Archives for October 2013

Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

What’s for dinner? Even though I write a food blog and have food on my mind probably more than the average person, I can’t escape the daily question about our evening meal. You would think that it would be easy for me to throw anything together and to come up with something rather quickly… well, think again. While most of the previous statement is correct, food menu planning and making sure that dinner is ready once 6 o’clock hits is equally a challenge to me as to most cooks in America. This is exactly why I love making soup. In a short period of time, you can throw together a meal that takes only one pot to prepare, it is filling and the perfect vehicle to sneak in extra vegetables, and it is the gift that keeps on giving. To me, soup tends to taste better on the second day than it did on the first. The flavors had some time to develop and make for an even more satisfying and well-rounded meal. This is where Chicken & Gnocchi Soup comes into play.

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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In our house fall wouldn’t be fall if we didn’t have these bars. Since almost all the trees are in full foliage, it was definitely time to bake up a batch. This is a family favorite that has been passed down from generation to generation. Something so pure and perfect that is simply unforgettable and loved by all. Tweaking recipes and changing them up a bit is something that comes naturally to me. I am definitely not one that enjoys the same thing over and over. Hello food blog! I like to keep myself engaged and try new things whenever possible. But I realize that some things are meant to be preserved and cherished. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are certainly one of them. I follow the recipe to a T and can’t think of a time that these didn’t come out just right. Another reason why this is a family fave, I suspect. [Read more…]

Caramel Stuffed Cider Cookies

I am such a sucker for all things containing caramel. Caramel seems to make everything better and more scrumptious. It surely enhances the taste of most treats and causes ultimate gooeyness, which is the icing on pretty much all delights. Buttery goodness and a luscious brown hue are irresistible. When I came across these cookies, not a single doubt remained in my mind that I had to give them a try. This is not your average cookie recipe – it contains a special ingredient which I will tell you about in a second. On this beautiful fall day (around these parts anyways), you deserve a cookie that will make your palate sing.

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