Za'atar Pumpkin Seeds

Za'atar Pumpkin Seeds

Just popping in briefly with a little recipe for pumpkin seeds.

Since the Camp Fire started it’s been severely smoky with horrible air quality, trapping everyone inside. If it was a rainy week, I wouldn’t mind as rain is one of my favorite things and you can at least go outside to enjoy the rain. But it’s been many days since anyone in the Sacramento Valley/Bay Area has had fresh air, and I am starting to feel the effects of cabin fever. With Hapkido canceled all last week and this week, I’m itching to do something active, breathe deeply and see the sky. Instead, we wait and hope that next week brings better weather and air.

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Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Port Sauce and Pumpkin Gnocchi

Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Port Sauce and Pumpkin Gnocchi

Right here, right now, we're in the middle of fall with Thanksgiving upon us in less than two weeks.

Here, in Northern California, the weather has been beautiful, some days almost too warm to even contemplate it being fall. But, the leaves are changing and falling, the mornings bright and the sun sets as I leave for work, which is always a treat. 

In October, I took a half day from work to relax and spend the time cooking a meal that I wouldn't normally spend the time to make during the week. And, I also decided to try making gnocchi again. Several years ago, I attempted gnocchi (of the good ol' potato variety) and much to my disappointment, it fell apart when boiled. Ever since then, I have been weary of making gnocchi again and handling the generally pretty sticky dough even though wetter doughs often result in more moist cooked counterparts. Oh, the dilemma. But, I sucked it in and made the gnocchi anyways with the help of Kristen.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Knots

Pumpkin Cinnamon Knots

It's been a while but I'm back in the bread game!

After a summer of being lazy and only making no knead English Muffins, it was really time to dust off my kneading skills and make bread again. In the past, I've had difficulty with pumpkin breads because they tend to be too dense and doughy versus soft and fluffy. But this time around, they turned out exactly as I envisioned them to be—pillowy clouds with a sweet and cinnamon filling and in the shape of mini pumpkins. 

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Happy October!

I have this love/hate relationship with my freezer. It's the land of the plentiful in that it holds everything that I'm not going to eat/use immediately but it's also a death trap. Things go in there and sometimes they don't resurface for months.

Last Thanksgiving, Popo gave me a bit of pumpkin puree but I was completely pumpkin-ed out to want to do anything with it so it went in a container in the back of my freezer. But, by the time I wanted to use it, it was spring-time so it remained dormant until a few weeks ago. 

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