Basque Potato, Pumpkin and Leek Soup (Porrusalda)

Idaho has a large population of Basque and with it their delightful, flavorful food.  This simple recipe makes great use of hardy vegetables, leeks, carrots and pumpkin.  If pumpkin isn’t [...]

Pumpkin EggNog (Pumpkin Juice)

Rich, dense and a bit sweet, this recipe isn’t as thick and cloying as the eggnogs that you buy from the store. If you prefer a thicker drink, decrease the [...]

Pumpkin Orange Cookies With Maple Glaze

Squash and pumpkin harvest season meant baking in my childhood.   Delicious and moist, these cookies are still favorites of mine and appearing around Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I prefer to keep [...]

The Energetics Of Pumpkin Pie Spice

October is here--which means pumpkins and pumpkin pie spice.  So what makes up the sweet warm combination that spice lovers seem to lose their collective minds over each fall?  Let's [...]

Chicken And Fresh Herb Dumpling Soup

Chicken and dumplings are the epitome of comfort foods. Wonderful on a cold winter's day, this soup isn't too heavy and can be a delightful start to the new year when we've often over eaten during the season's festivities. If you want it a little heavier, add in some shredded chicken. Although you can use any flour for the dumplings, I'm partial to spelt (which is gluten free, if you need to avoid gluten) which behaves beautifully for this soup.

Apple Cider Vinegar Taffy

Vinegar taffy?  Oh, yes.  My family would start making candies to give as Christmas right after Thanksgiving.  This is a variation on an old family favorite recipe. It may sound [...]

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Buckwheat Pancakes

Hardy little buckwheat pancakes are a fantastic start to the day.  Buckwheat, a gluten free grain, has a rich, nutty and slightly bitter flavor which melds beautifully with a little [...]

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Baked Figs With Honey & Goat Cheese

Figs come into season in the late fall and early winter.  I love figs, and although they are not a native food to Idaho, I do indulge in a some [...]

Cranberry Cherry Chutney

Chutneys, jellies, jams and minced meats came about as a way to preserve vitamin and mineral rich fruits through the cold months. In some cases, the preserves were the main [...]