Pumpkin bread

Pumpkin bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pumpkin overload. I love pumpkin as much as the next person but I think the latest issue of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer pumpkins off the chart with too many pumpkin products. I don’t know if everyone has the same issue, perhaps it depends on state or region.

Here’s what is in the October issue:



This weekend marked the 8th not-exactly-annual BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) in 12 years and, after each event, it’s a good idea to look back and figure out what worked and what (if anything) didn’t.

For those who’ve attended my parties in the past, it’s no surprise when I say I’ve been known to over-prepare. Just a smidgen. I’ve been


Costume Capers

Have a ghoulishly good time on Halloween at RA Sushi’s Boo Bash 2011. Visit RA Sushi at La Encantada Shopping Center on October 31 from 8 p.m. to close for spooktacular food and drink specials, costume contest, and guest DJ.

Boys and ghouls are encouraged to dress up for the Boo Bash costume contest. Those dressed to …


I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second bake book I received from …


Party Punch

This cauldron effect for Halloween is perfect for parties. It is not that expensive to do, and it looks really sweet when people are coming in to your party. All you need to do this is some dry ice and your punch you are making. It does not matter what you put in your punch, alcoholic or non alcoholic, but …


Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin cookie and pumpkin custard
Image by stu_spivack via Flickr

It is Fall and with Fall comes leaves, cooler weather, apple cider and of course PUMPKINS! I am not a huge pumpkin fan as far as food dishes and desserts go, but these pumpkin cookies are AMAZING! I am not a big cookie eater, but I love these because they are very moist and the …


So, here it is, the Friday before Halloween, guests are due at some point over the course of the weekend and you’re still not exactly sure what beverage to serve them.

Oh, sure, there’s the usual soda and stuff, but maybe you want something a little more festive. Still, there will be kids or others who don’t drink alcohol, and …



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