Fall Bisque

We enjoy Restaurant Week in our local area…who doesn’t? Sometimes I save the special menus from the different restaurants who have unique offerings and I try and duplicate them at home…a while back we enjoyed a wonderful soup during Restaurant Week and it’s been on my list to make…Fall Bisque with Candied Pumpkin Seeds & Cinnamon Whipped Mascarpone…doesn’t that just sound scrumptious…the end result was so delicious! Continue reading

Pumpkin Walnut Oatmeal

Pumpkin Walnut Oatmeal

I had some pumpkin purée left over from Wednesday’s Beef & Pumpkin Chili and didn’t want to see it go to waste…what better way to use it up than in a warm & healthy morning bowl of oatmeal for breakfast! The great thing about pumpkin is that the flavor is really very mild and versatile. You can keep it hidden or you can pump it up by adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. So have some fun with it! Continue reading

Beef & Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin season….it’s been in full swing for over two months and yet this is the first time I’ve used it all season. Typically we eat pumpkin just a few times a year as not every one in the family is a big fan. The health benefits of pumpkin are a plus so I try to sneak it into a few recipes without anyone being the wiser! Here’s one of those meals where the addition of pumpkin boosts the Vitamin A and fiber content, adds a bit of creaminess and doesn’t compromise the wonderful flavor of this already delicious chili… Continue reading

Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto

Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto
Pumpkin-Pecan Risotto

For this Risotto recipe I decided to use the flavors of the season. Pumpkin. Pecans. Nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves. A creamy ode to Thanksgiving! And just like at Thanksgiving, any leftovers warm up delicious. Comfort food at its peak!

Note: Allspice is an easy way to add the flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove – even though it’s actually the dried unripe fruit of the Pimenta Dioica plant. A little bit goes a long way…
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