Cranberry, Feta and Pecan Stuffed Chicken


The cranberry sauce is officially the last Thanksgiving leftover still standing.  Unless Courtney has something hoarded in a backpack/desk drawer/under the seat of our car.  Which wouldn’t be the first time.  But the cranberry sauce is the last that will be put to good use. Put to such very good … Continue reading

Butternut Squash & Tahini Soup (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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As I write this, the last piece of produce from my CSA sits roasting in the oven.  A small sugar pumpkin that I’ve struggled to eat because it’s just so dang cute!  Instead, it’s been sitting as a center piece on our dining room table. But tomorrow, it’s becoming part … Continue reading

Turkey and Vegetable Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

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You’ve probably heard my mantra on food waste.  If you haven’t, it goes something like this: don’t waste food.  No, but really, I hate wasting food.  So much so that when we had to get on the road first thing in the morning the day after Thanksgiving, I put the … Continue reading

Blueberry Quinoa Cornbread {Leftovers Club}

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As someone who rarely bakes, I usually look forward to Leftovers Club as an excuse to experiment with some of the many sweet confections on my evergrowing to-do list.  This time however, I found myself thinking “oh no, more sweets!”  Between Friendsgivings and Thanksgivings and holiday happy hours, having brownies or … Continue reading

A Messy Kitchen Thanksgiving – We’re Sophomores Now!

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We learned a few things hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner last year.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year, I found myself sitting at Shake Shack at 9:00 pm eating a pumpkin concrete after a three hour happy hour while trying to find a liquor store open to buy bourbon for the … Continue reading

Coconut Ginger Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole (Vegan)

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As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I want to share one of my new found staples.  I made this the first time for Thanksgiving dinner last year, made it for a Friendsgiving potluck last week, and plan to make it again for Thursday’s feast.  While I used to be a big proponent … Continue reading

When Life Calls for Comfort Food: Healthy Quinoa White Chicken Chili

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I know, it’s been a long time since I last wrote.  It’s been a busy, strange time for me and I haven’t found the energy.  Also, I fried my laptop, which certainly hasn’t helped.  To sum up the last month, I spent two weeks in Denver, where I had my … Continue reading

Fall Harvest Cookbook Club and Roasted Hubbard Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette with Fontina Cheese


The theme for our Cookbook Club this month was “Fall foods,” which is pretty much the theme of my life right now.  No really, as if my “all squash” diet wasn’t enough, I went on a serious pumpkin bender at Trader Joe’s on Saturday. Croutons, mochi, macarons, cider. Can’t. Get. … Continue reading

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies and Pumpkin Irony


My big news for the weekend is that I appear to have overcome my pumpkin allergy!  It’s probably been fifteen years since I last carved a pumpkin.  Frankly it wasn’t worth the hives and swollen eyes.  But when I got an invite to a pumpkin carving party, I decided it … Continue reading

Mediterranean Pasta with Creamy Eggplant Sauce


Don’t you love it when you make something really, really delicious, and then you repurpose the leftovers into something even more delicious?!  I didn’t think it was possible to make this baba ghanoush any more delicious, but that was before I stirred it into my pasta.  It started last week when I found myself … Continue reading

Paleo Cincinnati Style Turkey Chili


This delicious dish is somewhere between a chili and a bolognese. Or maybe it’s just a chili that I decided to serve bolognese style, but I hear that’s quite common with Cincinnati style chili.  This style of chili has a thinner more sauce-like consistency than most chili con carne. It’s … Continue reading

Butternut Squash and Kale Spanakopita


As we were eating breakfast this morning, I started complaining to Courtney that I didn’t feel like we’d had enough adventures this Fall.  This made perfect sense in my mind until he reminded me that we spent last weekend whitewater rafting on Class V rapids.  So okay, perhaps I have … Continue reading

A Story I’ve Been Meaning to Tell


This has been an exciting week for me.  I submitted an article to the Huffington Post for the first time, and not only did they print it but they featured it on the front page of the women’s section.  I’m beyond flattered, but also really stoked that I was given … Continue reading

An Okra Parmigiana so Good That I Threatened the Dogs for Just Looking at my Plate the Wrong Way


Oh my, I don’t even know what to say about this dish.  I’d never cooked okra before this Summer, but this parmigiana has made me a believer!  Okra can sometimes be a bit slimy, but it certainly isn’t once breaded and fried.  Because the okra is so small, the breading … Continue reading

Cookbook Club and Sweet Cheese Mutabbaq


My Cook Book Club met this Sunday for the much anticipated CHEESE EDITION!  After an entire week of the SNAP Challenge I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about cheese in my life, and my excitement about cheese is already quite high.  We had a smaller group this time, … Continue reading

Grain Free Coconut Zucchini Muffins (No Added Sugar!)


  Zucchini was a frequent component of my CSA bag mid-Summer.  At one point, we were getting so much of it that it was accompanied with a sheet on how to freeze or otherwise preserve the green squash.  But as Murphy’s Law would have it, it seems I came across … Continue reading