Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Meringue

You know how Christmas tastes like roast beasts and comes with Who-pudding? Well, this pie is that – but for Thanksgiving. It is everything that Thanksgiving should taste like. It’s homey, comforting, delicious, and perfect. It is the kind of pie that reminds you of cozy fires and hot cocoa, warm smiles, and comfy socks. This is the pie you need to make share with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. And it’s from non-other than the boys over at Baked. I can’t rave about the Baked books enough, and have been doing so every single year when a new one […]

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

Sorry, guys. I couldn’t help it. I have been eyeing this recipe up for like 2 years. I meant to post it last year, but my macaroon skills were not up to par. After 3 attempts, I walked away vowing to try again. Well, again was this season, and sure my macaroons may not be perfect looking, but oh my were they perfect. One bite into these little clouds and you will understand what the macaroon madness is all about. I only experienced my first macaroon a year or so ago, and it was love at first bite. Tender, light, […]

Pear Cornmeal Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Forget apple pie. Let go of the pumpkin tradition. Set out this simple pear cornmeal cake this holiday season and watch their shock. This cake will take a fraction of the time you would spend rolling out dough and a quarter of the stress. It’s so uncomplicated that you can go back to actually enjoying your time in the kitchen, with company, and doing the things that matter. The rosemary simple syrup is understated, and the perfect touch to really pull the flavors together. Let them judge for themselves. This cake is the show stopper this holiday season. PrintPear Cornmeal […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple-Cranberry Relish

Yeah, this is the one soup you must make this fall. No lie. There is something so simple, so rewarding, so amazing about this roasted butternut squash soup with apple cranberry relish you will be back for lunch and dinner the next day. It’s smooth, creamy, and packed with flavor. Plus, butternut squash is one of those magic foods that makes you feel full and satisfied along with being jam packed with healthy vitamins. It’s like a double bonus to go right on top of just how awesome this soup tastes. And, the cherry on top? It’s freakin easy to […]

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Pops with RumChata

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We’re almost there… Only a few more weeks until summer vacation. Kids are out, schedules slow down, vacations are to be had, and beaches are to be enjoyed. Yeah right! My schedule never slows down. But hopefully you are in final countdown mode and are looking forward to all things warmer weather and longer days are bringing. Me, I’m just hoping to make it to my Cinco de Mayo festival on time! Cuz I am totally bringing these Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Pops… especially after I added a little RumChata to them… And then added a little more. If they […]

Hot Cross Buns for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Yeast is not. my. thing. I know that there is a skill, a knowledge bestowed upon those who work with yeast that comes from practice, finely honed skills, a sense for when it’s perfect, and the eye of newt or some such other witchcraft because yeast is like heck no all up in my kitchen. First, it doesn’t froth, it never froths. Second, it doesn’t rise. Nope. Even if I use the no frothing required yeast, it takes double the time to even make the dough burp from a wee bit of gas. Yeah, yeast and I need to have […]

White Chocolate Mousse for Pass the Cook Book Club

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In all the craziness, I haven’t busted open the cookbooks since October, for the Pass the Cook Book Club! I am super excited to be back with the club. This month Christiane from Taking On Magazines picked the recipes from  The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. All three of the recipes she picked sounded out of this world! Choosing one was rough, but I chose wisely. I love Christiane’s site. She and I often flip through the same magazines, and have even teamed up in the past on the same recipe. She has my kind of taste buds (except, I have a […]

Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Fondue

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Looking for a fun date night appetizer? Or heck, maybe this will be the whole first course before you take things away from the dinner table.  This goat cheese fondue is simple, but delicious. Fondue is fun, interactive, and get’s people playing with their hands. Light some candles, bust out the Barry Manilow and let’s get some Valentine’s Day date night cooking going on. Who doesn’t love gooey warm cheese? Especially when its light and flavorful all at the same time. Bring on the apron and pearls. They will never know how easy it was, and you will get all the praise. […]

New Year’s Eve Bar Tips

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Setting up a perfect bar is hard on a budget, but keep one thing in mind – it doesn’t have to be perfect! If your friends were expecting that they should have tried getting into Milk & Honey weeks ago. Now this celebration is about ringing in the New Year with good company and fine times. Here is an easy, classy bar set up that you can put together on the quick and not break your bank over. (No lie though, it’s not the cheapest party you could throw). Put all the fixings out and let people mix their own […]

