Sweet Potato Hummus with Toasted Pistachios and Feta

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Go into any supermarket and the ever expanding selection of hummus will tell you hummus has become the snack of the moment.   Philadelphia just opened a “Hummusiya” restaurant called Dizengoff, named after the famous food street in Tel Aviv.  A restaurant serving nothing but hummus?  You bet!  Hummus is a no-guilt snack food gaining in popularity because it is nutritious,  packed with good fat, fiber, protein and tons of flavor.  This creamy sweet potato hummus offers a seasonal twist on the traditional hummus.  It is easy to make and such a pretty addition to the menu when presented  in a hollowed out squash.  Serve with warm pita points.

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Fall Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Maple Pistachios

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“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”  

Jim Bishop

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When I was growing up in Canada’s great white north, every fall my mom would buy me one glorious exotic pomegranate.  I would sit at the kitchen counter with a dish towel to wipe up the inevitable spray and drips that went hand in hand with the consuming of this fruit, and savored every.single.delicious.bite.   Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna

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imageWith the leaves turning and a nip in the air, I was craving a one-dish meal that would bring fall to the table.  I am not a lasagna baker but I enjoy other people’s family recipes.  After reading several recipes for seasonal butternut squash lasagna,  I was motivated to try my hand at one.   My version is loosely based on the recipe by Pippa Middleton, she of the famous sister and derrière, from her cookbook, Celebrate. Continue reading

Cranberry Almond Squares

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If there’s a nip in the air, there’s something delicious in the oven!  Sweater weather has arrived in Philadelphia and that means cranberries are appearing in the stores.  Being a Dual citizen of Canada and the US, I get to celebrate 2 Thanksgivings.  The Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday of October and the traditional meal is pretty much the same in both countries.  One of my favorite foods at the Thanksgiving table is the cranberry sauce/relish.  These cranberry almond squares from Canadian Living magazine are a seasonal twist on the traditional date square.  They are basically cranberry sauce sandwiched between 2 almond oatmeal crumble layers.image Continue reading

Autumn Welcome on the Front Porch

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Autumn is nature’s most dramatic show.  The sensational colorful transformation all around takes my breath away.  It is the season for gatherings and I especially like to create a colorful welcome on our front porch.  Bringing in autumnal colors in rich oranges, browns, gold and aubergine and layering in texture with elements from nature and some nubby sisal rugs harmonizes and complements the beauty in the surrounding garden.  Pumpkins, gourds, bittersweet vine and seed pods are all easily found and will last through the season. An inviting fall tableau welcomes guests.  Join me as I take you on a tour of our fall front porch.

Mums, flowering cabbage, lanterns, fall garland, gourds galore all say welcome!

Mums, flowering cabbage, lanterns, fall garland, gourds galore all say welcome!

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