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A perfect pumpkin bread to serve holiday house guests
Recently, I made pumpkin bread using canned pumpkin, which turned out to be more like pumpkin cake (with caramel glaze) and realized that I wanted more substance to my bread. A quick online search produced the Macrina Bakery Squash Harvest Loaf recipe. Macrina supplies ...By Susie Iventosch



SMASHED CARROTS
Celine's Notes:
A savory and sweet version of this dish can be made. Ingredient substitutions for the sweet version are noted in the ingredient list. This dish can be made ahead of time, ...
By Susie Iventosch



WINTER WILD RICE
(Full recipe serves 12 as a side dish. Half recipe serves 6)

Celine's Notes:
By Susie Iventosch




Two savory and sweet dishes just in time for the holidays
We didn't have enough room to include these two wonderful recipes from Celine Sherwood in our last issue, but they are really delicious and would make great side dishes for the holidays. I made the savory and sweet version of the Smashed Carrots, and absolutely loved ...By Susie Iventosch



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher
As I was admiring the crimson leaves fluttering to the ground from the liquid amber tree, I was ...
By Cynthia Brian



Local child chefs land a winning title in Moraga Pear Recipe Contest
The 20th annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival was held on Sept. 22, celebrating Moraga's pear history and offering plenty of fun for families including a pie-eating contest, music, wine tasting, face painting and inflatable bouncy houses. But, the activity that is always ...By Susie Iventosch



Give thanks for Brussels sprouts!
Here is a great veggie dish to serve alongside your Thanksgiving turkey this year. I used to really, really dislike Brussels sprouts. I don't think my mom ever made us eat them, but if she had, I'm pretty sure they would have been stuffed in my pockets before getting ...By Susie Iventosch



Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding with Caramel Glaze
Bread:
1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and slightly toasted (approximately 6 cups)
By Susie Iventosch



Caramel-icious bread pudding a perfect dessert for cool fall days
I love bread pudding because it's such a great dessert (or breakfast) for crisp autumn days. And, I really can't think of any better accompaniment to an apple dish than caramel sauce! This sauce is the same one we used for the caramel-glazed apple cake last year, so it ...By Susie Iventosch



A fabulous fig condiment complement for baked brie or barbecue
My son Joel called me one day all excited about the stuffed mushrooms he had made with fig chutney, shallots and Parmesan cheese, among other items of interest like blue cheese, barbecue seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. I'm always delighted to hear what my kids have ...By Susie Iventosch



Apples add to these cookies' fall harvest feel
On several of my bike rides lately, I've been tempted by apples ... orchards loaded with apples. Ripe apples of every color adorn the trees from yellow to red to green. We don't have apple trees in our yard, and I must say, it was really difficult not to reach out and ...By Susie Iventosch



Jalapeno peach salad
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
By Susie Iventosch




Barbecued corn-chicken salad
(Serves 4-5 as a main lunch dish and 8 as a side dish)

INGREDIENTS
By Susie Iventosch




Savory summer market salads
My husband and I just completed a magical, 99-mile whitewater rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. We journeyed through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for seven days with our three adult children and nine of their best ...By Susie Iventosch



Eggs in a Bag
(For 2)

INGREDIENTS
4 ...
By Susie Iventosch



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