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…

Fall Flavors: Sweet Potato, Faro, and Kale Detox Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Anyone else feeling the Halloween candy or junk-food hangover today? The movers transported our stuff to the new-to-us house on monday, and we spent all of Halloween unpacking. By evening, I was exhausted.  In truth, by noon, I was exhausted but evening sounds a lot better.  Moving is the worst! So whether its the mountain of dark chocolate peanut butter cups I ate while answering the door for trick-or-treaters or exhaustion from our move, this anti-oxidant rich, detoxifying salad is just what my body needs!!  Its full of delicious, wholesome, seasonal goodness! On a detox note, I’m hoping my very neglected skin will soak in these nutrients like crazy because…

Girls Night in 5: Rolled Pumpkin Baklava

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. While I have always loved baklava, the notion of all those paper thin layers of fillo looked intimidating.  Until I discovered a much simpler rolled baklava technique! This technique uses only uses 5 sheets per to create each rolled baklava log!  So so so much easier and just as delicious! Since its fall, I wanted to incorporate some…

Halloween Recipe Round-Up

A round-up of my favorite eats and treats for your Halloween and Harvest party festivities!! Savory Eats Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce Pumpkin shaped sweet potato fries with a super creamy and surprisingly vegan chipotle dipping sauce are a tasty, crowd pleasing appetizer or side dish!  To the recipe… French Stuffed Pumpkins  A cheesy bread stuffing with fresh herbs, bacon, and cream roasted inside of a pumpkin for a decadent dish!  To the recipe… Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce A bit of a project, but well worth the effort for a small gathering!  Homemade ravioli noodles with a pumpkin ricotta filling and a…
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