Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan Crisps

  I love Fall and I am lucky to live in Northern Nevada where we enjoy four seasons. Our autumn air is crisp at night but the days are still sunny and warm. Our local produce changes from tomatoes and summer squash to delicious root vegetables and winter squashes. Winter squashes are comfort food and…

Smoked Salmon and Shrimp Chowder

I adapted this recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine’s recipe for Smoked Salmon and Leek Chowder. Their version called for whole milk, 3 tablespoons of butter and heavy cream. Try reducing the cream and butter in most recipes to reduce the saturated fat and calories. Substitute olive oil for some of the butter to increase the…

Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine Glass, Day 2, Platypus Tours

Day Two with “The sisterhood of the traveling wine glass.” We had no plans for our second day in Napa so my sister suggested a full day wine tasting tour with Platypus Wine Tours. I admit I was reluctant to spend a day with strangers on a short bus driving around Napa, but in the…

Pumpkin, Sage & Cauliflower Cream Soup

Originally posted on I'll Cook, You Wash:
Why can’t I be super productive for two days in a row? On Saturday I had a perfect day – had a really good cup of coffee (thanks to my sister for gifting me my best friend and lifesaver – a Keurig), made a great dinner and did…

Smashed Purple Parsley Potatoes

Every wonder what to do with purple potatoes? You could make purple potato salad which usually ends up being gray. Blue/ Purple potato soup, that is so passé after Renée Zellweger cooked it for Colin Firth in “Bridget Jones’ Diary”. Purple mashed, maybe not. Purple potato slices with crème fraîche and caviar, maybe if I…

Apple Almond Crumb Pie

September is Hunger Awareness Month so stay tuned for posts about food insecurity and inequality in the coming weeks. The Northern Nevada Food Bank is my favorite charity. I feel strongly that we have a civil responsibility to feed our citizens. The Food Bank supplies assistance to seniors, children, poor college students, and many of…