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5 11, 2014

Pumpkin Muffin (or Pumpkin Bread) Recipe


If you want cupcakes rather than muffins, add cream cheese icing.  A little decadent and delicious! Ingredients 1 can 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt (table salt, not kosher salt) 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 4 eggs 1/2 cup ...[ get the full recipe ]

5 11, 2014

Polenta, Bacon, and Gouda Stuffed Peppers (Recipe)


Ingredients 12-15 jalapenos or mini-bell peppers (or a combination) 1/2 cup quick cooking polenta 1 1/4 cups milk 5 slices bacon 1/2 cup grated smoked gouda 1/2 tsp. salt Instructions Slice off 1/3 of each pepper (lengthwise from stem to tip) exposing inner cavity Use a grapefruit spoon or paring knife to carefully remove the ...[ get the full recipe ]

3 11, 2014

Experimenting with Polenta Stuffed Peppers—Amazing!

2023-01-17T16:52:15+00:00Cooking Blog|

I love stuffing jalapenos and mini bell peppers as appetizers.  Usually I use sausage and cheese for the filling, but one day I was out of sausage and saw a log-shaped package of pre-cooked polenta in my refrigerator.  That's when it hit me that it could make a great filling for peppers.  I sliced off the ...[ get the full recipe ]

25 10, 2014

The Best Pumpkin Cupcakes and Pumpkin Muffins

2023-01-15T21:37:38+00:00Cooking Blog|

With fall arriving, and in many parts of the world already here, I started thinking about updating pumpkin recipes.  Pumpkin cupcakes (remember, I like sweets!) and muffins came to mind.  But many of the ones I have had in the past were dense or rather plain.  Why aren't they more like carrot cake, the best ...[ get the full recipe ]

25 10, 2014

Why Didn’t I Know About Delicata Squash?

2023-01-15T21:38:09+00:00Cooking Blog|

I have always loved various types of squash.  But when fall arrives, it brings back memories of my mom baking acorn squash with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  She would split one in half, take out the seeds and fill each half with a little brown sugar dotted with butter.  Then she would sprinkle ...[ get the full recipe ]

25 10, 2014

Six Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Pasta

2023-01-15T21:38:28+00:00Recipes, Techniques, Tips & Tools|

Pasta is one of my favorite foods, but you need to follow a few simple rules to avoid common mistakes. 1.  Don't forget to salt the water The only real chance that you get to season the pasta itself is when you are boiling it because that is when the pasta absorbs the most liquid.  ...[ get the full recipe ]

24 10, 2014

Food Photography & Equipment

2023-01-16T17:27:22+00:00Food Photography, Oasis Interests|

I started blogging in June 2013 (originally as FancifulFoodie) and shared that blog with a few friends.  At that point, I just took quick photos with my iPhone (see the photos on the older posts).   My current photos, however, are taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i (a.k.a. the 700D), which is a DSLR camera, and a 50mm lens ...[ get the full recipe ]

24 10, 2014

Starting a Food Blog

2023-01-16T17:27:22+00:00Food Blog Experiences & Tips, Oasis Interests|

In the summer of 2013, I started my original website called, which I primarily shared with friends. I posted favorite recipes and blogged about my cooking adventures and experiments.  During the first year, I have learned a lot about blogging and have learned the importance of good food photography. This past summer, when I decided to actually ...[ get the full recipe ]

24 10, 2014

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Jalapenos and Mini Bell Peppers (Recipe)


Ingredients 12-18 jalapenos or mini bell peppers (or a combo 4 links mild or hot sausage (uncooked) 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese Instructions Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Slice off 1/3 of each jalapeno (lengthwise from stem to tip) exposing inner cavity Use a grapefruit spoon or paring knife to carefully remove ...[ get the full recipe ]

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