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Pear Butter for Chilly Autumn Mornings

Pear Butter Oatmeal with Pear Butter and Pepitas

Autumn’s been asserting itself in San Francisco. After a few weeks of Indian summer, full of sun and occasionally blazing heat, the mornings now break cool and grey, swathed under a scarf of silvery fog.

On these chilly mornings, I find a strange comfort in the blandness of oatmeal and plain black tea, but I also see no harm in punctuating such monasticism with a little punch of flavor. I favor a dollop or two of pear butter plus a scattering of pepitas for crunch.

Once I’ve filled my belly with warming oatmeal, cradling my tea in my hands, the morning’s veil is lifted, and I’m ready to embrace the day.

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Crushing: Orange Wines

Orange Wines -- A great get for your Halloween Party? Photograph by: Tom Censani

“That’s right: red, pink and white have company,” exclaimed a recent newsletter from the Chelsea Wine Vault. Laden with cartoony images of a wine glass filled with bright orange liquid and a grape vine dangling bright orange grapes, the newsletter featured an infamous, under-the-radar vino known as orange wine.  Save all judgment! Unlike gimmicky green beer sold on St. Pat’s Day, orange wine has a legitimate backstory…

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Fall Fest: Pumpkins and Squash

David Rocco's Pumpkin Soup

Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out

At long last, it’s squash and pumpkin season. There’s so much to love about winter squashes in their many forms — butternut, acorn, buttercup, spaghetti, delicata, hubbard, kabocha, sweet dumping, Cinderella pumpkins, sugar pie pumpkins. Yes, they all look lovely in a basket on your porch, or carved up with scary faces and all of that, but they deserve better — you deserve better —  here are some great ways to take advantage of these beautiful-to-gaze-at but even better-to-eat vegetables.

Pictured above, Pumpkin Soup from David Rocco, host of Rocco’s Dolce Vita.

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Pix Potluck: Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup, a timely addition to our Facebook pix potluck

Creamy and earthy, chilly fall evenings call for soups and stews like this Wild Mushroom Soup shared by Nancy on the Cooking Channel Facebook page. Thanks for the delicious-looking photo and the recipe, Nancy!

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Fall Baking Recipe Gallery

Tear into David Rocco's Focacce.

The oven’s been off all summer while you chilled at the grill. Now it’s the start of baking season, with holiday cookies and pies right around the corner. From savory breads to decadent desserts, our fall baking gallery is full of ideas.

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