Award Winning Apple Pie!

Earlier this month, my friend Becky, of Becky Bakes, suggested we enter an apple pie competition together and I loved the idea. My first collaboration with this blog! She is a fantastic baker and I’ve had her amazing sweet treats many times so I knew she would be a great partner. We entered the 1st Annual Adams Morgan Apple Pie Competition this past weekend and … Continue reading Award Winning Apple Pie!

Bison Pumpkin Chili

Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures after a long, hot summer. Plus, I’m a BIG fan of winter squash – butternut, acorn, buttercup, pumpkin – you name it! They are so versatile in recipes as they can lend both a savory and sweet kick to winter dishes. Fall also means warm, comforting soups, stews, braises and chilis. This recipe combines what … Continue reading Bison Pumpkin Chili

An Evening with America’s Test Kitchen

This week, Toby and I had the chance to go to see a show put on by Christopher Kimbell and America’s Test Kitchen, held at George Washington University. Our dear friend, Joan, was visiting us and kindly offered to watch our little one, so we made a night of it with a quick dinner beforehand. We tried out Beefsteak, the new *mostly* vegetarian eatery by … Continue reading An Evening with America’s Test Kitchen

Roasted Tomato Sauce with Spinach Pasta

Upon returning home from our long trip, I spied several red tomatoes in the garden still holding their own in late September. I picked about 20 medium tomatoes and wanted to find an easy way to use them up quickly, since a few of them seemed like they’d been hanging around awhile. Because these are late season tomatoes, I wasn’t sure how flavorful they would … Continue reading Roasted Tomato Sauce with Spinach Pasta

Caramelized Red Onions

After months of putting up jar after jar of jams and jellies, I head in to fall looking to make sure I have some preserves that are more versatile and can be used for more savory winter cooking. I came across a recipe for Caramelized Red Onion Relish in Marisa McClellan’s book “Food in Jars”. She recommends pairing this relish with ricotta or goat cheese … Continue reading Caramelized Red Onions

Becoming a Master Food Volunteer

This week I started a training program through the Virginia Cooperative Extension to become a Master Food Volunteer (MFV). Volunteers are trained on current, research-based knowledge regarding nutrition, food preparation, food safety and physical activity to become educators in the community. When I finish the training program at the end of this month, I will be trained to do food demonstrations at farmer’s markets and … Continue reading Becoming a Master Food Volunteer