Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Summary: A tasty (and much healthier) alternative in the morning for your usual pumpkin spice latte. Dare I even say that this one might be the better treat?
- • 1 cup crushed ice
- • 3/4 cup whole milk
- • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1. Place the ice, milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in the blender cup or pitcher.
- 2. Blend until very smooth.
Number of servings (yield): 1
Recipe: Hot Apple Cider
Summary: When sore throats strike or cooler weather arrives, my kids aren’t too keen on cold drinks. That’s when it’s time to make this spiced hot apple cider. Enhanced with orange and lemon juices, it’s full of vitamin C to cure whatever ails you.
- • 4 medium apples
- • 1 medium orange
- • 1 small lemon
- • 1/2 cinnamon stick
- • 6 whole cloves
- • Honey, to taste (optional)
- 1. Core the apples. Cut the orange and lemon in half.
- 2. Juice the apples according to the directions on your juicing machine.
- 3. For a larger yield of juice and less waste, juice the orange and lemon with a citrus juicer or reamer. (If you prefer, you can juice them in the juicing machine, following the manufacturer’s directions. Peel the fruit, if desired, prior to juicing.)
- 4. Place the two juices, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a small saucepan on the stove. Simmer for 20 minutes over...
Recipe: Harvest Pie with Autumn Leaves
Summary: Here’s a pie I love to make when the leaves are turning, the pumpkins are crowding farm stand shelves, and the pie-baking bug has bitten me good. The filling is a real grab bag of fall favorites: sliced fresh apples and pears, diced pumpkin, and dried cranberries for extra sweetness and a splash of color. I use the pastry trimmings here to create a center spray of leaves. You can use a leaf cookie cutter, but even for someone as artistically challenged as myself, it’s no trouble to cut a basic narrow leaf shape—something simple, like a birch leaf, not a maple—and make a few veins in it with the back of a paring knife. I put four of these on the top crust, stems ends in the middle with the leaves pointing out to the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. This...
Recipe: Curried Winter Squash Galette with Onion & Apple
Summary: When you write cookbooks, people often ask you how you come up with all of your recipe ideas. I like to say that I can find inspiration just about anywhere—from a photo, in my reading, during a casual conversation, or in my travels. Sometimes, inspiration for a new dish is borrowed from an “old” dish, in this case a warming curried winter squash and apple soup that I like to make in the fall and winter. Like the soup, this galette takes advantage of winter squash’s uncommon affinity for curry seasoning. The diced apple adds a sweet note, but the caramelized onions, curry, and Brie leave no doubt that this is a savory tart first, and one that would go beautifully with a salad of greens, toasted pecans, blue cheese, and vinaigrette.
- • 1 recipe Yeasted Butter Pastry, refrigerated
- • 3 tablespoons unsalted...