Pumpkin Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread

A few weeks ago, Chris and I splurged and bought ourselves a one-touch espresso machine.  We’ve had our Starbucks Barista machine for over 10 years and thought it was time to retire it.  It was a great machine but it was manual and cumbersome.  Technology has come a long way.  Now you can make a great espresso drink with a touch of a button! What used to be a 20-minute process to make a latte now only takes a couple minutes!

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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts.  I’ve been battling a head cold and have been slow on writing my posts and comments.  I hope everyone had a great weekend! Chris and I had a busy one.  We went up to Healdsburg Saturday to pick-up our wine shipment and had lunch.  It was an all day affair.  The drive took longer than both activities combined.  Then on Sunday, we hosted brunch at our place.  It was a busy weekend and on Sunday evening, I started feeling some sinus congestion and fatigue.  I’ve been catching Z’s here and there on the couch and every time I awoke, I felt even more tired and my head felt foggy and dizzy.  It was not a good feeling.

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Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Today is National Pasta Day! And as such, I have prepared this lovely and tasty dish.  You may think pancetta and roasted red peppers are not flavorful enough, but with anchovy paste and white wine… it packs a ton of flavors!

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Apple Biscoff Streusel Bread

Apple Biscoff Streusel Bread

I can’t remember the last time I baked with apples.  It must have been about a year ago.  So today’s recipe is an apple recipe (duh!) with Biscoff.  Who doesn’t love Biscoff? If you haven’t tried Biscoff, I urge you to hurry up and get yourself a jar.  You can get it on Amazon, Target or Cost Plus World Market, to name a few.  It’s fantastic in baking, on toast, or you can just eat it straight from the jar.  I currently have 5 jars in my pantry, that’s how much I love it.

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

My mother-in-law’s visit was super brief! I thought we were going to spend the entire day together.  It turned out, we only spent lunch and dinner together eating out.  During the in-between time, she jetted off to sightsee with her fiancé.  On the way to the city, they saw traffic on the Bay Bridge.  The traffic in the city was so bad that they couldn’t make it to the Golden Gate Bridge so they turned back around.  Bummer!

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Garlic Chipotle Muffins with Scallions Cheddar & Bacon

Garlic Chipotle Muffins with Scallions Cheddar & Bacon

My mother-in-law is engaged! This is her third marriage and I hope it’ll be a happily ever after for her.  Chris and I have been together for almost 15 years and it has been a wonderful and blissful union.  I hope she finds the same with her new fiancé.  She sounded really happy over the phone about being engaged to a man she has known for 20 years.  I’m happy that she’s happy.  She deserves it.  She’ll be visiting us with her new fiancé next Tuesday.  I know, odd day but they’re only in town for a day.  This means I’ll be cleaning the house this weekend.

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Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream

Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream

I came across this recipe on Epicurious while looking for an easy and quick chicken dinner.  This was tasty and very easy to put together.  The only thing I would do differently the next time I make this is dredge the chicken in some flour before putting it into the pan.  I didn’t have basil, as the recipe called for and used whatever I had in the fridge.  The mix of parsley, mint and tarragon paired nicely with the chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.  If you’re looking for an easy chicken dinner, look no further!

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