Cranberry Soy Chicken

I made some homemade cranberry jelly about a week ago, and have been brainstorming non-Thanksgiving ways for using it.  So far, this is what I have been able to come up with – a soy, cranberry, and garlic sauce on roast chicken that has been roasted on a bed of garlic seasoned potatoes, mushrooms, and…

Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite winter soups that will both empty your vegetable bin and leave you muy satisfecho.  Minestrone soup seems to have a little bit of everything in it -Italian sausage, potatoes, pasta, zucchini, and beans to just name a few.  I like to season my broth with old cheese rinds, but if you…

Cornbread, Kale, and Bacon Stuffing

Leftover cornbread, one final harvest of the garden kale, and BACON.  How can you resist the bacon? A simple dish that uses up some of the food that has been sitting around my kitchen.  Think of it as practice for Thanksgiving in a couple weeks. Ingredients: diced Cornbread Kale 3-4 diced strips of Bacon 1-2…

Cranberry Challah

I saw fresh cranberries at the grocery store this week, I clear sign of the Thanksgiving season, and I could not resist bring a bag home.  Usually I go right for the cranberry quick-bead recipe when it comes to baking with fresh cranberries, but this year I decided to go down a different path, and…

Honey Sriracha Chex Mix

Chex mix is a great party snack that is easily personalized.  Rice and corn Chex are gluten-free, omit the pretzels and you have a great gluten-free option.  Leave the nuts out and you have an option for people with nut allergies.  I wanted to create a Chex mix that was sweet, salty, and spicy hence…

Night Owls

An owl shaped cookie with coffee liqueur and expresso favored dough and a bittersweet chocolate glaze.  A little something that keeps you going at all hours. Ingredients: 1 cup Butter (room temp) + 2 tbsp Butter 1 cup Sugar 1/4 cup Coffee Liqueur 1 Egg 3 cups Flour 2 tbsp ground Expresso 1 1/2 tsp…

Quinoa Griddle Cakes

Torrejas de quinoa, quinoa griddle cakes, are a tasty and nutritious snack.  High in protein and fiber this is a great way to prepare and eat quinoa.  I have been eating them all week for lunch.  Highly satisfying.  You can also dress them up with your favorite sauces, or even some fresh veggies.  The quinoa griddle…

Apple Cider Doughnut Muffins

Apple cider doughnuts are a big thing in Vermont around this time of year.  Weekends are spent at your local orchard picking apples, and indulging in fresh, right out of the fryer, melt in your mouth, cider doughnuts.  A little something to warm and revitalize you after an afternoon spent outside enjoying the crisp fall…

Beer Pizza Dough

One of my favorite grocery store pizza doughs has beer in it, and below is my astonishingly successful first attempt at trying to recreate it.  I was sure that it would take me a few tries to get it right, especially since I was going in blind (pour in a can of beer, dump in…

Rosemary Boule

This week’s bread recipe is a rosemary boule.  A boule, in the simplest of terms, is a rounded loaf of bread, and the fragrant rosemary melds beautifully with a basic white bread recipe.  I left the bread to proof overnight in the hopes of deepening the yeast and rosemary flavors.  Something to keep in mind…

Honey Cardamom Apple Cake

Apples! Apples! Apples!!!  They are everywhere this time of year!  It’s a good thing that I love them.  In fact, I am a bit of an apple snob.  I refuse to eat them off season, but once September comes around my apple a day becomes three apples a day – time to make up for…

Basic Buttermilk Loaf

A simple loaf of white sandwich bread.  The buttermilk gives the bread a buttery tang that is slightly reminiscent of a sour dough, but does not require the development of a sour dough starter.  A sprinkle of poppy seeds coats the top of the loaf for additional flavor and crunch. Ingredients: 3 tbsp Butter 1…