All posts filed under: Fresh Recipes

Apple-Pumpkin Bars

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (and Christmas right behind it) I wanted to share a recipe with you all that I delighted in making and will absolutely be a kicker in all your holiday functions.  I had the opportunity to attend a brunch with some other amazing Boston area (super talented) bloggers that was sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples and was hosted by fellow blogger Hunger Thirst Play. We all made different dishes featuring some pretty great apples and had a jolly old time. I decided to go with a sweet, slightly spicy dish in these bars. Often we see two components of this dish together but not all three and I loved how the kick from the gingersnap cookie crust just went so well with the caramelized apples. With apples, pumpkin and gingersnaps how can you go wrong? I hope you all will venture to make these and let me know what you think. Also check out the blog post that Hunger Thirst Play just posted up about our delicious brunch and a recipe for …

Pasta Primavera

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” – Maya Angelou This recipe brought back memories of Italy, not only because it is a pasta dish but because of one of the herbs I used in the dish. While in Milan I had a dish called , “Ravioli a la Borragine” that has stayed with me because of its flavor and sense of comfort. Through a contact at Mill No 5 I found “Borrage” here and decided to start using it to experiment a little. This first recipe I used it in is a simple red sauce filled with vegetables and spices. It was rich and delightful but also quite light. You could easily make this sauce vegan or vegetarian by omitting the ground chicken- it is so good that I had two servings and we still have plenty left over. Having people over? Make this- its a great dish that makes enough for several people and is hearty enough to be labeled “comfort food.” Cooking for …

Strawberry Feta Salad

I never used to be one for adding fruit to anything savory, I thought it would be weird and honestly never knew what I was missing. There are so many flavors that you can combine whether savory, sweet, tart, or earthy. The list is really endless and I have opened up my palate to experiment with these unique flavors. This week I have delighted to be spending a lot of time with my very good friend who is also a blogger and we have been collaborating on several recipes. One of them happened to be this amazing salad that is fresh, summery and has tons of flavor. Between the equal sweetness and tartness of the strawberry, the salty feta and the fresh parsley the combination was potent and made for a wonderful side dish to the main meal. Eating healthy should never be difficult and this recipe makes your life easy when you just want a different take on salad and makes for a wonderful main meal or side dish. Enjoy this fresh and summery …

Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles

Cheese. Jalapeños. Cornbread. Chicken Gravy. These are the starts to some very yummy cornbread waffles that remind me of Southern comfort food. While these are lighter and don’t have the calories that most waffles have they are still wonderful. I collaborated with my friend and fellow blogger, Mom of the Twins Blog on the gravy- originally from the South she makes wonderful homemade comfort food occasionally and last night when I perfected this recipe she was making this wonderful gravy you see in the pictures. I went out a purchased a mini waffle maker which makes the cutest waffles, and I am going to have fun this summer creating new waffles and sharing them with you all. For this recipe, you can change the amount of Jalapeños or remove them completely if you do not like spicy food and just add some more cheese 🙂   Cheesy Jalapeño Waffles Ingredients: 3/4 Cup Stoneground Cornmeal 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (or all purpose) 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tsp Baking Powder 1 Egg 1 Cup Whole …

Spanish Style Chicken Pasta

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta” – Federico Fellini Ever since my lovely  husband came into my life Pasta has been a huge part of our diet. Since he was born and raised in Italy , I wanted to be able to cook pasta well and create sauces that would stay true to his Italian roots but also have a bit of my own Puerto Rican background. Over time I realized that there are days I just throw things together and because I know these flavors now I don’t measure anything. When creating a recipe, you have to think and you have to write things down. I have a terrible habit of just cooking so quickly that I forget. With this recipe I used the ingredients I had to create a savory and smooth white wine sauce that went perfectly with our whole grain pasta. I am not saying that I make magical pasta, but when you eat something you truly enjoy, magic happens. Your tastebuds are going to love this recipe, try …

