11.27.2014

Maple Sweet Potato Pecan Bundt Cake with Whiskey-Maple Whipped Cream


This delicious maple sweet potato pecan bundt cake is a perfectly moist and flavorful coffee cake-like dessert. You can serve is as-is or dress it up with this decadent whipped cream flavored with maple and spiked with whiskey.

11.25.2014

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas Verdes with Cranberry-Jalapeno Salsa


Leftover Thanksgiving turkey gets a whole new identity with these creamy, cheesy turkey enchiladas verdes. With a fresh and easy oven-charred tomatillo enchilada sauce, these enchiladas taste so fresh, you'd never guess they are made starting with leftovers. 

11.23.2014

Garam Masala Scented Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Honey-Toasted Cashews


Hey, hey! We are gonna talk sweet potatoes today. When I think of flavors that go well with sweet potatoes, my mind inevitably turns to warm spices, cinnamon, nutmeg clove. And when I think of warm spices, I often also think of warm spice mixes, like Chinese Five Spice and garam masala.

My favorite go-to holiday sweet potato casserole is a sweet and fluffy dish of heaven with more of a streusel-like topping of sweetened, toasted pecans. So in a way, I was inspired a little by my favorite sweet potato casserole when I came up with this garam masala scented mashed sweet potato casserole. But that is where the similarities end, because this is not that.

11.20.2014

Roasted Cornish Hens with Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Stuffing & Maple-Pear Cranberry Sauce


T minus 7 days til Thanksgiving, people! Are you guys ready? I know I am. Thanksgiving is pretty typically a low-stress holiday for us here. We just keep the focus on having fun, being together and food, food, food! My menu rarely changes and looks a lot like the one I grew up eating as a kid. Buttery roast turkey and gravy, stuffing, a killer sweet potato casserole that is usually everyone's favorite dish, mashed potatoes, rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, my mom's deviled eggs, fruit salad, and maybe some steamed green beans. Almost every single year the meal is exactly the same. It's kind of ironic because in our house every other day of the year we rarely eat the same meal twice, but Thanksgiving? Call me an uber-traditionalist I just have a very specific meal in my head when it comes to holidays. I think it comes from a deeply-rooted reverence for my own family holiday traditions. And all my inherent holiday spirit I credit to my mother, she was so amazing at making things special and full of holiday cheer for us growing up, and it's the example I go by now that I have a family of my own. ♥

11.18.2014

Cran-Raspberry Almond Shortbread Crumble Bars


The countdown to Turkey day is officially on. In just a short time from now it'll be leftovers for daysssss.

And I have absolutely no complaints about that because if there is one thing I, as well as the rest of my house loves, it's Thanksgiving leftovers.

 I've been given the honor of cooking the lion's share of the Thanksgiving meal for at least a decade now, but I can tell you right now that even if I wasn't in charge of the turkey and almost, if not all the rest of the whole shebang, I would have to make a "back-up" Thanksgiving meal just for the leftovers. There's nothing like, after you've worked for days preparing for the meal, everyone feasts, then everything gets packed away in the fridge (something akin to the game Tetris) dishes get done (hopefully by someone other than you), everyone hugs and says their goodbyes, you let out a big sigh of relief and exhaustion, throw on some sweats, and plop down in front of the TV with your first post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. It's all part and parcel to the whole Thanksgiving tradition.

11.16.2014

Warm Beet Salad with Toasted Garlic Chips & Green Olives


Hey Friends! I'm curious, are you a beet lover like me, or are you one of those weirdos that doesn't think that beets taste good?...

Um, wait. Let me try that again, this time with a little more tact...

11.14.2014

Cast Iron-Charred Burgers with Griddled Onions, Rosemary-Black Pepper Aioli & Arugula


Well, we are currently in the midst of the "snowstorm that never happened". Yesterday word started to spread that that temperatures were gonna drop and our idyllic fall weather was going to step aside for up to a half a foot of snow overnight. So we started to prepare, we stocked up on food and my husband went out and weatherproofed the outside of our house. The school district called and informed up to be on standby for news about school closures, and eventually they even decided to go ahead and start 2 hours late before a single flake fell from the sky. We ended the evening cozied up by the fireplace sipping eggnog, waiting for "snowmageddon" to arrive.