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Autumn is Coming Up!

17 Sep

My favorite season by far is Autumn. I love the weather, the wonderful smells in the air, the warm clothing, and the beautiful fall food! – Squash! *I’m doing a little squash dance… whatever that looks like*

I am sooo excited for the food I will be cooking… below is a list of food that I want to make… hopefully I will have enough time!

Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup from Tartelette

Pumpkin Bars/Cake from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza from Taste for Adventure

What the what?! Pumpkin Quinoa White Bean Chili from Allyson Kramer’s Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes

Drooling… Pumpkin Cheesecake from Lick the Bowl Good

Last but not least – Butternut Squash Rissotto from The Pioneer Woman

Oh my… so many wonderful squash recipes. I could go on and on… but I think this is enough for now.

Is your mouth watering? Mine sure is. This year I am also going to experiment with different kinds of squash… for example… the sweet dumpling squash, fairytale pumpkin squash, carnival squash, and buttercup squash to name a few. What fun names those are too. Who gets to name these things? I want to do that!!

I am also looking forward to drinking spiced tea, pumpkin tea, hot cider (that tastes like apple pie with a little Tuaca – so yummy!). I really wish I had a fire place I could snuggle up to… a girl can dream right?

What are you looking forward to this fall? Or are you someone who doesn’t like this season? Please comment below – I’d love to hear from you.

Check out my first post on Kabocha Squash Tortellini  for some more inspiration.


Appetizers Galore

11 Sep

I love making appetizers… a lot of appetizers. I love the variety and the fun you can have with appetizers. Most of the ones I like to make are pretty simple, but pack a lot of flavor. The bites below are some of my favorites…

Crab, sun dried tomato and dill cracker bites… Image
Fresh Summer Rolls…
One of my favorites… Lemon Blackberry Vodka Gelees (recipe)Image
Too many appetizers to name here – you get the idea :)Image
Another fan favorite – Goat Cheese stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Just cut off the top and a little bit of the bottom, scoop out the insides and then fill with herbed goat cheese and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar and boom! You’ve got yourself a fantastic, easy appetizer.

The sandwich wraps are also pretty easy. Take a lavash wrap, use your favorite kind of spread. I used some plain goat cheese, avocado and fresh herbs, butter lettuce, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and some salt and pepper. Image
These are also tasty little things too. Also, very simple… not much to look at – but I know I can improve on that. Next time!

Anywho… these are watermelon, prosciutto and manchego cheese bites! Maybe something green or more colorful on them next time? Cilantro? Chiffonade of some sage? Or maybe instead a drizzle of basil oil? So many choices!! Image
I am going to make these next – Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers!Image
I will let you all know how these turn out. Until next time… have a wonderful night. Oh yeah, happy hump day.

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