Santa’s Minestrone

According to the Silver Spoon, the Bible of Italian cooking, when it comes to minestrone, “almost every Italian region has its own exclusive recipe.” So why not the North Pole? This is my imagining of Santa’s Minestrone. A warm, filling bowl, perfect for when Santa needs a break. Using traditional Italian ingredients like lacinato kale…

Roasted Red Kuri Squash and Lentil Soup

Just before Thanksgiving, I took a drive out to my favorite local farmstand in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula’s farm country. The first frost of the season had arrived, reflecting light all around, making the trip over particularly beautiful. The farmstand was flush with fresh produce, but amidst it all the teardrop-shaped Red Kuri squash…

Spiced Pecan, Apple and Persimmon Salad

There’s no doubt about it. Autumn is a season imbued with rich hues and earthy flavors. Thanksgiving cooks draw on its richness for inspiration. Though many of us have our “tried and true” family favorites, cherished recipes we look forward to making and eating each year, welcoming new traditions, like this Spiced Pecan, Apple and Persimmon Salad, make for…

Hearty Harvest Delicata Pancakes (Vegan)

Weekend mornings are special, as are these Hearty Harvest Delicata Pancakes. A warm short stack brimming with creamy delicata squash served with steaming cups of tea is a lovely way to start the day, particularly on blustery autumn mornings, when enjoying an easeful breakfast in your pajamas. These Hearty Harvest Delicata Pancakes rely on delicata squash…