Black Bean Soup

Black beans are one of my favorite beans – they go well with corn and tomatoes in cold salads as well as hot sides, but the king of all black bean recipes is black bean soup. For this recipe, I prefer using prepared dry beans because they are more tender than the canned beans and it’s easier to get the right consistency for soup. If you like this soup, try a similar mixture without the broth to make a thick bean dip for corn chips.

3 Ways To Use Fresh Zucchini

Zucchini seems to grow slowly and just when you think it will never be ready – overnight, you have more than you know what to do with. Here are 3 fresh zucchini recipes, 2 of which freeze well.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix on low speed until combined, then beat on high speed for about a minute or until mixture is creamy and of even consistency. Add remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed until well mixed and fluffy. Place needed amount* in a serving dish and sprinkle with crystallized sugar. Serve with gingersnaps for dipping.

This recipe makes quite a bit, so it would be good to use as a dip and plan to make a pie, trifle, or other dessert with the extra filling.

Ham and Cheese Wraps With Honey Mustard Sauce

How To Freeze Cilantro

We use a lot of cilantro — it adds a special flavor to to everything from guacamole to casseroles and soups, but unfortunately it has a short harvest season. When you grow it yourself it tends to bolt after a short time, and it’s not available year round in most grocery stores. A good way […]

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Although many new cooks are intimidated by cooking with them, pumpkins are just large squash. Preparing them for use in recipes is simply a matter of slicing them, scooping out the seeds, and baking them. Once baked, the meat can be scooped out and puréed for use in pies, mousse, trifles, and more.

Pumpkin Pie

This traditional pumpkin recipe is a staple at Thanksgiving meals. It can be made ahead and refrigerated. An alternative pumpkin pie is this easy no-bake recipe which makes 2 pies. The pecans are optional, so if you are in a hurry or don’t care for nuts, simply omit them. Without the nuts, it’s just a […]

Pumpkin Mousse

This delicious and light dessert would also be a good filling for a no-bake pie in a graham cracker or crushed gingersnap crust. Another festive idea would be to use it as a filling for Pumpkin Parfaits and layer with crushed gingersnaps and whipped cream.

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Rolls are hands-down the most requested dessert at our holiday table. The creamy filling combined with the spiced cake are a fantastic combination. If your family is like ours, one won’t be enough!

Pumpkin Treats

This pretty pumpkin bar not only tastes great, but it brings the look and taste of fall to the table. Don’t make it too far in advance as it’s best served within a day.

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