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Norwegian Crunch

17 Dec


The holidays are a great time to let yourself indulge in all of those rich foods and sweets you probably wouldn’t normally eat with frequency.  Norwegian Crunch is one of my favorite holiday indulgences and a special treat I have enjoyed since my mom scribbled down the recipe from a friend years and years ago.  Now, I am in charge of making this delicious toffee-like bar.  It’s an easy recipe that yields an abundance of this decadent dessert.  Norwegian Crunch is also the perfect treat to wrap up in a box or tin and give out as a gift to loved ones during this time of year. Continue reading


Cookbook Review: Come In, We’re Closed

11 Dec


In the restaurant world, chefs are rockstars. Through their cookbooks, they are teaching all of us including you enthusiastic home cooks, how to eat better. Most professional chefs and cooks are working away from their families everyday. They spend so much time in their kitchens that Continue reading

#MeatlessMonday: Bobby Flay’s Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

10 Dec

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In honor of Boy Meets Grill himself’s birthday, I wanted to do a #MeatlessMonday post using one of his own recipes.  Bobby Flay is well-known for a lot of things: Throwdown! King, master of meat, griller-extraordinaire.  But, I don’t typically associate him with vegetarian dishes.  Big mistake.   Continue reading

Cookbook Review: This Is a CookBook: Recipes for Real Life

6 Dec

large copyThanksgiving has passed and Christmas isn’t here, but, as always, we need to eat. Since we must feed friends, and we want to feed them well, we need to know how and what to cook, even if we aren’t experts. This is were Max and Eli Sussman come in—saving our kitchens from utter disaster with their easy-to-use, straightforward cookbook, This is a Cookbook:Recipes for Real Life. Continue reading

#MeatlessMonday: Kale, Ricotta and Walnut Pasta

3 Dec


I live with my boyfriend, who is totally vegetarian and very nearly vegan and then there is me, who is anything but.  We tend to gravitate towards pasta dishes as a common ground for meals.  Pasta is filling and very easy to make vegetarian.  It’s a dish where neither of us are sitting there afterwards wondering what to eat next, which can happen after one too many dinners of lentil salad. Continue reading

Post-Thanksgiving Blues Fix: French Toast with Salted Caramel Apples and Whipped Marscapone

28 Nov


Let’s face it, we all become a little spoiled around Thanksgiving.  Think about it; Thanksgiving dinner is almost too good to be true.

For a day or two after the holiday, we are still too stuffed to even really think about eating.  But once that feeling fades, we begin to miss the intricate dishes we spent so much time and energy on perfecting.  If you also feel the post-Thanksgiving blues, this fancy (but easy to make) French toast is sure to cheer you up and make you feel like you’re still on vacation.  The apples and pumpkin pie spices will bring you back to last Thursday in no time. Continue reading

#Meatless Monday: Zucchini Boats

26 Nov


It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving.  A day where I still have leftovers but I don’t think my waistline can handle another plate of gravy-laden turkey and stuffing or a mile-high sandwich.  I do, however, have a crisper drawer full of leftover vegetables.  Onions, squash, corn and other extra veggies I purchased for the holiday in case I needed them but wound up not using. Continue reading

#MeatlessMonday, Thanksgiving Edition: Sweet Potato Casserole

19 Nov

Keeping the Thanksgiving meal as traditional as possible is very important to me.  I mentioned in my other “#MeatlessMonday” post that this year I am going to try to incorporate one or two new dishes, but this casserole will remain on the menu and needs no tweaking. This recipe was passed down to my mom and then to me from my Grandma Ducky, a woman who epitomized all of the great qualities of a Southerner.  She was a lady who never met a stranger and always spoke her mind.  She was one of my favorite cooks and her dishes always featured some unexpected ingredient that made the meal unforgettable. Continue reading

Chai Pumpkin Pie

18 Nov

If you’ve ever made pumpkin pie without using pumpkin spice mix, and likewise, made your own chai without the tea mix, you may have realized that the two are not dissimilar. In fact, the only spices that separate them are cardamom, allspice and occasionally black pepper. So why not combine the two? Here’s an easy way to spice up your classic Thanksgiving dessert, without adding prep time! Continue reading

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potato

15 Nov


Durring the weekdays, I cook for many school children with various food allergies. The kid’s allergies range from gluten and lactose intolerance to sever nut, tomato and pepper allergies. Accommodating children with different sets of allergies often means a recipe is off limits because of certain ingerdients. It’s tricky to plan meals around their dietary restrictions. In search of a tasty Thanksgiving themed side dish that was allergen free, I found this winning coconut mashed sweet potato recipe which the kids love. Regardless of allergies, one whiff of the coconut milk from the mash will surely bring everyone to the table. Continue reading

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