Silky smooth pumpkin soup, flavored with curry powder and a sweet background of apples
It’s world series day! Go Cubs Go! Sorry, it’s not over until it’s over, and you get to hear it from me until it is. That’s all I have to say about that for today.
Moving on, it’s another pumpkin recipe. I know you’re probably on overkill right now and so over the whole business, and admittedly so am I, but I impulsively bought some pumpkin at the store the other week and before I knew it I had two errant cans, with no definitive purpose and lackluster enthusiasm from myself. The first went towards the pumpkin cake, a good decision and the second towards this curried pumpkin and apple soup, an equally good one, but on the savory spectrum.Pin It
Well, as you can see from this lovely mural I snapped on my way home from the gym yesterday, pigs are flying, and the Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in 71 years! I’ve never counted myself among the throngs of baseball fans but I certainly can’t help but be so, so excited about the hometown team. Tomato lives 2 blocks from Wrigley, so I’m sure she won’t mind us all crashing there for the next few weeks. GO CUBS GO!!!
(Also, Let’s Go Buffalo!, who are playing the Dolphins today…)
Honestly, the excitement of the playoffs has been all us city folk have been able to talk about or focus on this week and a welcome distraction from all the political unpleasantness. I hope you’ve been able to find something to help you along with that as well. We’re almost there, folks. Home stretch!
The internet! Thanks to Yam for helping me along with these this week…
Remember: refugees. They’re just like us.
#TrumpBookReport: Sorry, to funny to not share.
More green space = lower mortality. I don’t need to see it to believe that, as I live in this concrete jungle.
Seeing those often overlooked, Bitty & Beau are setting an example we should follow.
Mary Poppins is one of my favorite movies of all times, so the idea that they were going to reboot it make me less than enthused. Emily Blunt’s casting helped ease my fear, and now, Colin Firth!
Curing the technology addiction: One man is trying to figure out how to help us all.
I love Canada, and it makes me sad that they feel so sorry for us that they need to #TellAmericaItsGreat. Still, I love you Canada!
9021-old. The sad part is that Will Hunting and Zack Morris are almost there, too.
Weekly animal video: Elephant saves man he thinks is drowning. Love.
And finally, if we’re not kind to ourselves, who else will be? A good reminder from a horrible person.
Have a great week!
Spiced quinoa is topped with a combination of fruit and nuts and completed with warm milk for a hearty fall breakfast bowl
A mere few days after I sat lamenting to you all about all the sweat, I sit here watching October baseball wearing a lot of fleece, plus slippers, under a very warm blanket. Oh, Mother Nature, how you toy with me and my emotions.
Bracing for the inevitable below-warm temperatures, and knowing that my trusty chai spiced almond meal breakfast bowl (which I’ve been eating religiously for the past a lot of months), would not cut it soon, I’ve been trying to figure a suitable breakfast that would not only be hearty but also keep me full. Oatmeal, I love ya, but I can barely make it to ten o’clock. As I was digging through my mind and the archives, I came across this from How Sweet It Is and figured that quinoa…well, that just might be the ticket.Pin It
Chocolate and peanut butter are spread over a pretzel crust for the perfect sweet & salty dessert in this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart
Oh, fall, where did you gooooo?
No but really, it was 82 yesterday. What is that? You know what that is? So much sweat. I’m not into it.
What I have been into much to my surprise is baseball. I am more the football-hockey-March Madness-tennis kinda girl, but how could I not be now?! #GoCubsGo. Also, with Biscuit visiting and the Jays breaking her heart, I’ve found myself surprisingly invested in summer’s favorite sport. And, since summer is sticking around, I guess I might as well embrace it.
What I’m also into is this dessert, my pot luck dish of choice for this months’ cookbook club, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart. The recipe comes from Sprouted Kitchen. Well, a slightly adapted version thereof. To be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the book. Sure, we had a very tasty potluck, but besides this tart, I can’t say I’m itching to remake anything on my own. But I still thank God for this book, because I thank God for this tart.
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How’s the weekending going? Mine has been great because Biscuit is visiting! She is my blogger BFF after all, and it was apropos that we finally meet in person. There has been a lot of brunch eating, baseball watching, talking, talking and talking. And it’s been so lovely! Some shopping today and some Sunday laziness will cap it off and get us ready for the week ahead.
The election is thank-God almost over and I found it was hard to dig through all that crap to find somethings that were actually interesting, but I did it, so here are:
The Anxious American Parent. It’s a thing. The rest of the world sees it and we don’t. Can we fix this?
No more Marmite?!?! Brexit just got real.
