• Food
  • Holiday Cranberry Sauce

    Holiday Cranberry Sauce

    Thanksgiving calls for a proper feast. While the first sighting of a pumpkin inspires some to plan Halloween costumes or jump ahead to gift-giving lists, autumn has me thinking about turkey, stuffing, and every delicious morsel that makes the feast delicious. Now that Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, I finally can share […]

  • Drinks
  • Vanilla Cider Punch

    Vanilla Cider Punch

    The first crush of grapes is the sign that wine making is about to begin. Whether done by modern techniques or the ancient method of grape stomping, which a few wineries still use, the skin of the grape often is broken in the midst of rituals and blessings. Cider may have humbler beginnings, but I […]

  • Food
  • Pumpkin Seed Brittle

    Pumpkin Seed Brittle

    Homemade candy is more satisfying than store-bought confections with a long list of additives. Crafted in my kitchen, this brittle recipe is loaded with pumpkin seeds and has a depth of flavor that takes it beyond a traditional sugar and nut mixture. Maybe best of all, it is aerated so that it is easy to […]

  • Food
  • Roasted Pumpkin Soup

    Roasted Pumpkin Soup

    Pumpkins collapse into roasted sweetness after spending some time in the oven. I created this soup to celebrate the moment when their edges caramelize, and their skin is so tender that the weight of a knife is enough pressure for piercing. Certainly use this soup as an appetizer, but consider making it a meal with […]

  • Living
  • Pumpkin Season

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    October has been heavy with heat and rain. I have wondered if it will ever burst forth more goldenrod and cinnamon than gray. Sometimes it seems too weak to break away from summer’s tight grip, at other times too sluggish to progress toward winter. So many of us crave sun-ripened berries. Saltwater is enough to […]