Fall means Speculoos Spice to me. You know, the flavors in Biscoff cookies. I first think of all things pumpkin and then gingerbread and that leads to Speculoos Biscuits and Pumpkin Lattes. So then I got to thinking….. What about roasted butternut squash. We are, after all, trying to eat healthier. So, on a whim I tried my Speculoos Spice Mix on roasted butternut squash. Oh my! I have in the past made roasted butternut squash with cinnamon, and cinnamon with a bit of brown sugar, but I was going for healthier, right? So here is THE combination, folks. Speculoos Spice Roasted Butternut Squash tossed with butter with olive oil spread. Sweet from the cinnamon, a hint of the cloves and a whisper of the black pepper and cardamon.
One of my favorite simple pleasures, is to start my day with a pot of tea and one of Flo’s Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Muffins. They are light and so incredibly tender. Sweet and tart at the same time. And, because of the oatmeal, they keep me feeling full for hours. That is quite a feat. I also like that these oatmeal cranberry orange muffins are so very portable! Grab a couple to take to work. They are chocked full of healthy ingredients – oatmeal, orange zest, cranberries, almond milk, uh, except the butter. But, the butter is essential and besides, think about how Julia Child felt about butter. She lived until just 2 days short of her 92nd birthday.
It’s August, which means that the New Mexico chile harvest is right around the corner. The best comes from Hatch, New Mexico! Therefore, I thought it was high time that I did a round up of my authentic Hatch chile recipes. Not that you need an excuse to eat lots of the stuff but, did you know that chile is considered a super food? It is rich in vitamins A and C. It helps to reduce cholesterol and increases your metabolism so it may help you lose weight. It also helps to reduce the chances of developing type II diabetes. The thing I love the most about it is that it is not just hot, (it actually can run from very mild to hotter than blue blazes) it is full of warm spicy flavor. So here we go, my Hatch chile recipes both green and red.
Most popular, I think is my Authentic Green Chile Stew. Remember, this recipe is from a native New Mexican. I think I made this the first time in college. It features ground beef, potatoes and green chiles in a warm, deep flavored broth. My twist is a bit of plain yogurt to soften and mellow the flavors a bit. Now for those of you that don’t care for yogurt, trust me on this, you will still like it. You could substitute sour cream but the yogurt is way lower in fat.
Were you wondering why I stopped blogging? I apologize for just leaving with no explanation. It was because of one of those unexpected life changing events that knock you for a loop. One of those things that makes you have to go away by yourself for awhile to figure out. You know, the ones that cause you to make the changes that have been rattling around in the back of your head for way too long, but change is hard and it’s easier to think about it tomorrow.
5 Weeknight One Pot Meals
It’s been quite a learning curve but, I am happy to release my first cookbook, 5 Weeknight One Pot Meals. These recipes are easy to prepare because they are all done in one pot. That makes them easy to clean up after and I am all about that. And, they are very tasty if I do say so myself. There are 5 recipes in this free ebook, enough to get you through a workweek. It also includes a grocery list at the beginning for everything you need to make these dinner dishes. I have to thank my cousin Barbara for that.
The Perfect Warm Cocktail
As I sit down to write this I am brewing up a Blueberry Tea, my new favorite winter cocktail. It warms me all the way to the tips of my toes, and yet it is light, with just the right amount of sweetness. An expert in getting through cold winters in comfort, my brother-in-law from Canada, told me about this drink. No matter how cold it gets, this cocktail makes me feel cozy.
Now that we are deep into holiday baking season, I wanted to tell you about my latest discovery. In addition to my 5 Things Guaranteed to Make Your Holiday Baking Delightful, I want to add these Nordic Ware Cookie Stamps to the list. Such an easy way to make your holiday cookies Special.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get down to some Holiday baking. Cookies, pies, cakes, candy (ok, candy is not baking). All those things that I tend to steer clear of the rest of the year, but really enjoy making. All bets are off for the holidays. As my dad said, it’s always better if you have the right tools for the job. So, I thought it might be helpful if I listed some of my favorite baking tools and why I love them. That way, you will know exactly why you must have these 5 things guaranteed to make your holiday baking delightful. :o)
I know, I know, almost everybody is thinking about Thanksgiving cooking right now but, I am thinking about what to have for dinner early in the week. It needs to be quick and easy because there will be enough fancy cooking for a bunch of people come Thursday. It is also nice if it can stay on the stove a bit waiting for out of town company to show up. Leftovers? Yup, this is even better the next day. So, I give you White Bean Chili Verde. One pot, mostly pantry items. Prep time is just chopping an onion, opening some cans and browning the meat and onions. About 10 or 15 minutes.
Last week I mentioned how good a Vanilla Speculoos Cookie would be with a Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte. Well I am here to tell you that it is a match made in heaven. This homemade pumpkin pie spice latte’s subtle pumpkin flavor complements the Speculoos spice cookie perfectly. I just polished off one of each on the front porch. What a lovely fall afternoon indulgence. And, it was so easy to make. With my method, it’s all done in the microwave. I think it turned out every bit as good as Starbuck’s but I didn’t have to make the 45 minute trek there. This is so easy, I just bet you’ll be doing the same thing, even if your Starbucks is much closer.