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Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall Recipe

Several times a week, I take little Aria to "Toddler Story Time" classes, which she enjoys tremendously. The theme these days is about the fall season. Miss Rose, the teacher, explained that leaves begin to change color and Aria seemed mesmerized by all the changes this season suggests.

When we went home, she made a drawing with trees and leaves. While she was busy, I made a pumpkin smoothie for a tasty seasonal treat. Then I told her we'd start cooking more fall-flavored dishes to satisfy her daddy's seasonal holiday cravings. For now, I'm sharing with you delicious drinks to enjoy this pre-holiday time. 


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My 15 Best Pumpkin Recipes Recipe

My 15 Best Pumpkin Recipes

10.07.14 by Jackie

I haven't never taken baby Aria to a pumpkin patch yet. I'm planning on taking her soon. I'm sure she will enjoy the scent of fresh straw and the endless plot of pumpkins. I wonder what type of pumpkin she will select. We'll probably pick many so we can turn them into delicious fresh pies, pancakes and sweet bread for the upcoming holidays. In the meantime, I've gathered a list of savory dishes flavored with the deep-orange squash plant. I hope you will find plenty of inspiration in this post. 


I hope Aria has a lot of fun. I heard our local pumpkin patch has an inflatable bounce house and slide; that alone will probably amaze her. Even though the weather seems very warm these days in the Bay Area, summer is gone and fall is definitely in the air. 

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Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe

12.16.13 by Jackie

We spent a pretty low-key weekend, which is just what we needed after being so busy with holiday activities. I had time to do my favorite activity: cooking! I planned on making a fairly healthy meal of bow tie pasta covered in sauce.

I used fresh pumpkin and boiled it until very soft. I love all kinds of squash, including pumpkin, when they're in season. I almost never use the canned version, even for baking, unless I'm really running out of time. 

For better visual appeal, I added finely-cut French green beans and sprinkled the top of the pasta dish with a little grated Dubliner for extra nuttiness.


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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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Butterscotch Blondie with Pumpkin Recipe

This Thanksgiving dessert was my sister-in-law Mimi's idea (that's what baby Aria calls her). And even though she's a very athletic teenager this year (Mimi's part of the junior varsity basketball team at her school, which requires two hours of training every day), her guilty pleasure is any kind of sweet treats. She's making a list of the desserts we should be serving next Thursday and she absolutely wants this one to be included. This week, we tested the blondie recipe with a spiced pumpkin puree topping. The only way to incorporate pumpkin was to create a little swirl. 

Baking with kids is so much fun. It's a great way to introduce them to new flavors and educate them about what they eat. And kids love to make and eat the results of their hard work.


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