autumn

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!}

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Caramel Apple “Stacked” French Toast For A Lingering, Lazy Fall Morning

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Caramel Apple “Stacked” French Toast For A Lingering, Lazy Fall Morning post image

The brisk chilliness of the house in the fall is the familiar companion that welcomes me first thing on a weekend morning. It envelopes my tired fragility as I rise from the cocoon that is my warm bed, hair disheveled and face imprinted with pillow lines, and nips at me playfully until I lessen its effect by wrapping a double layer of robes around myself while I adjust to the morning hour before coffee. The house lays dark, undisturbed from its own slumber through the night, ... {more please!}