Pumpkin cranberry bread with walnuts

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

It’s been almost exactly 15 years since I first realized how much I love cooking. My roommates had gone home for Thanksgiving week and I had the place to myself. I spent the time watching the Food network nonstop. One of the recipes I saw during that glorious week was this pumpkin bread. It was… 

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classic old fashioned cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail

The holidays get me thinking about cocktails and entertaining so, when Arctic Chill reached out and asked me to review their ice ball maker, it seemed like the perfect excuse to make a classic Old-Fashioned to test it out. If you’ve ordered a drink at a fancy bar (someplace that uses the term “mixology”), you’ve… 

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Turkey Roulade

Turkey Roulade

Turkey roulade is an elegant presentation of your favorite comfort foods.  Turkey breast and stuffing are rolled up together and braised to juicy perfection. The pretty presentation when you slice the roll looks far more impressive than you’d expect from the effort.  If you’re having a smaller holiday gathering and don’t need to eat turkey… 

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Apple Sausage Stuffing with Craberries and Walnuts

Apple Sausage Stuffing

If I could eat as much as I wanted of anything I wanted without any health consequences, I’d stuff myself with stuffing. I’ve never had a sweet tooth; my weakness has always been bread.  Bread in any form is kryptonite for me but serve it up cooked in butter and herbs and I’m completely powerless… 

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Moscow Mule for the Holidays

Holiday Mule

Gin Gin Mules and Moscow Mules are among my favorite drinks. This festive twist updates the traditional Summer refresher for cooler weather. You can find the traditional copper mug on Amazon but these can be served in just about anything.   The sweet-tart cranberry juice, spicy ginger beer, and fragrant rosemary combine perfectly for a… 

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Low Calorie, fluffy mashed potatoes

Super Skinny Mashed Potatoes

I have an unhealthy love for mashed potatoes. I always have. When I was in high school my dad gave me a cookbook completely dedicated to mashed potatoes and I lovingly read every recipe and tried several. My favorite was what the cookbook called “Mashed Potatoes Anna” which was your standard heavy cream and butter… 

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Cornish game hen in triple cranberry sauce

Cornish Game Hen with Triple Cranberry Sauce

Go Gluten Free magazine asked me to adapt my favorite go-to holiday dish for their gluten-free audience and it was as simple as swapping a tablespoon of flour with cornstarch.  I was also so grateful for a chance to update the pictures and simplify the sauce preparation. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back… 

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Farro with mushrooms and thyme

Sauteed Mushrooms and Farro

This simple recipe makes a comforting vegan/ vegetarian entree or a hearty side.  Sauteed mushrooms, nutty farro, and fragrant thyme come together quickly for a healthy dish that will warm you up on a chilly Fall day. I use Trader Joe’s 10 minute farro and can get this on the table in 20 minutes including… 

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Simple roasted carrots square

The Best Roasted Carrots

Perhaps the greatest thing that’s happened to me this month is that Trader Joe’s started selling rainbow carrots for $1 a pound. This beats the absurd amount of money I was forking over at my local specialty store just for cosmetic purposes. Unlike grapes, say, carrots taste the same regardless of color which means this… 

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Light and healthy kung pao chicken with shirataki noodles

Kung Pao Chicken and Shirataki Noodles

Brad has officially declared this his favorite shirataki noodle dish.  For me, I can’t decide between this, the cold sesame noodles, or curry noodles. If you haven’t read my spiel before (I really need to create an information page I can link to rather than launching into this every post), shirataki noodles are vegan, gluten-free,… 

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Easy roasted chicken with grapes and shallots

Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Shallots

I can’t explain to you how much I love this recipe.  I don’t know how just 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) can create such a uniquely flavorful meal. You’re just going to have to try it yourself. Grapes and chicken might sound crazy to some but there’s no denying that fruit pairs well… 

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Pumpkin soup in pumpkin bowls

Pumpkin Squash Soup with Sage

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup is perfect for Fall.  Serve it in these gorgeous pumpkin bowls for an extra special touch or in a regular bowl for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  Don’t hesitate to adjust the squash proportions to your preferences. You can even swap in other varieties such as acorn squash. Peeling… 

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