Jewel-Toned Sweet and Savory Basmati Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate

Jewel-Toned Sweet and Savory Basmati Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate 1

Jewel-Toned Sweet and Savory Basmati Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate is an impressive-looking side dish that’s easy to make and pairs well with just about anything! I grew up with traditional holiday side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied yams, and green bean casserole. They were ubiquitous at every holiday dinner, and I (more or less) enjoyed them all. These are the classics that, for me, harken back to my first holiday memories, so they’ll always feel special, but now I’m ready for a little bit of a change. Or at the very least, I’m ready to incorporate a couple fresh new side dish ideas into […]...

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Cherry Almond Biscotti {Gluten-Free}

Cherry Almond Biscotti {Gluten-Free} 1

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Biscotti are perfect for keeping on hand for those times when you want a little something sweet with your afternoon coffee or tea. We all play favorites, whether it’s on purpose or not. Sometimes it’s a favorite song or restaurant or flavor of ice cream. Sometimes it’s a favorite aunt, cousin, or pet. And sometimes it’s something as ordinary as a favorite baked good....

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Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks 1

These Vanilla Bean Caramelized Pear Scones with Dark Chocolate Chunks pair the sweet, floral flavor of pear with the complexity of dark chocolate for the perfect special occasion treat that comes together fast! After last year’s infamous Christmas Morning Scones, I knew I wouldn’t get away with not at least attempting to come up with another equally mind-blowing scone recipe. I had nothing particular in mind; no single ingredient I was dying to incorporate and no flavor profile I was trying to build. I let my mind wander, and as it did, my eyes came to rest on the bowl of pears on my counter. […]...

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10-Minute Sundried Tomato and Rosemary Fondue {Lactose-Free; Gluten-Free}

10-Minute Sundried Tomato and Rosemary Fondue {Lactose-Free; Gluten-Free} 1

This 10-Minute Sundried Tomato and Rosemary Fondue will be the hit of your holiday party! With how busy we all are this time of year, I know it’s tempting to avoid cooking. After all, if you can eat out or have a party catered you avoid having to cleanup too, which is a total perk. But I have a 10-minute (and one-pot!) appetizer or party food that will make you a rock star at your next holiday gathering....

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Holiday Cookbook Guide 2015

Holiday Cookbook Guide 2015

This holiday cookbook guide includes recommendations for everyone on your list from the candy-lover, to the French cuisine aficionado, to the paleo eater! For those of you who are looking for the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for-person on your list, a cookbook is a sure winner. We could all use some fresh inspiration in the kitchen, many of us are trying to cook at home more, and most people collect cookbooks these days the way people collected stamps or coins in the past. My eyes always light up when I get a new cookbook! Here are a few cookbooks that have caught my eye lately; there […]...

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Two Potato Side Dishes for Holiday Entertaining

Two Potato Side Dishes for Holiday Entertaining

These two potato side dishes for holiday entertaining are perfect recipes if you want to slightly switch up a couple classic festive dishes! When it comes to holiday meals, the meat might be the main event (or at least what gets the most attention), but for me, the sides are the stars of the show. Give me a plate full of stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans almondine, and cranberry sauce and I’m a pretty happy girl. And the turkey itself is totally gravy....

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Easy Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers {Gluten-Free}

Easy Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers {Gluten-Free} 1

This gluten-free Easy Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers recipe is a delicious and fast weeknight dinner! It’s a great use for leftover steak, but feel free to swap out chicken if that’s what you have on hand; I also give easy vegan and paleo options. I know it’s December and we’re in the throes of the holiday season, but I’m taking a break from the festivities for a quick minute to bring you something you’ll hopefully find useful: a 20-minute family-friendly dinner idea!...

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Maple Pecan Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies

Maple Pecan Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies 1

These Maple Pecan Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies feature a deliciously balanced salty/sweet flavor profile and are easy to make! They’re a fun addition to a festive holiday cookie tray. I think food-related gifts are the best gifts, whether it’s a celebratory meal you’re sharing or a plate of homemade treats. Or better yet, a tried and true family recipe. One of the biggest perks of being a food blogger is that when people hear what I do for a living, their eyes  light up and their ears perk up, and they immediately ask me if I have a great recipe for such-and-such, or if I’ve ever tried […]...

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Cranberry-Pistachio Cupcakes

Cranberry-Pistachio Cupcakes 1

These Cranberry-Pistachio Cupcakes are sweetly aromatic and soft-textured; from start-to-finish they’ll be ready in just an hour, and it’s perfect if you want just a small batch of something sweet. This time of year has the tendency to get so busy. With Thanksgiving over, our focus turns to Christmas and all the preparation that goes along with it. But a moment of peace, however brief, is a most welcome retreat in December. Even if it’s just taking an hour to make these cupcakes and then enjoying one with a cup of tea. I can’t think of anything more comforting than the smell of something sweet […]...

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