chocolate mint sauce

dark chocolate mint sauce

Ready in minutes, an easy way to put your halloween candy to use!

dark chocolate mint sauce

spooned over scoops of vanilla!

My daughter, Emily is an absolute addict for York Peppermint Patties.  Actually – anything mint.  When we’re at a creamery, it’s always some variation of mint ice cream that she gravitates toward.  Peppermint, mint chocolate chip, candy cane — as long as it’s got a minty quality, it will end up on her cone.   

 

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pear and cranberry upside down cake

pear and cranberry upside down cake

OMG! Make this NOW!

Here’s a not so secret, secret.  Scott doesn’t like pumpkin.  Especially pumpkin pie.  He’ll tolerate it in certain forms — like the pumpkin bread that I am required to make every year, but he turns his nose up at pumpkin pies, custards, cheesecakes, mousses, brûlées, cookies — well you get the idea.

 

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pork tenderloin with port and dried plums

pork tenderloin with port and dried plums

this taste of fall is so simple to make!

Before you scrunch your face and roll your eyes and get all squirrelly on me, let me just say that pork and prunes are a classic combination.  No really.  Classic.  It’s French!  But not in a hoity-toity way.  This is completely accessible.  The type of dish we would have at my grandparents house.  

 

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smoky corn chowder

 

smoky corn chowder

smoky kielbasa and tender vegetables warmed by a creamy corn broth.

Back to fall comfort food central here.   I asked for your favorites and the responses came through Facebook and e-mail.  Brenda’s pick was creamy soups.  I can totally get behind that.  Who doesn’t like a soup with a creamy mouth-feel?  Some of my favorites are butternut squash soup, roasted red pepper soup and white bean soups with ham and veggies.  But for you, Brenda — I’ve got something extra special!  

 

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cold soba salad

cold soba salad

bright and fresh with crunchy vegetables

Are you a pantry hoarder?   I think I may be.  I’m not a hoarder in any other sense but this one.  Normally, I think that if something hasn’t been used recently, you won’t miss it if it gets tossed out.  Not so with my pantry.  

 

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