Month: November 2016

These goat cheese pops are like your own personal cheese ball. Each bite is the perfect balance of soft cheese, crumbled bacon, and crushed nuts. I’ve made these goat cheese lollipops for many different occasions over the years, from holiday gatherings to cocktail parties. Each time, people ask for the recipe. It’s one of those
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When I think of the holidays, gingerbread is always the first thing that comes to mind. I can just close my eyes and smell the sweet aromas of spices and ginger swirling in my kitchen right now. Mmm… I often start off the holidays with a loaf of gingerbread cake, but this year I thought
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Looking for a special holiday side? Here’s a festive dish that alternates the flavors and colors of vibrant sweet potatoes with buttery yukon gold potatoes, all sitting on a bed of caramelized onions. I actually started out to make a gratin, more in the spirit of our gruyere potatoes, perhaps with a breadcrumb topping. But as I
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Looking for a special holiday side? Here’s a festive dish that alternates the flavors and colors of vibrant sweet potatoes with buttery yukon gold potatoes, all sitting on a bed of caramelized onions. I actually started out to make a gratin, more in the spirit of our gruyere potatoes, perhaps with a breadcrumb topping. But as I
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Add chocolate to a classic pecan pie and the familiar, gooey filling we all love changes dramatically. Think of this new dessert as a cross between a dense, nutty brownie and soft chocolate fudge. It’s a chocolate tart worthy of any gathering or celebration. Continue reading “Chocolate Pecan Tart” » Simply Recipes
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Everybody seems to have their favorite way of making mashed potatoes. Some cook them with the peel on, some without. Some add a little of the cooking water to the mashed potatoes for extra starch. I have found that the single thing that makes the biggest difference for making perfect creamy, heavenly potatoes is the
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I started eating Brussels sprouts as a kid when my preschool served them boiled for lunch. You’d think that serving unseasoned, boiled Brussels sprouts would be the worst way to expose a child to the vegetable but, surprisingly, I was undeterred. Brussels sprouts are still one of my favorite fall vegetables, though these days I
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This slow cooker pumpkin soup manages to check several boxes at once. Not only is it simple to make and so satisfying on a cold night, but it’s also vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and all-around allergy-friendly. This winter comfort food that everyone can enjoy! Continue reading “Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup (Vegan, Paleo)” » Simply Recipes
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This slow cooker pumpkin soup manages to check several boxes at once. Not only is it simple to make and so satisfying on a cold night, but it’s also vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and all-around allergy-friendly. This winter comfort food that everyone can enjoy! Continue reading “Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup (Vegan, Paleo)” » Vegetarian – Simply
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Waldorf Salad is a favorite around here, particularly in the fall when apples and walnuts are in season. It’s especially popular around the holidays, gracing many a Thanksgiving and holiday spread. According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the
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Our family, like every other family at Thanksgiving, is no stranger to green bean casserole, with its crunchy fried onion topping and rich, creamy filling. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorites, along with the jellied cranberry sauce. But over the years, I have come to expect more from my green bean casserole than
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This no-bake vanilla cheesecake is light, creamy, and perfect for any dinner party or holiday gathering. It also eliminates a lot of the worries that might keep you from making a cheesecake in the first place: There’s no need for fussy water baths or elaborate cool-down steps. No worries about cracks in the top. No need to
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The real star of this apple tart is, of course, the apples. Sliced thinly and layered into the tart crust, they make an absolutely stunning holiday dessert. Those slices become golden and caramelized around the edges, while turning tender and juicy underneath. Every bite is subtly sweet and perfect. I also make this with a crust that
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Onions are too often the supporting actors in the kitchen when they should be the stars. This stunning dish gives red onions their own glamorous role at the table. Roasted and glazed with balsamic vinegar, these onions can accompany a vegetarian main course or a succulent roast chicken without skipping a beat. Even better: the recipe
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I still remember the day when I tried sweet potato casserole for the first time. It was in Washington, D.C. at a Friendsgiving gathering during law school. My friend topped his sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, and while I gamely gave it a try, I just couldn’t get past how overly sweet and mushy the
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I still remember the day when I tried sweet potato casserole for the first time. It was four years ago in Washington, D.C. at a Friendsgiving gathering during law school. My friend topped his sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, and while I gamely gave it a try, I just couldn’t get past how overly sweet
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Mine is a family of carb lovers, and the dinner rolls are always the first thing to go at any meal, holiday or otherwise. This is especially true when these potato rolls are on the menu. Mashed potatoes make the rolls extra-soft and fluffy. I top them with some honey butter and they disappear like
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Like most of you, my kitchen is a hectic place on Thanksgiving Day. There are dirty bowls and spoons everywhere and ten different dishes cooking at once. Every nook and cranny becomes prime real estate. Making the mashed potatoes in the slow cooker helps relieve some of the anxiety. This dish is incredibly low maintenance. Just
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Southerners have made fun of Northern cornbread for a long time. Mark Twain famously said, “Perhaps no bread in the world is quite as good as Southern corn bread and perhaps no bread is quite so bad as the Northern imitation of it.” The two cornbreads are so different, Mr. Twain! And today, we’re paying homage to this sweet
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