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Hi, Autumn! Let me officially welcome you. You are my favorite season, and I'm fairly certain that a good portion of New Englanders (especially food bloggers!) agree with me.

But we feel that way at the start of every season, don't we? At the beginning of spring, we're so excited to have fresh vegetables and fruit, and we are re-encouraged to brighten up meals that had become so dull in the winter months.

Summer comes, and we are just so freaking happy to roll out the grill and throw some big, bloody meat onto it. It's also the season of watermelon, lemonade, ice-cream, and homegrown veggies.

Autumn arrives with that delicious, home-cooked aroma that reminds you of curling up with a blanket, playing in the leaves, breaking out your Northface and scarves (the iconic NE signal that fall has officially arrived). It smells like cinnamon and allspice, roasted poultry and heavenly sauces. It smells like delicious, savory desserts that are made with some of our favorite autumn staples: maple, apples, pumpkins...

And then there's winter. Typically I get all depressed because, for cooking, it's the season that arrives with a big fat tuba player behind it going "Womp womp." By the end of winter, you might scream if you have to eat roast anything. 

But back to Fall! Yay! (I am so not ready for winter) ...continue reading

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First things first: Hi, I've missed you! I'm back in the field at work, testing patients on our computer diagnostic system, so I'm no longer able to cook during the day, work at night. Such is the life of a regular working stiff, though, so I have to get used to it.

Second: I've sold over 60 copies of my book in just a few short weeks! Are you one of the cool people reading Passion's Tide? You should be!

Third: 

I GOT A KITCHENAID MIXER!!!!!

You won't believe how excited I am about this thing. It's so pretty, and shiny, and powerful, and HEAVY! Why didn't anyone tell me it weighs like 30 pounds?! But anyway, it's beautiful, and it's all mine!!

THANKS ELLEN AND DAD!

So after making cookies with the mixer (which took like...two seconds!) I decided to jump right in, feet first, in typical Sarah fashion: without reading instructions.

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And you know what? Everything came out better than expected. So watch out world! Sarah's come a long way in a year, and she's ready  to kick some more culinary ass!

Handmade pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce ...continue reading

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Farfalle with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sage, and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin sauce, pumpkin ravioli, butternut squash, squash pasta, sage

As I mentioned, last week's theme was going to be an "easier" one, so that I would have time to prepare for Thanksgiving next week. Turns out, baking bread wasn't as easy as I had planned, and I never got around to doing anything for the big holiday.

Oh well.

BUT I did manage to make a phenomenal meal, thanks to my awesome friend at SugarCrafter.net. Seriously though, I am so excited about this sauce.

Earlier this fall, I bought a few pie pumpkins and created my own pumpkin puree. Until now they've been in the back of my freezer, waiting for me to figure out what I was going to make with them. The possibilities were endless! More pumpkin cookies? Pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie dip?

Why not use it in a savory pasta dish? I was looking through sugarcrafter's recipe archive, and came across this inspired recipe. I know people go crazy for pumpkin ravioli, and I thought this would be a great alternative.

Hands down, it's one of my favorite things that I've made this year. ...continue reading

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There's no denying it now. Though I tried to hold on to summer for as long as possible, autumn is definitely upon us. And that's ok, because each new season is a new challenge for me. Once I get comfortable with one set of flavors and a style of cooking, the weather changes and I'm forced to switch it up.

I'm especially excited for fall, because that seems to be the favorite season of food bloggers. And so, to ring in the changing of the leaves and the grill being put away, I decided to make a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Gimme Some Oven. There are a lot of ingredients, but don't let that stop you because it's an easy recipe and the result is worth it!

You will need:

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (she recommended using Libby's, so I do too!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. cream cheese 
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

*I liberally added more spices to the mixture, so my cookies were especially flavorful!

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