Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes with Ginger-Thyme Syrup

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  It has been awhile since I’ve pulled a recipe from my Grandmother’s recipe box to give it a whirl.  With all the vintage recipe collections I have, hers included, I usually take a look through them initially to pull out interesting seasonal recipes and queue them up for that particular season.  I like recipes with whole ingredients, and those that might be unique though feel able to translate to a current day palate. Ricotta Pancakes are something I remember my Nana making as I was growing up when we’d  visit her in Northern California.  She and my Grandfather, Papa, had a flat in San Francisco where Papa worked and in the 1960’s built a weekend house in Pebble Beach (before it was ‘THE Pebble Beach’) where they’d spend the weekends for a number of decades.  It was in … {continue reading}

Making the Best Halloween Trick-or-Treat Wreath

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I’ve been chomping at the bit to start posting about Halloween.  It is by far one of my most favorite holidays and I probably have more energy for it also because it’s first of the holiday season. This post is a bit of a departure and I have vacillated over a few ideas for October posts feeling they don’t fall exactly in my blog’s culinary ‘P.O.V.’ (for watchers of The Next Food Network Star), or point of view.  This item is not exactly food but one could say that of many of the mainstream munchables in October.  This is a family tradition in my household and a beloved Trick-or-Treat item in our neighborhood so I wanted to share it! About 11 years ago when I was living in Arlington Virginia, enjoying a wonderful piles-of-leaves-to-jump-in fall, a friend from California sent me my … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Roasted-Banana Quick Bread

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I wish I could tell you fall has finally nestled in rather than merely toying with us as a cat bats around a ball before aloofly prancing off for something more interesting.  I’m still anticipating wooly sweater and my collection of knee-high boots that seem to be my cold weather uniform.  Never wishing to rush time, I’m taking in what the days bring, despite secretly wishing for a more lasting temperature plunge! Winter squash has just begun to show up at my farm CSA (Cure Organic Farm for Colorado locals).  A few years ago I had no idea what to do with them.  I never really had them when I was growing up and as an adult struggled with the density of flavor often coupled with further sweetening ingredients like brown sugar. Everything took a turn for me when I naively realized … {continue reading}

Autumn Sangria

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Last weekend when I was in Snowmass Colorado for the Snowmass Wine Festival I enjoyed a 4 course paired dinner featuring Spanish wines.  During the mixer hour, Tapas and Sangria were served bringing back fond memories of a week spent in Barcelona.  While there I took very descriptive notes, originally for the purpose of my daughter’s scrapbook who was 3 at the time, risking no memory of our adventure, though the travelogue has served as guidance for friends many times since.  I had recorded everywhere we went and everything we ate and drank, having enjoyed every morsel! Like me, my husband loves food and wine.  He also is an incredible source of information, invoking things he’s read from myriad sources with uncanny recall.  Thanks to the breadth and depth of his interest, our week on … {continue reading}

Fall Colors, Hot Air Balloons and Wine: A Perfect Fall Weekend!

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Without question, fall is my favorite season with the turning of the colors being a highlight. In Colorado, our main display is the aspen trees whose quaking leaves flame a brilliant gold, parading unabashedly in contrast to the deep evergreens. Last weekend I attended two fall festivals in Snowmass Colorado; the Snowmass (Hot Air) Balloon Festival and Snowmass Wine Festival.  Though completely separate and run by different organizations, they intertwined like yin and yang making for a perfect fall getaway. When I arrived in Snowmass on Friday, the mid day temperatures were in the low 70s.  Just right for pants and no sweater but giving way to an evening and morning chill, reminding one summer is definitely gone.  The Wine Festival kicked off the weekend with a 4 course Spanish wine … {continue reading}

Vail Harvest Cocktails, Fall Food and Fun!

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The ‘shoulder seasons’ (fall and spring) between the main vacation times are often a perfect time for a sojourn in the mountains.Hotel deals can be at their best and the throngs of usual visitors are at a low.Most warm weather activities still abound, with cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage as a backdrop making for a sublime vacation. Vail is no exception.I spent a culinary and adventure filled weekend there mere weeks ago but found it transformed when driving through last weekend.The surrounding mountains offered a dense concentration of fall color with daytime temperatures in the low 70’s, allowing ski slope mountain biking to rage on and the temptation for a long leaf-peeping trail ride with Vail Stables to be its prime. … {continue reading}