Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Cinnamon-&-Sugar-Dusted Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Craving other pumpkin-spiced delights? Check out our Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Seed & Spinach Pesto, Pumpkin Risotto, Pumpkin & Ricotta Lasagna, and Curried Pumpkin Pie Soup Cinnamon-&-Sugar-Dusted Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins Makes 18 NOTE: Buttermilk Substitute (I never keep any on hand and always use this substitute): In a glass container, whisk together 1/3 cup milk[…]

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets, Montrachet & Pistachios

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets and Montrachet/Chevre Cheese Serves 4 Note: I wrote this recipe as though the reader plans to enjoy the salad over the course of several days. Obviously, if you are planning on dining with friends and family, all of the assembly is done at once, separating any leftovers as directed…if[…]

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon of olive oil – stock 1 spanish or yellow onion, chopped finely – $1.19 2 cloves of garlic, minced – stock ½-lb lean ground beef – $5.49 12-oz bottle of beer (I used a wheat beer, Blue Moon) – stock 2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth[…]

Sesame-Miso Noodles with Green Onions & Edamame

Sesame-Miso Noodles with Green Onions & Edamame

Sesame-Miso Noodles with Green Onions & Edamame Serves 3 Ingredients for the Dressing: ¼ of a ripe avocado 1 Tablespoon white miso paste (I get it at Whole Foods) – $4.23 1 small garlic clove – stock 2 teaspoons lemon juice – stock ½ teaspoon sesame oil – stock ¼ kosher salt – stock 1/3[…]

No-Cook Tomato & Brie Pasta Sauce

No-Cook Tomato & Brie Pasta Sauce with Sweet Basil

No-Cook Tomato & Brie Pasta Sauce with Sweet Basil Serves 4 Slightly adapted from a recipe published in Redbook Ingredients: 1-pound pasta (cavatelli or cavatappi works well here) – $2.39 ½-cup reserved pasta water 1-pound very roughly chopped ripe tomatoes (I use grape or cherry tomatoes b/c they’re often sweeter) – $3.99 ¼-cup extra virgin[…]

Kid-Friendly Blueberry Kale Muffins

Blueberry Kale Muffins

Blueberry Kale Muffins Makes 12 Ingredients: 1½ cups whole wheat flour – stock 1 teaspoon baking soda – stock 1 teaspoon baking powder – stock ½ teaspoon salt – stock 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – stock 1⁄3 cup maple syrup – stock 1 tspn vanilla extract – stock 1 egg, lightly beaten – stock 1⁄3[…]

Orange-Juice-Glazed Acorn Squash with Cinnamon_opt

Orange-Juice-Glazed Acorn Squash with Cinnamon & Sea Salt

Orange-Juice Glazed Acorn Squash with Cinnamon & Sea Salt Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded – $3.87 1 cup orange juice – stock ¼-cup Demerara or Turbinado sugar (a large-crystal raw sugar, worth having a bag for dusting the top of baked goods with a crunchy caramel flavor) – $3.49 ½-teaspoon ground[…]

dsc_0347

Culinary Blog Tour

Mariel here. We were so honored to be featured as one of Rhonda‘s Top 3 favorite food blogs in her 3-Blog Tour. Rhonda runs The Kitchen Witch, which is an incredibly beautiful, thoughtful and well-photographed food blog. One part photographer, one part “culinarian” and one part motorcycle enthusiast, Rhonda is way more badass than your[…]

Pear & Gorgonzola Quiche

Pear, Pancetta & Gorgonzola Quiche with Toasted Walnuts

Pear & Gorgonzola Quiche with Toasted Walnuts Serves 8-10 Ingredients: 4 oz. diced pancetta (or bacon) – $3.69 1 extra-large shallot, diced – $0.79 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter – stock 1 Tablespoon brown sugar – stock 2 large ripe pears; 1 pear cut into chunks, 1 sliced thinly – $1.99 4 eggs, lightly beaten –[…]

Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Turtles

Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Turtles

Salted Dark Chocolate Pretzel Turtles Makes about 10-12 Turtles Ingredients: 6-oz dark chocolate chunks or morsels (semi-sweet also works): $3.19 30 mini pretzels, crumbled – $1.79 Handful of dried cherries, currants or cranberries – $3.19 Sea salt crystals – stock Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $8.17 Directions: 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper[…]

Hot Summer Salad_opt

Warm Super Greens Salad with Pistachios & Sweet Peaches

Warm Super Greens Salad with Sweet Peaches Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 cups baby heirloom or grape tomatoes – $2.29 3 ripe peaches cut into 1/8ths – $1.60 18 cups of “super” greens – $5.99 6 Tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese – $3.99 (for the block) 6 Tablespoons of chopped nuts (I use pistachios) – stock[…]

Thin & Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

Thin & Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

Thin & Chewy Gingersnap Cookies Makes about 20 Cookies Originally adapted from Wives With Knives Ingredients: 2¼ cups all-purpose flour – stock 2 teaspoons baking soda – stock ¼-teaspoon salt – stock 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – stock 1 heaping teaspoon ground ginger – stock 1 teaspoon ground cloves – stock 1½ sticks of unsalted[…]

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad Serves 12 as a side dish Note: This salad was intended as a straight-up side dish to enjoy pretty much any season. As I wasn’t entertaining a large group of guests, I found myself scarfing up just about all of the leftovers after our first round of photos and tastings. At[…]

Roasted Tomato and Kalamata Olive Pasta Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Kalamata Olive Pasta Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Kalamata Olive Pasta Sauce Serves 4 Inspired by a recipe in Real Simple Ingredients: 2 pounds tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks – $6.50 1 teaspoon sugar – stock Salt & pepper – stock ¼-cup olive oil, plus some for drizzling on the tomatoes – stock 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (you want[…]

3-Ingredient PB Cookies_opt

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Makes about 16 cookies Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, room temperature (chunky or creamy) – stock 1 egg – stock 1 cup white sugar – stock Grand total assuming “well-stocked” kitchen: $0 Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth[…]

Mango-Cilantro Chutney

Mango-Cilantro Chutney

Mango-Cilantro Chutney Makes about 8-oz Ingredients: 1 large bunch fresh cilantro – $1.99 1 large jalapeno, seeded – $.69 1 mango – $2.50 Juice of 1 lemon – $.25 1 teaspoon salt – stock 2 teaspoons sugar – stock 2 tablespoons water – stock Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $5.43 Directions: 1. Rinse the cilantro[…]

Chicken Marsala_opt

Chicken Marsala with Prosciutto

Chicken Marsala with Prosciutto Serves 10 Ingredients: 3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts – $7.10 Flour seasoned with salt and pepper, for dredging – stock 1/3-cup olive oil – stock 4 Tablespoons sweet butter, divided – stock 1 large Vidalia onion, diced – $ 1.74 3 cloves minced garlic – stock 1½ lbs. assorted mushrooms, sliced[…]