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The Uncomplicated Joy of The Pumpkin Patch

If you had asked me a year ago what I planned on doing with my life, one of the first sentences out of my mouth would have been, "Getting out of Alaska." I had my eyes set on the big city, with dreams of living in Seattle, Los Angeles, or New York. I knew that it was little far fetched, but I also knew the The Husband and I ...

Chickpea and Veggie Casserole

After straight week of waking up to heavy frost and termination dust on the mountains, I found myself craving a casserole. It felt like it happened on instinct. As soon as the cold was strong enough to hit my bones, I needed something hefty and warm. I always say it's the trailer park in me: cold weather means food in large ...

Warming Vegan Vegetable Soup

Ah, yes, Fall is in the air. I don't know about you, but I come alive in Fall. With just a little bit of chill in the air, it's like I become Abby cranked up to 11. I have energy, excitement, and so many Chestnut Praline Lattes in my system. I could run a marathon, write, blog, and cook a four-course meal every single day. ...

The Best Little Breakfast Cookie

In my previous post, I wrote about going sorta-kinda-mostly vegan. As in, no dairy (except the occasional egg) and no meat (except the occasional seafood). Technically, I guess the term for this is ovo-lacto pescetarian, but nobody ever seems to know what that means. Hence, the "sorta vegan" label. Though it took me a ...

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta Salad

If you've spoken to me within the past week, you've probably wondered if I had a terminal illness. Between the jitters, the huge bags under my eyes, and the minor tantrums I throw throughout the day, I'm sure most people think I'm either dying or pregnant. But really, I'm just getting married, and it's T minus three days ...

Strawberry Yogurt Tart

After months and months of mushy, molded strawberries at ridiculous prices, Alaska finally received its rightful fresh produce. This usually starts to happen around April each year. Suddenly, the avocados aren't over-ripe straight out of the bins, and the blueberries actually have flavor to them. It's like it happens ...

Simple Spinach Quiche

I'll admit one thing to you: When I was a kid, I thought it was pronounced "kweeech." Now that that confession's out of the way, I'll also admit that I didn't do any of the things I was supposed to this week. I had planned to spend my days off working on different rainy day staple meals, like stews, breads, sweet tarts, ...