autumn

Caramel Apple Sticky Rolls, and Saying Goodbye to a Season that’s Passed

Caramel Apple Sticky Rolls, and Saying Goodbye to a Season that’s Passed post image

Having to say goodbye has never been easy for me. I recently had to say goodbye to my parents who had come to visit with us for a while this summer, after not having seen them for about two years; they left to go back to their home (these days) in Slovakia. It's tough not knowing when we'll all see each other again; perhaps another two years from now? The pace at which time and life goes by, it'll most likely be at least a little ... {more please!}

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn post image

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it's a wonderful challenge! And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them. Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit. And they're perfect ... {more please!}

Granny Smith’s Apple Flapjacks with Warm Cider Syrup, and Anticipating the Sweetness of Fall

Granny Smith’s Apple Flapjacks with Warm Cider Syrup, and Anticipating the Sweetness of Fall post image

Although fall “officially” begins September 22, I, for one, certainly don't need an official date to begin bringing out the fall-inspired recipes. After all, fall is my favorite time of year; and once all of the various sweet, juicy and crisp apple "varietals" begin appearing more and more in the produce isles, and the local orchards start inviting us to participate in their “U-Pick” festivities, then I start to have a very hard time resisting the temptation to begin brainstorming comfy-cozy and kitchen-warming new recipes that ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake post image

I've been making some very good use of pumpkin lately, and I've enjoyed every sweet minute of it. Several weeks back, my son and I went on a pumpkin pie “bender” and baked about four large pies over the course of a few days, as he had asked me if we could find a way to make our own completely-from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe. His request? No canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crusts, and no whipped cream out of a spray can. And me being overcome with ... {more please!}

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion post image

The fall is replete with colors that amaze and awaken the bleary eyes. Shocks of brightness coupled with pops of savory flavor enliven the soul on a late morning when the appetite is making itself known and “inspired” food is exactly what it craves. Now, blazing orange sweet potatoes are an amazing part of this perfect fall bounty, as well as are the fragrant spices and savory nuances that can be mingled and married to create the perfect breakfast that is reflective of this spectacular time ... {more please!}