With only two days left until Thanksgiving, this is about the time when I start putting the finishing touches on the holiday menu. This year is a bit different though: my hubby, stepson, and I are all visiting my amazing in-laws. Because I’m a guest in a house full of big-time meat eaters, I’ve decided that, rather than make a bunch of food and take command of the entire kitchen, I’ll make one big dish containing many of my favorite fall foods and flavors. (Oh yeah, and I might just have to make this too.)
This year’s dish–Roasted Cinnamon Apple and Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad–was inspired by something I picked up from Central Market last week to take to my work’s pre-Thanksgiving feast. Not only did I instantly fall in love with the dish, I swore that I would make my own version as soon as I had the time. Well, now that I’m finally on break, the first thing I did (actually, the second thing–the first thing I did was take a nap) was to heat up the oven and roast some cinnamon-spiced apples and sweet potatoes… Continue reading →
I don’t know how the weather has been lately where you are, but it’s been gorgeous in Dallas! Summers can be downright brutal here and no one dares to venture outdoors for months. But fall and spring are amazingly pleasant here and these are the times when I’m the happiest–when I can be outside and not feel like I’m roasting! This morning, I woke up and went for a jog in my neighborhood and then to brunch with my dad and stepson. We sat on the patio, enjoying the clear skies, cool breeze, and warm sun streaming in through the slats of the covering. For the first time in a long time, I actually got goosebumps while sitting outside. As soon as I got home, I heated up the oven to begin roasting my first pumpkin of the season and then curled up on the couch to watch some football with my hubby. So far, today has been perfect. I can’t think of a better way to welcome the new season…. Continue reading →
As much as I love to cook and truly relish my time in the kitchen, there are also times when I want a meal that’s fast and easy, but just as delicious as something that I might have slaved over for hours. I also like meals that I can make for dinner, quickly pack up the leftovers, and take with me for lunch the next day.
Even though it’s still more than 100 degrees here in Texas, it’s September and the football season has finally begun so I’ve decided to pretend that it’s fall! Woohoo!
So, it may not officially be fall yet, but I’m already dreaming about colder weather and warmer foods. The official start of the season isn’t for a few more weeks, but the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store allude to what’s on the horizon. Recently, I’ve been seeing increasingly more winter squashes–one of my favorite foods–in the produce aisle and it’s made me so happy that I can’t help but snatch them up each time I see them. So happy, in fact, that I don’t even mind heating up the oven. Yep, I’ll sweat it out in my kitchen if it means enjoying dishes like this Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Squash. Besides, even the cold leftovers the next day are out of this world. Continue reading →