autumn

Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Beef Stew, a Bread Bowl’s Best Friend

Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Beef Stew, a Bread Bowl’s Best Friend post image

There are many things in life that make the best of friends. Certain things partner up in such a way making them better together than they ever could've been apart: a cool evening and a blanket; a good movie and some fresh, hot popcorn; a golden-pink hued sunset and a contemplative walk; a heart filled with love and a warm embrace or a kiss. The things that go together give a little extra definition to life, and create warmth and preciousness; they offer color and a ... {more please!}

Hearty Italian Chicken and Autumn Veggie Soup, and Gratitude for the Simple Pleasures

Hearty Italian Chicken and Autumn Veggie Soup, and Gratitude for the Simple Pleasures post image

It gives me a lot of joy and contentment to find pleasure in something simple. Just before sitting down to write, I decided to spend a few moments sitting in a chair in the back yard in utter silence just listening to the world around me, soaking up the milder rays of the warming sun (and some much needed vitamin D). And just from those few, precious moments that I gave myself for refreshment, my spirit feels calmed and quieted; it feels lifted up. I feel ... {more please!}

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!}