Spiced Pumpkin Ravioli with Creme Fraiche and Chili Oil

One can only imagine the amount of canned pumpkin sold during October and November.  It’s a bit of a pumpkin craze when it comes to this time of year.  And let’s not even get started on all things pumpkin spice.  While pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread might take the lead in ways to use up that orange purée, pumpkin ravioli isn’t far behind.  Most recipes feature sage, or thyme, and lots of brown butter for spooning over the warm pasta.  But we’re going a different direction with ours.  Smoked paprika, cumin and sharp cheddar compliment all those sweet earthy pumpkin flavors in the filling, and the freshly made ravioli gets an easy but delicious topping of crème fraîche and spicy chili oil.

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Savory Mushroom, Greens and Caramelized Onion Cobbler

As soon as fall weather begins to creep in, I start thinking about all the comforting, casserole style dishes that I want to make.  I love a dish that has the versatility to be served at any meal, and also has an ingredient list of affordable and easy to find items.  This savory cobbler hits all the marks.  Caramelized onions, thinly sliced mushrooms and hardy greens in a creamy sauce with cheesy biscuits on top, what’s not to love?   I also used the slicer attachment for the onions and mushrooms, which made prepping this a dream.

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Homemade Bisquick Mix PLUS Beer Biscuits

September is here, and while it is still pretty hot in California, I’m already thinking about all the delicious soups and stews I can make for the coming fall/winter months.  Growing up, my mom used to make these heavenly things called Beer Rolls to go with soup.  More like a drop biscuit than a roll, they basically consisted of a can of Budweiser and Bisquick.  She’d also throw in a couple tablespoons of wheat germ, because that was her answer for most foods she deemed unhealthy.  Later on, she decided Bisquick was just too unhealthy to have in the house at all, and sadly Beer Rolls went away.  Until now!  With a 2-for-1 in this post, I created a homemade Bisquick mix you can keep in your fridge for several months, and then recreated and renamed those delicious Beer Biscuits (Rolls).

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