an effort to lose weight, you eat a salad at lunch but by the time 4 o’clock rolls around you’re … Read More

AmyTen Peach Pies in the Freezer…it’s easier than you think!