Tag Archives: fall

Pumpkin oatmeal

There’s nothing better than fall seasonal foods, in my opinion. And finally, fall is here and it’s officially pumpkin-flavored food season! When I start to feel that chill in the air, I start eating pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast.
Plain oatmeal, even with brown sugar or honey, tastes so bland to me. But add some pumpkin and spices, and some nuts for crunch, and it tastes almost decadent. Plus, pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A and fiber.
I make a batch big enough to last the week. Then I just microwave, stir in some pistachios and almonds, and enjoy it with …

 

I’ll Have S’more of That

s’mores from whatscookingamerica.net
The smell of a campfire can instantly lift my mood, bringing back happy memories and warm feelings. Friends and family huddled around a fire telling stories and drinking hot spiced cider is one of the most comforting fall images I can think of. And it doesn’t get much better than snuggling on the couch in front of a log crackling and blazing in the fireplace.
And what would an open fire be without a s’more in hand?
So as we turn the corner to winter, with the first snow looming over our heads, there comes a gadget that will allow …

 

Apple Cider Donuts

If it is fall in New England, it is time for apple picking! If apple picking is not your thing, a visit to an orchard or farm stand will enable you to buy a wide variety of apples!  You can’t forget to enjoy apple cider- hot or cold a wonderful fall treat as well.
But don’t forget to try the apple cider donuts!  I mean try them at everyplace you find them since they are as different as every apple pie you have ever tasted!

One of the best apple cider donuts I had the pleasure of enjoying was at Russell Orchards …

 

Vermont Eats

This past Columbus Day weekend, I visited Vermont for the first time to see the fall foliage, alpine slide and of course, explore the local good eats. Vermont is famous for the wide variety of cheeses, maple syrup, Lake Champlain chocolates, craft breweries, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Here are the food highlights from my trip – hope you enjoy!
 

In Stowe, VT, I had dinner at the Solstice restaurant at the Stowe Mountain Resort and ordered the cheese plate from the menu. I picked out three cheeses (all locally made in VT): Cabot Creamery‘s signature cheddar (cow’s milk), Lake’s Edge …

 

Carrot Cupcakes

I’m a little obsessed with cupcakes – baking, decorating, and of course, eating these cute morsels. Even though cupcakes seem to be fading from the trendy sweets race, they’re still one of my favorite desserts. I remember when I first became interested in baking during college… I was too intimidated to even attempt following a Martha Stewart recipe. Instead, I’d always reach for a box of Pillsbury cake mix, a red-colored container of Betty Crocker‘s pre-made frosting, and a tube of rainbow sprinkles. Let’s just say that I’ve come a long way these past few years, but I’m still no expert. Now, I …

 

S’mores Cookies

With school already in session, halloween candy stocked on the shelves, and cooler mornings and nights creeping in, it sure feels like summer is coming to an end. This past Labor Day weekend, we had a cookout, which will probably be the last one for the year (at least at my house, that is). No more cookouts means no more toasting marshmallows over the grill to make s’mores treats. Of course, there’s always the microwave, but it’s never the same.
For those not familiar with what a s’mores concoction is: it’s a traditional snack/dessert (typically served at a cookout or campfire) that …