Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweepstakes: Maple Peanut Butter and Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

Maple Peanut Butter and Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

Rocky: [Rocky is trying to make out with Adrian on their first date] Will you do me a favor? Take off these glasses.

[Rocky takes off Adrian’s frumpy glasses, revealing her beautiful eyes]

Rocky: Now take off this hat.

[Takes off her unattractive hat, revealing her dark, lovely hair. Adrian is beautiful and Rocky is appreciative]

Rocky: I always knew you was pretty…

Adrian: [Adrian looks at him, disbelieving] Stop teasing me.

ROUND 2: Still in my corner? Did you vote for my White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hibiscus Smoothie in last week’s Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweepstakes contest?  Read more

Never Forget these Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Potato Chips, fruity and hard candies, twirly sugar sticks, chewy caramels, salty pretzels and raw nuts were not my childhood friends. Among the most offending taste were raw nuts. The taste of peanuts are what I image wood to taste like, but I love peanut butter. And, I will never understand people’s obsession with salted sunflower seeds as they spit speckled shells onto subway train floors. Then there’s the pecans. They’re a different nut.

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A Twist of the Original: Quince Apple Skillet Pancake

Quince Apple Skillet Pancake

The quince apple was hard. Immediately letting me know this isn’t a fruit to eat while running out the door to work or as a midday snack. It needed to be cooked down with a roast chicken, in a cobbler, pie or an apple skillet pancake. It had a beautiful floral and fruity fragrance, a scent that took my memory to perfumes and candles using quince in their blends. One large quince apple was purchased with a bag of organic tart Granny Smith Apples.  Read more

Parade Magazine: Nutty Butternut Squash Pancakes With Baked Apples

Nutty Butternut Squash Pancakes With Baked Apples

Like its winter cousins, acorn squash and pumpkins, butternut squash are naturally sweet. They’re the dessert of the dinner table. Since discovering butternut squash a few years ago, I’ve enjoyed them, because they’re easier to prep with their subtle ridges and smaller cavities. (Make sure to use a sharp knife.)  Read more

Maple Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash

Maple Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash
Maple Rosemary Roasted Acorn Squash

Fall’s squashes are oddly shaped vegetables with knobby textures and contrasting patterns. They’re placed on brownstone stoops, in front yard Halloween displays, or on kitchen tables as decorating pieces. The thought of preparing some varieties of squash is an idea that few people have attempted. After all, who wants to eat the centerpiece on the table? Sure, we’ve all carved faces out of pumpkins, in which the flesh is removed for the making of a pie, and the pumpkin seeds are roasted in a few spices. Besides pumpkin, there are additional varieties of squash, such as delicata, spaghetti, turks turban and acorn that few people try. Perhaps, they’re too beautiful to dissect? Did we forget it’s the inside that also counts? Read more