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Entries from October 2008

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 31st, 2008 · 52 Comments

Happy Halloween! I made these cookies on a whim one fall, and everyone in my family was amazed by how well the pumpkin and chocolate flavors worked together. Moist pumpkin pie spiced cookie is packed full of chocolate chips and walnuts, then topped with vanilla icing. Now we make them as a signature baked good […]

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Tags: baking · dessert · recipes

Fall Food at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

October 25th, 2008 · 69 Comments

My family lives life one October at a time – always working towards it, somehow surviving through it, and recovering after it. My parents own a pumpkin farm in Nebraska. For two years after college, and then on-and-off since, I worked as a food and beverage manager at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, developing the 14 or […]

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Tags: dinner · slideshow · travel

Osso Buco Sunday Supper

October 18th, 2008 · 64 Comments

My family always used to have Sunday suppers at my grandparents’ house when I was young. I remember the smell of roast pork, sour kraut and dumplings washing over me as I stepped into their house. “Sunday is family day,” my Mom would say, whenever I wanted to plan weekend activities with friends. But I […]

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Tags: dinner · italian · recipes · weekend project

Simple Coq au Vin

October 5th, 2008 · 58 Comments

I’m somewhat of a cooking snob, but when a friend recommended Cooking Light as a great recipe resource and the opportunity to buy a discounted subscription came along, I jumped on it. The magazine has been delivered to my apartment monthly since June, most issues languishing neglected in my magazine wrack. But the October issue […]

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Tags: dinner · french · quick fix · recipes