Thanksgiving Flavors, Revisited

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Winter Squash & FlowersThe autumn is in full swing, just shy of when the snow flies in the North and brings us winter chills.  I love this time of year.  And I love this holiday.  I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving offers us the opportunity to reflect on our blessings, to share our bounty with others and just have a rip-roaring good time with friends and family.  And of course, to eat!  Continue reading

Spicy Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding

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Spicy Pumpkin Pie Rice PuddingAt our house, rice pudding is a HUGE comfort food.  Right up there with tapioca pudding, but that’s another post.  And then, there’s pumpkin pie, all spicy and creamy.  And around this time of year, pumpkin pops up in everything, so I decided to combine these two comforts.  Why not?  And just in time for Thanksgiving, too.  Continue reading

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Onion, Garlic, Apples and Cranberries

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Onion, Garlic, Apples and CranberriesThe Goddess has come to the conclusion that autumn is her favorite time of the year, certainly from a culinary standpoint.  You know, the things that are just so delicious—apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, winter squash are in abundance.  Not to mention soups and stews.  Yup!  It is a great time of year to be cooking…and eating.  Continue reading

Balinese Shallot and Lemongrass Matah (Sambal Matah)

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Balinese Shallot and Lemongrass Matah (Sambal Matah)This condiment, Sambal Mahtah, is spectacularly delicious.  It’s spicy, sweet, a little hot and just slightly crunchy.  This came to my attention via Trader Joe’s™.  They sell some amazingly delicious products, but they discontinued their Sambal Mahtah.  Well, what’s a girl to do?  She needs to come up with her own version.  Continue reading

Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Chicken Thighs

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Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Chicken ThighsBoneless chicken thighs are a natural for stuffing.   The cheese-stuffed jalapeño is a perfect way to keep the cheese from oozing out of the thigh and giving the whole thing a nice little Zing!!  A pan sauce, a Cuban tamale and dinner is served.  Continue reading

Scalloped Apple Cake

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Scalloped Apple CakeThis is a simple, rustic dessert.  Comfort food.  It has a good apple flavor, held together by a cakey pudding.  Sort of a cross between apple pie and cake-like pudding.  Pure comfort.  Continue reading

Layered, Roasted Ratatouille

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Layered, Roasted RatatouilleEvery now and again, you happen on a dish that’s just perfect.  This is that dish.  It’s a positively delicious dish.  It’s loaded with rich flavors and vivid colors.  Though it’s absolutely best made when the garden is overflowing, it transcends seasons.  And perhaps best of all, it goes together quickly and is even better made ahead and eaten at room temperature.  Continue reading

Broiled Garlic Shrimp in Rich & Creamy Cheese Sauce

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Broiled Garlic Shrimp in Rich & Creamy Cheese SauceI had forgotten about this dish, which makes you wonder what goes on in my head that I could forget something this incredible.  This is a rich, relatively easy and supremely delicious dish.  It’s the stuff of memories.  It is wonderful anytime, but by nature, it is a perfect dish to serve to the special people in your life.  Continue reading

Crispy Zucchini—Carrot and Parmesan Fritters

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Crispy Zucchini—Carrot and Parmesan FrittersI love fritters.  They’re a great way to use veggies.  They’re a great way to use up leftover veggies and they’re fried.  And anything fried is just better.  Face it.  It’s true.  You know it’s true.  Continue reading