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Skillet Pork Chops and Apples

This skillet pork chops and apples is one of my favorite fall recipes. Since apples are in season in the fall, why not? It’s a perfect match if you ask me. An iron skillet is perfect for this and everything cooks in one pan. Another good thing, right? You can also use a stainless steel skillet or pan if that’s…

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Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash

To celebrate what’s in season this fall, this recipe for Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash is the one to make. It is so simple and easy but very impressive presentation-wise. What I love about is it has all the flavors of fall from walnuts, pomegranate and butternut squash. I actually had tried cumin before on roasting carrots and it turned out…

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Fall Garden Updates

As I walk through the garden this autumn season I thought it’s a good time to share my garden updates. We all know that when we plant something we hope for the best. However, not all plants grow successfully from seeds, cuttings or division. Certainly there will be successes as well as failures. Tall Avocado You may remember how I…

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Stewed Squash and Green Beans with Basil

This simple recipe for stewed squash and green beans brings back childhood memories for me. It is inspired by a Filipino vegetable stew called “pinakbet” which uses squash, eggplant, tomatoes, okra, long beans and bitter melon. Since all of these vegetables are not readily available, I’ve decided to use what I have. So for this dish I use butternut squash…

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Halloween Spooky Candy Bark

To celebrate the season this Halloween Spooky Candy Bark is a fun treat to make for kids (and adults). You know how we all have so much candy for Halloween? Well, this is the best way to use them up. The key to making this candy bark is to be creative in using whatever candy you like. Some of the…

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How to Reuse Fall Leaves from the Yard

Although it’s a lot of work raking leaves this season, you can save and reuse fall leaves in different ways. So don’t throw them away in the trash bin! Here are a few ways you can reuse them around the house and garden…. Make a wreath – Colorful fall leaves from maple, birch, oak, gingko, aspen, poplar and birch are…

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How to Make a Simple Charcuterie Board

Making a simple charcuterie board to serve your guests is quite easy if you keep it simple. Find a few items in your local market or grocery store and put them together on a platter. This eye-catching appetizer will greet your guests with its tempting array of cheeses, cold cuts, fruit and crackers. For a lovely presentation, use a pretty…

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Pear and Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese

This month of September we already begin to see a lot of pears at the market so of course, a pear and walnut salad is in order. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is add pears in a salad. For convenience you can use prewashed and bagged spring mix greens. For me it’s more interesting to…

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Easy Fresh Peach Jam

Every summer I make this easy peach jam using fresh peaches I have left on the counter. Peaches are one of the best things of summer: sweet, bright, juicy and fragrant. This recipe is my way of saying goodbye to summer. When picking peaches it is best if they are firm-ripe. They should slightly give to the touch and has…

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