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Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

I’ve loved toasted pumpkin seeds since first bite.  Their crunchy, toasty goodness was a revelation the first time I ate them.  I’ll never forget that first Halloween crunch when I was a little girl.  Since then, toasted pumpkin seeds have become yet another reason to […]

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Delicious homemade pumpkin purée is so easy to make.  It’s also a lot more flavorful than the canned variety.  Just in time for Thanksgiving desserts, including the essential pumpkin pie! To tell the truth, I’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie.  It’s one […]

Why Zesty Preserved Lemons Ought to Be in Your Pantry

Why Zesty Preserved Lemons Ought to Be in Your Pantry

Making preserved lemons at home is so easy and much less expensive than buying them.  These lemons are certainly worth the minimal effort they take to prepare.  You will soon find yourself jazzing up just about everything with a hit of their zesty citrus flavor. […]

French Vinaigrette

French Vinaigrette

There is nothing like a classic French vinaigrette to dress up a simple tossed green salad.  Anyone who’s ever eaten at a French bistro can appreciate the way a properly executed dressing can elevate a salad.  The beauty of vinaigrette lies in its simplicity. We […]