Rum-Praline Shortbread #captainstable

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Santa is packing up the sleigh and reading for his ride. The reindeer are nibbling on their candy canes and fueling up. Elves are putting in the last go round and probably looking forward to a nice day off in their PJs. Kids are bursting at the seams in anticipation. And I for one am pumped. This holiday season flew by. Came too quick. Rushing by without a moment to savor. I have nothing wrapped and am disappointed that I didn’t find magic gifts this year that I knew would delight. But, as a client just asked me if I […]

Holiday Party Tips and a Killer Cranberry Vanilla Bean Cake

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Throwing killer parties is work – but it’s also a blast and I love doing it. If it were up to me, every Friday night would be all about entertaining. But we all know that’s not realistic. When I do get to entertain large groups of friends and family, I always have a game plan, a keep it cool mantra, and roll off my shoulders attitude about everything. Once you do it a few times, it becomes a breeze and you’ll see just how easy throwing a killer holiday party can be. 15 Holiday Party Tips to get you prepped […]

Bring the Party with mike’s hard Party Kit

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As you are out spreading some Fa La La this holiday season bouncing from party to party, don’t forget to grab something to thank the hosts for all their hard work. It takes hours of prep, cleaning and cooking to throw a proper holiday shindig. Why not reward all that hard work with a little gift from mike’s hard lemonade that will help to kick off the merry mingling. With fun flavors like mike’s hard lemonade, mike’s hard black cherry lemonade, mike’s hard cranberry lemonade and mike’s hard limeade, with a flavor blast of real lemon juice for the best tasting flavor – […]

Classic Brownies – and a KitchenAid Christmas Favorites Giveaway!

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?! Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need. PrintClassic Brownies Ingredients1/2 cup shortening 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 […]

Baked Brie with Rum Soaked Fig Cranberry Sauce #CaptainsTable

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Today’s post is really important so, run to the market – grab the few things you forgot and one extra round of brie, and get back here asap! This baked brie is my ‘official’ contribution to #CaptainsTable recipe for Thanksgiving.  A simple but delicious rum soaked slow cooked cranberry sauce with figs over a warm brie served as a beautiful morsel before the feast. Or if you are entertaining this season, this appetizer is a perfect addition to any  holiday spread. This recipe couldn’t be simpler and it looks and tastes like it was hand made by Iron Chef Batali himself. (I’m […]

Slow Cooker Rum Soaked Fig Cranberry Sauce

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Let’s face it, you’re going to make at least one more last minute trip to the market today (I know I’m dreading trying to find the one remaining picked over broken in half baguette that I just have to have for my soup addition to tomorrows feast). Do your self a solid and hunt out those neglected bags of cranberries and stock up. Grab some dried figs and let’s kick that canned cranberry sauce good bye forever. This simple slow cooker cranberry sauce is the most simple thing you can put on the table (besides […]

Sage and Honey Biscuits

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Let’s face it. That round little dough boy makes a pretty perfect dinner roll and there’s nothing wrong with that. No one will judge as the bread basket empties and you are forced to pop open another can. But, just in case you want to add one more thing to the Thanksgiving menu this year, these Sage and Honey Biscuits are where its at. They didn’t knock me off my seat, but I had been cooking and taste testing all day by the time these bad boys came out of the oven, but all of my pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving guests raved […]

Outside the Bird Stuffing (aka Dressing)

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Yes, it’s dressing if it is outside of the bird. This is not stuffing. But I grew up calling it stuffing, so stuffing it is. And yes, cooking it inside the bird as health risks, but I also eat raw cookie dough by the spoonful… and probably one too many bites of it, so my family is probably not going to change any time soon. However, since starting this foodie hipster thing with my iPhone and skinny jeans, I have discovered that stuffing comes in all shapes and sizes and if I want fruit or sausage in it it can […]

Home-Style Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans – Thanksgiving Sides

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Part one of a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup – Potatoes and Green Beans. In which, I skip the fancy recipe I had planned for family favorites and classics I know will go a long way. Let me give you a run down of some things going on. See that cram packed table up there? That is proof that I’m a wee bit off the deep edge with no shot of coming back. That is my all from scratch ‘Thanksgiving’ dinner a week before Thanksgiving just because I wanted to ‘blog about some food’. That is crazy. Next week, my family will […]

Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

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Normally, I test out one or two new recipes on friends at big holiday gatherings or social events, always forgetting the danger of that until I set the platters down and have my own private lack of Xanax induced freak out.  Instead of prepping and testing some recipes all week for a little upcoming Thanksgiving feast, this year I have been (much like a whiny child) doing my civic duty and serving on jury duty all week, leaving me unable to cook or test any recipes between that and working. Oh no. So, we’re going to wing it and see […]

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

{Notes from my past self to my future self – some weekends are awesome} Yesterday was one of those rare days where Handsome and I had off and weren’t obligated to some crazy list of events that sped out weekend into a blur that we wouldn’t remember three days from now. No, it started with sleeping in. It was followed by a serious dose of mountain biking with a friend of mine. Some hipster activities that involved leggings, Converse’s, over priced coffee shops, and loitering at one of our local bike shops. We then tried to get all outdoorsy by […]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Spice Glaze

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Still trying to figure out that holiday menu? That’s ok, because I am too. I have 99 pages marked and magazine recipes flying about and I know that when it comes down to it, the same old sides will be staring my family down the day of. But, if you are looking for something that you could break into steps and make a few days before, this pumpkin bread pudding is perfect. I made the pumpkin loaves a few days before  I wanted to make the pumpkin bread, snacked on a few slices for myself, and when I was ready […]

Double Cheddar Biscuits

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No large family gathering (or small for that matter) is complete with out a big basket of rolls, biscuits, or bread. The men in my life just wouldn’t stand for it. And while the ladies may be sitting around counting calories, I know I can never turn down a good buttery biscuit either. To me they always taste better long after the table has cleared and the fond conversation of family and friends has gone on for far too long,  when I sneak back into the kitchen for a little round two with some leftover turkey or ham in the […]

Savory Mushroom and Gruyere Bread Pudding

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The other day a video started to fly around the internet of Martha Stewart rather harhsly talking about ‘bloggers‘. Before I go any further, I should mention that I’ve never been a fan of Martha’s. I know that shes an amazing business woman and that is awesome, but other than that, I’ve just never really found her warm or comforting and often thought her tone was belittling. Let’s just say this video does nothing to help my shining opinion of the woman. I should really do some quick internet research (hello, 2 seconds on Google) and see more about the […]

Bakery Classics: Nutella Cream Puffs

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It’s amazing what you can remember about food. The world goes whizzing by us at such a ridiculous speed that I can’t keep up. And, I’m no Super Woman juggling a job and three kids like a lot of you are. I’m just trying to hold my own. I don’t know where yesterday went. But I can remember exactly the first time my father made cream puffs. I can remember the smell of the choux paste baking into perfect little balls in the oven filling the house and how excited I was to pop an over stuffed cream filled bite […]

All American 4th of July BBQ Recipe Round-Up

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Still looking for that sizzling summer menu to set your 4th of July bbq apart from everyone else’s charred weenies and boxed burgers? Check out this simple flavor packed menu. Now that tastes like ‘Merica.  Cocktail: Tropical Breeze Appetizer: Grilled Artichokes Sides: Barbecue Baked Beans Creamy Skillet Corn  Main: BBQ Chicken Burgers Smoked Ribs Dessert: Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint and Lime Frozen Peanut Butter Pie   

Boston Cream Pie – for Father’s Day

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Today is all about Dad. The man of the house, the king of the castle, and speaking as my daddy’s little girl – the most awesome, selfless, coolest, tougher than nails, genuine, always make you smile, give you the shirt off his back, truest person that I will never know. I am blessed to have an amazing father and a great relationship with him. We are best friends, and I can’t imagine it being any other way. He’s where I get my stubborn streak (ask Handsome, he is the one who points this out to me all. of. the. time.) […]

25 Dad Approved Recipes for Fathers Day

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Trying to figure out what to make your Dad for Father’s Day? Check out this round up – 25 of the the manliest meals from the archives – gathered all in one spot just for you. So grab some napkins, a sheet of scratch paper and let’s plan an epic Father’s Day menu! Bourbon Braised Short Ribs with Honey and Fig Mac and Cheese Blackened Swordfish with Maque Choux Turkey Meatball Hoagies Blackened Chicken Mac and Cheese Pulled Pork Cornbread Waffles Steak au Poivre French Onion Burgers Big Boy Beef Sandwiches Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Smoked Brats Grilled […]