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{recipe} Halloween Ghost Meringues

I have shared some holiday-themed meringue projects before–like “Frozen” meringue trees and swirly valentine meringues. Here is an easy, spooky ghost version to make for Halloween!

ghost meringues

I love making meringues because they are so easy to make and everyone loves them.

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October 30, 2017   1 Comment

{recipe} Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Feta

This is your new favorite vegetarian entree! It is very easy to make and requires only a small number of ingredients, and minimal cooking skills. It looks beautiful and tastes even better!

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Feta

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May 21, 2017   2 Comments

{recipe} No-Bake Date Nut Snack Bars

Are you prone to snack attacks? Heaven forbid I’m not carrying a bag of nuts or crackers with me at all times – because I get seriously hangry and it’s not pretty. In an attempt to make things a little more interesting and a little more healthy, I have been experimenting with some snack bars. These are the simplest and the best – with just dates, nuts, coconut, and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt.

No-Bake Date Nut Snack Bars

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May 8, 2017   1 Comment

{recipe} Slow Cooker Pumpkin, Lentil, & Chickpea Curry

We have had an unusually cold and wet winter here in Northern California. I have found myself turning to this recipe again and again as a hearty, healthy, easy way to warm up myself at dinner – and have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Slow Cooker Lentil, Chickpea, and Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is incredibly easy and hands-off, and as a bonus it is also vegan. I often find vegan food to be lacking in that certain je ne sais quoi, but this curry is universally enjoyed by just about everyone I’ve served it to, and has great flavor and depth without a lot of effort. [Read more →]

January 27, 2017   1 Comment

{recipe} “Frozen”-Themed Meringue Trees

My son is obsessed with all things Anna, Elsa, and Olaf! He loves the movie Frozen so when we wanted to make meringues, we decided to give them a little bit of Frozen flair by coloring them pale teal with snowy sprinkles.

frozen meringue trees

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December 26, 2016   No Comments

{adventures in gingerbread} The French Quarter, New Orleans – in Gingerbread

Behold: New Orleans’ French Quarter, made entirely of gingerbread and candy!
New Orleans Gingerbread House

For the past several years I’ve gotten together with a group of friends to make a crazy gingerbread project. (See bottom of the post for links to all of the previous projects!) This is actually last year’s project, which I thought I’d share now in hopes I can get it together in time this year to share our upcoming project. The project is always related to the theme of our Christmas party, which was “Christmas in the French Quarter.”

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December 14, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Did you know you can make super easy and tasty cookies out of cake mix? Well, now you do! And you can dye them green and decorate them with red sprinkles to make them holiday-ready.

cake mix cookies

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December 12, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Spicy Mexican Chocolate Tequila Balls (in the style of Bourbon Balls)

Every Christmas, my brother-in-law Steve requests a batch of bourbon balls like his grandma used to make. The original recipe for this old-fashioned holiday treat calls for crushing up nuts, Nilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa and moistening them with bourbon and corn syrup. They are no-bake and super easy to make, but the problem is, nobody in our family likes them but him! So this year I decided to shake up tradition a little bit and incorporate some of his other favorite things into the recipe, like tequila, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle powder, in hopes of getting a few more takers.

tequila balls

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December 5, 2016   2 Comments

{secret chef tips} Here Is All The Thanksgiving Advice I Have to Offer

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that a lot of people ask me for advice about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. But why keep it to my inner circle? Here, in pretty much random order, are the resources, advice, and tips I have to make your Thanksgiving cooking successful!

turkey-meal

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November 18, 2016   4 Comments

{recipe} Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin spice season – amirite? Now I have never been a big fan of pumpkins in my lattes, oreos, tampons, and so forth… but a delicious fall cookie? That is what pumpkin was made for.

soft pumpkin spice cookies with brown sugar glaze

These soft pumpkin cookies are super cake-y and tender, with a decadent brown sugar glaze, and I basically can’t stop eating them and now I’ve negated all the working out I did today but that’s beside the point. Because PUMPKIN SPICE!

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October 3, 2016   1 Comment