Curried Butternut Squash Soup


A.) Cored out large sized pumpkins, a fancy tureen filled with hot soup, carefully ladled into small china bowls, lightly dolloped crème fraiche,  decorative silver spoons providing the final touches of elegance to the holiday’s first course.

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Chunky Applesauce


Not too sweet, not too tart, and, not too spiced, makes the combined flavors of Chunky Applesauce just right. Well, according to my taste, that is, and maybe your taste too.

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Stacked High Apple Pie


I can’t say that this stacked high apple pie is the replica coinciding the verse ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but then it just might count, at least a smidgen, given the dense volume of thick sliced fruit contained within.

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Chili Stuffed Baked Potato


Long before food trends would be whisked in with the rigor of beating egg whites to stiff peaks, I experienced the novel idea of a Chili Stuffed Baked Potato. Somehow it didn’t seem novel, or at least trendy to me at the time, it was the Southwest after all. In fact, the combination seemed to make perfect sense, and I thought it delicious.

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Tale of the Cream of Celery Soup


Don’t you love it when two challenging different topics somehow merge together in a common solution? Recently, one of these topics, what to do with an overabundance of celery?

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October Cottage Cooking Club, Warm Salad of Mushroom and Roasted Squash


Welcome to the October edition Cooking Along with the Cottage Cooking Club where food bloggers from throughout the world share their kitchen cooking experiences in the preparation of foods from the cookbook, River Cottage veg everyday, written by British author and TV host, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall. This months recipes chosen by our fearless leader, Andrea, at The Kitchen Lioness, notes from a very small German Kitchen, reflect the seasonal ingredients and dishes of fall. Andrea’s beautiful photography and well written stories, often surrounding adventures on various landscapes throughout Germany, have made Andrea’s blog an enjoyable place for me to wander and perhaps upon a visit you will find the same experience too.


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#SlowCookerMeals: Apple Cider Pork Roast with Smoked Bacon


October. It always seems to be one of the busiest months of the year to me, perhaps it’s that way for you too. Abundant choices among harvest days, and festivals, farmers markets bursting with the year’s broadest selection, last chance displays from summers harvest, to the changing root crops of the cooler season ahead. The ‘Pick Your Own’ takes us from memories of peaches to crisp, ripe apples, this year producing a seeming bumper crop out at the orchards.

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Yellow Rice Salad


It’s a simple story. Among all of the dishes I prepared last week, and there were many, in between a four course French inspired dinner party for our Ladies International Group, including bouillabaisse, chicken pate, and rib eye Bearnaise topped with a poached egg.

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This is the Best Grilled Cheese I’ve Ever Had


Anyone ever say to you while eating your grilled cheese sandwich ‘this is the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had?’  Yes, well strangely this frequently happens whenever I make this impromptu sandwich. Just last week, my youngest daughter Alex’s longtime friend, Allison, was out at the house working on some food shots. Allison Zaucha is a professional photographer and shoots in many genres, some of these award winning, but she recently had a curiosity on getting a feel for photographing food.

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Big Harvest Potluck, ‘come hungry and leave full in every (meaningful) way’


From the seeds of the earth, together we picnicked on a selection of fresh picked colorful vegetables from the working home farm of George Ball, CEO of Burpee Company, touchingly planted just for us, to reaching up, up, and away in a hot air balloon, seemingly symbolic of reaching for the stars, and then, well, pretty much everything nourishing in between captured the many special moments shared at the Big Harvest Potluck whose main event was hosted at the Fordhook Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania last weekend.

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