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My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin breadI have had this recipe for at least 10 years, and each time I make it I wonder why I don’t make it more often. The bread is fantastic; moist, somewhat dense, sweet without being overly sweet, and just plain good. It also freezes really well. The original recipe is from Cottage Living, a wonderful magazine which is no longer published. I have tweaked the recipe a bit.


Pumpkin Spice Bread

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves ( I use a bit more)

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil ( I use Wesson)

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin

1 large egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan (even though mine is non-stick, I still grease and flour the pan)

2. Whisk the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Combine oil, sugar, and pumpkin in a large bowl, beat with a mixer until smooth, mix in egg.

4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until blended. Pour batter into loaf pan.

5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes, and remove from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

bread in panTip: don’t decrease the sugar, or the bread will taste salty.

A note about organic vs. regular pumpkin: I have baked this bread using both kinds of pumpkin and I can’t tell any difference. There is a different texture between the two. Check out this photo, the yellow/orange, dense pumpkin on the left is the organic. The orange, chunky is the Libby’s.

2 kinds of pumpkin


The History of Candy Corn: A Halloween Candy Favorite

This is an excellent historical description of one of my favorite veggies; Candy Corn!

Bitterman's Eye Candy and Vintage Market

No other candy can match the creamy taste of candy corn, a sweet Halloween favorite for more than a century. Read the history of the Halloween treat, fun candy corn facts, and ways to use the popular candy as decoration rather than just as a low-calorie snack.

Candy Corn’s Sweet History

The Story Behind Candy Corn

Every Halloween countless party-throwers, party-goers, and trick-or-treaters hit the streets to harvest candy corn. The little yellow, orange, and white treat is an icon among the holiday candies and has a legacy that goes back more than a century.

According to oral tradition, George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented the revolutionary tri-color candy in the 1880s. The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co., has the longest history in the industry…

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Talenti gelato: molto benne

Oh wow, my daughter bought this talenti banana chocolate swirl gelato, and it is soooo good! I found it in the freezer, and was curious, and now I can’t put it back. The banana flavor is sweet and subtle, and there are dark chocolate shavings and swirls of caramel. Such an amazing combination!
Banana can be a tricky flavor. Often times it’s flavor is so fake in candies, but it’s very real here. The gelato is all natural, vegetarian, gluten free, HFCS free, Hormone free and Kosher. I’m glad that it comes in pints, because I know that I could eat more…
Go out and get some of this soon. I look forward to trying their other flavors.


Lavender and Blueberry in your chocolate

Dagoba has a winner with this combination of lavender and blueberry in dark chocolate. I was a bit skeptical, so I bought a small square, and now I’ll need to go back for a full-sized bar.
The chocolate is very satisfying without being too sweet, and it’s organic, too. Win, win, win.

Spooky Candy

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 2.01.52 PMHere’s a way to be the most memorable house on the block for trick-or-treating…hand out these hand-crafted lollipops. You can find them on Etsy made by a company called Vintage Confections, which happens to be 2 of my favorite things: vintage and confections…

It says that they are available in 5 flavors, but they don’t list the flavors on the site. You don’t think the flavors are calico, tabby…just kidding. I’m sure they taste as amazing as they look.

C Howard’s Guava Candy


I can’t remember where I picked these up, but it’s been a while and they’ve been sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to sample them.
I am so glad that I finally opened the retro package. They have a nice, subtle guava flavor. They have the texture if a smartie, and they aren’t too sweet.
I will definitely buy those again.

A Tale of Two Energy Bars

It was the best of times…no, actually it wasn’t that great since I was flying over the weekend. I got hungry and didn’t want fast food, so I bought a Kashi bar. The pictures of the ingredients on the wrapper looked good and it had a decent amount of protein, so I paid the $2 and gave it a try.
It was pretty dry and hard. I had to drink my coconut water to make it better. It was better than going without food, but not by much….
On the return trip I bought this NuGo peanut butter and chocolate bar. It had 11 grams of protein and 170 calories. It was much better than the Kashi, and more like a Rice Krispy treat. I will buy this again, in fact, I’ll search for these when i get home.