When locker room talk isn’t that. Professional athletes tell us exactly what entails locker room talk, and we all love them for it.
The only reason to have the debates is to see what jokes the internet can come up with. Don’t you agree?
2016 has been quite a year, yah? Sixteen jokes about 2016 that are both hilarious and sad. Tears and laughter.
Oh, hey, vaccines don’t cause autism. Just in case you needed a reminder.
Don’t mess with determined dog owners, mass transit.
Unsung Heroes. Americans will make America great again.
Child Brides Learn to Take Portraits. And it puts the rest of us amateur photographers to shame.
Makes these for me, thanks. BBQ Chicken Skillet Nachos.
Written after the Jays before the Cubs.
Update: Cubs win!
Chunky bolognese sauce is stacked between layers of roasted eggplant and seasoned ricotta.
I didn’t grown up in a house where spaghetti and meatballs were the go-to dinner, and when mom did make spaghetti, she went all out with a pot that simmered all day long. Lucky for me, my BFF DID grow up in a big Italian family, so when I need a go-to recipe, she’s my main gal and for her, her go-to is this one from real simple, and that was good enough for me.
Lightened-up pumpkin cake is dressed with a rich cream cheese frosting and decorated with toasted coconut
It’s a pumpkin dessert! Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, to be specific.
I’m going to disclaim here that there’s nothing super special about it, other than that it is one of those honest to goodness simple cakes, without much fuss, but with enough good looks that it gives eating it a bit of ceremony. Plus it’s fall and it seems that i wouldn’t be a food blog worth my salt if I didn’t post something pumpkin this month, right?
It started out because I made a few carrot cakes and happened to have extra frosting, extra coconut, extra time and an errant can of pumpkin the pantry. Granted coconut doesn’t typically dress a pumpkin cake, but this is one of those I do what I want sort of cake.Pin It
I have to give a big shout out to my BFF, Apple Crisp who just finished the Chicago marathon! I bow down to her and all the finishers because…26.2 miles. Super-persons!
I’m so fed up with election news that I can barely be on the internet or watch TV. I was at the gym this morning and every TV was turned to political something and I just can’t anymore. Don’t you agree?
Anyway, a few things for your Sunday consideration:
Amazon primers out there: Did you know that you can read these magazines for free? Score!
Related: Science says readers live longer. Get thee to the library!
While I haven’t taken the plunge yet, it seems all the single ladies are putting down roots all by their awesome selves.
To make: Smoky fish chowder, because ’tis the season for chowda.
The benefits of a mid career break– I can get behind one of those!
Do you like carrot cake? This is THE ONE.
And finally, the funniest animal photos, because there is a debate on tonight.
Have a great week!
Written after shoe shopping.
Bengali Spiced Cauliflower: sauteed with the Bengali flavors of turmeric and nigella and topped with citrus and fresh herbs.
There are those weeks where coming up with something new to cook is just too…overwhelming. It usually happens on those occasions where I just don’t feel like anything and can’t bring myself to resort to boring, nondescript standbys. The weather has been wonky this week so far; too warm for something rib-sticking and comforting, but too cool for the salads that have sustained me all the summer long. My 20 cookbooks offer little inspiration, so I dig into the archives to see what, if anything, seems appetizing enough to rework.
And now we have Bengali spiced cauliflower, a vegetarian reincarnation of the Bengali Prawns.
I’m not sure what drew me back to this particular recipe, but I remember that it was quite good and damn did my memory serve me well. It’s really so simply flavored: nigella seeds, turmeric, lime and herbs at its core, but those flavors enough to bring this cauliflower to life, both in color and flair.
Thick cut bread is topped with roasted and seasoned mushrooms and Gruyere cheese and broiled to make these French Mushroom Toasts
I, like so many of my friends, internet and real, have gotten way into the avocado toast craze. I get it. But aren’t there so many other equally delicious ways to eat toast? Let’s explore.
We’ve had many a discussion on my love affair with bread and try as I might to cut it out completely, that’s the break up where I ain’t too proud to beg. I do love a good thick cut slice of toast simply put with butter and jam (or, JIF and jam) to start the day, but because I’m digging the savory, I was trying to think of other flavors I love to up my toast gave with some fall flair, and the ooey, gooey-ness of French Onion Soup came to mind and the wonderfulness of melted, soggy yet crusty Gruyere topped crouton. Taking those same flavors into the ‘shroom realm, I came up with French Mushroom Toast, with or without a runny egg as you wish, perfect to throw together for one, or for many.
I mean, why should avocados and onions have all the fun?
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