cream cheese-swirled pumpkin bread

Fall is here and it’s actually starting to feel like it in Northern California.  After experiencing 100º+ temps just the other week, we’re finally waking up to cooler temperatures and cloudy skies and I honestly couldn’t be happier! Bring on all the fall essentials: PSLs and plaid, pumpkin patches and apple orchards, warming spices and cozy nights.

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Roasted Broccolette & Whipped Ricotta Pizza

I’m not sure if I can adequately profess my love for pizza.


Pizza in any form is pretty much irresistible, but how I adore those airy, crispy crusts that can only come from a wood-fired oven with just a smattering of the best ingredients.  A simple tomato, basil and olive oil pizza?  Yes, please.  Thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and a heap of peppery arugula on top?  Gimme gimme more.  There are only a few pizza places that have really captured my heart but unfortunately none of them are in my city.  So what do we do?  Naturally, we make our own.

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Acorn Squash + Goat Cheese +Prosciutto Empanadas

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How was your Super Bowl Sunday?  Ours was filled with friends and babies, waay too much food and plenty of wine.  A pretty stellar combination if you ask me.  I had no real rooting interest in the game itself since we’re a Chicago Bears family, but to keep it interesting I placed some prop bets and made sure to catch the commercials and halftime show.  I was rooting for the Panthers (who lost), my turkey chili got a little burnt (oops! was the distraction the toddler or wine?) and I lost most (all) of my bets (i.e. Beyonce’s shoe color, will Peyton Manning cry and/or retire…) BUT these acorn squash + goat cheese + prosciutto empanadas were kind of a winner!

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Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins

 

The first batch of these little muffins disappeared within a day. True story.  What kept us coming back for more was their secret ingredient- ricotta cheese.  Ricotta has a neutral flavor which is perfect for both sweet and savory recipes and here it just lends moisture and keeps the muffins’ texture airy and light.   Continue reading “Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins”

Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins

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The new year typically brings a sense of renewal, casting aside the excesses from the holidays and starting out fresh.  We’re almost a week in now; how are the resolutions coming along?  Still going strong…or not?   Whether it be your basics: exercising more, maintaining healthier eating habits or keeping cleaner house (all of which are on my list among other things), or something a bit more personal, those resolutions give this upcoming year a sense of purpose. Continue reading “Cherry-Almond Bran Muffins”