Classic Navy Bean Soup

October 25, 2021

Autumn is here and I love that soup season is here. This bean soup, simmered low and slow with a smoky ham hock, is definitely on the list of delicious things to serve throughout soup season. If you would like to make your soup a bit creamier, then mash some of the beans with a potato masher or fork against the inside of the pot. You can also scoop out a small portion and run it through a blender and then return back to the pot. If you don’t have navy beans on hand you may certainly other types of beans. Cannellini, baby lima, Great Northern are also good beans to swap out. If you would like to make this a vegetarian soup then replace the ham with a Parmesan cheese rind, replace chicken stock with vegetable stock, and increase the carrots and celery. You may also add additional vegetables like celery root and parsnips.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

October 20, 2021

Sweet potatoes retain more nutrition when cooked with the skin. Simply scrub with a vegetable brush under cool running water before cooking. Available year-round, sweet potatoes reach peak season from late August through November. Choose those with firm, unbroken skin without excessive dents, wrinkling or sprouting. When stored in a cool, dark place like a pantry, sweet potatoes will keep for several weeks.

Healthy Autumn Apple & Kale Raw Salad

October 18, 2021

I like to take advantage of tasty autumn apples by making a healthy salad that consists of kale, Honeycrisp apples, hazelnuts, dried cranberries, and a light homemade dressing. Apart from their appetizing crunch, Honeycrisp apples have a clean and sweet flavor. They are a mixture of sweet and tart that creates a unique and flavorful apple. As an added bonus, Honeycrisp apples have a longer shelf life, if stored properly.

Pork Belly Cubano

October 14, 2021

Pork belly comes from the underside of the pig, once the spareribs and loin have been removed. One of the easiest ways to prepare pork belly is to score the fat side and slow cook in the oven. Scoring allows some of the fat to render while keeping the pork tender and juicy.

Blueberry Skillet Cake

October 12, 2021

Blueberry Skillet Cake is a cross between a pancake and Dutch baby and is so easy to make. Slice into wedges and serve warm with lots of maple syrup.

Waffles With Maple & Apples

October 1, 2021

Apples contain a natural starch called pectin. Varieties with more pectin (Pink Lady and Honeycrisp) won’t fall apart when stewed or baked – best for sautés, cakes, and pies. Those with less pectin, like Golden Delicious, will break down more when cooked. Use these for applesauce, muffins, and scones.

Crunchy Sheet Pan Pork Chops

September 29, 2021

Look for thicker pork chops (about 1/2-inch-thick) for roasting as they’re less likely to dry out in the oven. This is an easy way to make pork chops and the secret is that the crispy cheesy coating is actually croutons.

Peanut Butter & Apple Snack Cake

September 27, 2021

Now that autumn is here and apples are in abundance you might want to make this delicious Peanut Butter & Apple Snack Cake. It’s a nice after school or after dinner treat.

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

September 24, 2021

These double chocolate cookies have a chocolate base and then are studded with chocolate chips. There is a lot of chocolate in every bite. Rich, decadent, and a nice paleo treat.

Snickerdoodle Apple Scones

September 16, 2021

These are my all-time favorite autumn breakfast treats. They make a delicious after school snack as well. Golden Delicious work well for this recipe, but you may use any apple that you like.

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