Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/31/2012 to Snacks
One of my favorite things about fall is all the great harvest foods.  Squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies, etc... And one of the best of these?  Delicious and nutritious roasted pumpkin seeds!  I love them srinkled on top of soups or just by the handful.
 
We've got some great recipe ideas, click here!

Soul Cakes

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/31/2012 to Sweets

In honor of Halloween, we dug up a little research on traditional Halloween festivities and fare. 

In the days surrounding October 31st, many cultures developed days of recognition.  All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, All Hallows' Eve, All Souls' Day, Samhain, Snap Apple Night, etc...  Some are pagan celebrations, others are closely tied to religion.   Many of these traditions have influenced what the US now recognizes as Halloween.

One interesting tradition was making Soul Cake to offer to the spirits.  In some cultures, people believed that these cakes would nourish the souls of those on their way to the otherworld.  Others believed if they did not offer food to the dead that they would impart evil onto the living.  Whatever the reason, today we can enjoy Soul Cakes for what they are for sure - delicious.

Fennel Pollen Dusted Pork Roast

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/30/2012 to Slow Cookin'!
Have you tried fennel pollen?  Unreal.  It ranks (to me), right up there with truffle salt as a seasoning I just don't want to go without.  Now I am not a HUGE black licorice fan, and I know that that flavor is probably what you have in mind.  Oh no, it is so much more.  It has aptly been described as "culinary fairy dust" for its magical qualities.  Try it on just about everything, but just try it. 

Today we tried it in a slow cooker on a pork roast.  And how'd it taste?  Unreal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/29/2012 to Chicken & Poultry
M. came home raving about the Chicken Tikka Masala he enjoyed at a friend's house, so I set out last Sunday to come up with a good slow cooker version, with an eye on the health factor.  (We are being careful with our simple carb intake, trying to eat local whenever possible, and also stick with natural ingredients.)
 
What to do for a good rice substitute?  We hodge-podged one together from some ideas we found online, and we LOVE cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice? Well, not exactly, but cut in to small bits and steamed it surely is a delicious base over which to serve the Chicken Tikka Masala.   

Johnny Pizza Soup

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/29/2012 to Slow Cookin'!
On a cold and windy day it is always nice to come home to the smell of a nice, hot soup. Spend a few minutes in the morning to prep and this delicious treat will be ready to go!
 
We've been working hard on keeping an eye on our carbs - not too much bread and certainly not pizza - so a soup with the flavor we've been missing really hit the spot!

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/24/2012 to Drinks!
A brilliant fall morning is upon us! I woke up early and whipped up a pumpkin spice latte to enjoy before cracking in to the work emails. A delicious and warm start to the day! Click here to see the easy recipe.

Adobo Lime Green Chicken Chili

Posted by Spice Girl on 10/12/2012 to Soup
Something a little different than the traditional red chili was on my mind the other day, and green chili fit the bill. A cold and damp day is a great time to slow cook a batch. It's even better the next day!

It's All Greek to Me Slow Cooker Chicken

Posted by Laura on 10/4/2012 to Chicken & Poultry
It's getting chilly here in Michigan and this time of year always makes me think about warm, yummy meals made in the Crock Pot!
 
Our It's All Greek to Me blend is a flavorful but mild blend that is great as a dry rub, to make a sauce for gyros, or my FAV use - for slow cooked chicken! We were really proud when our recipe was featured in our local YMCA fundraisre cook book this year too! Click here for the details!