The countdown to the major Thanksgiving holiday is here. Hopefully the invitations have been extended and the menu has been decided.

This column was originally going to focus on looking ahead to Thanksgiving holiday desserts, but after some thought, I decided everyone should just make and eat their favorite pie for Thanksgiving. Let’s not overthink things. Thanksgiving desserts should be pies, so enjoy those mouthwatering…

It’s officially chili season. I know this because I’ve made chili twice already and nobody complained. My son in college even lit up a bit when I delivered a container full of it the other day.

I’ve admitted it before — Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I liked it when my children were very small. I dressed them up as a veterinarian, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, a Tootsie Roll, a puppy, a crayon, a ladybug and even a sunflower. They were cute, and it was fun.

Say the word “pumpkin” nowadays and images of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice milkshakes and even pumpkin spice yogurt and cheesecake come to mind. I’m old enough to think only about pumpkin pie.

Although I do not wish the warm days of summer away, I am rather excited for fall’s arrival. It must be here because I see many of the area apple orchards have opened their doors for business. Some of my favorite fall memories involve taking our children to the orchard each year.

Seems like it was just days ago I was planning for an exciting Memorial Day weekend filled with graduation events and backyard barbecues. Now our living room is piled with things our daughter will take to college with her in just a few days, and Labor Day is upon us.

I know I’ve featured summer’s fruits and vegetables quite a bit in recent weeks, but there is just such a variety of fresh, healthy, tasty produce available this time of year, I can’t help but share recipes that include them. This week is no different. Summer vegetables are the best.

In recent days, a road trip that I had to make several times for a sporting tournament took me by two you-pick blueberry farms. The signs are out and blueberry season is here.

It’s rather depressing that we are talking about the Fourth of July already. Summer took too long to find us and now it’s going way too fast, but there’s still a lot of days to savor the fun and tastes that summer brings.

After what seemed like an endless winter, summer has finally broken through and heat and humidity have found us again. I’m not complaining one bit, and I promise I won’t. I haven’t even turned on the air conditioning yet. The windows are open, and the breezes are finding their way in.

With Lenten season upon us, many are incorporating more fish into their diets. Even if religious beliefs don’t dictate it, choosing fish and seafood is a mouth-watering way to add some spark and flare to our weekly menus.

I’ve officially hit the time of winter when inspiration in the kitchen is hard to come by. The temperatures are below freezing, and I’m watching snow fall, yet again, outside the kitchen window.

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

Editor’s note: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department checks area licensed food establishments, including restaurants and food retailers. The Leader-Telegram details “priority” violations, defined as state code violations with potential to contribute to food contamination, illness or e…

It’s October, and fall is officially here. The sun is setting sooner, the leaves are turning, and football has consumed many a household. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all usually have some form of football on our family’s schedule.

Cooking can be confusing, and I’m not just talking about the different processes, techniques and tricks that expert, seasoned cooks know about. Ingredients can also be confusing and even misleading.