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Apple Noodle Kugel

This sweet Apple Noodle Kugel recipe is perfect for celebrating Jewish holidays including Chanukah and Passover! Sour cream, cottage cheese, and a cinnamon-sugar topping help make this total comfort food.

This sweet Noodle Kugel with apples is perfect for celebrating Jewish holidays including Chanukah and Passover! Sour cream, cottage cheese, and a cinnamon-sugar topping help make this a perfect comfort food dish.

Ever since we got DNA tested, Jeff and I have been making jokes about “the food of our people.” He was surprised to discover that, even though his (our) last name is Farley, there is no direct Irish heritage. However, he’s apparently 15.8% Iberian, which means I have now christened him my Iberian Ham. My results were slightly more straight forward, and I found them amusing: I’m 95% Ashkenazic Jew. Certainly not a boring history, but not the most exciting results when you’re wondering if you’re going to see something unexpected.

Food is a big part of the Jewish holidays, and I’ve always been especially partial to kugel. My mom’s Sweet Pecan Kugel is still one of my favorites. With Chanukah around the corner, I thought I’d prepare a more basic noodle kugel recipe with a touch of fall flair. Using chopped, tart apples adds a subtle texture and fruity acidity similar to what you’ll find in pineapple kugels.

Should I back up slightly? Are you wondering what kugel even is?

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Italian Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

This Italian Sausage Cornbread Stuffing Recipe is flavorful, easy to prepare and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Italian Sausage Cornbread Stuffing - a flavorful recipe that's perfect for #Thanksgiving!

Can you believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving? This year is flying by at warp speed. Every year goes by a little bit faster, and the big 4-0 is now just around the corner.

It’s been a tumultuous year in countless ways, but I have a lot to be thankful for right now. A happy, healthy husband and family (and cat… too many close calls!), a niece or nephew on the way, a cozy little home, and amazing friends. Enough schmaltz, let’s get to business. Stuffing business. Or is it… dressing business?

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Restaurant-Style Broccoli Cheese Soup

This decadent Broccoli Cheese Soup reminds me of the version from Panera Bread, but SO much better! The texture is silkier, and the cheddar flavor shines.

This Restaurant-Style Broccoli Cheese soup reminds me of the version from Panera Bread, but so much better! The texture is silkier, and the cheddar flavor shines.

I remember first trying broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl years ago at the Renaissance Festival in Maryland. It was comfort food bliss. That may have been the moment when I first truly realized the magic of soup. You can dunk bread in soup whenever, but digging into the hot, soupy center of a crunchy sourdough loaf and then scraping into the gooey sides until it’s time to rip apart the outer crust… yes please.

As much as I covet the bread bowl, I save it for very special occasions. If I want to treat myself, I’d much rather make a homemade cheddar broccoli soup. It’s wonderful. And it’s very easy. When Donna and Chad Elick from The Slow Roasted Italian kindly sent me a copy of their new cookbook, The Simple Kitchen, I knew immediately that I wanted to try their cheesy broccoli soup recipe.

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Pecan Pie French Toast Bake

This Pecan Pie French Toast Bake is perfect for holiday breakfast and brunch gatherings! Almost all the prep work can be done in advance!

This Pecan Pie Baked French Toast can be prepared the night before, so all you have to do is stick it in the oven before breakfast or brunch! It’s the perfect hybrid of sweet, textured pecan pie and creamy French toast.

This is the time of year when I start thinking about comfort food and easy entertaining recipes. There’s usually a bit of crossover there. To be honest, some years I do little to no holiday entertaining, so it’s the comfort food aspect that speaks to me. We have a small home that isn’t ideal for parties. However, it’s still great to have these recipes in my back pocket for those times when I am feeding a crowd, or when I need to take a festive dish on the road. Whether it’s comfort food or a holiday entertaining recipe you’re seeking, this Pecan Pie French Toast Bake checks off all the boxes.

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Cheesy Potato Soup

This easy cheesy potato soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food! For an extra treat, you can even go for a loaded potato soup version, using all of your favorite loaded potato toppings!

