Kale and Leek Quiche

Quiche is something that seems way fancier than the effort involved in preparing it.  I did cheat with this one and get a prepared pie crust, but even with making homemade pie crust, quiche provides a lot of gratification for a little effort. 

Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love this time of year.  Only in part because my birthday is in October.  Also because I love pumpkin things: pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, and now pumpkin cupcakes!  This recipe is a snap and super yummy.  And cream cheese frosting is, quite literally, the icing on the cake.  Cream cheese frosting is the best.  Don't make to much or you will have trouble not finishing it off with a spoon (not that I speak from experience or anything).

Vegetable Soup and Sourdough Biscuits

Have I mentioned to you how many vegetables I get in my CSA.  It is ridiculous.  It sometimes gets to the point where I'm totally stressed about having too many vegetables and never being able to finish them.  My CSA ends in two weeks and I'm sure after that I will be totally bummed about the lack of fresh vegetables.

Pear Spice Cake

My parents have a pear tree in their back yard. It was crazy how many pears it could produce. And they would all get rip at the same time and we would just be inundated with pears, although it wasn't as bad as the persimmon tree at our old house, apparently. Mom would usually can a bunch of the pears, which was really tasty, but I think this recipe is a good alternative too.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

As you can probably guess by the trend in my posts this summer, I got a ton of tomatillos in my CSA.  I had previously been aware of tomatillos in an abstract sense.  I knew they were different things than tomatoes and made delicious salsa, but I had never encountered them up close before.

Plum upside-down cake

I had this vision of making individual plum upside down cakes with a perfect half of a plum like a little jewel in each one. It mostly worked, but scaling a recipe from a full cake to mini-cakes is not as straightforward as I expected. That said, they turned out looking fairly nice, even if most of the plums didn't make it out of the pan initially and they are super tasty. I'm a big fan of cardamom and plums and I seriously ate like 4 of these. Or more, but really no one is counting.