Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Early this week I got to video chat with all three of my London girls at the same time. It was delightful! And also far too rare. Still, a delight. However, they assure me they’re coming to visit in April. Now that I’ve post it here on the internet, it had better come true. Anyway, they got together to have a vegan feast, and while I can’t participate in person, I can in spirit. So, for my girls here is a recipe for vegan curried butternut squash soup.  (more…)

Nutella Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Nutella Muffin

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! This recipe for nutella pumpkin muffins needs to be out there before pumpkin season is over!!! I think technically, pumpkin season can go through Christmas. However, we all know the season of pumpkin-flavored-everything really goes from October until Thanksgiving. After Thursday, it will be all about gingerbread and hot chocolate. Also, I used Halloween muffin wrappers so it’s about time I post this recipe. So let’s get to it.  (more…)

Election Cake

Election Cake

It’s Election Day and I’ve made cake. I’d never heard of election cake before a few days ago. However, once I read about it I had to make it. I love themed foods, and I love a bit of history. The first recipes for election cake date back to the 1790’s when George Washington declined the presidency for a third term. Since this recipe is based on one that’s over 200 years old, it’s not your modern cake. There’s no baking soda or baking powder. It’s made with yeast, dried fruit, spices, and lots of sherry. It’s more of a dense fruit loaf with a great boozy flavor.  (more…)

Currant Jam

Red Currant Jam

I made this recipe all the way back in August. Back then it was still fiery hot outside and stepping outside of my apartment meant I was sweating immediately. It was a time when farmer’s markets were filled with gorgeous colorful produce. The kind of produce that I didn’t have to know what it was, I’d buy it because it was pretty. Now it’s the end of October. There’s a chill in the air, autumn is truly here, and it’s gourd season. Two months later, currants probably aren’t in season anymore. Still, I’m going to share this recipe for currant jam anyway.  (more…)

Pumpkin Biscotti

Crunchy pumpkin biscotti

I’ve been a bad blogger lately and largely because I’ve been focusing on work. I know that sounds really fake and ridiculous, but it’s kind of true. School started and I’m back in the classroom and on trips across DC and I come home tired and too lazy to write. I’m sorry friends! However, it’s October and it’s pumpkin season. I couldn’t stay silent any longer because there’s so much yummy stuff to do with pumpkin. For example, this recipe for pumpkin biscotti. (more…)

Old Bay Shrimp Boil

Old Bay Shrimp Boil

It’s Labor Day, which pretty much marks the end of summer. School has start, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and the weather is a bit cooler (for now). To mark the end of summer, I’ve got a recipe for an Old Bay shrimp boil. I think it’s a pretty great end of summer transition meal. It’s perfect for dumping out on a table during a barbecue on a hot summer day. However, it’s also lovely bubbling on your stove and served in a bowl to warm you up on a slightly crisp fall day.  (more…)

Tourist Tuesday: Colonial Beach, VA

The Society Ladies at Colonial Beach

It’s the return of Tourist Tuesday! I mean sort of, as it’s Thursday. It’s been months since my last Tourist Tuesday so you can tell I’m a bit rusty. However, I decided it was time to bring this series temporarily out of retirement because Colonial Beach, Virginia is incredibly cute and charming. Last weekend my friends Ashley, Anna, Charlotte and I went to Colonial Beach for a girls weekend and I just had to write about it. This little town, with only one stop light, is less than two hours from DC and has fun things like a beach, a trolley, a vineyard, and excellent wildlife.  (more…)

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

I’ve spent most of this weekend camped out in my apartment because it is wildly too hot outside. Far too hot to do anything. Even walking outside is too much. Last weekend though, the weather was actually pretty nice. I ventured not only outside of my apartment, but I went to visit Star Hollow Farm in Pennsylvania. That farm is where I got the tomatillos for this tomatillo salsa.  (more…)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Did you know that you can buy chicken in a can? I just learned this! In the packaging, it looks just the same as tuna in a can. I grew up with tuna in a can so it doesn’t seem weird to me. And, I’m not sure why it’s different, but canned chicken somehow feels… unsettling. However, home cooks I trust have told me it’s perfectly good.

But the reason I even learned about canned chicken though, is because I became obsessed with making buffalo chicken dip.  (more…)

Pickled Radishes

Pickled Radishes

It has been unbelievably hot in DC. So hot, that I shouldn’t walk to work anymore. Even though I’m going to since I just took up Pokemon Go (embarrassing I know). So hot, that a friend of mine remarked it’s hotter outside than inside our bodies. And so hot, that I barely want to cook. However, I can’t stay out of the kitchen. I still want to make food so I need oven-free recipes. Like this one, for pickled radishes.  (more…)

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