Maple Fig Shortbread Bars

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

There is a definite seasonal urgency to cooking, especially this time of year. One minute you’re on top of the game, the next Mother Nature snatches away your favorite ingredients without warning. Removing her wrench from my plans is where you will currently find me.

Originally conceived to capture the final harvest of fresh figs, our tree took an early holiday, and has since been put to bed. But I’m a sucker for fig cookies, and darned if this setback was going to impede my weekly baking therapy — dried, it is!

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

Amid all of the holiday feasting, light and simple recipes offer respite. Take this mushroom soup, for instance. 

A meager collection of ingredients transformed into a meal of pure comfort and satisfaction without weighing you down.

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Spiked Chorizo and Black Bean Chilli with Chipotle, Roasted Garlic and Plantain

Eat Well Edibles Recipe

Cooked low and slow, this spicy twist on classic bean and meat chilli — with a shot of bourbon for good measure — is guaranteed to satisfy even the heartiest of eaters on the coldest of days. A perfect stick-with-you meal that fills your home and your belly with delicious warmth.

The recipe I’m sharing today features sweet roasted garlic, zucchini and summer squash, plantain, smoky chipotles in adobo, banana peppers and, for depth, two types of tomatoes — fire-roasted and sun-dried. To suit your taste and availability, you can vary these with in-season winter squash, dark leafy greens and sprouts, or root veg like parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potato and beets. Dried oregano, nutmeg and cinnamon add to the complex layering of classic Mexican flavors, and a scattering of fresh cilantro leaves cool and refresh as the finishing touch.

We used lean pork ground at home and seasoned in the style of chorizo, but you can use meat from fresh chorizo sausages purchased from a butcher. To make it vegetarian, omit the chorizo and stick with the black beans (canned or home-cooked from dry), or pump up the protein with additional beans, cooked lentils, or pan-seared tempeh or tofu crumbles.

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Celeste Fig Jam (Raw + Sugar-Free)

Eat Well Edibles Grow Well Recipe

“Fall [is] the time when everything bursts with its last beauty,

as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 

— Lauren DeStefano

Our southern autumns may not be as beautifully striking as those we grew up with in Wisconsin, but the upshot is an extended growing season that keeps the kitchen well-stocked with freshness. It presents the best kind of dilemma: how to preserve the harvests before they fade.

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Supporting Postpartum and Nursing Moms + Pumpkin Granola

Eat Well Edibles Mums + Mums-to-Be Recipe

As it turns out, practically everyone around us recently welcomed or is expecting a new addition to their families. What an incredible blessing to be surrounded by all these tiny fingers and toes and tummies and sweet faces!

Working in clinical, community and private settings over the years, I’ve helped many expectant and new moms and their babies with issues ranging from prenatal nutrition and pregnancy complications to postpartum weight loss and breastfeeding. It’s truly a passion, and now more than ever the work that excites and challenges me professionally also allows me to be a resource and champion for my loved ones. I am beyond delighted.

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