savory vegan cauliflower butternut squash soup

Simple ingredients assemble into a delicious savory vegan soup starring cauliflower & butternut squash in a coconut milk broth.

Ummm, ummm GOOD! Made another one of my toss-ingredients-together soups the other night and it turned out especially yummy.

This cauliflower butternut squash soup seasoned with coconut milk and Balti spices, had subtly-curry like flavor, but wasn’t ‘hot.’ When I read the ingredients’ description at Penzy’s, it was obvious why the flavors resonated with me: [read more…]

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Winter Holiday Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake

by Cynthe on December 7, 2015

Crystallized Ginger garnished Pumpkin Cheesecake sparkles like the frost on our deck railings.

Crystallized Ginger garnished Pumpkin Cheesecake sparkles like the frost on our deck railings.

The winter holiday season has arrived! Just past Thanksgiving in the USA, now families are planning menus for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa…including favorite seasonal desserts, of course.

My hubby’s family has traditionally celebrated his late November birthday along with their annual Thanksgiving get together. Rather than making a birthday cake, we serve pumpkin pie or a classic cheesecake his Mom makes. But this year was different… [read more…]

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Thanksgving Roots ~ Roasted Vegetables

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Thanksgiving, our annual harvest holiday here in the United States, is just around the corner. Cooks planning Thanksgiving celebration feasts select favorite family recipes and traditional holiday offerings for these festive meals. Some folks make the same recipes year after year. Others of us, who no longer eat turkey or canned cranberry sauce, experiment by […]

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October’s End Brings Poignant Memories and Halloween Fun

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Halloween Approaches! October glows orange everywhere I look. Liquid amber and pistashio trees flaunt russet-hued autumn leaves. At the farmers markets, Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons pile high beside brilliant orange peppers or dangle temptingly conspicuous on neighbors’ trees. Fat pumpkins lie ripe for the picking in fields edging Sonoma county’s highways…slowing traffic to a crawl…as […]

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A Hidden Rose Apple Pie for My Valentine

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Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day traditionally with chocolates, red roses, and/or a romantic candlelight dinner? Bill and I aren’t much for rituals, but we do enjoy treats and desserts on special occasions. My sister, Victoria, had given us some lovely ‘Hidden Rose’ apples for Christmas. I had saved the last 5 for a baking project. […]

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‘Food Is Love’ 2014 Recipe Calendars: Great Holiday, Housewarming & Wedding Gifts!

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GOOD NEWS! Our 2014 ‘Food Is Love’ Recipe Calendars will be ready for the presses at the end of this week. Every month features a SEASONAL RECIPE with mouth-watering photography of the finished dish and serving suggestions. 2014 ‘Food Is Love’ Recipe Calendars Several recipes on last year’s 2013 calendar were too long to fit […]

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Confused? Yes on 522 GMO Food Labeling or No? ~ WA Voters Will Decide: NOV 5th

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WA elections are only weeks away…folks are already submitting their mail-in ballots. Voting YES on 522!, Washington state’s  initiative measure requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods, seeds and seed products is CRUCIAL for our personal health, for generations that follow, and the environment. TV and radio airwaves, printed election materials, newspapers and magazines plus web […]

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The Heirloom Seed Expo (Santa Rosa, CA)

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For the past three years along with the change of seasons, September has ushered in a most amazing national food extravaganza ~ The Heirloom Seed Exposition ~ at the Sonoma county’s fairgrounds (Santa Rosa, CA). 2013’s mid-week fair is happening right now! Today’s the final day of three. If you’re anywhere near by and

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