Monday Musings ~ October 12

Happy Monday! It’s Columbus Day, which means no mail. I still dutifully check my mailbox every day, so I dislike mail holidays (especially as a freelancer expecting checks). School is in session and I’m working, of course. Do you get Columbus Day off? 1. I realized over the weekend — when it was 100 degrees […]

Forget the Turkey, Start Thanksgiving with Dessert

Only four days until Thanksgiving … and I have yet to decide on which dessert to make. Maybe you’re having this problem too. I want to share with you a few of my classic Thanksgiving dessert recipes and two new dishes I tested this year. The decided to try Cranberry Crumb Bars with Mulling Spices from […]

Who Needs Turkey with These Thanksgiving Sides?

We’re approaching one of my favorite holidays — Thanksgiving! Really, what’s better than a holiday devoted to food and eating? No gifts, no guilt, just delicious food and family. Each year I always make the same traditional side dishes, many of which I’ll still be making again this year. But I wanted to try out […]

Simple Summer Salad

There are two things I’m loving right now: summer and the weekly Farmer’s Market bags I get from Specialty Produce. Today’s post is a combination of those two things with a recipe for you. Specialty Produce is a wholesale distributor of produce in San Diego. One reason they are well known is because of their […]

Cranberries, Corn and Pumpkin … Oh My!

Thanksgiving week wraps up here at Leah’s Thoughts with THREE, that’s right, three of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes for you. Are you ready? Hold on to your seats. We have Cranberry Zinfandel Sauce, Creamed Corn and Pumpkin Roulade Cake with Ginger Buttercream. First up is cranberry sauce. But this is no ordinary relish. It’s Cranberry […]

Crock Pot Creations: Pulled Pork Tacos

Not long ago, after making a delicious dinner of shredded chicken tacos, I updated my Facebook status with the likes of, “The crock pot is my friend.”And yes, it is true — I love my crock pot and all it has to offer. I haven’t always been a slow cooker. I started using the crock […]

The Bitter and Sweet of Mother’s Day

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, the holiday to honor thy mother/spouse/sister/daughter. And while my Mother’s Day was nice, I’ve come to the conclusion that this holiday is not all it’s cracked up to be. Let me explain. Mother’s Day brings with it the expectation that us mothers will have a blissfully pleasant day. There […]

Soup and a Goat Cheese Tart, Anyone?

I have two great recipes for you — Butternut Squash and Apple Soup and a Goat Cheese Tart. It is true that butternut squash is traditionally eaten in the fall. However, I was pleased to find a fresh, organic butternut squash in my recent Farmer’s Market bag from Specialty Produce. Butternut squash is delicious roasted, in risotto, and […]

My “Secret” Balsamic Salad Dressing

Every time we entertain (translate: never) or we’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, I always bring a salad with balsamic dressing. People love this dressing and insist on the recipe. Here’s the secret. … Are you ready? There’s really no secret to this dressing. It’s loosely based off Ina Garten’s balsamic dressing, and it’s […]