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In My Kitchen~Potato Latkes

One of our favorite autumn treats. Last night while the mister was grilling fresh salmon, I was making up a batch of latkes… Potatoes are the epitome of comfort food, don’t you think? The recipe I use is from Nancy Willard’s  book, Cracked Corn & Snow Ice Cream. It’s simple and perfect. Try it and…

Gifts From the Garden

“Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.”  ~Astrid Alauda Another gorgeous autumn day! The sun didn’t join us until later in the afternoon, which was okay because my friend Nancy and I were busy making magic in her kitchen. We talked and talked while we cleaned and cored bushels of apples… plunged…

house warming ~ little luxuries for autumn

~Make cider floats! Pour real apple orchard cider over cinnamon ice cream ~Harvest grapevines and make homemade wreaths for Christmas gifts…here’s a new twist on this idea. homemade grapevine wreath ~Go to a grape stomp or participate in a grape harvest at a local vineyard. ~Host a harvest party: plan a hayride, have a campfire,…

Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Sausage

“You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anybody knows that.” ~Kay Thompson Delicious baked oatmeal sweetened with applesauce and brown sugar. This breakfast treat can be served with apples and sausage (see recipe below) or a healthier ‘every day’ version that I like is to serve it with is vanilla yogurt, berries and…

Sugar & Spice Honey Butter

This is a delicious, cinnamony-sweet butter spread for toast, scones, muffins, popovers…whatever!  You may want to add jars of this yummy treat to your Holiday gift baskets. I like to use my Red Wing pottery beater jar to make this spread. This little jar is also nice for making salad dressings, beating eggs, and even…

Cream Sherry Pumpkin Bread

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as…

lunch in a pumpkin

Every autumn my friend Bonnie would feature “Lunch in a Pumpkin,” at her tearoom, “Tale of Two Sisters,” here in Red Wing Minnesota. I use to work there and I so miss that place! The old house on West 7th street still speaks to me as I pass by every day on my morning walk.…

coffee roast {classic and easy crock pot versions}

This is one of the best recipes for roast that I’ve ever made. The original recipe was a little simpler and didn’t include red wine. This could be considered comfort food, but it’s definitely elegant enough to serve for special dinners. It’s fantastic with mashed horseradish potatoes, or parsnip puree and a salad made of…

{jerabek’s bohemian coffeehouse} baked apple donuts

“These are unlike any doughnut you’ve ever eaten. Actually, they’re muffins from Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery in Saint Paul. The center of the apple-cinnamon delight sinks, giving it a doughnut look. We thought they tasted a little like funnel cake.” ~Midwest Living Magazine, October 2006 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon…

Northern Lights Apple Pie

“You can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey. That’s like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas.” Joey from the television show Friends After spending a lovely afternoon at our new favorite orchard in Prescott Wisconsin, I decided to make an apple pie using Northern Lights apples. These apples are not too…