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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cheddar Apple Pie and a King A King Arthur Flour Giveaway

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Today, I will be snuggled up with two giant pups watching the Thanksgiving day parade and gleefully anticipating the big mans arrival while trying to whip something up for our last minute turkey day plans. The afternoon will be filled with friends and family. I hope those of you who don’t have to work today, are enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. And for those who are working today, I hope you get an extra day off or some serious double pay some time soon too! Pumpkin pie may be the most talked about dessert on the t-day […]

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

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Anyone who says they enjoy looking through the catalogs of stores like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma clearly is not living in the same salary bracket as myself. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but personally, it’s like poking myself in the eye with a hot fork. So when this article hit the web and spread like wild fire, I took a 15 minute break at work and laughed out loud. Seriously, if you have not read it yet, close my page and go enjoy it. I’ll let it slide this time. I too had recently received my oversize stack of wishful thinking in the mail and had […]

Thanksgiving Recipes and a New West Knife Works Giveaway

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Still struggling with your Thanksgiving menu? Are you a slacker like myself who hasn’t even begun to clean the house or grocery shop yet? Waiting til the last minute to have a major panic attack? Well, sit some wine (or a shot of tequila, I don’t judge) and take a look at these delicious options from around the web. Maybe they will inspire you and a some classics from the PtS kitchen as well. Thanksgiving Recipes! Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms – Brown Eyed Baker  Reuben Dip – Simply Gourmet Olive Garden Copycat Spinach Dip  Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites – Table for Two  […]

Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar Meringue & a #Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

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Don’t know about you, but I am in serious denial. Denial that Thanksgiving is next week. Denial that Christmas is like 39 days away. Denial that I won’t be able to try all the new recipes I had planned for you. Denial that my house needs a top to bottom scrubbing before anyone can set their merry little toes in my doorway this season. We may need to form a support group. As for Thanksgiving, I am not prepared. I had plans of posting main dishes and sides, but there was a hurricane, then some sick days, and me working […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream

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Welcome to the Virtual Surprise Baby Shower for Rachel!  Rachel is the champ who runs Rachel Cooks – and her popcorn craving have been driving me crazy since she announced that she was expecting! We wanted to celebrate Rachel’s new bundle of joy by linking up and throwing her an online shower. I always give it up for momma’s that also run blogs. I can’t even being to pretend I know how rough it can be! I fall behind on posts and my kids are all furry and bathe themselves (well, for the most part). Rachel is always whipping up […]

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

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There’s been a lot going on for the last few weeks in the world. For my part, and many not so far away from me, a lot of the busyness has been dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. In my neighborhood, we got lucky. Really lucky. My boyfriend only had to help his grandparents with some flooding. Other parts were not so lucky and many are still displaced from their homes and in need of a helping hand. I have teamed up with several other great bloggers across the internet to help bring more awareness and maybe even some donations to […]

Pumpkin Pie Martini

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Things have been crazy at the homestead with a lack of internet for over 9 days now. I have to come in to work early and leave late to try to keep things up and running here and the guilt of not commenting on other blogs is driving me a little batty. Ok, that one made me sound crazy. However, Handsome and I have been catching up on some reading and some movies and the house is spotless so I guess there’s some good coming of it. I feel trivial complaining about a lack of the internet when there are […]

Give Thanks {Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cocoa}

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Whether your table is filled with all the trimmings, house is packed with friends and family, or you are spending this Thanksgiving in a more cozy atmosphere and keeping it small and simple, today is a day to sit back and remind yourself all that you have to be thankful for. First and foremost I am thankful for chocolate. The man that keeps the roof over our heads. And my cute little buddies that fill my home with joy. Cozy flats, good magazines and limitless cookbooks. The amazing friends and family that I will be sharing my plate with today, […]

Top 10 Recipes For Thanksgiving and Gingersnap-Spiced Mini Pumpkin Pies

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But Miss Kita… you told us last week you didn’t like pumpkin pie…. Liar liar pants on fire. Ok, ok. I hear ya! But the truth is, I don’t like pumpkin pie. There’s just something about it, after about two forkfuls I’m done. Unless there is a mountain, and I mean ridiculous-right-to-your-hips-never-wear-skinny-jeans-again. Ever. kind of mountain of whipped cream on top, I just can’t finish a slice.  Lucky for me, we little bakers have the technology and know how to make pumpkin pie in two forkful sized portions. Now, when we can make hosiery that doesn’t rip on the first wear too, I’ll be a […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins – Shh, it’s a Secret Recipe

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You know what I smell? Well besides stuffing, turkeys and brisk leaves in the air… I smell a bunch of secret recipes about to be relieved today. That’s right it’s Secret Recipe Club* day  and this month I got to be a stealthy little ninja over at Melissa’s Cuisine. Melissa’s is a newlywed in her early 20’s spending her free time in the kitchen (minus the newlywed part, I toootally get it ). She cooks because she enjoys it and runs to keep it off (wait, did I pick up mountain biking this year?). And she’s got a pup named Champ. We […]

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

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Going into this year’s Thanksgiving, take a step back and remember – no one’s perfect! We’ve all had our fair share of entertaining flops, but take a tip from Julia Child and roll with it. I recently ripped out an article in Rachael Ray magazine where Guy, Spike and a few others I’d never heard of share their Thanksgiving horror stories from dropping turkeys on the ground while almost setting the house on fire to completely forgetting to cook the thing! I knew a person who cooked the whole thing upside down, not knowing any better and it was the […]

Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

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Oh boy, have I been holding out on you. Pause, now re-read that last sentence with a liiittle more enthusiasm. Because I’m not lying and the moment I saw these Pumpkin Spice Kisses, I just had to have them. (Then I got them home and had to figure out what to make with them). After a little debate, my answer was to plop those suckers down into the middle of a chai flavored thumbprint cookie. Inspired by those delicious chai cupcakes last year, and some of the ingredients from that recent chai pie, I knew these would come together nicely. […]

Cinnamon Chai Cream Pie

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It’s too early to utter the word holiday, to think about stocking stuffers, or heaven forbid, hum White Christmas in public (or on the internet) for fear of someone wiping out their make shift voodoo doll and lighting you on fire. There’s something about the thought of “the holidays” before Black Friday that just sets some people off. I can’t blame them, seeing red and green decked aisles in August really puts a sour taste in my mouth. But, personally, I start thinking about the holidays as early as mid July. It’s not that I want to skip down the aisles of […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

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Handsome just found out that I often don’t taste my baked goods before offering them to others. This seemed to shock him. I kinda giggled at it. Yes, it’s basic kitchen knowledge to taste, taste, taste. But really, with baked goods, by the time the item is on the table, I’m done. I know I’m going to make a lot of people cringe, but I do often taste the batter. With most sweet desserts, if the batter doesn’t taste right – neither will the finished product. So, I’d say 99% of the time, I have a pretty good idea how […]