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Fresh from the Pumpkin Patch (and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread)

October 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially here in Virginia where we are blessed with beautiful weather and picturesque colors this time of year. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, with those infernal evergreen trees, the brilliant shades of fall leaves here never fail to impress me. And of course it’s not truly […]

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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin PureƩ

October 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

Happy October! While I may spend my Septembers pretending summer isn’t over, October 1st is officially time to bring out the Halloween decorations, head to the apple orchards and pumpkin fields, and begin the fall baking season. And nothing says fall like pumpkin … bread, muffins, pie, cheesecake, there is no shortage of ways to […]

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Thanksgiving Countdown: Appetizer, Cranberries, Sides & Dessert

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Hopefully you’ve already ordered your local, free-range, and/or Heritage-breed turkey, but now what? My strategy for cooking Thanksgiving dinner with a toddler underfoot is to prepare one simple but impressive appetizer. My favorite cranberry baked brie is sure to get your family and guests oohing and aahing while they wait for dinner, just in case […]

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Cooking Eric Ripert’s Dinner Social

November 17th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Chef Eric Ripert recently launched a “Dinner Social” project on his blog, Avec Eric, to encourage fans to cook with friends and family. You have to love a chef who is willing to share recipes and techniques to encourage you to enjoy their food at home. As the theme for the first challenge was “Market […]

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Rustic Pumpkin Pie

November 11th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Somehow I missed reading about the pie challenge at The Kitchn until about 9pm tonight. I’d been planning to roast my beautiful Cushaw pumpkin tonight, so why not throw together a pie? After a mad rush to roast, bake and blog by the stroke of midnight, I completed my entry form at 11:59pm on the […]

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