Family Dinner Plan: Leftovers and last box

  From a menu planning standpoint, last week was a disaster. The menu plan was good, but our schedule was all wonky, and we ended up abandoning the entire plan by Tuesday night. We still ate well and at this point in the season, many of the vegetables in our box from Mariquita have good

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Cookie Thursday: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

A little late this week, as it is already Friday, but I wanted to make sure to honor Cookie Thursday and the tradition of baking with for my kids. Part of the delay was because I needed to roast the pumpkin before mixing the cookie batter. The other reason is that I have been so

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Thanksgiving Breakfast: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Strata

Remember last month when I participated in a blogger roundup about the new cookbook, Perfect One-Dish Dinners? Well, in addition to being fun, I also had the opportunity to meet several new bloggers. Bonus. This month, Shauna James Ahern, of the Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, proposed a similar roundup, focused on a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.

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Farm to Table: Roasted Pumpkin Pie (recipe)

Roasting your own pumpkin for pie this Thanksgiving is not a difficult process. And you will be amazed at the difference in taste. DSC_0882 This week, in preparation for my pie baking marathon Thanksgiving week, I roasted up a Musquee de Provence pumpkin. This variety of pumpkin is huge – the small ones are over

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Cookie Thursday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

pumpkin-chocolate-chipInspired by a recipe included with a giveaway milk glass from the California Milk Advisory Board (see how I spelled Advisory? It was spelled wrong on all their marketing pieces!), I created a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie for this week’s Cookie Thursday. I had a moment of panic when I pulled them out of the

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Cookie Thursday: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes (recipe)

Chocolate Pumpkin CookiesCupcakes? But Gudrun, it is supposed to be Cookie Thursday. Where is the cookie? Well, my loyal readers, I changed my mind today and made cupcakes, mostly because I wanted to use the cute little Martha Stewart Halloween stencils I picked up at Michael’s a couple weeks ago. I mean, look at that,

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Cookie Thursday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Drop Cookies (recipe)

Pumpkin cookies on a pumpkinAll this talk about pumpkin patches and pumpkin hunting had me craving a pumpkin-based cookie this week. Searching through my cookbooks, I found an appropriate one in The Kid’s Holiday Baking Book, by Rosemary Black. Easy enough to put together in 30 minutes or less, longer with “helpers”, i.e. two young

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