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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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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Pumpkin Chili

I’m sure this time of year you have an abundance of pumpkin on hand, and whether its fresh or from a can, this recipe is a crowd pleaser.  It is what I call a ‘one-dish wonder’ and can be made in advance, or right alongside the other dishes you’re cooking up this week. Click to continue reading »

Green Celebration!

Today the color green reaches beyond the hills into our clothes and onto our plates.  I thought I’d dig into the archives to support the celebration whether on St. Patrick’s Day or into spring which is just around the corner…

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Egg Nog Panna Cotta

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There are times when you just NAIL it in the kitchen.  This is one of those times!  I dare say this dessert is by far one of my favorites to date, and if you like egg nog, you will LOVE this creamy creation.  Plus, it’s super simple to make!  So be sure to plan just one more trip to the market and get the goods for Egg Nog Panna Cotta.

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Roasted Green Beans with Smoked Olive Oil

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As most of you know I tend to be a ‘theme’ cook, meaning I like to center a meal around a series of spices or international flavors. And during the holidays, you can throw in color…especially red and green.  This seasonal green bean recipe comes from a favorite restaurant in Sonoma County called Rosso Pizzeria which features an ingredient that is an exciting discovery: smoked olive oil.

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Raspberry "Cream" Pie with Cashew Crust

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I had fully intended to post this earlier but a few ‘details’ last week diverted my attention.  My husband, Jay, had a partially torn retina and needed surgery; our dog broke his foot; my sister had a medical procedure, and we learned Jay’s mom has lung cancer. You could say we dedicated our time (and resources) to wellness, albeit not yet related to food.

But, alas, a holiday weekend is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with dessert!  Seasonal and healthful, of course…fresh from the farmers’ market.  Sure to make everyone feel better.

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Pear Almond Torte

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I  received pears in my CSA box yesterday which was a bit of a surprise, as I tend to focus on them more in the fall.  But I’m always game to put produce to new uses, and I love the combination of pears and almonds.  This recipe was adapted from a friend who was in my chef program.  Its flour-less and therefore gluten free.  The result was light and decadent (if that makes sense) – and just in time for Valentine’s Day…

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