Pumpkin Caramel Cobbler

Occasionally I run across recipes that sound amazing, but upon execution are just bad.  I am going to risk of sounding really overly dramatic today, but bear with me.  Sometimes I catch the bad recipe before its too late and am able to make some changes to salvage things.  And sometimes I don’t.  Two times, in my adult life, really stick out.  Both times I was making a recipe that received rave reviews and lots of hype, but definitely did not come even remotely close to expectations. The first was just absolutely disgusting and the second just fell totally flat.  But both recipes were made using a common key ingredient.…

Roasted Pumpkin Kale and Farro Salad

I wait around all year for Fall time’s colors, flavors, smells, and even the decor.  I’m not much of a seasonal decorator, but thats why I love fall.  You can stick a pumpkin on anything and call it decorated.  Stick some dried wheat in a vase and call it harvest themed.  Dig that grapevine wreath out of my attic and attach it to the hook near my front door. Voila.  Fall decor at its laziest finest. I know there are the people who go alllll out.  And, I envy their seasonal decoration mojo and enjoy their efforts from a far.  But the laws of seasonal decorations and the laws of…

Apple Hazelnut Tart with Shortbread Crust

Ok.  So according to the internet, today is national apple day.  Who knew there was such a thing… There really is a day for everything now, gosh.  I think I saw on Instagram or something that last tuesday was national taco day?  Is this different than every other taco tuesday?  And what happens if that date doesn’t fall on a tuesday next year?  But, I do love apples.  And if I were to pick a day to have a fake celebration, I may pick national apple day. On national apple day, what would we eat?  Well, apples of course!  Apple pie may seem like a logical choice here.  But I…

Acorn Squash and Coconut Milk Soup with Apples and Shallots

It is officially fall, you guys.  Some days it feels like fall and others it still feels like summer, but when since I can see my breath on some of my morning runs, I believe what the calendar says.  It is fall.  If you read my post earlier this week, you know that I have mixed feelings about fall, especially when it comes to my small house and hosting.  While I may be weird about small crowded spaces and house traffic jams, I have absolutely zero mixed feelings about fall colors, cool crisp fall days, or FALL FOOD!!!!  Most especially if the words squash, pumpkin, or apple are involved. So,…

Thick and Gooey Salted Caramel Dip

I’m not sure what combination of events lead up to this.  It certainly wasn’t a conscious effort.  I’m guessing living and growing up in Washington state played a large part?  And maybe always being on the go?  But I love apples.  Scratch that, I could probably be categorized as an apple nerd.  I would estimate that 95% of the time, my lunch consists of some combination of an apple and almond butter, peanut butter, or a handful of raw nuts.  I am not sure why I haven’t gotten sick of it or out grown it because I been eating it with regular frequency for well over 10 years.  While other…
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