Stuffed Acorn Squash

When I was a kid, my favorite Thanksgiving food was stuffing! My family makes a sage stuffing recipe. I thought it was heaven on earth.   Probably because I had no idea other types of stuffing existed! When I discovered the wonders of oyster stuffing and sausage-apple stuffing, my eyes were opened to the world of options! My mom and extended family really like their staples. They rarely venture far from them. They make this stuffing with bread that I can only describe as the most basic white sandwich bread you can buy. Friends, what happens to basic white sandwich bread when it gets even a tiny bit wet? It turns…

Fall Flavors: Smoked Salmon Succotash

Fall is officially here… And so is all of the amazing fall produce!!!  Is anyone else in HEAVEN at the farmer’s market right now??  The greens!  The apples!  The brussels sprouts!  The potatoes!  The last of the zucchini!  The beginning of the fall squash!  I mean, WHOA!! I have the brownest brown thumb around and am in complete awe of what they grow!  They should be so proud!  The season’s abundance is seriously striking!  Instead of pride, I see tired eyes and muscles – the wear of the season’s work beginning to show.  Since I can hardly keep succulents alive, I can’t fathom the workload! This post is the first…

Easy Middle Eastern Lahmacun

I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret. You must promise not to tell my Sicilian Nonni.  Okay?   I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods more than any other food on the planet.  You may have heard me mention this a time or twelve, but I could happily eat it every day!  With such bold and varied flavors, how could I not??? When California Lavash reached out about trying their authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads, I was thrilled for any excuse to scoop up more hummus!  California Lavash breads are all non-GMO verified, vegan, and made without artificial preservatives or chemicals.  Yay, for no surprise ingredients! I opted to…

Love People Well: Spicy Asian Quick Pickled Veggies or “Quickles”

While I admit that I gravitate towards baked goods, specifically muffins, as evidenced by the first two posts in the Love People Well series (found: here and here), I am spreading my wings and branching out!  Pull your mason jars!  We are making “quickles!!”  The easiest, tastiest, crunchiest spicy Asian-style quick pickled veggies! No one can argue with the easily shareable/giftable nature of cookies, muffins, scones, etc. but does my single-dude contractor friend who saved our house from falling over this week want a batch of muffins?  I’m willing to wager that answer is “no.”  (Although, he’s never been one to turn down anything with chocolate chips, now that I…

Mango Avocado Salsa

On a spiciness scale of plain yogurt to ghost peppers, my preference lands somewhere just above plain yogurt.  While every other kid was busy dumping ketchup on everything in sight, I thought ketchup was too spicy.  Instead, I stuck to my Nonna’s homemade bleu cheese dip.  I was a weird foodie kid from the get go. My husband keeps waiting for more of my tastebuds to die so that we can finally add an additional star to our Thai food order.  “Just wait until you get older,” he says.  So far, no such luck.  Sorry.  But Salsa…I love salsa.  Maybe just not spicy salsa. So this Mango Avocado Salsa, may…
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