Simple Pleasures Of Autumn’s Golden Days

the golden days of autumn

Autumn pleases all the senses as days turn cooler and the landscape becomes a riot of golden colors. Leaves crunch under our feet as we gather pinecones to decorate our homes and our kitchens are filled with sweet aromas of pies baking as we prepare to gather in thanks for nature’s bounty. Autumn or fall, […]

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Rigatoni Pasta With Roasted Cauliflower

rigatoni with cauliflower

As cooler weather approaches, we often think of heartier and comforting dishes such as this simple rigatoni pasta with roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower, roasted until tender, golden and caramelized, gets tossed with pasta, cheese, sautéed onions and garlic and then finished with bread crumbs for a wonderful crunch. One of my husband’s and my favorite Italian […]

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Pork Schnitzel With A Red Wine Plum Compote

pork schnitzel with sweet and savory plums

For a quick and easy fall dinner or an Octoberfest celebration, top crispy pork schnitzels with a red wine plum compote. The compote, prepared in 15 minutes, combines sweet, tart plums and savory spices that perfectly complement and balance the rich flavors of the juicy pork cutlet. For this dinner, fresh plums are slowly simmered […]

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Buttery Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto

Creamy risotto with chunks of buttery lobster is a restaurant quality meal that you can prepare at home. Whether making the risotto for a romantic dinner with your significant other or serving it as a starter at a dinner party, it’s a delicious recipe everyone will love. In Italy, risotto is a first course dish […]

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Apples Picking, A New England Fall Tradition

Ask a New Englander where they are headed on a nice weekend in September and October and their answer will probably be “apple picking”. The air is crisp, the sky is blue, leaves are turning golden and orchards welcome families to pick their apples, purchase apple cider doughnuts and a jug of cider. Autumn is […]

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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca, An Italian Classic

spaghetti alla puttanesca

Simple and flavorful, Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is an Italian classic that can be prepared with a few ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen; tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic and olive oil. It’s a perfect weeknight meal as it can be on your table in around 30 minutes. There are as many explanations for […]

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Blueberry Tart With Lemon Curd

blueberry tart with lemon curd

This blueberry and lemon curd tart is perhaps my favorite summertime dessert. Flaky pastry is topped with creamy, sweet tart lemon curd and shimmering glazed blueberries. While blueberries are at their peak, I love serving this easy to make but especially pretty dessert when I’m entertaining friends. During my years living in New England, I […]

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Fresh Green Bean, Tomato And Blue Cheese Salad

green bean tomato and blue cheese salad

A fresh green bean, tomato and blue cheese salad is the ultimate summer side dish. Super easy to prepare with tender young green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, your favorite blue cheese and tossed with a simple vinaigrette, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next backyard barbecue. This is the time of […]

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Spicy Stacked Watermelon, Feta And Arugula Salad

spicy stacked watermelon feta and arugula salad

A stacked watermelon, feta and arugula salad is a great summertime starter. Sweet, slightly spicy and a little salty, it makes a delightful presentation served as a salad, either tossed or composed or it can be put on skewers and served as a cool and refreshing appetizer at your next party. I believe that you […]

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Mount Dora, 30 Miles From Orlando Yet A World Away

Mount Dora light house

Mount Dora, less than 30 miles from downtown Orlando, seems a world away from the crowds gathered at Disney World. The small historic lakefront town, in the heart of the rolling hills of Central Florida, was once a popular winter destination for Northerners in the early twentieth century. I’d heard of Mount Dora, as it’s […]

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