Autumn harvest mac & cheese

Dear fans of pasta, I have something new for you; it’s my Autumn Harvest Mac &  Cheese. It’s creamy, a bit salty and a touch sweet, and completely satisfying. And it contains bacon…need I say more?  😉 I have been looking forward to making some new things with butternut squash this fall. Now, butternut squash… Continue reading Autumn harvest mac & cheese


Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

We foodies are a tight-knit community; we learn from each other, encourage each other, and score tons of great recipes from each other, too! This is why I get excited about fun events like Smoothie Week 2014 on the Williams-Sonoma website! I want more smoothies in my breakfast arsenal, and I can hardly wait to… Continue reading Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

Breakfast and brunch

The perfect banana bread

I know you’ve been searching, just as I have, for the perfect banana bread recipe. There are breads out there that use chocolate chips, various nuts, pumpkin, bacon, and all kinds of other wonderful things to add to banana bread. I have enjoyed many of them! Read: This week’s column on Tom Petty and the… Continue reading The perfect banana bread

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Mama Steph’s pumpkin pie pancakes

Rainy weekend mornings inspire me to create something warm and comforting for breakfast. I love to allow the scent of something delicious cooking in the kitchen lure my sons from their beds in the morning.   I figured out a great way to do that this morning: pumpkin pie pancakes, sizzling gently in my skillet.… Continue reading Mama Steph’s pumpkin pie pancakes


Candy acorns, children, and remembering to look.

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.”  ~Walt Streightiff I remember acorns from my childhood very clearly.  There was a huge oak tree in our yard in Charlotte when I was a little girl, and I used to pick its acorns up to play with them.… Continue reading Candy acorns, children, and remembering to look.


No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars

Fall baking: the prospect of it makes me cheerful.  It’s one of the pleasures of the season, for me; it reminds me of my growing-up years, and the comfort there was sitting on the big oval braided rug in the living room in our home in N.C., watching Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, while… Continue reading No-bake peanut butter-white chocolate chip bars


Who wants dessert? Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

I have been enjoying working on my baking segment the past week and a half. Really, it’s so much fun that I can’t believe I get to do it!  It is a lot of hard work, I have to admit. For each of those three and a half minute segments, there have been hours spent  researching… Continue reading Who wants dessert? Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars


Clever & tasty ideas for your November Table

Some of us have acquired lots of lovely things with which to set our Thanksgiving tables over the years. If you’ve been married more than, say, ten years, you likely have closets and cabinets overflowing with things to pull out and make a gorgeous, even formal, table for special dinners.  Whether it’s been received from… Continue reading Clever & tasty ideas for your November Table

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It’s Time for Apples

As I walked into the produce section of my grocery store a few days ago,  I got a warm, happy, “welcome-home!” feeling. Bins and crates of pumpkins and apples were everywhere! I love this time of year; autumn, when the weather cools down, leaves put on their brightest and best attire,  and porches are transformed… Continue reading It’s Time for Apples