Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme BruleeI love creme brulee.  Like I could eat creme brulee every day and that probably still wouldn’t be enough.  Bad creme brulee makes me irate.  If I see if on a menu I generally order it.  I have had all manner of creme brulee.  Even creme brulee as big as your face – the $11 full plate of goodness from Pot Au Feu in Providence, RI comes to mind.

It’s Thanksgiving time, so pumpkin reigns supreme.  I dig pumpkin, in almost anything; pasta, bread, muffins, pancakes….the list goes on.  It’s a versatile flavor and it doesn’t screw up a foods texture, which is hugely important in a creme brulee.  Don’t be scared.  This seems like it could be an intimidating recipe.  It’s really not bad all.  It takes a little bit of time, mostly for things to set up.  Other than that, a little bit of patience will go a long way to getting you to the end. Continue reading

Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal for Breakfast

Pumpkin Ginger OatmealI try to eat oatmeal for breakfast when I can.  By no means is this everyday; it takes a bit of time to cook and some days a bowl of cereal just makes more sense.  Or cornbread with honey.  Or a brownie.  Not all days can be healthy.  When I’m feeling like I might not want to contribute to an expanding waistline, this is a great, fairly quick breakfast (even quicker if you use instant oats).

Regular old plain oatmeal makes me think I’m Ebenezer Scrooge.  I don’t like eating gruel.  It sounds gross and is fairly depressing as a meal.  Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal has a much nicer ring to it, and this is a great time of year for it. Continue reading