Quinoa and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

The first Fall squash just arrived in my CSA veggie box — rich flavored, delicious acorn squash.  Yeah!  Each season has its culinary stars, and squash are definitely the stars of Fall.  Another autumnal joy is the new crop of apples in my local market.  I combined sweet-tart apples with protein packed quinoa and walnuts…

Cracker Jack Cake

Last spring I wanted to create a new cake for a young friend.  I asked him for suggestions for flavor combinations, and he thought that peanut butter and caramel would be a good combo with yellow cake.  It was a great idea. This cake was the result. It’s a yellow cake with peanut butter frosting,…

Caramel Sauce – Liquid Gold

I’ve made this delicious, golden sauce for many years.  We just call this classic caramel sauce Liquid Gold. I first saw this recipe many years ago in Cooks Illustrated.  I’ve made it so many times that it’s become a basic for me.  But I recognize that caramelizing sugar can be a challenging task for the…

Spicy Tomato Chicken

Ready for a super easy but mysteriously delicious chicken dish?  This is the one.  After I made it, I was discussing how simple it was with my college age son.  We agreed that this is definitely a dish that a less experienced (aka college student) chef can master. You can set the spice level to…