November 2009

Italian Sausage Thanksgiving Dressing

My dad is a meddler. A tinkerer. Someone who just can’t leave simple things alone. He’ll take your average can of Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup and start adding condiments, herbs, and spices until you can hardly call it Bean with Bacon anymore. A few years ago, he took good ol‘ simple Thanksgiving dressing and…mutated it. I’ll admit, I was so mad the first year–dressing is something highly personal and near and dear to my heart and he had to …

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No-Knead Multigrain Bread {In a Jar!}

There’s a trend that’s been floating around the foodie world for a little while now – it’s the No-Knead bread phenomenon. It’s not necessarily a new technique- in fact it’s pretty ancient, but it’s recently been brought back to American kitchens and has revolutionized the way people make bread at home. The book at left, “Kneadlessly Simple” by Nancy Baggett explains the concept behind the no-knead technique and gives loads of delicious recipes to try it out. Keep reading because …

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Crumb-Topped Apple Pie

So if you haven’t done it already, you may be in the middle of planning your Thanksgiving menu right now. For me, it’s always kind of a fun challenge to find ways to implement our “tried and trues” with new recipes or variations on classics. Like, maybe, Sara’s Easy Pumpkin Crumble instead of Pumpkin Pie. Or this apple pie, although over the years, we’ve actually come to love this pie so much that we serve it along with Classic Apple …

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Candied Coconut Sweet Potatoes

This sweet potato recipe was passed onto me by my Aunt Barb and she just told me she first remembers eating it at her Aunt’s home for Thanksgiving when she was a little girl. So it’s been in our family for over 40 years. When something has been around for 40 years and people are still making it, you know it’s good! I know this recipe has already become a favorite for a lot of you out there since I …

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Ultimate Hot Chocolate

So I think it’s pretty safe to say we’re in hot chocolate season, right? I mean, it’s post-Halloween, verging on Christmas music season–it’s time to whip out that Cocomotion and get snuggly as it gets cold outside! So everyone has packets or cans of hot cocoa mix in their pantries, right? And there’s totally nothing wrong with that. I have ‘em, too. But what about when you want something extra special, decadent, and…wait for it…easy? This recipe is pretty darn …

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Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers

You know what I secretly love?  Those cheesy commercials for places like Red Lobster or Sizzler. You know the ones I’m talking about? Where they pour butter over lobster in slow motion and then you see the fried coconut shrimp bouncing onto the plate in crispy perfection? Well they make me hungry. I’ve always been intriged by the shrimp in particular thinking that fried coconut breading would be super good. The fact that it’s covering shrimp is the only thing …

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Sunday Beef Stew

When I was a kid, I was a total book nerd (in all honesty, I’m still a total book nerd, although I no longer have hours and hours to hide with a book, at least not without feeling massive amounts of guilt). When I was 6 or 7, this was my favorite book in the entire universe: If you’re not familiar with it, it’s about a family of orphaned children who find an abandoned boxcar and adopt it as their …

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Easy Pumpkin Crumble

Remember the time I told you I didn’t like pumpkin pie? Well I still don’t. But I love this. Don’t ask me why. It’s basically pumpkin pie, but it’s surrounded in crumbly-carby goodness. Because let’s face it: crumbly-carby goodness makes everything better. I’ve made this for informal family gatherings as well as for Thanksgiving dessert. It’s quick and easy (and no one has to know!) Many of you are probably familiar with “Pumpkin Dump Cake” (which by the way is …

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Minestrone Soup

I don’t know about everybody else, but after the week-long junk food bonanza also known as Halloween, my body is craving something a little more wholesome. Does anyone remember vegetables? Yeah, I know, it’s been so long that I can hardly remember them… Sara and I have talked a lot about finding “the one.” For years, I searched for the perfect Minestrone recipe. Time after time, they all just came out pretty flavorless and a little bit flat, like they …

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