Southwestern Winter Squash Soup

Southwestern Winter Squash Soup
What I love about cooking good food is the transformation that happens when basic ingredients get recreated into something marvelously edible, beautiful and healthy.  Local produce, mostly picked from our backyard garden, morphed into a pot of silky smooth delicious soup. I was delighted to find this recipe for Southwestern Winter Squash Soup in this months Food Network issue.  We ... Read More

Pumpkin Cinnamon Pancakes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Pancakes
These cute little characters are staying with us for only a bit longer before they head back to their newly remodeled home, so I'm making memories while I can with them. And breakfast together on my days off are such a treat! These gluten and dairy free pumpkin cinnamon pancakes are made with our homemade puree but canned pumpkin works ... Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Homemade Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Naturally sweet, affordable, healthy and convenient….homemade pumpkin puree is a treat to have on hand throughout the fall and winter.  It has much better flavor than the store-bought variety and you don’t have to deal with the can.  If you haven’t grown your own (we have plenty to share BTW), you can find some from your local farmers markets for the freshest … Read More

Whole Wheat Cous Cous and Roasted Squash Salad with Kale

Cous Cous and Roasted Squash Salad

It’s taken me awhile to be inspired to cook after the holiday frenzy. The break has been good. Returning to my kitchen to cook healthy food, clean and wholesome is like coming home. I’m back to preparing the simple, uncomplicated food we like best. I’m reminded that cooking creates a sense of well-being for me and the people I love … Read More

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