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I'm super stoked to be experimenting with making my own plant-based cheese products! This is the one category of dairy I find most difficult to go without. Most commercial plant-based products available near me are either highly processed, expensive or lacking in variety (or all three). But first, a note about the word "cheese".

The vegan application of this word seems to provoke a fair bit of argument from dairy consumers and...

Once you start making your own vanilla extract you'll never go back to expensive grocery store options again! You might even be so thrilled you venture into making other extracts as well... orange spice, lemon drop, cool spearmint, the possibilities are near endless.

In this post, I'm going to show you how to make the easiest and most widely used extract, true vanilla extract. I've been making this extract for years. The type...

If your last experience with acorn squash included lots of butter and brown sugar (the only way my mother ever prepared them), I encourage you to take a walk on the savory side with these Stuffed Acorn Squash with Rice, Pears and Cranberry Sauce! These make a lovely side or can be a complete meal - with lots of mix 'n match options.

I remember the first time my parents grew acorn squash. I was 9 or 10 years old. We grew a doze...

December 7, 2018

Hey there! How's your day goin'? Ready for a little coffee break? Good deal, me too! and I've got the perfect little somethin'-somethin' for ya!  

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Balls with... get this... finely chopped DARK CHOCOLATE! The good stuff. Just half a bar, you don't have to use it all. You know the one I'm talkin' about... the emergency stash in the secret hiding place. Not any left in that hiding spot? Check the other one.....

November 30, 2018

Did you know delicata squash make delicious edible bowls? Their skin is thin, just like small pie pumpkins, making it perfectly edible, so no need for peeling. If you're looking for an elegant, easy to make side dish for your holiday table (or any night of the week!) Stuffed Delicata Squash with Quinoa, Pomegranate and Pistachios is the way to go!  It also holds up well to baking which makes it an excellent choice for both qu...

November 16, 2018

I've got some delicata squash LOVE comin' at ya! If you've yet to dive into the delectable world of winter squash, delicata is an excellent place to start! A truly brilliant winter squash that I think you're gonna LOVE adding to your menu this season. Stuffed or sliced, they're offset beautifully with black rice stuffing, roasted apples and toasted red walnuts.

A few reasons to grab some delicata squash today:

~ they have cream...

November 2, 2018

Soft, warm, chewy, flavorful... what's not to love about homemade naan bread?! I've taken it a step further by adding pureed pumpkin, caramelized onions, crushed fennel seeds, peppercorns and dried sage leaves to create this version that truly celebrates fall! Completely plant-based too!

Gorgeous color, evocative flavor, tender texture... this Pumpkin Naan Bread is the perfect accompaniment to soups, stews, curries, salads or...

October 26, 2018

Apples, pumpkins, sage and potatoes are quintessential fall harvest ingredients. For this QUICK dish, I've roasted together New England Pie Pumpkin wedges with intensely flavored Ginger Gold apples and Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage potato and grain sausages - all dusted with freshly ground sage, fennel seeds, peppercorns and smoked salt.

The result? A kitchen filled with heady aromas and a delicious fall harvest dinner on the...

October 21, 2018

This beautiful fall salad is perfect for any occasion: date night, harvest festivals, holiday gatherings or any meal of the week. It's LOADED with lots of flavor and plenty of gorgeous colors. Composed with a distinct Mediterranean flair, but 80% of the ingredients were harvested right here on our little plot of paradise! Purple Peruvian potatoes, Kalamata olives, green beans, Manzanilla olives, pickled beets, roasted pie pum...

October 12, 2018

I am SO excited to share my Pumpkin Tarragon Vinaigrette with you! I gave my classic French Tarragon Vinaigrette a lil' seasonal make-over… the results? Outstanding! Creamy, sharp, bold flavors come together with just a few ingredients and less than five minutes. You'll be making this Pumpkin Tarragon Vinaigrette all season long... plus it's a great way to use up the rest of that can of pumpkin!

It IS officially fall. The dirt...

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