Apple Hand Pies with Rosemary Thyme Crust

These apple hand pies have a delicate crust seasoned with fresh rosemary and thyme. They’re a fragrant treat that will make your kitchen smell amazing! I think hand pies are a great recipe for novice bakers who feel intimidated by homemade dough. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for working with the dough while treating it a bit more like a large cookie. A large cookie with tasty pie filling. Plus, who doesn’t love a good single serving dessert?

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Baked Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

This Baked Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is perfect for holiday parties and any cozy winter meal! The holidays means different things to different people. One of the main focuses for me is the wonderful food. Preparing food is is way for me to express myself to friends and family, and I love sharing the flavors of the season with them. This baked butternut squash macaroni and cheese is everything I love about the autumn and winter months. It highlights seasonal produce,

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

You NEED these Gingerbread Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches sandwiches from Alanna Taylor-Tobin’s new cookbook, Alternative Baker! These gingerbread pumpkin ice cream sandwiches are spectacular. And I can say that without sounding self-congratulatory, because this is not my recipe. It comes from the kitchen of Alanna Taylor-Tobin, author of the new cookbook Alternative Baker, and all around fabulous gal.

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Easy Homemade Ramen with Mushrooms

This easy homemade ramen comes together in just 15 minutes. A few simple ingredients create a rich mushroom broth that is incredibly flavorful. I still remember the first time I tried instant ramen during my high school years. It was so salty, but in that good junk food kind of way that was appealing to me as a teenager. My friend who served it to me prepared it by soaking the noodles in hot water until they were soft, draining

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecans and Cranberries

Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Pecans & Cranberries is a wonderful, light dish that’s healthy, filling and flavorful. Aside from salads, roasting is almost always the best way to enjoy vegetables. It crisps up the exterior and enhances the flavors through caramelization. It’s also a nice “set it and forget it” option if you’re preparing other components of a meal.

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Caramelized Onion Stuffing with Apples and Herbs

This Caramelized Onion Stuffing with Apples and Herbs from Savory Simple is a flavorful Thanksgiving side dish that the whole family will love. Jeff and I like to joke about how horrendous our college and post-college eating habits were. When I mentioned that I was preparing the stuffing for Thanksgiving this year, he was like, “Back in the day, I used to make Stovetop Stuffing for dinner!” and I was like “Me too! With instant mashed potatoes! Carbs with a side of

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Brandied Acorn Squash Pie

This Brandied Acorn Squash Pie is absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving! Acorn squash is naturally sweeter than pumpkin and works amazingly well in desserts.   “We are either now here or nowhere.” – Journey into Power Several months ago I started taking hot yoga classes. For years I had been turned off by the thought of it, assuming it was something I’d hate. However, it has really grown on me for a number of reasons.

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Cranberry Pecan Tart

Serve this flavorful Cranberry Pecan Tart at holiday parties! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving. “Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” ― Samuel Butler Fall always brings mixed feelings for me. I love the changing leaves and the crisp, cool weather. I love the holidays. It’s the season for apples, pears, winter squash and root vegetables. My favorite wardrobe staples are dusted off- jeans, boots, pea coats, merino wool cardigans and sweaters.

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Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread is an incredibly easy side dish! No yeast or kneading required. Perfect for Thanksgiving or alongside your favorite fall meals. I never thought this day would come. The manuscript for my cookbook has been turned in, and it will be published by Simon & Schuster sometime next year. It has been a mentally grueling 13 months, which is why this blog turned into a dead zone. And it’s not like I was so busy… I just couldn’t handle

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Roasted Plums with Brown Sugar and Crème Fraîche

These roasted plums with brown sugar and creme fraiche are a simple, elegant dessert! Brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. Hi everyone! I have been holding on to some news for awhile now and am so excited that I can finally share it with you. In November I will be joining Eva Kosmas Flores from Adventures in Cooking in Tuscany where we will be co-hosting a food photography + styling workshop for Nostrale, an Italian tour company.

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