Pumpkin Chocolate Loaf and Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding: A Quick Bread Combines with a Pudding That’s Just Made for Holiday Happiness...

Oct 26, 2012 by

Chocolate and pumpkin flavors are combined in this surprising sweet spiced quick bread. Peet’s, a California coffee shop chain that is now opening across the country, serves slices of this bread, along with steaming cups of their famous, rich coffee. When I recreated the recipe I wanted to make sure that the chocolate stood alone in the pumpkin batter. To achieve this effect, I use a skewer to streak melted chocolate through the batter.

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Autumn Noodles and Rice

Oct 10, 2012 by

I am always searching for side dishes that can accompany main courses without overpowering them. This is a recipe that does just that.  Rice and noodles combined with toasted almonds and red peppers is one of my favorite autumn side dishes. Look for long grain rice for this recipe. It has slender grains that stay separate and fluffy after cooking which works well for side dishes, or as a bed for sauces. Long grain rice is fairly bland so that any flavorings added to it mingle nicely. There are other long grain rices that can be used as an alternative to the American version like Basmati or Jasmine rice, but they are more aromatic...

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The Mauna Lani Bay Resort and Bungalows: A Rewarding Return

Oct 1, 2012 by

My friends warned me that when our daughter left for college it would be a really hard adjustment. So, in my take charge manner, I decided that what my husband and I needed was a trip to our favorite outer island Hawaiian resort, The Mauna Lani Bay Resort and Bungalows. I worried that it would make me lonesome for our daughter, who we had spent so many fun summers with us there. Good thing Mauna Lani Kids Camp was over for the season. I figured we would get over empty nest sadness once we hit our favorite snorkeling spot at The Beach Club where there is a clubhouse and quiet beach reserved for resort residents...

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