Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pumpkin Bruschetta | Friday Night Bites

With the fall season officially here, I have embraced the change.  You all know that I absolutely adore figs but a close second is pumpkin.  I do have one more fig delight that I will be sharing with all of you on Tuesday of next week.  In the meantime, I am excited to share this Pumpkin Bruschetta with all of you.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Spicy Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Straws | Secret Recipe Club

Fall has officially arrived.  Not sure why I always have a hard time saying goodbye to summer but each year it is challenging for me.  On Saturday in the Bay Area we had our first good down pour of rain.  With the rain, it made the entrance of fall just a bit easier to adjust too.  I love the recipes that are predominately fall inspired by pumpkin, squash, Brussels sprouts to name a few, along with enjoying homemade soups, braised dishes and the smell of baked goods permeating the house.

Speaking of baked goods, I made the most incredible cheese straws over the weekend.  The recipe comes from Feast on the Cheap and happens to be my match this month for the Secret Recipe Club.  If you are not familiar with this secret club, let me share a quick snapshot.  Essentially there are about 200 food bloggers who are in the club and each month are paired with another blogger and it is a secret, until reveal day.  Once reveal day hits, you can see who had you and what recipe they chose from your blog.  It is my favorite time of the month when group C has their reveal.  Wonder what recipe will be picked this month?  Hum.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chili & Lime Pumpkin Seeds | Friday Night Bites

Do you ever just want a little something to nibble on? If you love food like I do, then I am sure your resounding answer is YES. Have I got a simple treat for this week’s installment of Friday Night Bites.

With the scent of fall in the air, the shorter days and longer nights upon us, it means that pumpkin season is almost here. Like figs, I am a bit obsessed with this round orange sphere of goodness. I have been conquering up recipes in my head and some wonderful ones to share with in the coming weeks. I picked up pre-packaged raw pumpkin seeds from Trader Joe’s last night. Why work so hard to get those little seeds, when they are simply a quick snip with the scissors and the package is open and ready to use.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Redd Wood in Yountville, Napa Valley

Yountville is an idyllic town nestled in the heart Napa Valley.  It is full of boutique hotels, world class restaurants and fantastic shopping.  Luckily for me, it is only about an hours drive from my house.  Two long term friends and I have a restaurant club that we shaped several years ago.  Our aspiration was to have a reason to try out new restaurants around the Bay Area every 5 or 6 weeks along with staying in touch and catching up. We set up the premise to rotate with the “pick and pay” concept with the caveat being it had to be a place none of us have been to prior. A simple concept that just gets better and better with each place we visit.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fig, Peach and Smoked Mozzarella Bruschetta | Friday Night Bites

This week at the Farmer’s Market I found the most marvelous figs. When I cut them in half, the bright vivid ruby color just came alive.  It was not the pale color that I often see, these were special figs.  They were simply perfect.  The fragrance was just like a fig candle that you buy from Jo Malone.  I knew I needed to give these beauties the special treatment.  I created this bruschetta recipe and the result was pure heaven – trust me.  Even hubby was raving about these.  Just a quick note, I have upcoming recipe that is a sweet treat highlighting these spectacular figs – stay tuned.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Southern Fried Chicken Sliders with Jalapeno Peach Compote | Friday Night Bites

Okay, I have a confession.  I am a bit fascinated with anything southern.  I have yet to visit the states on my bucket list, but I know that will get there someday soon.  With a long holiday weekend behind us, I took a couple days vacation before the long weekend to unwind, catch up on household chores and do some cooking.  This week’s Friday Night Bites has been on my list for quite a long while and so happy to finally be able to check it off the list.

I love fried chicken but seldom partake since it is not the healthiest food.  So when I do indulge, it is surely a treat.  Despite there being quite a few steps to making these beauties, it was well worth every minute. I would suggest as a time saver to make the compote a day prior along with bathing the chicken in the buttermilk – it just gets better with time.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wild Mushroom Tart

The long holiday weekend has come to an end.  I guess you can call it the end of summer and beginning of fall in a figurative way, although here in the Bay Area, our summer seems to stretch way into October.  It is synonymous with what we call Indian summer; where the summer heat continues.  I particularly enjoy summer extending further into the year and holding off the entrance of fall. Although I enjoy fall, and for that, I can appreciate all seasons, however, there is just something special about summer.

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