Honey Pumpkin Pie ♥

Honey Pumpkin Pie, homemade and sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar. Recipe from #AVeggieVenture
Yum! Homemade pumpkin pie, here sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar. The filling is soft and smooth and dreamy good. Make this with either canned pumpkin or roasted fresh pumpkin.

~recipe & photo updated & republished 2014~
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2007: "If I were a guy, I'd only eat pie. Oh my, oh sigh, please feed me pie." Okay, so it's awful poetry. But the pie? It's completely dreamy. The honey is wonderful as the sweetener, adding an edgy complexity to the pumpkin custard. I'll be making this pie again on Thanksgiving, it's just lovely.

I made the pie twice, once with fresh pumpkin and then again with canned pumpkin. Which is better? Well, you'll have to decide because it depends.

FRESH PUMPKIN The fresh pumpkin made a pie sweetly pale in color and subtly delicate in flavor. It's the 'foodie' choice for people who are curious about food and welcome adaptation – and it's my personal pick, forever and ever. (Plus, I getting requests from the taste tasters, "So when are you going to make another pumpkin pie?")

CANNED PUMPKIN But pie made with canned pumpkin looked and tasted exactly like we've been trained to know as pumpkin pie. It's the 'safe' choice for people who are saddled with tradition and only eat what they know.

2010: I just love it when recipes stand up to the test of time! This is a lovely pumpkin pie, sweetened so gently with honey. I used canned pumpkin again, gosh it's convenient. But I'm off to buy a pie pumpkin, this deserves another life with roasted pumpkin!

COMPLIMENTS!
"Good pie! ... Excited to find a recipe that doesn't use refined sugar." ~ Rebekah

Simple Scalloped Potatoes ♥ Recipe

Simple Scalloped Potatoes, just five ingredients, crispy on the bottom, crispy on the top. #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 How to make scalloped potatoes with just five ingredients, thin-thin layers of potato, the bottom gets as crispy as good hashed browns and the top layer gets crispy like kettle chips! This may be a "simple" recipe for scalloped potatoes but the results are most impressive. graphic button small size size 10

Hello again, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. In 2014, I decided to learn how to cook potatoes really, really well and oh man! these recipes are worth checking out! Today? Simple-simple scalloped potatoes, just five ingredients!

And so this exploration of the lowly potato continues. By rights, 2014 will go down as the Year of the Potato here at A Veggie Venture, going way back to Midsummer when we ate our weight in new potatoes during a long holiday in Finland, Estonia and Sweden. Remember Finnish Summer Potato Salad? Yeah, my ode to Finnish Potatoes.

But until now, I've yet to master a really good scalloped potato, what the French call Potatoes Lyonnaise or a "potato gratin" – and while it's possible, even typical, to go all out out and cheesy with scalloped potatoes, here I wanted something extraordinary and yet extraordinarily simple. These potatoes are, indeed, all about the potatoes, in my dish, sixteen thin-thin layers of russet potatoes enriched with just enough cream to hold them together. They are dramatic on the table and cut into tight squares.

Simple yes but also extraordinary.

Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes ♥ Recipe

Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes, easy to make, especially good for kitchens short on oven space or burners. For Weight Watchers, #PP4. #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 Today's easy slow cooker recipe: How to cook new potatoes in a slow cooker completely unattended, then mash for creamy, garlicky "smashed" potatoes. graphic button small size size 10

Hello again, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. In 2014, I'm learning how to cook potatoes really, really well and oh man! these recipes are worth checking out! Today? Potatoes in the slow cooker!

Oh we vegetable lovers really – no, really really – love Thanksgiving! This year, I decided to focus on the potato. How sad it is that the humble potato is so maligned these days, almost public enemy Number 2. (Number 1, of course, is bread.) So I was happy when the Whole30 people reversed course last summer, returning the potato to good graces as a healthy whole food. (Yeah! Here's the new information, French fries and potato chips are, duh, excluded. And just to be clear, since Whole30 excludes all dairy, this particular recipe is not Whole30 compliant.) Still, I'm of the mind that if you're going to eat higher-carb foods, bread, potatoes and the like, they'd dang well better be worth eating. Usually that means piles of butter and cream – usually, but not always, and not here.

