Chestnuts roasting in a warm oven

Chestnuts — a holiday treat.

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love” —Hamilton Wright Mabie   One of the many joys of cooking during the holiday season is experimenting with new ingredients to create delicious healthy recipes. Imagine my delight when a dear friend recently cooked ...

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Pass the gravy and the gratitude

Thanksgiving dinner.

“Thankful for friends and loved ones, too, Thankful for all things, good and true, Thankful for harvest in the Fall, Thankful to Him who gave it all.” —Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer I am so grateful for Thanksgiving, a holiday that encompasses the concept of gratitude in such a delicious way. ...

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Miraculous comfort in the kitchen

Miracle worker: garlic.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” —John Ruskin Whenever I am in the kitchen I realize there is no other place in the world that offers a more comforting, loving and cozy atmosphere. Here is where we can gather with family and friends and enjoy the great pleasures of ...

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No tricks — just treats for Halloween

Garlic for a Halloween dip.

“Shadows of a thousand years, rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween’ ” —Dexter Kozen As the days shorten and the night begins to cast its dark shadows ever earlier, the stage is set for Halloween. Children begin to vibrate with excitement as the annual candy ...

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Fabulous fruitfulness of fall

Pears, fall treats.

“Each tree, laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th’ eye. Tempting, stirr’d in me sudden appetite to pluck and eat…” John Milton (Paradise Lost) Fall is full of such sensuously ripe and robust flavors to enjoy, especially the fruits of fall like crisp, juicy, round apples, creamy, curvy ...

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An apple a day…To your good health!

Apple season is here.

“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as Autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne Autumn is such a glorious explosion of magnificent color. Each day a panorama of picturesque scenes unfold, lakes and ...

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Make meals magical with fresh herbs

Herbs make meals magical.

“An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks.” — Charlemagne There is something quite magical about meandering through a thriving herb garden. Kitchen inspiration will surely be aroused by the many types of herbs to be found there. Tiny thyme plants tucked among the spaces of a ...

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