I’ve spent so much time thinking about and cooking Fall and Thanksgiving recipes, I did not even notice that the Christmas season was slowly creeping up on all of us! Don’t you feel like you have to urgently switch gears now and get yourself into a Christmas mode? I do! And, conveniently, these peanut butter sandwich cookies with Nutella filling and colorful sprinkles seem like a perfect way to kick of a Christmas cookie season around here! I love Christmas for many reasons, not the least of which are the cookies! You have to check out the Christmas cookies I’ve made last year – they all became my family’s favorites!
Here, I am using a recipe from a wonderful Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I’ve already made these cookies before, and this time instead of making a chocolate filling from scratch, I am taking a shortcut and using Nutella spread. Cookies did not suffer a bit – Nutella is delicious with these crumbly, light-textured, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies! Dress them up with sprinkles, and they become perfect, easy-to-make Christmas treats! [click to continue…]
Am I the only one who is having a hard time getting back into the kitchen after a week of Thanksgiving feasting? I’ve been eating so much over the last 10 days, I am not even hungry any more. So, please forgive me for this very basic cooked apples recipe today. So simple and easy but don’t let the simplicity fool you: these cooked apples are DELICIOUS:
This recipe is very handy any time you have way too many apples.
Sweet cooked apples are great for breakfast as a topping over pancakes, waffles, or even over oatmeal. They also work great on their own, as a simple dessert, served warm with vanilla ice cream: it’s like having an apple pie without a crust. [click to continue…]
You will fall in love with this apple pumpkin bundt cake and will be making it over and over again! The cake is so moist and fluffy, so very flavorful – it’s like having Autumn on your plate! It will make a great addition to your dessert menu for Thanksgiving as an alternative or a companion to a pumpkin pie! As far as I am concerned, this cake is permanently on my menu regardless of holidays!
Even if you don’t care much for pumpkin, you’ll love this recipe because this cake is not too pumpkin-y, yet very flavorful. And, it has lots of chopped apples in it. It has the texture and the feel of a very good carrot cake. It won’t last long in your house: you’ll be eating it for breakfast, mid-day snack, and dessert! [click to continue…]
Fall and Winter are perfect time to make these pumpkin waffles! Imagine cozying up around the kitchen table with a cup of hot coffee or tea and, while it snows or rains outside, enjoying a slice of this waffle smothered in real maple syrup:
It’s a pure comfort! If you love pumpkin, you’re going to love these freshly made pumpkin-buttermilk waffles: [click to continue…]
You may have noticed I’ve been posting lots of pumpkin recipes lately, from breads, pancakes, and muffins to chilies and curries. And I am not done yet! No pumpkin menu is complete without this amazingly delicious and easy pumpkin soup. I am very particular about pumpkin soups: I like them savory and so that the pumpkin is not the only dominating flavor. Last year, I made this pumpkin and black bean soup which fit these 2 criteria and was super tasty (I highly recommend you make it!). Well, this year I wanted something REALLY SIMPLE that did not even involve food processor but only one saucepan, so I came up with this recipe.
Here I combine pumpkin puree with a little bit of coconut milk, a touch of red curry paste, cumin and honey. The soup does not have a strong overwhelming Thai flavor, neither does it taste too much like a pumpkin. It’s just perfectly balanced. I use honey not to sweeten the soup but only to balance out other flavors. Even with the honey added, the soup is not sweet, the honey is just used to balance out the slight acidity of pumpkin.
This soup is highly nutritious (thanks to pumpkin), gluten-free and vegan.
I like to sprinkle the soup with chopped pecans caramelized in brown sugar. It makes the soup pretty and even more fit for Thanksgiving. It also adds these tasty chunks of sweetness (little islands of sweetness ) to the mostly savory soup! [click to continue…]
I love weekends for many reasons, especially because that’s when I have time to make something special for breakfast, such as these pumpkin pancakes with caramel sauce and pecans. I am using a tested recipe for pumpkin pancakes and dressing them up a bit with a good caramel sauce – it’s such a tasty and pretty combination, and it’s perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch!
With the caramel sauce dripping along the sides of pancakes, you’ll definitely want to lick your plate. Caramel + pecans + pumpkin do go really well together! Taking these photos was not an easy task – I had to exercise a lot of self-restraint, otherwise instead of looking at 7 stacked pancakes, you’d be looking at one or two: [click to continue…]
I am so excited to add this vegetarian pumpkin curry full of Thai flavors to my regular rotation! Simple, flavorful, healthy, easy to make – this curry is a wonderful weeknight meal that I can quickly and easily make right after I come home from work.
I can’t even begin to describe how good this is! When I made this pumpkin curry I was just curious to see if the Thai flavors worked well with the pumpkin. Well, here I am, making this curry for the second time, and, yes, the pumpkin-Thai combination works amazingly well! This curry has a touch of coconut milk, red curry paste, a little bit of honey – all the basic ingredients you need to make a simple and flavorful Thai curry. Not only is it amazingly tasty, it is also vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, very low in fat and calories! And full of nutrients, thanks to pumpkin! I’d say it’s a pretty good recipe to have in your repertoire! [click to continue…]
I can’t let the pumpkin season pass by without making at least a single batch of pumpkin pancakes! Full of pumpkin flavor and spiced up with just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, these easy pumpkin pancakes are perfect for the Fall! Imagine serving them for breakfast over Thanksgiving holidays – it will surely make your family very happy and giggly from contentment :
If you love pumpkin, these will be right up your alley, because the pumpkin flavor really comes through in this recipe! They are so good and full of flavor, you can eat them plain, without any maple syrup! Just with a cup of sweetened coffee or tea. Of course, pouring REAL maple syrup over the pancakes will not hurt either! [click to continue…]
An easy apple cake doesn’t get any better than this! Tasty and moist, with great texture and flavor, packed with juicy apple slices, this is a perfect every day cake! It has become a regular in my rotation of Fall desserts! So easy to make: it takes literally 15 minutes to prepare, not counting the baking time, and requires the simplest and the most basic ingredients found in any pantry!
Apples, nuts, and cinnamon make this cake so very tasty. And what a great way to use up those extra apples! [click to continue…]
This is a really-really yummy chili recipe! I am so happy to share this because it is such a winner and so different from a regular chili! I think I am surprised myself at how well this dish has turned out. I knew I liked pumpkin, and I knew I liked chili, so combining these two both into a pumpkin chili recipe seemed like a really good (and a really persistent) idea in my head! Still, I had little doubts and dilemmas (like should I make it sweet or savory, add pumpkin pie spices or not, etc.). Well, I have no doubts any more! This is definitely a SAVORY pumpkin chili, without any sweetness or spices that are usually associated with pumpkin. I wanted this to be a chili, first and foremost, so the only spices here are chili and cumin, just like in a regular chili. No cinnamon, no nutmeg, no pumpkin pie spices. I love how savory this dish has turned out to be, and I just love savory pumpkin recipes! In fact, I almost ate the whole pot of this chili today, all by myself, for lunch and for dinner – it’s that good and addicting!
This is a vegetarian stew: I did not include any meat (even though next time I might), instead I included 2 types of beans: black beans and garbanzo beans (any white beans will do too). [click to continue…]