Delicata Squash, Feta and Pomegranate Salad

Delicata Squash Feta Pomegranate Salad

On a foundation of lettuce greens, the bitter flavors of radicchio contrast with sweet, caramelized winter squash in this recipe for Delicata Squash, Feta and Pomegranate Salad.

“Later Samuel and Adam walked down the oak-shadowed road to the entrance of the draw where they could look out at the Salinas Valley. Will you stay to dinner? Adam asked.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Delicata Squash, Feta and Pomegranate Salad would be a fabulous addition to any holiday gathering. On a foundation of lettuce greens, bitter flavors of radicchio contrast with sweet, caramelized Delicata roasted with fresh thyme. Tangy feta and sherry dressing add a pop of flavor and let the sweet Delicata dance in this lush fall salad. Pomegranate arils deliver color and crunchy texture in the Delicata Squash, Feta and Pomegranate Salad. READ MORE . . .

Toffee Bar Cookies

Toffee Bar Cookies

Toffee Bar Cookies are fabulous. These Bar Cookies are a blondie type bar cookie with toffee bits folded into the dough. A plus, the recipe comes together quickly. Even the crumbs will disappear.

“The afternoon was golden, for the yellow dust in the sky gilded the light.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

I was planning on sharing an autumn salad but the recipe for Toffee Bar Cookies landed in my in-box. I almost forgot about the recipe (I found it in my trash folder) until I saw a vendor at the local farmers market selling toffee. Not just toffee, but bags of broken pieces specifically for baking. Oh, are you making cookies, he asked? Sure! I answered. Obviously this is a regular occurrence at the toffee makers booth. Making toffee laced cookies is not a regular occurrence in my kitchen. But my goodness, these Toffee Bar Cookies are special and worthy of the calorie splurge. Can I say I’m recipe testing for the holidays? READ MORE . . .

The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie

The Amazing Five Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie is a Smitten Kitchen recipe, adapted from Ovenly’s cookbook. This cookie recipe delivers intense peanut butter flavor with the ease of a simple recipe.

“But places were also named from the way the expedition felt at the time: Buena Esperanza good hope; Buena Vista because the view was beautiful; and Chualar because it was pretty. The descriptive names followed: Paseo de los Robles because of the oak trees; Los Laureles for the laurels; Tularcitos because of the reeds in the swamp; and Salinas for the alkali which was white as salt.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Not sure how I missed the recipe for The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie as I’m always more than happy to try a new cookie recipe. Especially one that promises intense peanut butter flavor with the ease of a simple recipe. The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie is a Smitten Kitchen recipe, adapted from Ovenly’s cookbook. Deb Perlman posted this cookie recipe in 2015. In internet time, its ancient history. The five ingredients, Skippy Peanut Butter (or a similar brand), brown sugar, eggs and vanilla are whisked together in a bowl. Salt is the fifth ingredient and sprinkled generously on top of the cookies before baking. This is the magic ingredient, the salt intensifies the peanut flavor. No mixer is required for The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie. Once the ingredients are gathered, it takes less than five minutes to make the batter. Maybe The Amazing Five Ingredient Salted Peanut Butter Cookie should be The Amazing Five Ingredient, Five Minute, Salted Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. READ MORE . . .

Cayucos Beach

Cayucos Beach and Morro Rock

A visual travelogue of Cayucos Beach, California, a destination to decompress and recharge.

“He wandered by the sea from the border north as far as San Luis Obispo, and he learned to pilfer the tide pools for abalones and eels and mussels and perch, to dig the sandbars for clams, and to trap a rabbit in the dunes with a noose of fishline. And he lay in the sun-warmed sand, counting the waves.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

Sharing something different this time, photos from Cayucos Beach. Cayucos is a sleepy little beach town between Cambria and Morro Bay on Highway 1, in central California. There’s not much too do, which is why I recommend it. No museums to visit, no amusement park rides, no crowds, just a few antique shops and restaurants. Visiting Brown Butter Cookie Company is my only don’t miss recommendation. Top Dog Coffee will jump start the day. The main street rolls off Highway 1, straight through town, the beach is right there. South of the Cayucos beach by the pier, there is easy public beach access between the homes facing the beach. Parking is allowed by these beach access points. A long walk on Cayucos beach will take you to Morro Strand. From Cayucos it’s a short drive to Harmony or Cambria or even Hearst Castle to the north. To the south, it’s an easy drive to Morro Bay, Montaña de Oro , San Luis Obispo or even the touristy Pismo Beach. READ MORE . . .

Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing

Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing

Before summer ends, savor the season with Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing. A fine quick bread, easy to make and easy to share.

“And summer passed into hot fragrant autumn.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Inspiration

If you’re still summering making Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing will keep you planted firmly in the season. I expected so much from this recipe, the ease of a simple loaf cake paired with the sweet fragrance of ripe summer melon. Bonus was the recipe for Cantaloupe Bread with Ginger and Browned Butter Icing makes two loaves. One for us, one to share. The final product was less melon flavored than I’d hoped for, but still scrumptious enough to make again. READ MORE . . .