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9 Holiday Gifts From the Kitchen for Non-Foodies

I love to cook, and think about food and cooking, and look at cooking magazines and cookbooks. I am one of those “crazy” people who thinks that a set of nice cookware is the best gift in the world. Or a brand spanking new Kitchen Aid mixer, or an ice cream maker.  Or even just a new cookbook.  Last Christmas I asked for a new food processor, but then I was afraid I wouldn’t get the one I really wanted, so I bought it for myself, and then I ended up with two. Happy, happy, joy!  Continue Reading..

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

You might know if you follow this blog that I recently moved to Arizona. I grew up in Chicago, moved to Boston after college, and after a very long time complaining about the cold, and the clouds that seemed to hand around for months at a time, and the 4:15pm sunsets all winter, I packed it up and moved southwest. And I LOVE it! Winter now means 5:30pm sunsets – very do-able, and today is a chilly 63 degrees with just a few puffy clouds. Like I said, LOVE it! Continue Reading..

Spiced Winter Fruit Compote with Raisin Balsamic Syrup

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


If you like to cook or bake, the holidays are always kind of a free pass to just get all crazy and wild with really exotic recipes that you probably would never think to try if you weren’t all hyped up on sugar plums and candy canes and Christmas glitter.  It’s usually the only time of year I’ll make a decadent flourless chocolate cake, or individual chocolate soufflés, or beef wellington. Continue Reading..

Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies

Are you a year-round cookie baker, or just a holiday baker?  Or are you one of the smart ones who doesn’t bake at all!  Christmas cookies are lots of work, which is usually “rewarded” with lots of cookie eating, and we all know what happens then.  I personally love cookies, which means I really have to limit my baking.  I’ve been known to devour an entire Loaded Granola Skillet Cookie over the course of a few days.  For breakfast.  Yep.  I do love cookies. Continue Reading..

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Bourbon and Spiced Praline Pecans

So if you’re anything at all like me, you’re staring into your pantry thinking “What on earth am I going to do with all of those extra cans of pumpkin puree?”  I know.  It seemed like a great idea at the time.  Stock up on canned pumpkin because it’s on sale, and there will be pies to make, and you’ve always wanted to try to make pumpkin ravioli, or that great pumpkin pasta recipe you found on Pinterest.   Continue Reading..

5 Do’s and Don’ts For New Bloggers

It was almost exactly two years ago that I first decided I wanted to start a blog. Looking back, I realize that’s kind of funny, since a few months prior to that decision, I didn’t even know what a blog was. I’m old school.  I’ve always read books.  And newspapers. And I still have far too many magazine subscriptions. But I also discovered Pinterest a few years ago, and slowly started to realize that most of those pretty photos (which have gotten so much prettier over the years, haven’t they?) came from bloggers.

I loved the fact that people had so much to say and share about so many fabulous cooking, decorating, travel, DIY, design and fashion ideas, and there was suddenly a very cool way to share them.  It was like I’d found a whole world of people who liked the exact same things I did and they all came to visit me every day, or they invited me into their homes and lives!  Never being one who wanted to be out of touch – I dove into the bandwagon head first.  I wanted to be part of that crowd – and maybe even be invited into someone else’s home every day. Continue Reading..

Quick Stovetop Chipotle Mac & Cheese {Meatless Monday}

How does a crave-worthy, under 30-minutes, one pot recipe sound to you?  I know, right?  Especially this time of the year – there’s nothing better than that!  Even better if it feeds a crowd, and can be reheated for leftovers the next day, or later in the night when basketball practice is over.  Oh – and hopefully you can hide a small bowl for lunch tomorrow.  Yep, this recipe checks all of the above boxes. Continue Reading..

Skinny Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Got leftovers from the big day?  I don’t know about you, but I always think the idea of Thanksgiving leftovers is waaaay better than the actual leftovers.  Except for the stuffing of course.  It always tastes fine the next day – not quite as good as day one, but pretty acceptable.  The rest though, meh.  Thanksgiving dinner never tastes quite the same the next day.  So what to you do with all of the leftovers ?  No worries!  Here are a few great, and healthier ideas from around the web… Continue Reading..

5 Signs You’re Not Going To Gain Weight Over the Thanksgivin...

Are you ready to loosen your belt buckle? Ask any nutritionist, and we’ll all tell you that most Americans see Thanksgiving as a reason to indulge on anything and everything, and as a result, most will end up gaining at least a little bit of weight after 4 days of non-stop feasting. If you don’t get on top of it, those few pounds become 5-10 pounds by December 30 for many. So what’s the secret to coming out of the coma at the same weight you went in? Here are 5 signs you’re going to be OK:

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Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Pomegranate and Avocado

How do you feel about Brussels Sprouts?  It seems like they are the darling vegetable this year – I’m seeing them all over Pinterest and on pretty much every healthy food blog I read.  But for everyone loves them so much, I really think just as many people hate them.  I’m going to guess that most of the haters grew up having to eat them, all boiled and mushy and let’s be honest – they can kind of smell when they’re prepared that way.  What the haters don’t know is that if you roast Brussels sprouts, they become crispy, crunch and caramelized, and almost a bit sweet.   Continue Reading..

Mixed Vegetables Mornay {Recipe ReDux)

I saw a quote on Twitter recently that made me laugh. “Clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous.” I could totally relate, because so many times I’ve tried to serve a new recipe, or a twist on an old one at the holidays, only to have my family ask “but where’s the…?”. I’m sure I did the same thing when I was young. Certain foods or recipes just bring back happy memories of things that you’re especially thankful for, and sometimes, there’s just no reason to change that. Continue Reading..

You’ll Never Miss Them – Calorie Saving Thanksgiving S...

In just one week, Americans will be gearing up for the annual nonstop eating fest known as Thanksgiving. Hopefully, the day that’s meant to celebrate all that we are thankful for, will also include some of that – in between bites of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and anything else I might have left out.

Did you know that the average adult eats about 4,500 calories worth of Thanksgiving dinner? Considering most men need only about 2,200 and most women can get by on about 1,600, that’s a mouthful – or a day and a half full of calories just in one meal. Here’s the good news though – Even though most of us do step on the scale at some point during the Thanksgiving weekend to assess the damage, it’s actually pretty impossible to gain weight from just one day of gluttony. Continue Reading..

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