Cranberry Sauce – No Sugar Added

Ready for Snackin'

Over the years, I’ve served a variety of cranberry sauces to the Thanksgiving revelers. Gourmet, homemade, zesty, spicy… name it. Invariably, more than one person will ask, “Isn’t there any can shaped stuff?” Gross. Ok, well, there was a time when I enjoyed the can shaped stuff myself. Maybe that’s because it has a whopping […]

Ginger Peach Sweet Potatoes

cuteness

Well… Thanksgiving fast approaches!  I knew it was coming up quick, but I didn’t realize just how quick.  Do we ever?  I guess if I wait until I have photos, to share some of my favorites, it will be too late for anyone to get any use out of them this year.   So, allow me […]

Food for Thought – Festive isn't always about food.

Food for thought.... or not!

Believe me, I love to cook in Autumn and Winter.  I adore the tastes, the smells, and the warmth of holiday cooking.  I love to gather friends and family around a festive table in celebration.  I especially enjoyed planning and cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mother.  I could easily stretch the holidays into an excuse […]

Chunky Sweet Crock Chili

Columbus sailed the ocean blue looking for a collection of spices like this!

BEEF, BEER, COFFEE, and CHOCOLATE.  These are a few of my favorite things! So… I had beef that needed to be used, a hankering for chili, and a husband who doesn’t like beans.  Slamming together a crock of chunky beef chili was the natural course of action.  It was another excellent Sunday football alternative to […]

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Could I earn money as a Pumpkin Squeezer?

Wegmans… how I adore you!  You have a cooking station where you tantalize me with your fine smells.  Then you tease me with a taste.  Then you tempt me by putting all of the ingredients right there in front of me… along with the recipe.  You had me at “Roasted Acorn Squash with Pumpkin Seed […]

Slow Cooked Thanksgiving

Prepped for the pot.

This year, it will be just my husband and me at home on Thanksgiving.  I love tradition, and I have every intention of making it a festive day full of turkey, belching, and football.  However, since we have a more formal Thanksgiving dinner planned for early December, I don’t want to do the entire routine […]

Sweet Carrot Sauce

Combining eggs, carrots, juice, and a veritable cocktail of sweeteners.

A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe for Carrot Curd on Anatomy of a Dinner Party .  Never heard of it… didn’t really know what the hell a curd was apart from a cheese by-product… but it looked darn good, and I have been dying to make a “lighter” version of it ever since. […]

Cheesy Pork Stuffed Apples

Unflattering composition? Poor lighting?  Can't wait to find out. :)

This recipe was inspired by my friend Ron, who updates us on Facebook with the wonderful meals he cooks for dinner each night. I’ve stuffed meat with apples before, but I’ve never thought about stuffing apples with meat. Judging by the very slim number of recipes I found, perhaps you haven’t either. Ingredients 2 apples […]

Autumn Gold Pumpkin Butter No Sugar Added

All you need is a slow cooker!

What could be better than a spoonful of creamy pumpkin butter sprinkled with chopped pecans?  The answer is, slow cooked pumpkin butter with no sugar added. Once again, my slow cooker brings me great joy.  I usually make pumpkin butter in a pan on the stove.  This year I decided to give the slow cooker […]