Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween inevitably brings pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving means roasted pumpkin seeds.  We’ve got pumpkin carving down to a science at our house.  They kids and I dream up what we want on our pumpkins all day long this usually involves some googling for pictures to copy.  Derek does all the knife work after watching…

Roasted Artichokes

I love artichokes and so do my kids.  In the past I have always either microwaved or steamed artichokes, but it takes forever.  I came across this Cooks Illustrated recipe for roasted artichokes and I now only do them this way.  There’s a little more prep on the front end, but they cook in just…

Apple Chips

We have the most amazing apple tree in our backyard that produces these ginormous sweet red apples.  Everyone always asked me what kind they are and I really don’t know.  I feel like most people can apple sauce with their apples, but I don’t particularly like apple sauce.  We mostly dry our apples in ring…

Canned Salsa

I have to give props to my friend Julie Riley for teaching me the process of canning salsa.  When Derek and I moved into this house, but still didn’t have kids Julie offered to teach anyone interested how to can salsa.  Derek and I had planted a small salsa garden that year, and Derek loves…

Eggplant Involtini

I think eggplants have got to be the prettiest vegetable around.  Sometimes I buy them at the store just because they are pretty and have no clue what I’m going to do with them.  One day after making just such an impulsive purchase, I decided to try my hand at this Cooks Illustrated recipe for…

Pecan and Arugula Pesto

One year for Christmas my aunt sent me this fabulous Rachel Ray cookbook.  I love Rachel Ray–Italian flare and usually fairly simple lots of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil-seems to be her favorite thing).   This particular cookbook was called Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats and is supposed to contain 365 different recipes, one for…