Grape Cucumber Gazpacho

 

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While it still feels like summer, we are slowly making the transition into fall…my favorite season. Not only for the rich colors, but also for comfort foods – most notably: soup. While I tend to lean towards soups that provide warmth in a bowl, this blend of cucumbers and grapes is refreshing and loaded with flavor. Since we live in the Napa Valley where the grape is king of agriculture, I’m always looking for ways to use them beyond a glass of wine (although, that’s just fine, too:)

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Cardamom Pear Custard Pie

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I hesitate to call this a cake because it’s really more of a pie. Actually, it’s most like a clafoutis but with that, I often lose people 🙂  Whatever you call it, I think we can all agree this recipe is THE.BEST.FALL.DESSERT. Quick, easy…and with pears.

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Eggnog Chia Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds

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Nothing says Christmas flavor more than eggnog and I’m always on the hunt for good recipes to use it with. Since this time of year is really the only time I indulge in such a rich beverage, I thought it might be fun to make it quasi healthy by adding chia seeds for a festive, creamy dessert.

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Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

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I just KNOW you have some pumpkin around…and am here to help you make it into the best savory side dish on your Thanksgiving table. Or as a main course as the ultimate show stopper at your next dinner party. Yes, this dish has the WOW factor. Click to continue reading »

Smoky Pumpkin Pecan Bars

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We are in the thick of pumpkin season, my favorite time of year in the kitchen. So many versatile recipes – from sweet to savory – and this one, I do believe, is now at the top of my list.

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Preserved Lemons with Rosemary

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Are your neighbors’ trees weighted down by the bounty of citrus this winter?  Make a deal and grab some!  Lemons are used more often than salt or pepper in this house, both for taste and health properties. Click to continue reading »

Beet Hummus

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Gearing up for the big game this weekend?  Yes, the Warriors are playing the Suns!  If you live near San Francisco, you might be hard pressed to stay inside at all, we’ve had such gorgeous weather.  But if you do rally for a party atmosphere on Sunday, here is a great recipe for snacking that will still allow extra room for beverages…

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

I’ve never really understood the expression ‘easy as pie,’ because quite frankly, pie has never been easy for me.  And it’s all because of the crust.  But, alas!  This is music to your ears (and hands…) since this pie is crust-LESS.

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Fig Clafouti

I make clafouti’s all year round, depending on what fruit is in season.  I’ve used apricots, berries, plums, cherries, apples and now figs.  It’s the same simple recipe with maybe a sprinkle or two of different spices. With apples I use cinnamon; with cherries and pears, a little almond extract.

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Zucchini Lasagne

As the saying goes, ‘when life gives you lemons’…or in this case, zucchini….make lasagne!  Have you ever used it in place of pasta?  You can work with it like spaghetti, or slice it thin and substitute it for noodles.  It makes for a seasonal dish that is lower in calories and allows for all kinds of fillings in between.

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