Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

pumpkin black bean soup


While we haven’t officially gone pumpkin picking yet, we’re definitely incorporating pumpkin into our kitchen.

Last Thursday was the kick off our our national breast cancer baking campaign Bake it Happen and our newest campaign recipe is a tasty Pumpkin Oatmeal Chip Cookie.  I made 3 batches with my kids this weekend that we’ll be distributing over the course of the week.

While the weather is undoubtedly getting a bit cooler and jackets are a must, comfort  soups are going to play an integral role in our meal time routines.

Since I’ve got a bunch of cans of pumpkin pure in the pantry (for Bake it Happen), I knew I’d want to make Seriously Soupy’s tasty Pumpkin Bean Soup.  The base to the soup contains a plethora of black beans as well as some sweet potatoes– both attributed to good health and hearty dishes. To enhance the flavors to the soup you just add in some bay leaves, garlic, onion, nutmeg and cinnamon.

After three hours of cooking, voila, the soup becomes creamy and rich.

Don’t hesitate to top your creation with some thinly-sliced Manchego cheese (great pairing with the beans) and serve the soup with crunchy bread.  Other tasty toppings:  salsa, sour cream, crumbed feta….

This dish is ideal for lunch or dinner.

Happy fall.

Bake it Happen 2015

October is always a tough month for me.

Not only is it my mom’s birthday month but, it was also the month she died.  In two weeks, it’ll be seven years since her death.

How coincidental that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also October.

This year, I’m beyond proud to announce the 3rd annual breast cancer cause-marketing campaign my sister and I created called: BAKE IT HAPPEN™.

The premise (like last year) is as simple as it is tasty and fun:

Just head over to Bake it Happen and sign up to receive Judy’s celebrated recipes: Earthquake Cookies, Black Bottom Cupcakes and Pumpkin Oatmeal Chip Cookies.

Then, all we want you to do is to bake them (put one of our logos on your packaging) and  share your tasty baked goods with everyone, everywhere:

  • at your child’s soccer game
  • at your board meeting
  • at church, at synagogue
  • at the gym
  • with your neighbors

Don’t forget to snap a photo of your Bake it Happen experience. It could be a picture of you baking, your kids baking, a picture of your baked goods, a picture of people enjoying your goods.

When you upload your picture to @Bake it Happen (our Facebook fan page) –or if you’re not on Facebook, you can email your picture to ubakeithappen@gmail.com–you’re automatically entered in to win a brand new IPAD and a 3-months mini-of-the-month membership from Baked by Melissa.

But, don’t forget, it gets even better than that.

Every time your share your photos, $2  will be donated to our awesome campaign partner the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation!   The PPPF works with America’s pumpkin growers who have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

Last year Bake it Happen helped to raise $15,000 for the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.  The money was then awarded as a grant to Dr. Eva McGhee of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She will use this money to help continue her Precision medicine-translational research in genomics/genetetics.

We hope you’re inspired to help us Bake it Happen and spread the baking love throughout the month.

We promise you this campaign will be fun, tasty and rewarding at the same time.

So, what are you waiting for?

To get the recipes and more information, please visit our site: Bake it Happen!

Can’t wait to see what’s baking….


Apple Butter


I always loved going apple picking with my kids when they were toddlers.  It was a fall activity we wouldn’t miss once the bathing suits were packed away and the routine of school finally kicked in.

However, now that my kids are older, our weekends are jam-packed with sports and other social activities.  Sadly, for me, apply picking and pumpkin picking have moved away from the trees at the orchards and have moved to the farm stands dotting the New York City streets.

But, I’m always happy when I get freshly-picked apples direct from the orchard.  This past weekend, I received a bag full of Gala apples from a friend who went to an orchard in Long Island.

I found myself in my apartment staring down 5 pounds of apples and went about my first order of business- making Apple Butter!

Aside from the effort involved peeling, coring and cutting the apples (unless of course you buy apples already prepared), making apple butter is a non-event.  Your slow cooker does all the work.

You’ll need 10-11 hours of slow cooking so it’s best to plan to make the butter over night.  When you awaken you’ll be greeted to a kitchen wafting with the comforting smells of apples, sugar and spices.

My kids adore this sinfully sweet butter overtop fresh Challah bread. They also combine it with peanut butter.

Leftovers?  Place your Apple Butter in Ball jars as it freezes well and, makes thoughtful housewarming gifts.

Noodle Kugel for Yom Kippur

Back by popular Jewish demand,  enjoy  Mom”s two favorite Kugel recipes.

Whether you like sweet or very very sweet, I promise these two noodle-based recipes will steal the show at your holiday table.

And, you don’t have to be Jewish to adore them….all year long.

Warning:  you will definitely eat more than one piece….

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