All posts tagged: almond

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bites

My mom is THE pecan pie lady.  At any family gathering, church function or holiday meal you better believe she will be baking a pecan pie from scratch and there won’t be a crumb left to take home.  With all the corn syrup, brown sugar, pecans and butter-each slice comes in at a hot 500 calories or more.  WOAH.  Most individuals can’t afford to consume that many calories on dessert alone, especially after a holiday meal where we all tend to overindulge a bit….or a lot. Guilty as charged! Mama just might have a little competition this year.  I made these mini pumpkin pecan pie bites for a cooking demo and they were a hit! The filling is made with real pumpkin puree mixed with almond butter and cinnamon then placed in mini phyllo dessert shells, which you can find in the frozen section at most grocery stores.  Tip: I piped the filling into the mini shells from a sealable sandwich baggie where I had snipped off the corner with scissors.  Cleanup is a dream! C Then I topped the shells with pecans, maple syrup, …

Fall Foodie Field Trip

It’s not often that I have a four-day weekend with no plans to travel ANYWHERE! I’m glad I’ve had a few days to relax and indulge in one of my favorite past times-food (shopping for it, eating it, baking it, reading about it, watching it, writing about it…you get the idea).  I’ve also been obsessively watching documentaries on artisan-ing (yes, artisaning should be a word), urban gardening and organic farming. As I try to focus on living simply and spending more time on what really matters, the idea of growing my own food and becoming less of a ‘consumer’ is appealing.  So naturally, a field trip was in order to a community of artisans and food growers that I’ve visited a million times over as a child.  This community of Mennonites is in Southern Kentucky, just 20 minutes from my home town north of Nashville. What is a Mennonite? I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but Mennonites are a particular Christian group of the Anabaptist denomination.  This is the same group that the more well know …