Category Archives: Tempting Treats

Easy Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin is a low-calorie food that is full of nutrients, including vitamins C and A. This pumpkin smoothie is easy to make and tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass! In a blender, add 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin puree … Continue reading

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Autumn dinner: Hearty Mushroom Stew

This is a richly satisfying meal that happens to be meatless, delicious and incredibly good for you. Best of all, it’s super easy and quick to make. The savory richness of the red wine and mushrooms coupled with crusty bread … Continue reading

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Happy Oktoberfest!

The Bavarian folk festival Oktoberfest officially starts at noon today and lasts through October 3rd. The first Oktoberfest was a public celebration of King Ludwig’s marriage in 1810. The festival involves parades, horse races, marksmen contests, traditional costumes, agricultural exhibits, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Martini recipe

Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you like martinis? Here’s a concoction that sounds deadly! (In a good way). This recipe makes two. Ingredients 4 oz vanilla vodka 1 oz heavy cream (or half and half). That’s 2 and half … Continue reading

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Happy National M&Ms Day (did you know…?)

Today is National M&Ms Day! I did a little research and learned some interesting things about M&Ms. History of M&Ms The milk chocolate candies were introduced in the U.S. in 1941. The son of the owner of the Mars company … Continue reading

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Sheet pans and Dutch ovens for fall and winter feasts

If you like to cook and you plan to cook more while remaining safer at home this fall and winter, you might want to invest in a sheet pan and an enameled cast iron Dutch oven. If you already have … Continue reading

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Happy National Pumpkin Spice Day

Happy Pumpkin Spice Day! Did you know pumpkin spice does not contain pumpkin? Of course, it is a spice blend that was designed to make pumpkin pie. Pumpkin spice contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, mace and allspice. Here are some … Continue reading

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A savory, easy-to-make beef stew

When it gets cold, what tastes better than beef stew you’ve made yourself?  This is how I make it. Ingredients 1-3/4 lb. beef stew chunks 1 tsp Garlic salt 1 tsp Pepper 1 tsp Paprika 1/4 cup flour 2 Tbsp … Continue reading

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Make Apple Nachos

There are lots of ways to make apple nachos, but I like my version, because it is fast and easy. UNLIKE caramel apples, which are about as fast and easy as major surgery. But apple nachos taste just as good … Continue reading

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Two Brews for Oktoberfest and Halloween

On a recent visit to the Reston Total Wine store, I asked for some recommendations for pumpkin spiced brews. There were lots of those…and I like pumpkin ale. But he steered me to two “Marzen” beers, instead. Marzen beers are … Continue reading

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