This easy cheesy potato soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food! For an extra treat, you can even go for a loaded potato soup version, using all of your favorite loaded potato fixings!

In my mind, there’s only one thing that sounds better than potato soup in the fall and winter. And that’s cheesy potato soup. I’ll tell you right now, this recipe does not skimp on the cheese. You could almost call it potato-y cheese soup!

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Homemade Frozen Pizza

Sometimes on busy weeknights, there’s nothing like throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. Did you know it’s easy to make your own homemade frozen pizza? Learn how in this super simple tutorial! 

A photo of homemade frozen pizza with melted cheese oozing off a fresh slice.

We love frozen pizza around here. Jeff and I try to show a reasonable amount of restraint, but anytime both of us are too exhausted to throw dinner together and there aren’t readily available leftovers, pizza happens. Occasionally, if one of us has had a bad day, pizza happens. It is what it is. He puts pepperoni on his half; I add pineapple to mine (shut up). We douse both sides with crushed red pepper.

For a long time, our go to was Amy’s Organic. After awhile, I realized that pre-packaged pizza is expensive, and frozen pizza isn’t difficult to prepare and have ready to go. This homemade frozen pizza recipe is easy to make, and can be tweaked according to your personal preferences. Each component can be prepared from scratch, or you can go for a semi-homemade version to save time.

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Pear Cobbler

This Pear Cobbler is a seasonal dessert that’s perfect for holiday parties! Try serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra decadence.

This Pear Cobbler is a wonderful dessert that’s perfect for holiday parties! Try serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Currently, the weather is more indecisive than I am. We get a smidgen of fall. A taste of summer’s humidity. Perfect weather. Cool temperatures mixed with summer’s humidity. Some days, it seems as if the weather is cycling through various mood swings over the course of a few hours. It makes figuring out what to wear every morning a challenge. Boots? Sandals? Flannel? Tank and shorts? Boots with shorts?

We’ve also got that funny thing happening with seasonal produce, where the apples, pears and squash have arrived, but I’m still getting a few tomatoes and zucchini in my CSA basket. These are confusing times (in oh so many ways).

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What Does It Mean When Garlic Sprouts?

What are garlic sprouts? Are they safe to eat? Should they be removed? Let’s take a closer look. 

What are garlic sprouts? Let's take a closer look.

When I attended culinary school, my chef instructors were very firm on the rules of the kitchen; there were hardly any grey areas.

A perfect example of this was how to deal with the little green garlic sprouts (also known as garlic germs) that sometimes appear inside cloves. We were told to always remove these because their bitterness would negatively impact the flavor of the dish. I never questioned this; it was simply a fact.

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Apple Cider Cinnamon Buns

 The scent of these divine apple cider cinnamon buns will win over your holiday houseguests for sure! They’ll make your home smell like fall. 

Get this amazing, easy-to-follow Apple Cider Cinnamon Buns recipe from Savory Simple!

Thinking back, I believe the first time I ever tried a cinnamon bun was at a mall stand, Cinnabons. Is that place still around? As a teenager, I pretty much lived at the mall (because what else were we supposed to do before social media existed?). I never get to the mall anymore because I avoid dressing rooms like the plague, so when I get a cinnamon bun craving, I usually make them from scratch.

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Pumpkin Granola with Pecans and Cranberries

Pumpkin Granola is perfect as a breakfast or snack! It’s full of healthy ingredients with fall flavors we all crave, as well as a hint of sweetness from maple syrup.

A photo of healthy, homemade pumpkin granola, spilling out of a jar.

I’ve been on a granola kick recently. I found one that I’m obsessed with (I discuss it in my crispy baked tofu post). Once I start repeatedly purchasing a product I know I can easily prepare myself, it’s time to reevaluate. I have several granola recipes on the blog already, such as tahini date pistachio granola and quinoa granola. But if I don’t start mixing things up after awhile, I get bored. Today I’m sharing a new recipe, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s now officially my favorite. It has just the right level of sweetness and texture! A little bit goes a long way, so I don’t feel compelled to keep snacking on it. I’m smitten.

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