Persimmon Walnut Cream Tart with Shortbread Crust

You can always make pumpkin pie.  Or pecan.  Or you can switch things up a bit.  In truth, we almost never stick with the pumpkin/pecan staples.  And I’m not saying you should follow suite.  But when Thanksgiving doesn’t look all that traditional around here, why should dessert?  How about a persimmon tart with a walnut cream frangipane, and a much-easier-than-pie-crust shortbread crust?!  Plus, shortbread crust is roughly 10 times tastier and 100x less fickle than pie crust. I’m always shocked how few people have tried persimmons.  What are your thoughts??  I love persimmons.  I’ll even eat them raw.  The slightly spicy flavor pairs perfectly with the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg…

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Pecan Sage Finishing Oil

For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of handmade pasta!  I know its with a blog name like Almost Properly, its not shocking that I prefer a less than perfect looking hand vs. machine cut pasta.  We’ll call it rustic style. Pasta rustico. 😉 For me the pasta making process is magical, nostalgic, and darn-near therapeutic.  I love the rolling, slicing, and arranging.  I love the boiling, saucing, and plating.  And of course, eating is the very best part.  Loving the hearty rustic nature of this pasta in all its simple sauced wonder. Since its fall, I made handmade pasta with pumpkin!  In this recipe, pureed pumpkin replaces the eggs in…

Love People Well: Ginger Biscuits with Apple & Pumpkin Butter

This post is part of the Love People Well series.  The focus of this series is on easily shareable, transportable, and giftable foods.  Its an invitation to spread a little love to our friends and neighbors in a simple and tangible way. Friends its officially fall!  Around here, fall means warm drinks, fall leaves, the return of the rain, and cozy weekends.  Under normal circumstances, cozy mornings consist of giving our french press and teapot a work out, having friends over for brunch, and then snuggling up under blankets all afternoon to read a book I’ve stashed away for a literal rainy day.  But this fall is not normal… we…

Fall Flavors: The Best Ever Apple Butter

You know those lazy sunday afternoons where the weather is hinting at fall you want to do is curl up with a cup of tea and a book (or the 2 months of Bon Appetite magazine you haven’t had time for)?  I am ready for those days.  This summer has been amazing.  One of my favorite summers ever actually!  But, as the days get cooler and a few of the leaves are starting to turn, so I’m ready for that pot of tea, a good book, and a cozy blanket.  The only thing that could make this picture even better is if there was something cooking to make my house…

Being a Conscious Consumer + prAna

The terms sustainability and conscious consumerism get peppered into conversations and onto the page a lot.  By “a lot,” I mean they are everywhere.  Who you ask determines what they mean.  In fairness, the terms can refer to many things, which isn’t bad.  In fact, its good! I think the most compelling arguments for each exist amidst these intersecting definitions. When its a question of sustainability, my personal philosophy starts by asking myself the following questions. How does this practice impact:  the environment or ecosystem? others (the people who produce, grow, or participate)? myself or my body? the future? When it comes to being a conscious consumer, I ask very similar questions.…
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