Corn Bread, Sausage and Pecan Dressing

November 25, 2013
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The biggest cooking day of the year is almost here! And now that I picked up our turkey this morning (gotta start the dry brine tonight!) and I’ve made this Corn Bread, Sausage and Pecan Dressing to share with you, I feel as though the festivities are already well underway. I’ve been massaging my Thanksgiving […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

November 5, 2013
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Ever wonder what to do with those big, gorgeous Brussels sprout stalks that start popping up in the produce department at this time of year? Roast the whole thing! The moment I noticed a recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk attached to the sprouts I found at Trader Joe’s, into my basket they […]

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Cranberry Nut Bread…Properly!

October 29, 2013
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I’m feeling a sense of relief, finally sharing this Cranberry Nut Bread recipe made the “right” way. I don’t exactly cringe over the way I originally posted it four years ago – it did ultimately taste good accidentally using an entire bag of whole cranberries rather than half a bag chopped, as called for but […]

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Mac & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin

October 17, 2013
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I’ll jump right to the punch line: this Mac & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin was the best macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve ever made. That sounds overstated, but it’s true. And the thing is…I have a feeling I’ll want to say that after each recipe I try from Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese. Forgive […]

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Apple Frangipane Galettes

September 25, 2013
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I have a 5-year old little girl at home, which means we read a whole lot of Fancy Nancy. If you haven’t heard of Fancy Nancy it’s actually a fun series. Nancy is an imaginative, flamboyant girl who relishes the fancier things in life. For her, apple tarts with almond filling taste way better if […]

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Brined Roast Chicken

September 18, 2013
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Let’s slow things down here for a second, and make some simple Brined Roast Chicken for dinner. Last week was a pretty big one for me. The cookbook I’ve been writing and photographing for over two years – The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook- finally came out! It’s at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart and […]

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Dark Chocolate Cake…and a Shake

September 4, 2013
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Someone in this house is turning 39 this week! All right, it’s me. And I’m celebrating with Dark Chocolate Cake…and a Shake. It’s my rendition of the best dessert I’ve had in San Diego (so far), which they make at D Bar in Hillcrest. It’s good old-fashioned chocolate layer cake, with some of the softest […]

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Smoked Grilled Vegetables

August 30, 2013
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{Thank you to McCormick Grill Mates for sponsoring this post, the final post in a three-part series showcasing this summer’s grilling trends.} “You smell like barbecue,” remarked my three-and-a-half year old little boy, upon taking a deep sniff of my forearm. It was true…after overseeing our grill, which now housed a box of smoldering wood […]

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Homemade Pepper Jelly

August 16, 2013
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I am this close to finally canning something! Waterbath canning just might be my cooking Mt. Everest. I really want to conquer it, but I’ll admit I’m still a bit intimidated by the process. So far, I’ve been having fun with just the actual jam- and jelly-making part. That part is incredibly easy, and the […]

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Banana Crunch Wraps…plus Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

August 11, 2013
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Today’s recipe for Banana Crunch Wraps comes from Attune Foods, but it was actually created by me! Attune just released its Back-to-School Recipes eBook for free download – inside you’ll find my recipe alongside other creative lunchbox ideas from a few of my blogging friends. With a newly minted kindergartener in our house, I can […]

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