Swedish Vanilla Bread and a Reason

I decided that this week’s challah should be a Swedish Vanilla Bread. Why? Oh there are a couple of good reasons: The wonderful vanilla beans I got from @JonathanBergman and @AvivaVanillaBeanCompany My oldest daughter and her husband are living in Sweden and about to have my first grandchild! I am quite excited as I connect…

Vanilla, Vanilla, Vanilla!

I love vanilla! I love the smell of vanilla, I love the flavor of vanilla, and I love playing with vanilla beans. So, my friend, @JonathanBergman, recently sent me some vanilla beans from his vanilla company, @AvivaVanillaBeanCompany. Then comes the quandary, what to do with these scrumptious vanilla beans? I decided to put 2 into…

Winter Squash Polo

It is the time of year when I start to use winter squash a lot. I used kabocha squash tonight, but you could use butternut or other easily peeled squash. Like many of my polos (rice dishes), this was made with what I had in the house. So, in addition to the kabocha squash, I…

Cranberry Sauce Challah

It’s time for another Thanksgiving Challah! I love these. I have made pumpkin challah, turkey-shaped challah, and more pumpkin challah! This year, I am stuffing my challah with my mom’s cranberry sauce. I have always loved my mom’s cranberry sauce. Since it was such a simple recipe, for years I searched for one that was…

Pesto and Mozzarella Challah

My husband was away, so it was just my son and I at home and I didn’t feel like fussing over dinner and he didn’t feel like eating a fancy dinner. So, I decided to make a double-duty challah that I would just serve with eggs. I had pesto in the fridge and always have…

Forest Therapy, Another Cookbook, and Tea

It has been a year of changes, endings, and new beginnings. Grab a cup of rose hip and fireweed tea and I will tell you all about it… After much contemplation, introspection, and counseling, I decided to totally switch careers and do what I love – spend time in the forest and share it with…

Vegetarian Chicory Taco Salad

Our winter CSA started this week, isn’t it beautiful?! I am very excited about this CSA because it promises to supply me with a variety of vegetables I have used very rarely or not ever tasted. One of those that came this week was chicory, I don’t think I had ever tasted chicory before. I…

Priya’s Smokey Jalapeño Bread – from Great British Bake Off

I love the Great British Bake Off! Ok, who doesn’t? My favorite is always Bread Week. I immediately go to their website to search for the recipes for my favorite bakes, and sometimes I am lucky enough to find just the one I want. Thus was the case with Priya’s smoky jalapeño bread. Look at…

Persian Sweet Potato Stew – even better!

Fall means sweet potatoes and stews.  Putting the two together is a wonderful combination. I have revised my earlier recipe to bring more specifically Persian flavors to the stew. The qormeh sabzi vegetables brings a wonderful, rich flavor to the stew, I want to lick my plate! 1 Tbsp grape seed oil 1 large onion,…

Potato, Onion, Cheese, & Turkey Bacon Scrambled Omelet

One of the things I remember fondly about my brother Mitch was the joy he had in making and serving breakfast. It was always a treat to be at his house in the morning. One of my favorites was when he would make a scrambled omelet for me. His were loaded with potatoes, onions and…