The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


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Summer Fruit Crisp

CrispSquareTSTThe best summer desserts to me take advantage of summer’s bountiful ripe berries and stone fruits and are not too fussy. This one is easy enough to pull together for any occasion, anywhere, even (preferably) at a little rustic cottage. Roll up your sleeves and combine your favorite summer fruit with a simple oat topping. The oven’s magic will turn the fruit jammy and aromatic and the topping crisp; what could be more perfect on a summer evening? It’s delicious served with a scoop of ice cream but is lovely as is, especially if shared with good friends & family. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Strawberry Phyllo Tartlets with Lemon Mascarpone Cream

StrawberryPhylloTSTCrispy phyllo shells, lemony mascarpone filling, fresh strawberries — and the best part is that these little treats couldn’t be simpler. Great for a spring get-together, and you can mix up the topping with other seasonal fruit for an even more colorful presentation. Enjoy!

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Parmesan & Poppy Seed Crisps

ParmesanPoppyCrisps1Sometimes it seems our preschooler has an insatiable appetite, and now that she can reach the handles to the cupboards, it’s getting harder for us to keep quick but healthful snacks in those little hands. With just two ingredients, these crisps can be whipped up in 10 minutes, and little ones can help prepare them. My little one enjoyed mixing the grated parmesan and poppy seeds, then holding the paper-cup ring in place while I sprinkled the mixture onto the parchment paper. This snack certainly beats salty or sugary processed ones and is simple and fun to make!

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Thanksgiving Dish Roundup

My philosophy on Thanksgiving preparations is to go for simple, comforting, and familiar. If you want to get fancy, get out your nicest tableware and table linens, decorate with a festive centerpiece and maybe focus on one new dish. This year, I’m trying out a butternut squash-apple-cranberry stuffing, and if all goes well, I’ll share the recipe here for next year. In the meantime, if you are looking for another dish to round out your Thanksgiving table, here are some tried-and-true Seasoned Traveler favorites for soup, salad and sides this time of year. Continue reading