As if the scent of roses, lilacs, and orange blossoms wafting around our yard hadn’t been enough of a clue, the arrival of sugar snap peas in our CSA box is a sure sign that spring has definitely, absolutely arrived. While I know that the weather hasn’t been very pleasant in other parts of the country, it’s been mostly warm and beautiful here punctuated with a few brief bouts of much needed and prayed for rain. It’s actually sprinkling on and off as I type this. It’s one of those strange and beautiful early evenings where the sky is dark and stormy but the setting sun is low enough to break through and brighten everything down below. It’s a striking contrast and especially beautiful since everything is wet and sparkling from the afternoon showers.
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Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month and the NaBloPoMo challenge of blogging every single day this month has finally come to an end. Since today also happens to be my birthday, I decided to give myself a break and not worry about uploading photos, sharing recipes, or even talking much about food. I spent a relaxing day with my fiancé, opened some fun presents this evening, and had a nice home-cooked dinner with family. It really was a perfect end to a busy, stressful month and rather than feeling burned out, I’m charged up and ready for December. I have new recipe ideas to test and share, sourdough starter to play with, a stack of new cookbooks to try out and review, and some great products to give away. See you in December!
We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at my cousin’s house. There was lots of family, lots of laughing, and lots of delicious food. All the leftovers we made off with went to work with Phil this morning so there’s no cold pumpkin pie for breakfast and no turkey sandwiches for me today, something that’s a little unusual. But I had my fill of turkey and all the trimmings yesterday and I’m feeling okay about bucking tradition and just eating a light lunch today. I am, however, sitting here enjoying some memories of what Thanksgiving was like when I was younger and rather than feeling melancholy about loved ones lost, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many wonderful holiday celebrations to look back on.(...) Continue reading Memories of Leftovers © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of pie. © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
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I just picked up our T&D Willey Farms CSA box and thought I’d let you peek inside again. It’s a good one!
While it’s honestly a little hard for me to imagine, I know there are some of you out there who don’t really care for pie. I may not agree with that sentiment, but I can accept it. And I can agree that there should always be room for delicious, seasonal, non-pie desserts on the Thanksgiving table. As long as there is also pie. Here are some ideas:(...) Continue reading Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
I’ll be adding a thick cream cheese glaze to this and delivering it to a friend as a belated birthday gift later today. I started with a recipe I found through The Food Librarian but made some changes to the ingredients and process. Assuming this cake tastes as delicious as I think it will, I’ll share my version of the recipe later in the week. Meanwhile, if you have access to Fuyu persimmons and have never used them in a cake, check out the original recipe and give it a try. Happy baking!
Since we moved to Madera and signed up for our weekly CSA box, I don’t make it to Fresno farmer’s markets nearly as much as I used to. But this morning I got up early and headed down to The Vineyard Farmer’s Market with my aunt and cousin to do some shopping and visiting. It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful Fall morning and my favorite outdoor market under the arbor was filled with vibrant produce and people, just as I remembered it.(...) Continue reading Morning at the Farmer’s Market © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
Today I gave myself permission to let go of responsibilities and deadlines and just play in the kitchen. I started the day thinking I would pull out my sourdough starters and give them some love but I ended up going a different direction entirely. At some point this morning I was reminded of a gluten-free brioche roll recipe I had seen on the Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Flour website. Since I still had most of a bag of the Cup4Cup flour (I first talked about and used this flour in this Sweet Potato Bread) and a fresh supply of my favorite Kerrygold butter, I decided to go ahead and try the brioche roll recipe. Just because.(...) Continue reading Gluten-Free Brioche Rolls © Pinch My Salt, 2013.
I decided to reach way back into the archives today and pull up a favorite recipe from November of 2006 – Pumpkin Roll!