Category Archives: Tempting Treats

A savory, easy-to-make beef stew

When it gets cold, what tastes better than beef stew you’ve made yourself?  This is how I make it. Ingredients 1-3/4 lb. beef stew chunks 1 tsp Garlic salt 1 tsp Pepper 1 tsp Paprika 1/4 cup flour 2 Tbsp … Continue reading

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Make Apple Nachos

There are lots of ways to make apple nachos, but I like my version, because it is fast and easy. UNLIKE caramel apples, which are about as fast and easy as major surgery. But apple nachos taste just as good … Continue reading

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Two Brews for Oktoberfest and Halloween

On a recent visit to the Reston Total Wine store, I asked for some recommendations for pumpkin spiced brews. There were lots of those…and I like pumpkin ale. But he steered me to two “Marzen” beers, instead. Marzen beers are … Continue reading

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Halloween wines

“I never drink…wine.” — Count Dracula That’s okay, Count, more for us! I visited Total Wine in Reston (Plaza America location) in a quest for Halloween wines and they did not disappoint. I was provided with two recommendations. Witching Hour … Continue reading

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Fall flavors – German gourmet treats in Virginia and D.C.

It’s fall and that means Oktoberfest! While the official Oktoberfest celebration in Germany may have ended, in the states we’re still celebrating with brats and beer. Where can you find the best German food around these parts? I have two … Continue reading

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Poll: Favorite Trick or Treat Candy

You can answer this one of two ways – what candy you choose to distribute to deserving trick-or-treaters…or what candy you selfishly hoard and eat all by yourself. Because we both know the ANSWER IS THE SAME. Thanks for taking … Continue reading

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A Better-for-You Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back! That’s the good news. More good news: coffee is really good for you (even decaf) in moderation. It has antioxidants and increases your cognitive ability. People who drink coffee are far less likely to suffer … Continue reading

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice – new fall foods

For some, fall begins on September 21st. For others, it feels like fall after the Labor Day holiday. For others, back to school means fall. Heck, we started seeing Halloween decorations in July. Who knows when fall is these days. … Continue reading

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Sauteed Apples

I found this recipe online and served this with roast pork.  It was easy to make and fast to make!  I will probably also make it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I recommend the Oxo peeler for peeling apples. Sauteed Apples … Continue reading

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Cheese Fondue

Aren’t the apples amazing this year?  Have you ever dunked Gala apple wedges into cheese fondue?  The combination is fantastic. Here’s an easy recipe for cheese fondue that I’ve made successfully and really enjoyed.  I found it in Martha Stewart’s … Continue reading

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