Holiday Desserts: Pumpkin Pecan Roulade with Orange Mascarpone Cream

[Editor's Note: I certainly love pumpkin pie, but sometimes, Thanksgiving calls for a twist on the traditional. This pumpkin pecan roulade is just that dessert: fancy and light, but still bearing elements of pumpkin and pecan pies. It's an interesting and unusual alternative to wrap up your holiday meal. --Genie] Pumpkin Pecan Roulade...more
Wow! Just copied this one. Looks great. Thanks for sharing, Fondly, Robinmore

Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta Biscuit Recipe

[Editor's Note: I love this biscuit recipe, which features so many of my favorite Meditteranean flavors. They'd be fantastic alongside a Greek omelette at breakfast, a lovely soup at lunch, or with lamb chops rubbed with oregano and rosemary at dinner. --Genie] ...more

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

[Editor's Note: Whether you need a dessert to bring to a school fundraiser bake sale, a party, or just to serve around the house, these pumpkin cupcakes sound like the perfect option. They're seasonal, and feature a fantastic maple icing. --Genie]...more
yummy!! :)more

Dairy-Free Tomato Soup

[Editor's Note: Tomato soup is one of my very favorites: it's simple, flavorful, and so comforting. Depending on which type of broth you use to make it, it can either be vegan or perfect for omnivores. Pair it with crusty bread or a sandwich, and it's the perfect dish for a lazy, chilly weekend. --Genie] ...more
Yummy! I love me some tomato soup this time of year. :)more

Holiday Cocktails: Spiced and Spiked Cider

[Editor's Note: This hot cocktail is perfect to span the whole holiday season—from November through December, and is as perfect at a Thanksgiving reception as a post-caroling warmer. Add rum if you want the adult version, or leave it out if you just want a delicious non-alcoholic treat! --Genie] Spiced and Spiked Cider...more

Holiday Food DIY: Vanilla Extract

[Editor's Note: Holiday bakers use a lot of vanilla extract, so this DIY holiday gift is a great one all season long. Even if your friends and family members who are bakers have already figured out that there's no substitute for real vanilla extract, this homemade version will make their day. --Genie] ...more
Yum! I see lots of baking in my holiday future. :) But for when you don't get enough veg in, ...more

Holiday Desserts: French Apple Tart

[Editor's Note: If you're looking for a quick and easy—yet still quite elegant—dessert for a holiday gathering, look no further. This French tart comes together quickly, thanks to pre-made puff pastry, and is a great variation on apple pie if you're looking for something different to serve at the end of a meal. --Genie] ...more
it's already there. I bake the pastry first, saute' the apples, then top with caramel and whip ...more

Pork Tenderloin & Pears in a Mustard-Port Sauce

[Editor's Note: It's definitely pear season again, and as much as I love just eating them out of hand or with a good blue cheese, I also love cooking them into dishes where their sweetness offsets other flavors. This recipe, which matches sauteed pears with pork tenderloin, all glazed in a tangy sauce, is one I'm definitely going to try. --Genie] ...more
I second that "good grief!" and "YUM!" That combination sounds amazing!! I will have to try it ...more

Irish Blue Cheese and Tomato Soup

[Editor's Note: As soon as I saw this post, I put this recipe on my must-try list. It sounds so comforting and delicious! It's a really interesting twist on traditional tomato soup, and is a great place to experiment with local blue cheeses from dairies or creameries near you. I'm looking forward to making a pot of this when the Bay Area rains set in for the winter. --Genie]...more
I'm not usually a blue cheese fan, but this looks really good :)more

Layered Tacos

[Editor's Note: If you love tacos, but want an interesting variation on the standard version, give this rendition a try. This layered dish can be made with beef, as the recipe's written, but it would be easy to mix this up a bit and make it with chicken or beans if you're not a red meat eater. --Genie] The Taco Stack ...more