Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins

Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins

When family comes to visit for the holidays it is nice to bake some goodies to have on hand for snacks or breakfast. My family is coming on Wednesday, so I made a batch of these Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins to freeze and then thaw for Thursday morning. Everything is so hectic on Thanksgiving Day that you don't want to be cooking anything extra that day. You can just thaw these the night before and warm them in the oven to serve with coffee for breakfast. Your family will not be able to…
Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs

Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs

If you have a vegetarian in your family you know the quandary of what to serve them for Thanksgiving dinner. The vegetable sides are usually amazing and a vegetarian can fill their plate with green bean casserole, salad, mashed potatoes and cranberries. But it really is nice to have a special Vegetarian Dish to fill in for the turkey - something substantial, with a little protein and a "festive" feeling. I think this Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs fits the bill. (You may want to double this recipe as carnivores will probably…
Homemade Garden Vegetable Soup

Homemade Garden Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup is a wonderful way to eat a lot of healthy vegetables, and this time of year it tastes so warming and delicious too.  I like to make a pot and eat it for for dinner that night - then again for lunch the next day. (and maybe the next too!) With a little grated parmesan on top and some toasted bread it makes a very satisfying and healthy meal! This is not so much a recipe, but a reminder of how simple soup can be to make.  For vegetable soup with…
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & mixed Vegetables

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta & mixed Vegetables

This is an easy one dish meal with everything you need all on one plate - my favorite kind of meal! It is basically just a pasta dish with sauteed vegetables & ricotta, with broccoli rabe as the main ingredient. Broccoli Rabe is a cruciferous vegetable that looks a lot like broccoli. The leaves, buds and stems are all edible, but the leaves tend to be a bit bitter - (but in a good way) - so use as desired. The bitterness is mellowed out by the pasta and ricotta. Other vegetables I…
Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Kabocha Squash

Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Kabocha Squash

I love a warming bowl of spicy vegetarian chili on a cold day. The weather is just now beginning to feel "fall like", so I got in the mood to make it! I had recently bought a nice Kabocha Squash at the farmers' market so I decided to add that to my chili. Kabocha Squash is incredibly dense and sweet when roasted. (You can substitute any squash actually, like Butternut, Acorn or Delicata. If you want to make this recipe even easier, get the already cubed Butternut Squash at the market). Ingredients: (makes…