Fall Harvest Cakes

I love muffins, and these sound wonderful! Have to give them a try this fall.

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These delectable individual-sized cakes are packed with the flavors of autumn – honeycrisp apples, crunchy pecans, and caramel.

Taking advantage of fruit, vegetables, fish and wild game during times of seasonal abundance is a celebrated part of our kitchen, but it hasn’t always been easy to do so living in the Arctic bush. Back in California, between farmers’ markets and our own modest garden, our kitchen was stocked with ripe, heirloom tomatoes, freshly picked raspberries and peaches so ripe they had to be eaten over the sink (or outside under our peach trees).

Since moving to bush Alaska, we’ve been shipping up frozen fruits and vegetables during our annual summertime shopping. These have been supplemented with “keeper” produce such as  squashes, potatoes, onions and apples. We’ve managed to keep many of our traditions intact by pulling seasonal items from our pantry and freezers at the appropriate times, but we’ve missed…

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Fall Harvest Cakes

I love muffins, and these sound wonderful! Have to give them a try this fall.

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fall harvest cakes_n

These delectable individual-sized cakes are packed with the flavors of autumn – honeycrisp apples, crunchy pecans, and caramel.

Taking advantage of fruit, vegetables, fish and wild game during times of seasonal abundance is a celebrated part of our kitchen, but it hasn’t always been easy to do so living in the Arctic bush. Back in California, between farmers’ markets and our own modest garden, our kitchen was stocked with ripe, heirloom tomatoes, freshly picked raspberries and peaches so ripe they had to be eaten over the sink (or outside under our peach trees).

Since moving to bush Alaska, we’ve been shipping up frozen fruits and vegetables during our annual summertime shopping. These have been supplemented with “keeper” produce such as  squashes, potatoes, onions and apples. We’ve managed to keep many of our traditions intact by pulling seasonal items from our pantry and freezers at the appropriate times, but we’ve missed…

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Fall Harvest Cakes

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fall harvest cakes_n

These delectable individual-sized cakes are packed with the flavors of autumn – honeycrisp apples, crunchy pecans, and caramel.

Taking advantage of fruit, vegetables, fish and wild game during times of seasonal abundance is a celebrated part of our kitchen, but it hasn’t always been easy to do so living in the Arctic bush. Back in California, between farmers’ markets and our own modest garden, our kitchen was stocked with ripe, heirloom tomatoes, freshly picked raspberries and peaches so ripe they had to be eaten over the sink (or outside under our peach trees).

Since moving to bush Alaska, we’ve been shipping up frozen fruits and vegetables during our annual summertime shopping. These have been supplemented with “keeper” produce such as  squashes, potatoes, onions and apples. We’ve managed to keep many of our traditions intact by pulling seasonal items from our pantry and freezers at the appropriate times, but we’ve missed…

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Fill Your Freezer: 40 Freezer Friendly Starters, Soups and Sides

I will certainly need to look into these alternatives! I’m not much of a canner, but I do cook and freeze in indivual portions a lot.

Tales of an Overtime Cook

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So, my Jewish readers who are feverishly starting to prepare definitely know why this is coming.

For the rest of you, bear with me for a bit, but the Jewish high holidays are rapidly approaching, followed almost immediately by the Holiday of Sukkot. For Jewish housewives all over the world, that means a whole ton of cooking to be done. And for those who like to prepare ahead, the freezer becomes your best friend. (Of course, there are many times when pre-made meals in your freezer will make life easier, so keep this list handy all year round!)

I personally love to have my food ready in advance, in the freezer. Most of the cakes and cookies on the blog freeze really well, but I figured I would help you out with some recipe ideas for starters, sides and soups…that all freezer well! Scroll down for 40 suggestions. Some from…

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Side Tracked…

Here is my excuse for not posting my own recipes, etc. on my What’s for Dinner blog for a while…

365 Days to a Less Cluttered Home

Besides having all my hair cut off, I was side-tracked on my decluttering project in early July.  You see, I took a trip to my home town to visit family for a week, and while I was gone, well, let’s just say my two dogs don’t much like fireworks…

My pet sitter was kind enough to txt me a picture of the damage they did to a wall in the kitchen (picture to follow in another post).

My kitchen was (being the operative word) wallpapered.  It has been this way since I bought it 15 years ago and have been wanting to take the paper down and do a plaster finish on the walls and paint instead.  So…. you guessed it – my dogs prompted and prioritized that project for me on the evening of July 4th.

I have pictures of the process and will share those in a future…

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Baked Apple Pie Wontons with Caramel Dipping Sauce

Mmmm, I just happen to have wonton wrappers in the freezer. Will have to give these a try in the near future – but use pears, since I have those in the freezer as well.

Tales of an Overtime Cook

These apple pie wontons are crispy on the outside, but soft, hot and cinnamony on the inside. Best of all? They’re baked, not fried!

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I know I’ve been a bit heavy on the desserts here lately. I have an excuse though. Not a good one, but an excuse nonetheless.

