Field Pumpkin Butter (Making Pumpkin Butter from leftover Halloween jack o’lanterns)

Homemade pumpkin butter from leftover Halloween Jack o'lanterns (field pumpkins)

Every Halloween, I go through the same thing.  I stay up really really late the night before carving Jack o’lanterns (storing them in the empty garage refrigerator overnight)… then I put them out at dusk to greet all the neighborhood kids that come by trick or treating.  After the crowds have gone, I reclaim the [...]

Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Dipped & Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries - the perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been noticing ads all over the internet for gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries.  But seriously, $39.99 for a dozen strawberries (plus shipping)???  That’s insane!  I found fresh strawberries on sale at the supermarket for $1.99 the other day.  With a small portion of the melting chocolate I already have in [...]

Homemade Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Steamed Red Bean Glutinous Rice Cake)

Fried Nian Gao slices - my husband's favorite!

Happy Year of the Water Snake!!!  Tomorrow (starting at midnight) is Chinese New Year’s Day, the beginning of the Lunar New Year’s celebrations all across Asia and in Asian communities here in America. This year, I was thinking about what to make for Lunar New Year… year of the Snake – maybe I should make [...]

Christmas Dinner: How to make Prime Rib (Standing Rib Roast) with Au Jus and Yorkshire Pudding

Prime Rin (a.k.a. "Standing Rib Roast")

Every Christmas, I like to make a Prime Rib roast.  You can usually find “prime” grade standing rib roast at Costco the week of Christmas.  Otherwise, you can usually find “choice” grade at Costco or the supermarket.  ”Prime” grade beef is usually double the price of the “choice” grade… and frankly, it tastes the same [...]

Fall Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

Fall Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup with Indian Spices

This Halloween, I decided to go with a Star Wars theme.  I wasn’t sure if it would work out… but I planned out some ideas… and the night before, I stayed up way too late carving a Death Star Jack O’Lantern and a Yoda Jack O’Lantern.  (I also made a Darth Vader one…. but it [...]

Cinnamon Crumble Field Pumpkin Bread (made with raw leftover Halloween pumpkin)

Cinnamon Crumble Pumpkin Bread (Made from leftover jack o'lantern field pumpkin)

It’s officially fall!  The 100 degree summer weather has finally left – and it actually rained yesterday.  I closed the windows, ditched my summer comforter, put away the fan… and the crisp smell of leaves is in the air.  Nothing says “fall” to me more than the scent of warm cinnamon and pumpkin.  And with [...]

“GingerDead Men” Sugar Cookies (rolled sugar cookies using cookie stamps)

"GingerDead Men" Cookies made with cookie cutter/stamper

While I was browsing for Christmas gifts this year… I came across something I just HAD to have!  The “GingerDead Men” Cookie Cutter & Stamper combination, by Fred.  I figured this would make an interesting departure from the regular (boring) sugar cookies that I make with star or tree cookie cutters.  The cookie cutter/stamper [...]

Warm Field Pumpkin (leftover Jack O’Lantern) & Pineapple Pudding Cake

Field Pumpkin & Pineapple Pudding Cake

Do you still have leftover Jack O’Lantern (field pumpkin)?  I still have about 2 pumpkin’s worth of raw field pumpkin in the fridge… and besides making “pumpkin bread“… what else could I make with it?  Well, a few days ago, pineapple was on sale for $0.88 each at the market… so why not combine the [...]

Pumpkin Streusel Bread from Field Pumpkins or leftover Jack O’Lantern

Pumpkin Streusel Bread made from raw field pumpkin

Last Halloween, I turned my leftover Jack O’Lanterns into baked field pumpkin puree.  Making pumpkin puree from field pumpkins is a little bit time consuming, but worth it if you feel bad wasting your Halloween Jack O’Lanterns.  I always feel bad throwing away Jack O’Lanterns!  I mean, pumpkin is a vegetable, and while field pumpkin [...]

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes


Last week, I bought two sugar pumpkins at the market – it’s that time of year again!!!  A few days ago, I baked the pumpkins and pureed them, with the intent of making some pumpkin pies.  Then I made the pies.  Everything was going just fine until I baked them… and somehow my oven ended [...]