Cream Sherry Pumpkin Bread

Its the winter holidays upon us now that Halloween is in the can and pumpkin, now considered a super food, is on the menu in both savory and sweet cooking. So it is time to crank up the oven and bake some quick breads with the fall flavors of winter squash, dates, nuts, sweet spices, persimmon, apple, pears, and citrus.

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Cooking for a Crowd: Moroccan Chicken with Dried Fruit and Olives

Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Spanish and French cooking techniques and their main dish meat and vegetable casserole stews are called tagines, which has become a household word in the culinary circles. It is also the name of the traditional baking dish.

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

With the myriad of pumpkin recipes that get circulated this time of year, one thing is consistent–recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. Of course with the back to the local and sustainable movement, using a canned product might be passed over as too 1950s. But there is a reason canned pumpkin is so popular–its fantastic.

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The Baker: Pan de Los Muertos

Panes de Muerto, or “breads of the dead,” is a special orange- and anise-spiked egg bread made especially for November 2, All Soul’s Day, a Mexican national holiday honoring the deceased. It is a fusion between Indian and Spanish religions. This is a very happy loaf, despite the morbid name, and is consumed with the reverence awarded to Holy Communion.

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Microwave Brown Bag Popcorn

The microwave is the true home for popping popcorn. While there are quite a few specialized types of microwave popcorn poppers on the market, the good old brown bag method reigns supreme in my mind, especially if you are without any other contraption in which to pop.

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Fruit Crisps A to Z (Apple to Zucchini)-Autumn

About Fruit Crisps and Crumbles


If there is a dessert that appeals to all levels of bakers alike, beginning or experienced, country or city, old or young, it is the fruit crisp.  It is a fruit preparation that is as American…

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Pan-Sautéed Lamb Chops with Blackberry Sauce

Lamb is the stuff of myth, legend, and part of the story of the domestication of animals.  It is mentioned in the Bible and were used not only for religious purposes, but for food and wool.  It is a meat…

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Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker-Revised Edition Recipes

Creamy Kheer Oatmeal

photo courtesy design mom

Rice kheer is a beloved cardamom-scented pudding dessert in India. It is so special it is also served for weddings. There are many regional household versions since it is homemade. Here the kheer moves…

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Welsh Bara Brith

Bara brith, also known as “speckled bread” (the literal meaning of the original Welsh-language name referring to the mixed dried fruit scattered in the bread), can be either a yeast bread enriched with dried fruit (similar to the Irish barmbrack)…

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The Culinary Traveler: Indonesian Rice Bowl

Indonesia is the land of spices and herbs. This was the main reason the Dutch, Arab, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and British wanted to colonize Indonesia. This also meant that while they were there, they all have influenced Indonesian cuisine a lot as well in reverse cross pollination. The Dutch wanted a monopoly on the spice trade and conquered Indonesia for more than 300 years, exporting nutmeg, cloves, mace, ginger, and black pepper back to Europe.

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