Slow Cooker Fragrant Beef Stew with Yams and Chickpeas

Slow Cooker Fragrant Beef Stew with Yams and Chickpeas -

We are enjoying the most beautiful fall weather.  The mornings are beginning to be dark enough to double check the alarm clock before bounding out of bed into the chill of the house.  Fleece, flannel and warm slippers are a must and the smell of coffee a most welcome companion in the quiet early morning kitchen. The days slowly surrender to a lazy sun, skimming the sky like a low hanging fruit, doing its job with idle effort to end the day earlier than the day before.  Unlike its bold and … CONTINUE READING

21 Autumn Cocktails and Infusions

21 Autumn Cocktails and Infusions |

The heat of summer seems obvious for refreshing cocktails.  Ripe fruits naturally lend themselves to creative sipping; throw in a pool and mini cocktail umbrella and the day is made perfect. Fall however is a time to get serious.  As the temperatures cool, the flavors deepen offering a more noteworthy cocktail compared to the flirtatious libations of summer.  It’s a time to slow down and enjoy some sips, truly appreciating a complex beverage and interesting flavor combinations.  Some of my … CONTINUE READING

Trick-or-Treat Ice Cream

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Ice Cream -

As much fun as Halloween is, I dread the candy.  You know what I mean, it looks something like this: Though that would be a light load.  Even after sorting for gluten, which goes to work with ‘Dad’, and tossing anything open, each of my Trick-or-Treaters ends up with a gallon plastic bag, packed with treats.  I have one child who rations her candy like the world might end; hiding it and selectively taking a piece a day.  My second, the younger, has taken to mass consumption usually … CONTINUE READING

Whimsical Fall M&M Cake

Whimsical Fall M&M Cake -

Sometimes you just need to make an unexpected cake.  Nothing replaces one for brightening a day! I always love a bit of whimsy and unpredictability in my food, especially when to comes to surprising my family.  They all work very hard at what they do and a fun cake is a great way to take a break and celebrate that.  I had originally imagined this cake as part of a Halloween party-scape but as it began to take on life, the colors of orange and brown appealed feeling quintessentially of … CONTINUE READING

Easy Slow Cooker Mole Chicken Thighs

Easy Slow Cooker Mole Chicken Thighs -

As we all frantically prepare for Halloween, many in the Hispanic community are focused on other impending holidays: El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on November 1 and All Souls Day November 2.  Truth be told, most are not well acquainted with these holidays and often misinterpret them at face value due to the predominance of skeleton iconography. Despite the eerie skeleton representation, these days are celebratory and joyous, and a time the dead are believed to return to commune … CONTINUE READING

Café and Casual Dining in Paris and French Lemonade with Lavender {recipe}

French Lemonade with Lavender {Citron Pressé avec le Lavande} -

Visiting Paris, or much of Europe for that matter, in August as we did is often met with a cautionary tale from seasoned travelers.  Europeans typically take a more coordinated vacation in the month of August leaving magnetic cities such as Paris with some restaurants and shops shuttered for holiday.   One will also find themselves in the company of more tourists than Parisians in certain localities, and certainly traditional venues such as the Louvre are bursting at the seams with international … CONTINUE READING