Pumpkin Pie

This weekend I was craving a pumpkin pie but, we haven't gone on our traditional pumpkin picking extravaganza.  And, while I was enthusiastic about making one, I also knew I was in a severe time crunch.  So, without any guilt,  I bought a pre-made pie crust from Trader Joe’s (they do have a great selection). This particular recipe is so easy.  In under 20 minutes, I mixed the ingredients for the filling, poured it into the shell and popped it in the oven.  Within 30 minutes, the pie looked amazing.  When I took it out of the oven I couldn’t … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Stew with Walnuts

It's Seriously Soup day today, featuring one of my favorite bloggers, Serena, who authors a blog called Seriously Soupy.  Serena started Seriously Soupy as a creative outlet for herself after her first daughter was born, which combined her passion for cooking with an interest in learning more about soups and soup making.  Since it started, she has given soup tours and taught soup classes and has a catalog of over 100 soups on the site!  You can join Serena on her Soupy journey at SeriouslySoupy.com and twice a month you can find her here, at My … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Brownies

  Need an activity for a rainy fall weekend with the kids? Make Pumpkin Brownies. It’s that simple. You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge, except for some canned pumpkin. I happened to have an extra can of pumpkin from my Pumpkin Cappuccino Chip Muffin assignment a few weeks ago. In fact, it’s so easy, my kids could’ve assembled the batter themselves. Only 35 minutes in the oven and you’ve got moist, chocolaty Pumpkin Brownies. The brownies tasted almost identical to my Pumpkin Muffins.  … [Read more...]

Easy as Pumpkin Pie

Growing up, my Grandma Sylvia was known in many different circles in Baltimore, Maryland simply as “the pie lady.”  In the late 1940’s, she used to home bake sinfully sweet, deliciously fresh pies and sell them to the local store for some extra cash.  Extended family dinners at Gram’s apartment became the Friday night ritual.  If you missed a dinner, you’d miss the opportunity to get a coveted piece of one of her pies, where homemade crusts and fresh whipped cream sealed in a variety of intense flavors from: chocolate to pecan to pumpkin spice. … [Read more...]