2012 in Review – Thank You Visitors Near and Far!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. I am so honored to have so many visitors from around the world! Thanks everyone! Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the…

Sweet and Smoky Pumpkin Seeds

Separating pumpkin seeds from their clingy, protective pulp is somewhat tedious and exceptionally messy. Why bother? The results are well worth the effort. You get both a delicious, old-fashioned snack, and the satisfaction that comes from utilizing nature’s bounty to its fullest. These sweet and smoky pumpkin seeds are spiced up with chipotle, then softened…

Smoky Chipotle-Roasted Pumpkin

We often think of pumpkin as a dessert ingredient, just right for pies and muffins. As a member of the squash family, however, pumpkin is also the perfect candidate for simple, savory dishes. In this recipe, harvest pumpkin is seasoned with chipotle, then oven-roasted to a sweet and smoky blend. Serve it as a seasonal…

Heirloom Tomatoes

Did you know that all Heirloom tomato varieties are open-pollinated but not all open-pollinated tomato varieties are heirlooms? A little bit of a tongue twister, certainly, and perhaps just as confusing as the term “heirloom” itself. Heirloom plants (known as heritage plants in some parts of the world) were those grown during earlier periods of…

St. Patrick’s Day Soda Bread

Baking soda, known as bread soda in Ireland, gives quick breads their rising power when mixed with an acid such as sour milk or vinegar. This down and dirty alternative to yeast allows you to mix up, bake and enjoy a piping hot, homemade loaf of soda bread in less than one hour. Ingredients 2¼…