Roasted Applesauce with Raspberries

The Recipe: It's such a simple idea, isn't it? Just throw a few raspberries into homemade applesauce. The results? A glorious raspberry gem color and a brightness never before tasted in applesauce. Is Ina Garten a genius? I think so!
My first batch of applesauce with raspberries, I cut the recipe in half. I didn't doubt the recipe, it came from Ina Garten's new cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey. (I've made a half dozen recipes from Ina's latest cookbook: one didn't work for us but five are new staples! Remember the beautiful Celebration Salad, the one with Maple-Roasted Carrots, Arugula, Dill, Cranberry Vinaigrette, Pomegranate and Glazed Pecans?)But surely three pounds of apples for applesauce would be plenty? WRONG.Because pure genius, that Ina, jazzing up everyday applesauce with raspberries.I also skipped her brown sugar and butter substituted the more unusual star anise for the commonplace cinnamon. Good calls? BOTH.
Served plain? Although "plain" u…

Celebration Salad

~Maple-Roasted Carrots with
Arugula, Dill, Cranberry Vinaigrette,
Pomegranate and Glazed Pecans~
Wow, right?!
Calling all Ina Garten fans! Here's one of five recipes I've made and loved from the Barefoot Contessa's new "Cooking for Jeffrey" cookbook in the last two weeks. It's a celebratory main-dish salad, no abstemious January fare but an exultant platter of myriad textures, colors, flavors and moods.
And yeah, I know, how in the world can everyday common carrots be the centerpiece of such a celebration salad? You're gonna have to taste it to believe it. But do, please do. Meatless Monday, anyone? ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

LOL, Have We Been Typecast?Have my husband (!) and I been typecast? I fear so. For Christmas, the family Santas gifted us with six new cookbooks. Six! Each one filled with author passion and experience, inspiring photos and fascinating reading – and recipes!Even overwhelmed by new cookbooks, a few days later, I hesitated for one …

The Man With the Hands? I Married Him!

... in a sunny wildflower meadow, surrounded by the love of close family. Big Surprise, Right?
EIGHT YEARS We've been a couple for eight years. But here on Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture, until now this wonderful man was mentioned only in sly hints. I called him "my favorite cook" or "my kitchen companion". Mostly though, he wasn't named at all but instead appeared only as the "Man with the Hands" in food photos. (It's true. See here or here or here).EIGHT DAYS And then we took all of eight days to get married.
EIGHT WEEKS ago today, the Man With the Hands and I were married in a golden October meadow, officiated by a dear friend and witnessed by a small circle of family. So Meet My Man with the Hands.

But do call him Jerry, I do. He's a lawyer with his own firm, a father of three and devoted grandfather of six. He comes from humble family beginnings here in Missouri and is the patriarch of a large, extended family. He's a Marine and a…