White bowl with Healthy Broccoli Soup topped with Potato Croutons, red onion and Parmesan

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons

Healthy Broccoli Soup with Potato Croutons is the perfect light and flavorful dish to add to your repertoire of good-for-you recipes! Like many folks, in January my husband Robert and I try to get back to eating healthier. Other than during the holidays (when we give ourselves a break to indulge), we tend to eat… Read more »

Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad

Flavored with pungent fresh ginger, soy sauce and dark sesame oil, Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad is bursting with delicious flavors! One night, I decided to get a little creative when preparing dinner for Robert, and this Asian Shrimp and Brown Rice Salad was born. It was a busy day, so I was preparing… Read more »

bowl of cranberry and golden raisin relish

Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish

Refreshing and colorful, this no-cook Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish is the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving turkey, is super easy to prepare and can be made up to 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!   This Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish recipe is from my Aunt Bobbie, who found it in one of her favorite cookbooks,… Read more »

Blackberry Pear Crisp in a white oval dish with a scoop out of one corner

Blackberry Pear Crisp

This Blackberry Pear Crisp is comfort food at its best, and an excellent way to showcase fall’s delicious pears.   I have always loved pears – that delicious, fresh, sweet but not too sweet flavor. I always get excited in August and September when the fresh crop starts showing up at the market. Even though… Read more »

Pumpkin muffins, one broken half to show cream cheese filling

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These seasonally inspired Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are the perfect morning treat to celebrate fall! It’s fall, which means it’s pumpkin season – yay! I love the flavor of pumpkin – not just in pies, but also in other desserts like my Rum Pumpkin Tart and Pots de Crème, as well as in my Pumpkin… Read more »

stir fry chicken, pea pods, almonds, green onion and rice arranged in a flat bowl

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry uses a limited amount of oil to cook a fresh, flavorful and colorful mixture of chicken, pea pods, almonds and green onion. Growing up, my mom frequently made some version of stir-fried chicken for the family on busy weeknights. The stir-fry method fit mom’s style of cooking to a T –… Read more »

Gingersnap crusted tart filled with creamy lemony filing and topped with blueberries

Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart

This show-stopping Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart starts with a gingersnap-rum crust that’s filled with a creamy, lemon-y mixture and topped with fresh blueberries. Yum!   I love ginger, and this tart really showcases it with gingersnap cookies in the crust and crystallized ginger in the filling. In creating this recipe, I also wanted lots of… Read more »

Buying and storing fresh ginger

January 9, 2015

I love the flavor of ginger, and you will find it in many of our recipes (see some examples below). I especially like to use fresh ginger when I can. When purchasing ginger, look for 2 to 4-inch long pieces in the produce section of your grocery store. It’s often in a basket. Make sure… Read more »

Rum Pumpkin Tart

One Thanksgiving, I decided to create a new pumpkin dessert. I started with the basic ingredients in our Fluffy Pumpkin Pie recipe (in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen® cookbook) and added crystallized ginger and rum. Initially, this recipe was a fun and delicious way to show off my pots de crème collection (see Rum Pumpkin Pots de Creme recipe). Then, a few weeks later… Read more »

Rum Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I collect pots de crème, and have for years. While I haven’t really counted them, I think there must 50 or more in our china closet. This recipe, a deconstructed pumpkin pie with crystallized ginger and rum, is a fun and delicious way to show off the collection. If you don’t have pots de crème, use wine glasses or ramekins. I also… Read more »

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