Cabbage Soup – A Hearty Fall Meal

Cabbage is one of those local crops that loves the cold weather.  It’s fairly easy to get right now.  I love to make soup that brings back childhood memories. When I was about 8 years old, we had some friends in our neighborhood from Portugal. We loved going to their house for Cabbage soup and linguica (a Portuguese sausage). I have not found sausage quite like the ones she made, but I did learn to make the soup! I like to serve mine with cheese biscuits, but you can add some chunks of sausage to the soup or on the side as well.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free

What could be better in this cool fall weather than some warm pumpkin cookies and milk?  These are gluten free, but you can use regular baking flour as well.

Click here for directions to cooking the pumpkin (fresh is always best)
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Warming Fall Food Doesn’t Have To Be Unhealthy

It always seems easier to eat a healthy, seemingly balanced, diet in the warm weather; summer tends to be full of grilled meats fresh off the BBQ, salads, and fruit smoothies.  The cravings for sugary food and heavy carbs tend to be less frequent due to the warm and hot weather.  The sunshine also means that you’re more likely to be outside and getting active on a regular basis, so those extra calories from ice cream and the cheese on your burger are burned off quickly.

People tend to feel that as fall approaches and the colder weather gets into full swing; any ideas about a healthy, balanced diet have to be flung out of the window and replaced with hot pizza and various pies (yum).  However, this is not the case; fall brings with it an array of fresh, seasonal produce that can help to create delicious, healthy, and hearty meals that will fill and warm you up.  If you’re cooking from scratch; there’s no reason you can’t stick to a balanced lifestyle, full of your favorite food and recipes; there are even healthy choices to be had when you’re out and about, so don’t panic!  The following are some ideas, tips, and things to consider regarding your fall appetite, and the changes in food you’ll notice from summer.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – Gluten Free

Yep – it’s pumpkin season and these delicious muffins are gluten free!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #114

HaHA – made it to the party on time this week!  And what about you?  What amazing fall dishes do YOU have to share?  And stil

and I’m still struggling with that question…

What's for Dinner-

 Here is a collection of fabulous recipes!  A collaboration of ideas ~

So come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here –   Feel free to post linkys that are food related  as well!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

Not too many folks actually visited our amazing posts!! So here are my favorites –

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how fantastic they are!

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The Healthiest Superfoods And How To Incorporate Them Into Your Diet

Superfoods are something that just about everybody should make an effort to eat for optimal health.  The only problem?  Most people don’t know what to do with them! This is understandable.  After all, they can look, taste, and smell funny.  Some of them are great alone, but for others, you’re going to need to add them to your cooking to get the full benefits of them.  You wouldn’t want to try to eat a spoonful of chia seeds alone!

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Coping With Cooking When You First Move Into Your Own Place

When you first move into your own place, you can often have this grand visions of all the meals you’re going to cook, the time and attention you’re going to put into each and every meal, and even the desserts you’re going to make.  But when you realize that life is no different, that you’re still tired when you get home from work, and that you still don’t have much time to dedicate to cooking, you may have to that you’re a lazy gastronome after all – not that there is anything wrong with that!

That’s okay, because you’ve come to the right place.  I too am a lazy gastronome!  When you’re time poor but rich in hunger, you need to figure out how you’re going to be able to make meal when you really don’t want to slave over a hot stove.  And you’ll be glad to know, that coping with cooking is easier than you first thought.  Better yet, you can focus on healthy cooking and come up with some incredible meals too.  So let’s take a look at how you’re going to do that. Continue reading

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Pumpkin – An Easy Way to Cook

Pumpkin!  I’m seeing them popping up in the grocery stores already – but that’s OK with me!  We love to eat them – especially the sugar (or pie) pumpkins!  You can to use them in pies or other recipes or simply eat them like squash!  Here is an easy way to cook them.

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Making The Most Of Your Kitchen: Easy Ways To Expand Your Repertoire

Do you enjoy cooking but find that you create the same dishes over and over again? Are you eager to try new things but apprehensive about straying from tried and tested recipes? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us would like to be more ambitious and adventurous in the kitchen. If you’d like to expand your repertoire, here are some easy ways to hone your skills and make the most of your kitchen.

Trying new recipes

Even the best chefs in the world use other people’s ideas as inspiration. If you tend to make the same dishes all the time, get some recipe books down from the shelves, order some new titles or take a look online. If you type the word recipes into a search engine, you’ll come across hundreds of pages with all kinds of dishes on offer. It can be daunting to be faced with pages of links, so it’s a really good idea to tailor your search. Perhaps you’re looking for simple, quick recipes or you’re a fan of Italian, Chinese or Indian cooking. Use filters and specific words and terms to find recipes that match your preferences. Once you’ve done a recipe a couple of times, you may find that you want to adapt it slightly. This is the beauty of cooking at home. You can add or take away ingredients to suit your palette.

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In Remembrance

On this day in 2001, our country faced one of the most devastating, terrifying and unifying events in our recent history.  The World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were attacked.  Another attack was thwarted by a plane full of brave Americans.

During this time we all pulled together.  We became one as a nation, standing together in our place as Americans.  We hung signs that said – Never Forget.

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