I’ve been working really hard on my holiday desserts for my magazine column. Seriously, really hard. You’ll start to see the results soon, but stay tuned, because there’s a second feature of mine coming up after the first!

Anyway, baking up a holiday storm for weeks on end doesn’t leave all that much room for cooking. Hence, no real food recipes. I do have some new ones coming up soon though, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I figured it’s a good time to share my delicious Apple Pie Wontons from last year’s magazine column. These delicious little parcels of apple-y…

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Crunchy, Soft Bolillos

when I finish with this no gluten diet, I plan on making these! Oh how I love (and currently miss) bread!

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Like miniature baguettes (each loaf is about five inches long), a bag of freshly baked bolillos from our Arctic bakery is ready to be made into tasty sandwiches or sliced and toasted with olive oil and garlic.

When we return to the road system each summer, we keep a keen eye out for new food ideas to take back to our kitchen in the Arctic bush. This summer, we rediscovered torta sandwiches, prompting me to make a mental note to bake bolillos when we returned to Point Hope.

Bolillos have their roots in Mexico where they are the main ingredient in molettes and tortas – lightly toasted bread topped with cheese (or olive oil and garlic) and sandwiches, respectively. Armed with many tasty sandwich ingredients in our bush pantry – garbanzos for hummus, home-canned smoked salmon, caribou and even duck eggs (for a twist on tortas de huevo) – I…

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Saturday baking: Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

A new cookie recipe to add to my list

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chocolate peanut butter globsAs we had expected, my oldest son’s baseball tournament was rained out this weekend.

This was the start of their fall baseball season so it was disappointing not to be able to play today.  And, tomorrow.

I reminded him that there are many more games coming up.  At which point, he reminded me that his team hadn’t competed in a tournament since June so I should understand how disappointed he is.

Well, okay then. I do understand.  A little.

I had planned on doing some baking Sunday after the last game, but moved it up to this afternoon.  It’s raining, so that’s perfect baking weather.

At least if there couldn’t be baseball there could be chocolate peanut butter globs.

This recipe is from Ina Garten’s cookbook Barefoot Contessa Foolproof and I just love that book.  Actually, I love each of her books but this one is especially good.

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Saturday baking: Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

A new cookie recipe to add to my list

Main St. Cuisine

chocolate peanut butter globsAs we had expected, my oldest son’s baseball tournament was rained out this weekend.

This was the start of their fall baseball season so it was disappointing not to be able to play today.  And, tomorrow.

I reminded him that there are many more games coming up.  At which point, he reminded me that his team hadn’t competed in a tournament since June so I should understand how disappointed he is.

Well, okay then. I do understand.  A little.

I had planned on doing some baking Sunday after the last game, but moved it up to this afternoon.  It’s raining, so that’s perfect baking weather.

At least if there couldn’t be baseball there could be chocolate peanut butter globs.

This recipe is from Ina Garten’s cookbook Barefoot Contessa Foolproof and I just love that book.  Actually, I love each of her books but this one is especially good.

Do…

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Locks For Love – The Day I Donated My Hair

Cancer – It has impacted every one of us in some way shape or form.  I would bet that you personally know at least one person, if not more, that have taken on this personal battle.

I consider myself lucky, thus far, not to have had this terrible disease; but I know oh so many that have. (including my Dad)

For so many years now, I have always wanted to donate my hair to make wigs for those who lose theirs because of the treatments they have had to go through.  I have wondered, what would it be like to lose all your hair?

Well, today, I – sort of – found out.  Today I had 10 inches of hair cut off to donate to Locks For Love.  Locks For Love makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.

 wpid-IMAG1892.jpgPre-cut picture.  It looks Like I have really long hair, but in reality – I barely had enough to make the 10″ limit to donate.

wpid-IMAG1893.jpgJessica, my hair stylist did a great job getting the most hair off my head, using multiple ponytales.

wpid-IMAG1895.jpgAnd then the cutting ensued.  No turning back

now!  wpid-IMAG1897.jpgYIKES!

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Almost all gone!

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This is what I had left.

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We were really surprised at how good my short hair looked, even before the styling cut was done.  As “traumatic” as such a hair cut can be, this isn’t about me; I will have a great hair style going forward (and my hair will grow back)

what is important is that this

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will be sent off in the mail tomorrow to Locks For Love to be made into a wig for children who have lost their own hair because of cancer treatment(s).

Want to learn more about Locks For Love?  Visit their website at www.locksforlove.org  Ops!  I got the website wrong!  visit www.locksoflove.org

A BIG thank you to my hair stylist – Jessica Williams at Josephine’s Day Spa – for helping me make this donation, as well as all that staff at Josephine’s who were so supportive in my endeavor.

Lastly, to the little girl who watched in awe as I had my hair cut off.  I hope she remembers this and is inspired herself to donate her beautiful dark brunette hair someday for a child without hair because of cancer.