pumpkin soufflé in a springform pan

Since the autumn, I've had three big pumpkins decorating the bench in my foyer. I grew them in my garden last summer from seeds that Jo LaRocca collected on one of her food and gardening adventure trips to Mexico. Today I decided to cut one open to make pumpkin soufflé. I was inspired partly by these …

rosquillas de San Froilán

Rosquillas de San Froilán. Sort of like a cake donut, but a thousand times better. They are eaten in the Spanish region of León on the October 5 feast of San Frolián. Who was San Froilán? Honestly, I don't know. I'll have to look it up. How long have rosquillas been associated with his feast day? Oh, …

notes from the windowsill: cocoa nibs

cocoa pod

Something very special ended up on my windowsill--a cocoa pod! Just in time for Valentine's Day. I decided to see what takes to get from pod to cocoa. After all, chocolate is king this time of year--though it usually comes in the shape of a heart! The most fun I had was probably as I …