margherita pizza

Weekend perfect, you can make the dough ahead of time or pick up fresh-made dough from your local deli. Have your hungry crew top their own pie with their favorite flavors. Late summer shows off Mother Nature's best work of art. Leaves become restless in anticipation of the fall dance, gourd foliage is in full … Continue reading margherita pizza

The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter

The aroma of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cooked apples waft through the neighborhood as apple butter is being prepared and put up.   These autumnal flavors are just one of the gifts Mother Nature gives us this time of year and with all of the choices at my fingertips to whip up for the … Continue reading The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter

Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath With autumn on the horizon, we begin to change colors and scents inside our homes to coordinate with Mother Nature’s canvas outdoors. Warmer colors, spicier scents and rougher textures … Continue reading Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

buttery apple cake

A simple and delicious cake filled with apples and a hint of rum. When choosing apples for this gem, pick apples that will hold up during baking and not lose their form. The following apples are good for baking:Granny Smith, Jonegold, Braeburn, Honey Crisp and Pink Lady. The cake has a fairly delicate flavor and … Continue reading buttery apple cake

Pumpkin Bread

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. ~Wikipedia The entire year seems to be a waiting game for fall harvest. As leaves turn and the autumn … Continue reading Pumpkin Bread

Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Finish your holiday feast with the grand finale of all desserts – a moist, pumpkin cake base, studded with chocolate chips and topped with a sticky caramel sauce. It all comes together in your slow cooker, saving time, effort and oven space. Scoop baked cake into individual ramekins and top with whipped cream for a … Continue reading Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Juicy and sweet, the first apples of fall

I have officially come down with "Seasonal Madness".  It isn't enough to scent the home with maple and cinnamon aromas, or place a few autumn accents here and there, I have the urge to can, cook and bake every apple, berry and pumpkin recipe known to man, all at one time.  There will not be … Continue reading Juicy and sweet, the first apples of fall