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…

Baked Tomato With Pesto & Mozzarella

I have fresh tomatoes coming out of my ears. I’m not complaining, I swear. I will be crying for fresh tomatoes in October when they are replaced in the grocery stores with red, tasteless orbs of tomato likeness. I love caprese salad because seriously what’s not to love about tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella? I…

Tortilla Soup- Vegetarian

I know that you all are dying to know what I made with my “What’s for dinner? Challenge” ingredients. I can tell from the “holding your breath in anticipation” cyber silence. Feel free to breathe now and leave a comment if you came up with a recipe for the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚ South of the border,…

Make Time For Arugula Nectarine Feta Salad

There’s never enough time! “This is no time to talk about time! We don’t have the time!… What was I saying?” Cmdr. Deanna Troi, Star Trek First Contact 1996 “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to say Hello, Goodbye, I’m late, I’m late I’m late.” Bob Dale I’m on my…

What Would You Make For Dinner?

Are you up for a challenge, Top Chefs? The prize, you ask? Uh….a sense of accomplishment. Yes a sense of accomplishment! Now stop procrastinating and Go! What would you make for dinner tonight? Here are your ingredients. Corn Red bell pepper Portobello mushrooms Carrots Swiss chard You may add seasonings and either a meat or…

Tomato & Basil for Bruschetta

Is there anything better than fresh tomatoes keeping company with basil and garlic? What’s not to love? Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta carotene. They have a very good amount of the mineral manganese and a good amount of vitamin E.

Eggplant Parmesan With Pesto

I’m having a lazy Sunday, after an incredibly stressful week, writing my blog for Fiesta Friday. If you are a new blogger then you should find a weekly virtual group that will challenge you to write. Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener motivates me to create recipes and photos every week. I’ve made a commitment,…

Grilled Beets with Coriander

My father was an amateur master gardener. His retirement summers revolved around vegetable gardening. He loved to grow and eat beets. I confess that I am not even close to a master gardener but I used to try to grow vegetables any time that I had outdoor space for a garden. I have been successful…

Sesame Lime Confetti ZuNoodles

I love Asian inspired noodle dishes but I rarely eat pasta or rice noodles. I prefer to save my carbohydrates for fresh fruit and other unprocessed carbohydrates. As you can tell, I have been getting zucchini and carrots every week in my CSA basket from Mountain Bounty Farm. I also received fragrant cilantro. This is…