Butternut Squash Galette with Goat Cheese and Sage

This butternut squash galette with goat cheese is an elegant, rustic tart. It’s perfect for both novice and more advanced cooks, and works well as a fall or winter party appetizer. You can prepare the dough and filling up to two days beforehand, then bake everything before guests arrive! Your kitchen will smell amazing. We had many requirements at culinary school, one of which was to assist three recreational cooking classes. I loved doing this and volunteered often. On one

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Rumchata Cookies

Looking for Rumchata recipes? I’ve got you covered! These Dark Chocolate Chunk Rumchata Cookies are seriously amazing- like boozy chocolate chip cookies with a hint of cinnamon. People will beg you for the recipe! Please note: this recipe is in no way sponsored by Rumchata. I just really like the stuff, and it’s not the first time I’ve used it in a recipe (check out my Vanilla Runchata Milkshake). Liqueurs like Bailey’s, Kalua, and Grand Marnier add such a tasty,

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Chorizo Queso Blanco Dip

This Chorizo Queso Blanco Dip uses all real cheese and is PERFECT for parties! It’s rich and creamy, with just the right amount of kick from the chorizo sausage. You can omit the chorizo for a plain queso dip (or use an alternative like soy chorizo). People always go nuts for this when I serve it! When I offered to make a queso dip for Wisconsin Cheese, I thought it would be a no-brainer recipe. It’s a cheese dip. Point.

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Cranberry Margarita

Looking for a quick and easy holiday cocktail? Look no further than this bright, vibrant cranberry margarita! Fresh cranberries add color, while tart cranberry juice plays perfectly against sweet orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and of course, tequila. I remember the first time I tried a real margarita (as opposed to the frozen rail version most of us are used to). This was smooth and crisp; a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness. It was a revelation! I typically consider

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Rum Cake Recipe (From Scratch!)

This Rum Cake Recipe is made completely using from scratch ingredients (no mixes!) and is then SOAKED in a dark rum butter syrup that keeps it incredibly moist and bursting with rum flavor. While it’s perfect for serving all year, this rum soaked cake will be an absolute show stopper at holiday gatherings.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Bermuda. We were lucky enough to stay at a gorgeous resort called The Reefs, with one of

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Frosted Eggnog Cookies

These eggnog cookies are soft and full of flavor! They’re perfect for holiday parties, with a delicate eggnog icing that isn’t overly sweet.  There are many things I love about the holiday season, and most of them involve the kitchen. If this is the season of giving, then baked goods are one of my favorite gifts to share with friends and family. This eggnog cookie recipe combines two of my top holiday loves. Can you guess what they are?

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate are perfect for serving at holiday parties or giving away as gifts! They’re just the right balance of soft and chewy. There are very few foods I dislike. I’m open to a variety of flavors, cuisines, heat levels, etc. However, ginger has always been my one iffy ingredient. Sushi is one of my favorite splurges, and I have such an aversion to pickled ginger that I cannot stand having it even touch the fish. To

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Hot Buttered Bourbon

Hot Buttered Bourbon is a new twist on a classic winter cocktail that will keep you warm and cozy during the cold winter months! The first time I heard about hot buttered rum, I was intrigued but also hesitant. I love a warm cocktail in the cold winter months. The name evokes butterbeer and spiked eggnog. However, I still wasn’t so sure. Hot butter and rum? It turns out I love it just as much as spiked eggnog. Butter aside,

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Apple Noodle Kugel

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

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Italian Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

This Italian Sausage Cornbread Stuffing Recipe is flavorful, easy to prepare and 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!),

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