Showing posts from September, 2011

Favorite Recipes for Fall Baking

I don't think I'm alone here: when the weather cools down, it's finally it's time to fire up the oven! For so many of us, fall is the favorite time of year for baking. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes. What are you baking this year? I'd love to know, leave a note in the comments! ~ Alanna Quick 'n' Easy Quick Breads (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) Home-baked Cookies (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) Apples - Worthy of a Fall Celebration (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) Warm Muffins for Breakfast (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) A Loaf of (Homemade Whole-Grain) Bread, A Jug of Wine and Thou (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) Fruity & Rustic Cakes (hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe) Corn Bread - A Fall Classic (hov

And the River Was Like Glass:
A September 11th Remembrance

Life Goes On The river was perfectly still, like glass, early the morning of September 11th. I'd been home for a few days. My mother had begun to lose motor control of her right leg. We feared this meant the lung cancer for which she'd been treated in the spring had metastasized into her brain. Our day was already full. Despite the leg problem, Mom was hosting a luncheon for friends at noon. Afterwards other friends would join up for a presentation about one of her many craft passions, scrapbooking. We'd already had our first cup of tea when Dad turned on CNN to hear the morning news. The first plane – a small plane, they said at first – had just hit the World Trade Center. We sat down to learn more. In horror, we watched the second plane hit the South Tower, understanding, instantly, that these strikes were no accident. We sat, mesmerized, horrified, in tears. At 10, the first call came. "Is lunch still on?" I looked at my mom. Without hesitation

Summer Appetizer:
Creamy Ricotta with
Tomato-Cucumber-Corn Salad

A quick and easy summery salad, a simple tomato and cucumber salad, with fresh corn kernels added for good measure, served almost as a relish over homemade ricotta. Real Food, Fresh, Fast & Seasonal. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Potluck & Party Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free.

How to Make Homemade Ricotta:
Skinny or Creamy or Something In Between

How to make ricotta cheese at home, with just pantry ingredients and a few minutes. I've made a "Skinny Ricotta" with 2% milk and lemon juice for many years but recently began making a "Creamy Ricotta" with a mixture of whole milk, cream and buttermilk. Here are all the in's and out's to make every DIY batch a success. A Little Extra That Makes All the Difference. Just Three (or Four) Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Easy DIY. Naturally Gluten Free.