October 2012

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto, And The Legacy Of “The Littlest Pumpkin”

Pumpkin Risotto

Many years ago, there was a very special, itty-bitty little pumpkin called “The Littlest Pumpkin”, and he belonged to a very special, itty-bitty three-year-old boy, my son. “The Littlest Pumpkin” was about the size of a small apple, and his unblemished and smooth skin was the vibrant, orange-yellow color of a fall fire; his gorgeous golden-green little stem was just slightly curled and twisted at the end, and he sat ever so proudly, perched on my son’s little table in his room, keeping him company as ... {more please!}

Cozy Cameo: Sunday Morning Breakfast Frittata, And My Dream Of An Endless Weekend

Breakfast Frittata

Do you ever wish that the wonderful, cozy weekend could just go on forever? That a Sunday could be followed by another Sunday, and then another Sunday, and then another Sunday, without a melancholy Monday ever showing its dour face again? Surely, this fantasy that I have from time to time isn’t mine alone. On a Sunday, the morning seems extra long and bleary-eyed; my pillow seems that much fluffier, and my comforter, that much comfier. When I wrap my robe around myself and put my ... {more please!}

Orecchiette With Eggplant And Pork Ragu, The Little Ears That Comfort

Orecchiette Pasta With Caramelized Eggplant and Spicy Pork Ragu

It started out as several sneezes in a row, coupled with some mild shoulder and upper arm muscle aches, and a slight wash of weakness and tiredness. Though I dismissed it as perhaps not having enough sleep, or just my body’s way of trying to adjust to the weather not being able to make its mind up in regards to the wild swings in temperatures here in southern California, I secretly knew better and a mild dread loomed over me. Sure enough, my confirmation came several ... {more please!}

“Pancakes ‘n’ Bacon Cookies”, And Breakfast For Dinner Or As A Snack

Pancakes 'n' Bacon Cookies

In our house, we like to create our own zany reality. Funny enough, nobody would ever suspect just how silly our little family is; to look at us, we’re very straight-laced and socially well-behaved people. But when we’re in the privacy of our home, our own little sanctuary, things are different. So very often, loud cartoon voices punctuate the environment in our home, as do ridiculous, made-up phrases and silly imitations that result in bursts and fits of uncontrollable laughter because of the absolute absurdity of ... {more please!}

Oktoberfest Stew And Shiny, Happy People

Oktoberfest Lager Stew

It kind of makes me chuckle, but fall brings out the “eager participant” in me. It’s not that I’m otherwise antisocial, per se; I’m just typically not the biggest fan of large crowds, or going to gatherings where people get packed-in together like sardines in a tin can. For some mystical reason, as the cooler seasons move in, I actually start to crave the opportunities for my family and I to gather together with others of a similar mindset; others that simply have a spirit to ... {more please!}

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