Enter skins-on new potatoes cooked in the slow cooker with garlic, tossed with a little cream cheese – easy enough for a weekday supper, good enough for a special meal like Thanksgiving, especially for a kitchen short on oven space and stovetop burners. Or just because it's ever-ever so easy.

Three Secrets for Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes ♥

Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes made with three techniques from Cook's Illustrated, the latest Thanksgiving recipe from #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 Today's latest Thanksgiving recipe: How to make Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes showcasing three techniques from Cook's Illustrated. The good news? The techniques can be applied to your own favorite mashed potato concoction! graphic button small size size 10

Hello, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. Can you name Thanksgiving's favorite vegetables?! There are a few surprises!

For Thanksgiving 2014, I decided that the new recipes would focus on learning how to cook potatoes really, really well. So many people aren't eating potatoes anymore but I look at it a little differently. Sure, forgo forgettable potatoes (and cupcakes). But otherwise, especially for special occasions like Thanksgiving, make really, really good potatoes that are worth the carbs and calories. That's my goal! Let's get to cooking!

We all love cooking secrets, right? Well, there are three secrets to making rich and creamy mashed potatoes and best of all, they "cost" nothing in effort, time and hard cash. There are two extra steps and for once, the truism that you "get what you pay for" is false. Here, these mashed potato tricks are almost too good to be true and they're practically free.

graphic button small size size 10 Effort-wise – Easy to remember & easy to do.
graphic button small size size 10 Time-wise – Adds only an extra couple of minutes.
graphic button small size size 10 Cost-wise – No special ingredients, no special tools, no extra cost.

Okay, the three secrets.

Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine ♥ Recipe

Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine, colorful vegetables married with Morroccan spices, cooked in a tagine or shallow casserole to serve tableside. Vegan. For Weight Watchers, #PP4. #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 Today's tagine recipe: A magical pairing of sweet potatoes and butternut squash, healthy 'bright orange' vegetables married with a medley of Moroccan spices, cooked in a tagine and served tableside. Beautiful color to banish cold-weather blues! Works as a side dish or a vegetarian supper. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real". graphic button small size size 10

~recipe updated & republished 2014~
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You know how you cook something and it's so good that its memory lingers? A week, a month, some weeks later you're still feeling all dreamy? You intend to make it again, but then the moment passes, and yet the memory still lingers? And best of all, then you finally make it again and reality matches the memory?

When we first made this tagine a year ago, it was a side dish. But when I remade it this week and paired it with Oven-Baked Brown Rice, whoa, it made for a fabulous vegetarian – vegan even – supper. I was completely blown away. The ingredients are 100% familiar and yet, together, they create something entirely new and magical.

Winter Squash Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables
That's "Pumpkin" for the Brit, Aussie & Kiwi Visitors

Tired of the same-old roasted squash? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Winter Squash Recipes, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes. #AVeggieVenture
Hello Vegetable Lovers: Over the next while, watch for some housekeeping with the Alphabet of Vegetables here on A Veggie Venture. The goal is to separate out our "most favorite" vegetables so their pages will load more quickly, handy for all but especially those of us who check for recipes on our phones. ~Alanna

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WINTER SQUASH: THE BASICS
Pronounced [skwawsh]. In Britain, Australia and New Zealand, winter squash are called "pumpkin". (Some sources say that "pumpkin" is also used in Britain but a British reader corrected that notion, says that "pumpkin" applies only to the round jack'o'lantern-style pumpkins.) Common varieties include acorn squash, butternut squash, delicata squash and spaghetti squash. At a good farmers market, you might find colorful hubbard squash, buttercup squash and red kuri squash. Look especially for kabocha squash, it's great for making Homemade "Pumpkin" Purée; commercial pumpkin purée is made with calabaza squash.