Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)


I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s […]

Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)


These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

Tandoori Chicken

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Photo Source: prakhar As part of our homeschooling curriculum, we regularly study foreign countries. When I can I try to make dinnertime match the theme to help reinforce some of the things that our kids are learning. Last year we studied India and so I searched for an easy recipe that wasn’t too out of […]

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie – Recipe Swap: (Never) Too Many Pumpkins!


Years ago I found this great book at the library called Too Many Pumpkins. It tells the story of Rebecca Estelle, an elderly woman who, as a result of living in the Depression, hated pumpkins. It turned out that the only food her family had had for a season was pumpkins. Consequently, she avoids pumpkins […]

Cheesy Potatoes

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This is an all-time favorite with everyone except one FishBoy. (He does not do cream of chicken soup in anything.) You can make these ahead of time and pop them in the oven a few hours before serving. So good.

Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]

Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins


I made a big batch of these this afternoon. Popped them in the oven and then headed across the street to the park with the kiddos. What a nice snack to come home to! My big boy (almost 12) loved the independence of coming home by himself to check them and pull them out of […]

Lynn’s version of Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Recipe Swap: Soup’s On!)


How cool is it that when I asked Lynn to guestblog this week’s recipe swap, she chose my very favorite soup?! Jessica asked me to do a guest post for her while she is in the middle of moving to the West Coast. I love to cook and bake, so I was thrilled to be […]