Cranberry Walnut Bread

Special for the holidays, a European-style, barely sweet yeast bread studded with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts for Christmas. My recipe makes three loaves (one for yourself, one for a food gift or one for the freezer, perhaps?) or two loaves plus dinner-size rolls with a slightly chewy crust and a good crumb. It's my take on the seasonal cherry walnut bread from the bakery Great Harvest.

Fresh & Seasonal. Makes Excellent Toast!

Seasonal Sundays (Week 49 Early December)

A quick read! Easy December recipes plus a seasonal showcase of cut-out cookie recipes plus ideas for home and life and seeking out joy in the season...

Seasonal Sundays (Week 48) Thanksgiving Week

And so Thanksgiving is upon us, the lists, the shopping, the recipes, the cooking, the table setting, the pie baking, the turkey carving, the gravy making, the potato mashing, the gathering, the praying, the eating, the talk-talking, the going back for seconds-ing, the cleaning up, the big sighing of relief. It's a lot. Might it be sacred work, this?

Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce for the Slow Cooker

A reader recipe! What first attracted me to this recipe: the convenience of cooking whole cranberry sauce in a slow cooker. What keeps me coming back: it fills the house with a sweet aroma of cranberries, fresh ginger and orange zest! More good news: this easy cranberry sauce may be sweetened with either maple syrup (my favorite natural sweetener) or regular sugar. It works beautifully!

Fresh & Seasonal, Perfect for Thanksgiving and Winter's Cranberry Season. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

Squash Puff

My favorite Thanksgiving vegetable dish for many years, a savory butternut squash casserole with beautiful color, just roasted butternut squash stirred with gently cooked onion, a few spices and a little cream. That topping? Buttery toasted pumpkin seeds! Squash Puff is easy to make and a welcome savory side dish to the Thanksgiving table where "sweet" and "rich" seem to preside.

Fresh & Seasonal, Perfect for Thanksgiving & Other Fall Meals. Easy to Make Ahead. Vegetarian. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 47 Week Before Thanksgiving)

It's Thanksgiving crunch time, right? I'm here to help with an entire "pick one" Thanksgiving menu plus lots of insider tips from someone who cooked her first Thanksgiving dinner at age 16! Plus ... the new Weight Watchers program, MyWW.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 46 Mid November)

A quick read, recipes for all of November, not just Thanksgiving; why I love crows; commemorating the Marine Corps birthday; as usual, more recipe and life ideas for right now, the height of fall and still almost three weeks before Thanksgiving.

Squash & Carrot Stew

Healthy winter comfort food, a low-calorie but hearty vegetable stew made with chunks of butternut squash and carrots rich with winter spices like cumin, coriander, ginger and paprika. Perfect for simmering atop the stove or in a slow cooker. Weight Watchers who follow myWW love this recipe, no points for a main dish serving!

Fresh & Seasonal, Perfect for Cold-Weather Meals. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Very Weight Watchers Friendly, Zero Points! Whole30 Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 45 Early November)

Hey, here's an idea. Let's call this the "Thirty Days Has November" edition of Seasonal Sundays. That's because it's completely focused on putting real food on the table for the other 29 days, ignoring the 30th day looming out there, you know, Thanksgiving, the holiday that shall not be named.

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead Celebration Bread)

Just in time for "Days of the Dead" so joyously celebrated in Mexico, Latin America and across the Latino diaspora, how to make Diana Kennedy's authentic bread recipe for Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead), the yeast bread with distinctive "bone" shapes to help communicate with loved ones who have passed on.

Traditional Bread for Days of the Dead on November 1 & 2.