Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Orange Fig Sauce

It’s blustery! I can’t get over how perfectly fallish it is. Down south we never got many fall days–just a hint of one here and there–but it seems like wind and chilly weather and beautiful skies have settled in the mountains. On Sunday I went for a short little tromp up Buffalo Mountain in Floyd […]

Dark Chocolate (Gluten Free!) Pumpkin Brownies

It’s one of those weekends–rainy, gray, and a smidge chilly. Perfect mountain weather, if you ask me. Well, by mountain weather I mean staying inside and looking out at the mountains weather. And when you’re inside looking at the mountains and listening to the rain tap down on the roof it’s the perfect time to […]

Thai Basil Eggplant

When you first move somewhere, there are a few important things to find out: when is garbage/recycling pick-up, where is the closest liquor store, where is the breaker box for the house, etc. Something I added to that list was more of a prayer: “please god, let there be Asians in Roanoke.” It’s not a […]

Braised Chicken (of the Woods) with Sauerkraut

Happy Autumn everyone!  I can’t believe it’s finally fall–I even crunched over some golden sycamore leaves earlier today.  The dogwoods are purpling, the goldenrod is blooming, and the sun even peeped out a bit today (maybe we’ll get some vibrant blue skies soon!). This evening for dinner I wanted to celebrate the season, and what […]

Gluten Free Apple Pie

Sometimes things happen that are beyond serendipitous. This weekend was one of those things; or maybe the verb was was it was, the happened part. I’m not sure–it was mostly just serendipitous. Roanoke is full of such good people and I’m constantly surprised and amazed at the goings-on and the folks involved in the goings-on. […]

Tomato & Kale Sandwich of Awesomeness

First of all, cute cat overload: Mistoffelees on laundry day, happily ensconced in the clean sheets and pillows waiting to be be put on my bed.  Sure, a tad bit cross-eyed, but he’s a looker. Ok, now onto the food.  I’m just going to say it, this sandwich is orgasmic.  I kid you not.  It’s […]

Szechuan Eggplant

Yesterday afternoon while I was driving home from campus (as safely as possible since I forgot my license–that’s the problem with using a bike as my main mode of transportation, I leave things in my bike bag all the time), I rolled to a stop at a major intersection. A four lane divided road, a […]

Cornmeal Pancakes & Fresh Peach Compote

Life seems to be in fast forward these days.  I can hardly keep up!  My program still hasn’t disbursed my loan (several weeks into classes…thanks), so I’ve been scavenging dishes from my pantry.  Luckily the Grandin Farmers Market is super affordable (the four peaches I scored which made up the salsa from last week and […]

Tomato Basil Polenta Stacks

Post-Labor Day autumn blues are setting in. Don’t get me wrong, Fall is my favorite season and I’m itching for cooler weather, comfy sweaters, and bowls of steam-swirling stew. But I’m reluctant to say farewell to fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes and juicy corn on the cob. While I don’t consider most summer dishes […]

Banana Bread Cookies

Just a quickie for today because I’ve been feeling a little under the weather (better not be the swine flu…eugh).  But you know what feeling not-so-great means? Cookies! Cookies are always what I need to make myself feel a bit better, especially cookies with lots and lots of chocolate. You can’t have too much chocolate, […]