Posted in October 2010

Orange chicken

When it comes to ordering Chinese food, Orange chicken is always my go-to dish. I love the sweetness and spice, and I particularly love it as a cold leftover for breakfast the next day. In fact, we frequently eat Trader Joe’s frozen Orange Chicken. That stuff is yummy and easy, but it’s not exactly healthy. … Continue reading

Pumpkin stew

As far as I’m concerned, the best thing about stew is that it has all the benefits of soup, plus it’s hearty enough to fill you up as a meal. Recently I was perusing recipes on SparkPeople and found one for Spiced pumpkin soup. It gave me an idea: why not use pumpkin as the … Continue reading

Pumpkin bread pudding

If there is one thing I look forward to every fall, it’s this stuff–the warm, sweet, cozy taste of pumpkin bread pudding. It’s so easy to make, yet it offers complex flavors and totally wows dinner guests. Seriously, the most challenging part of this is cubing a day-old sourdough baguette. The rest is simple and … Continue reading

Butternut squash puree

I like to think of this recipe as foundational–butternut squash puree doesn’t really stand on its own all that well. It makes a good side dish, but you can’t exactly down a bowl of it and call it a meal (late night snack, maybe). However, now that I’ve worked out the kinks, I have a … Continue reading


I’d like to interrupt my own flurry of cooking to tell you about a little project I took on this weekend: making new throw pillows for our couch. But first, a little background. Our couch is old, and in pretty poor shape. Let’s just say it’s been well-loved. We’ve spent many a weekend lounging on … Continue reading