Halloween Caramel Apples


Weeks ago I knew I wanted to try making homemade caramel apples after I started buying these gigantic honey crisp apples from Trader Joe’s. Seeing other bloggers post their own pics of caramel apples inspired me even more. So when I was invited to a work pot luck, I knew exactly what I would bring….

Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Soup {vegetarian, with vegan option}


It’s fall and I’m obsessed with pumpkin. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin drinks. Pumpkin seeds. And, the latest, pumpkin soup. I found a delicious-looking recipe while searching for a good technique to roast pumpkins on the website, Simply Recipes (where you can find tons of pumpkin recipes). Both the technique and the soup are spot on. Here’s my…

Vegetable Stock


I figured since I’ve declared myself a vegetarian for one week a month that I need to find myself a good recipe for vegetable stock. Most could-be vegetarian soups call for chicken or vegetable stock. I always use chicken stock because a) I’m not vegetarian and b) I only ever have chicken stock on hand….

Black Onyx and Black Sea Salt Caramel Brownies


I did it again. I discovered the best dessert brownie ever, per my boss. Sometimes I wonder if my boss is just being kind, as I’ve mentioned before that nearly every time I bring a dessert to work, she claims it’s the best dessert I’ve ever made. But in this instance I have to believe…

Black Onyx and Sea Salt Pudding


Browsing my neighborhood spice shop I found a cocoa I’ve never heard of or seen before: black onyx. It’s color immediately intrigued me and of course I had to buy some! The sales clerk suggested some recipes found on the company website – her favorite was a chocolate pudding and she suggested adding some sea…

Pumpkin Puree


I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. I never really used to be a fan of pumpkin anything, in fact (but least of all pie), until about a year ago when I tried a pumpkin chai latte at a coffee shop near where I work. They told me they used homemade puree, which made…

Roasted Chipotle Pumpkin Seeds


I have to admit it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed some freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. So long that I can’t actually remember the last time I had them, though possibly it was 2007 – which was the last year I remember carving attempting to carve a pumpkin. This year I’m into pureeing my…

Pumpkin Latte Base for Pumpkin {Chai} Lattes


I’m obsessed with pumpkin chai lattes but only the kind made with real pumpkin puree. Sadly, I haven’t found many coffee shops that a) carry pumpkin lattes b) carry pumpkin lattes using homemade puree. Recently I made some homemade Pumpkin Puree specifically so I could make my own pumpkin chai lattes at home. The recipe…

Risotto-Style Beet Quinoa


It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been on vacation. Yeah. Vacation. Not to some sandy-beached destination but instead to my hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. Or thereabouts, anyway. (I will tell you that from where I write this post I can hear cows mooing.) The only reason I’m even able to blog between…

Cashew Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash


I’ve now informed two mostly vegetarian friends of mine that I plan on being vegetarian for a week each month. You know what happens when you start to tell people something? You need to make good on your actions or you look like you have no follow-through. I purchased a delicata squash the other day at…

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprout Gratin


I have a friend who has been mostly vegetarian/vegan for a while now. Last weekend we went out for dinner and we ended up having a mostly vegetarian meal. We tend to share meals when eating out, and we have no problem finding tasty sharable vegetarian dishes. Vegan choices are a bit more difficult for…

Brown Butter Hamburger Stroganoff


Last week I pulled some hamburger out of the freezer intending to make burgers while my dad was visiting. Then in the midst of all my food planning, I had to put my dog down. And suddenly I no longer felt like trying hip, new burgers. Instead, I wanted something easy to make. Something comforting….