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Is It Still Pumpkin Season? I Hope So! Because Here's One Stuffed with Everything Good!

Stuffed Pumpkin

So, here it is the last night of 2010 and I am posting about pumpkin…a pumpkin dish that we had last month, even. Is that wrong? I think one of my resolutions should be to post more!

This is a recipe by Dorie Greenspan from her new book, Around My French Table, which I have been posting about semi-frequently for the French Fridays with Dorie shindig. But, this is a rogue effort and I am even listing the recipe below! Mainly because it is already on epicurious.com and also because I changed it up . . . → Read More: Is It Still Pumpkin Season? I Hope So! Because Here's One Stuffed with Everything Good!

Lamb and Rice Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

Cabbage Rolls

Oh my, these were delicious. I know! Cabbage rolls. Crazy! I deviated a bit from the original recipe by baking mine in the oven (just something about pulling a hot and bubbly dish from the oven really appealed to me) and I added cheese (of course). The verdict? jwa had three helpings. Me, a lady-like two.

The rolling below sounds more complicated than it needs to be. Just slap a leaf down on your work area, add some filling and roll. Place in a rectangular baking dish. Do another one. Another one. Another one, . . . → Read More: Lamb and Rice Stuffed Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

A Couple of Hours in the Sun

Red Ridge Farms

Red Ridge Farms 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Road Dayton, Oregon 97114

Last weekend it was cold, clear and sunny, which is a pretty good deal for Portland in December. We took advantage of the weather to head to one of my most favorite place in all of Oregon — Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, OR. It’s part plant nursery, part olive oil mill, part gift shop and part scenic destination/place for outdoor snacking. I drag jwa there at least twice a year and always take lots of pictures.

Here are some from last . . . → Read More: A Couple of Hours in the Sun

A Relatively Quick, Pad Thai-Like Dish

pad thai

The other day, let’s call it “Monday”, I had a MAJOR craving for Pad Thai. I waited a day or two to see if it would go away and when it did not, I turned to the google for an easy way to satisfy this craving. I came across the Alton Brown recipe (which I’ve made before), and while quite good, requires a trip to H-Mart or some other specialty grocery to get all the supplies. Most of the time I’m okay with that, but on a Wednesday after work, I require easier.

Then . . . → Read More: A Relatively Quick, Pad Thai-Like Dish

Squash Gnocchi with Thyme


This year, we purchased a Thanksgiving CSA Harvest Bag from Sun Gold Farm and while we did use a lot of our produce over Thanksgiving, there have been a few stragglers. This big Sweet Dumpling Squash was one such unused vegetable (we got four and I did use three in the roasted vegetable extravaganza). The other night, I used this one to make some squash gnocchi and it was delicious!

The original recipe used acorn squash and marjoram. Not only did I swap the type of squash, but also the marjoram for thyme. Rebel! I . . . → Read More: Squash Gnocchi with Thyme