Spiced Sweet Potatoes

On the eve of a New Year, I wanted to leave you all with a recipe I created using local products that has become one of my favorite savory recipes of the year. Lyndigo Spice a local company that makes spice blends, chutneys and more, creates the Original Spice blend, a unique flavor palette that literally makes everything taste better. I put it on everything from eggs to chicken and it is my go to spice blend. Mill City Cheesemongers, a local shop at Mill Number 5 has a plethora of cheese from local New England farms and across the sea. With cheeses I chose from the shop along with the spice blend, I was able to create a wonderful, yet incredibly easy recipe. Sweet potatoes are my go to for an easy snack or side for a healthy meal; combined with local flavors it makes them that much better. Sweet potatoes are my go to for an easy snack or side for a healthy meal. They are filling and make the perfect companion for …

Harvest Soup: Gifts from the Earth

Every Sunday at Mill No 5 there is a Farmer’s Market from 11-3, on top of fresh produce you can buy eggs, meat and other wonderful items. A couple weekends ago I stopped by for ingredients for a recipe I was inspired to make based on Harvest time and what we look for when we think of comfort food. Comforting food to me is soups, chilis, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and more. With this recipe, I transformed vegetables and herbs into a hearty, thick soup that was a perfect one pot meal and didn’t require too much planning. The flavors that came from the combination of spices were rich, savory and just slightly sweet. Perfect meal with a hunk of toasty bread, hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know of any thoughts and suggestions you have!   Harvest Soup Produce 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, chopped and peeled Half of a medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped 1 Tomato roughly chopped 1 Medium onion, chopped 1 Small acorn squash, cut and scooped …

Pumpkin Chili

I saw a post online about someone making pumpkin chili and putting them in cute little real pumpkins. I had to jump on this idea because, hey why not? When you think of chili you think, warmth, comfort, spice and flavor. It is the perfect fall time comfort food and is a good one pot meal that lasts for several days. In making chili, I have always found that experimentation is key. Sometimes you add some spice, other times some sweet and maybe even some tart. In this particular recipe I just made it up as I went along, using a recipe I found online just as a measurement indicator. This chili surprised me, it was flavorful but very smooth (due in fact to the pumpkin puree) and the tartness of the cherry tomatoes was every so slight but was the perfect compliment. It was also very mild, not everyone likes spicy chili so I added cayenne pepper to mine afterwards and it was superb. You can add a tablespoon of crushed red pepper to …

Pumpkin Apple Bars w/ Brown Sugar Crumble

This recipe was an experiment. I needed to use some of the apples I had picked during our wonderful apple picking adventure and I had a can of organic pumpkin puree left, so I decided to throw some ingredients together and see what I came up with. The result ended in a pumpkin bar with a custard like texture that just subtly tastes of pumpkin. The brown sugar crumble was yummy and complimented these bars well. Modifications to your taste can be made and instead of separating the spices (someone in my household doesn’t like cinnamon) 🙂 you could add a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice which would really add a nice touch. You could also add some more nutmeg and allspice if you want the flavor to be a bit spicier.  Needless to say Autumn is my favorite season to cook and bake in especially this year, because I have learned a lot and have decided that experimenting is the way to go so I can show you all new and interesting things. Enjoy …

Pumpkin Sage Pasta Sauce

Introducing fall flavors into my recipes is one of my favorite things. Every year I wait for this season and I love every minute of it. While most recipes that included pumpkin are sweet I wanted to introduce some more savory recipes this fall and experiment with some new flavors I hadn’t tried together before. Even while I was researching online for a recipe to adapt it wasnt as easy to find “savory” pumpkin dishes and most everything I found had a sweet element. What I really loved about these flavors was the way in which they worked so well together. This was my first time cooking with fresh sage and the aroma from this incredible herb was intoxicating. To me flavor is more than just taste, its about all of the senses being woken up by the food you are eating. Along with the sauce which I tossed with some ancient grain penne pasta I also made some brown butter sage chicken which I have also included in this post. Enjoy the first Life …