Wait…is it Friday already? The weeks continue to whiz by here. We’re enjoying this gorgeous fall weather and some of our favorite foods (baked squash, applesauce, pumpkin pie) while running in between this and that. This weekend is jammed with one of our big volunteer events of the year: From 9 p.m. to Midnight tonight Greg and I will be setting up for the Minnesota Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America. This is our 4th year participating in the walk. Together he and I have raised nearly $1000 for autism research and advocacy through this event. Then tomorrow morning we’ll be back atRead More →

Today is National Spaghetti Day.I know, right? What a fantastic day to celebrate! I can think of no less than a hundred references to my all-American favorite. Singing “On Top of Spaghetti” on the bus ride home. Spaghetti Junction in downtown St. Paul. Spaghetti westerns. The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Throwing spaghetti on the wall. Uh-oh-Spaghetti-O’s. A spaghetti strap dress. I could go on and on… Today I thought I’d pay tribute with one of my favorite spaghetti recipes, pumpkin carbonara. Traditional carbonara sauce is made with copious amounts of pancetta, cream and parmesan. There’s nothing I love more than bacon and heavy cream. But sinceRead More →

I love the kitchen partner’s face when he’s excited about something I’ve baked. Earlier this week I made a holiday pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling in preparation for this post. Every few minutes during the prep he’d come back in the kitchen to dip his finger in the batter for a quick taste. “Wow. That’s really good.”…2 minutes and another dip into the bowl later…”What’s all in this?” He went away for a while and then came back to open the oven door just a crack. “Is it done yet?”…10 minutes later…”How long until you can put the frosting on?”…30 minutes later…”How about now?Read More →

If there’s one thing we do well in Minnesota, it’s food blogging. I’m so excited to be joining up with some fellow MN bloggers today to celebrate falling into the fall season. Amy Christie at This HeArt of Mine planned a fantastic week of fall-themed blog posts for the first week of the new season. Today I shared a new ice cream recipe – pumpkin pie ice cream. It’s made with pumpkin purée (frozen from last year’s pumpkins in the garden) and heavy cream from Castle Rock Creamery in Osseo, WI. A perfect treat for the first week of the season. Stop over and checkRead More →

Last day of pumpkin week and I’m posting one of the kitchen partner’s favorite cookie recipes. The original recipe comes from a 2007 issue of Rachel Ray’s magazine. There have been some revisions since then, but the idea is still the same: two soft, buttery pumpkin cookies with a healthy dose of cream cheese frosting in the middle. They are perfect for a fall picnic or roadtrip like the one we are planning this weekend. We are headed to Wisconsin Dells area with stops at the Thunder Valley farmers’ market and Wisconsin Cranberry Museum. Hope you’re planning a fall adventure this weekend! Pumpkin Whoopies  AdaptedRead More →

I love roasting pumpkins and squash with maple syrup and bacon. Rolled in bread crumbs for an extra crunch, this dish is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Just be sure to save enough for leftovers.  You never know when someone might show up to the table as hungry for pumpkin as one of these guys: Roasted Pumpkin with Bacon Ingredients 6 C. pumpkin or other sweet winter squash 1/4 C. bread crumbs 1/2 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. maple syrup 6 slices bacon Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. 2. Wash and remove stem fromRead More →

I’m having second thoughts about the pumpkin recipe I had prepared for today.  It needs a bit more tweaking before I’m willing to commit my name to it. Hence it’s after 10 p.m. and I’ve done nearly everything to get out of writing a post. While I let the recipe simmer in my brain I thought I’d do what every good food blogger does when he or she is on the couch and feeling uninspired.  Pass along a hefty list of blog posts and admire what the rest of the world is dreaming up in their kitchens.  I’ve read loads of posts recently about cookingRead More →

No respectable pumpkin week is complete without a recipe for pumpkin bread. After searching through a huge stack of cookbooks and a good chunk of the 4,000,000 recipes on Google, I concluded that most people completely slaughter good ‘ol homemade pumpkin bread. 3 cups of sugar? 4 eggs? Chocolate chips and coconut? What’s a locavore to do with all that nonsense? Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food  finally provided the answer: a simple Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread recipe that was easily adaptable to Minnesota ingredients. I threw in 2 tablespoons of golden flax seeds from Whole Grain Milling for extra nutty flavor and fiber, and wasRead More →

Today, the kitchen partner and I are in a heated debate. We’re all bent out of shape on the first day of pumpkin week over this: Minnesota foie gras producer challenges notion that process is cruel I bet you can figure out who falls on the side of the local producer and who falls on the side of the ducks. It’s not often that he and I disagree so much we have to sit in separate rooms. Not often that we stop talking because we can’t get the other one to see it our way. I swear. It only happens when we talk about parochialRead More →