The days are getting cooler and some heat in the kitchen is a welcome thing. It’s time for soups and stews, roasting vegetables, and baking bread. Can you wait for October to make pumpkin cookies?!

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Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

Paella is easy to make at home and should be fun and low stress to make. Think of it as a one-pot...

How to Cook Beans

How to Cook Beans

These giant white beans are Royal Coronas from Rancho Gordo. Serve them simply with olive oil and...

Turmeric Chicken Pilaf

Turmeric Chicken Pilaf

This one-pot chicken and rice dinner is perfect for weeknights, as it comes together in about half...

Same Day Pizza Dough

Same Day Pizza Dough

When I want pizza and haven't planned ahead, I make a yeasted dough and add some of my sourdough...

Pasta with Clam Sauce

Pasta with Clam Sauce

There are no canned clams on the shelves of my grocery stores at the moment...I wonder if the word...

French Onion Soup Gratinée

French Onion Soup Gratinée

French onion soup isn't difficult to make, but it does take some time. You're looking at 45...

Brothy Clam Chowder

Brothy Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder cooks quickly and is something you can whip up on a moment's notice if you have a few...

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

I was in the mood for a new soup last week so I did a little googling to find out about one of my...

Slow Cooker Posole

Slow Cooker Posole

Posole is a slow cooked stew/soup made with cooked hominy (the namesake of the dish), pork (but...

Tomato Conserva

Tomato Conserva

Transform the late summer tomato harvest into a cooking condiment you will use throughout winter....

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

  Chicken Soup makes about 2 quarts of chicken broth for soup Phase 1 soup broth/stock2–4...

Brothy Beans with Bacon

Brothy Beans with Bacon

A little bit of bacon goes a long way with this pot of beans. Keep them brothy or reduce to barely...

Artichoke Nibbles

Artichoke Nibbles

My Mom made a lot of recipes from Sunset magazine in the 1970's and these Artichoke Nibbles are...

One-Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta

One-Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Here's just what you need for these snowy spring days—a warm and creamy mushroom pasta that only...

Big Pot of Tomatoes

Big Pot of Tomatoes

It's tomato season and more tomatoes ripen each day. This is a great thing, but what do you do...

Broccoli Beef

Broccoli Beef

My son and I adapted this recipe from a Cook's Illustrated page I ripped and filed from the...

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

My daughter and I are crazy for a cakey pumpkin cookie that they make at The Daily here in...

Plum Jam

Plum Jam

Small batch refrigerator jams give you the pleasure of jam making without all the fuss of canning....

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Yummy, feel-good dinner coming right up!  Another great recipe from Kathryne Taylor of the whole...

Pot Roast (Beef or Bison)

Pot Roast (Beef or Bison)

  Pot roast, daube, stew, even ragu, they're all very similar: meat seasoned and browned on...

Cornbread

Cornbread

This cornbread recipe, "California Cornbread", comes from my cooking school archives. I can still...

Spicy Winter Squash Soup

Spicy Winter Squash Soup

Collecting colorful winter squash and cooking up a batch of soup without having to first go to the...

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

The Kvichak Fish Company is a family business, Montana people who head up to Alaska for the summer...

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

"It's like bacon!" exclaimed my 11 year old. He tolerates my creations of squash and beans and...

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Simple cooking relies on the best tasting, best quality ingredients. For lasagna, that means...

Chicken and Lentil Tagine

Chicken and Lentil Tagine

Shake up chicken dinner by using some different seasonings—fenugreek and turmeric in this Moroccan...

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

What did Julia Child order when she went to Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino CA?  This chili!  No...

Mushrooms & Polenta

Mushrooms & Polenta

When I first saw the photo of the New York Times "Fresh and Wild Mushroom Stew", I could...

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Winter Squash Enchiladas

Jumbled together in bins at the market, you'll find all kinds of winter squash: Delicata,...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Last weekend I spent some time with Donna Hay The New Classics and tried the slow-cooked beef...

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes makes the best pumpkin bread. I like her recipe because the...

Chicken and Seafood Paella

Chicken and Seafood Paella

I got curious about paella after enjoying the party-sized lobster paellas made by Richard Poncini...

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