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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