31 Days of Healthy Deliciousness, Day 1: Tuscan Bean Salad

Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to pause and reflect upon our hopes and goals for the future, and many of us include eating a healthy diet among our resolutions.

Good health is essential to a quality lifestyle, and yet finding easy, affordable and delicious recipes can often be a challenge. If a recipe isn’t full of flavor, or tastes “too healthy,” chances are we won’t make it again. I know I won’t.

So, today I’m kicking off our 31 Days of Healthy Deliciousness with one of my all-time favorite big-batch recipes:  Tuscan Bean Salad. Read More

Halloween Treat #1: Pumpkin Candy Corn Scones

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These Pumpkin Candy Corn Scones are a whimsical (and way more delicious) nod to the popular Halloween candy, and the perfect breakfast or after-school treat.

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To give these scones a seasonal flair,  I adapted my basic scone recipe by adding some canned pumpkin puree and a variety of seasonal spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

For even more seasonal flavor, I used brown sugar instead of white, and also added a tablespoon of pure maple syrup. These scones are not overly sweet, and I add another tablespoon of brown sugar when serving them without the glazes.

The trick to making excellent scones is to use really cold butter, so I freeze the cubed butter for at least 30 minutes, or even longer (it can store for several months in the freezer).

Another key to ensuring a flaky result is to handle the dough as little as possible, so I use a food processor to create the dough, and a cake pan to form the dough before cutting out the wedges. While these steps aren’t necessary, and may even seem a bit fussy, they can make the difference between a good scone and a great scone.

With their autumnal flavor and appearance, these pumpkin scones would also work well for a Thanksgiving brunch.

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Come back tomorrow for another great Halloween recipe!