Blackberry Hand Pies

When it’s cold and rainy outside, you’d do anything for a little bit of sunshine. I picked (okay, I watched my husband pick) a whole bunch of blackberries around our yard this past summer. I was adding them on top of pancakes, throwing them in smoothies, but soon realized there would be way too many to consume fresh. So I froze the rest and ended up filling almost half my freezer with bins of fresh, juicy blackberries. (Step-by-step tips for properly freezing blackberries coming soon). I decided that my husbands birthday would be a great time to use up some blackberries in a yummy, but not time consuming pastry. There’s something special about individual pies like these. Maybe it’s the delight of getting a whole pie to yourself and eating it with your hands. Or maybe it’s the perfect combo of a crisp (pre-made!!) puff pastry dusted with sugar and a flavorful blackberry filling. Grating in a golden delicious apple and a bit of all purpose flour help to thicken up the filling, without muting the freshness of the berries. We all deserve to enjoy a slice of summer even in the middle of January!

Pecan Crusted Salmon

A lot of us are trying the best we can to hold on to any New Year’s Resolutions, at least through the month of January, so here’s a healthy go-to fish dinner that’s quick and simple enough for a weeknight. This salmon with Dijon and pecan crust is an easy way to transform salmon into something…

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Gnocchi with Spinach and Prosciutto

This recipe came into existence the way many great recipes do- by raiding the refrigerator. I went wild for the flavors in this dish. Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and crispy prosciutto sautéed together in a large skillet with some olive oil before being joined with potato gnocchi and a garlic herb butter. It’s as easy as…

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Frosting

It’s Christmas Eve and possible that you may still be looking for a festive, impressive, but easy dessert to pass around. My family is pretty evenly split between cake lovers and pie lovers, but the one thing we can all agree on is that whoopie pies (the kind with lots of frosting) are always welcome…

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Tilapia with Prosciutto and Sage

The week before Christmas is usually scramble time in preparation for holiday baking and a big Christmas dinner. But it’s nice to have some weeknight recipes to knock out that don’t eat up your time. Tonight I’m serving up some tilapia with prosciutto and sage. Wrapping thin slices of prosciutto around tilapia not only keeps…

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Butternut Squash with Shallots and Sage

Nothing says holidays quite like the smell of butternut squash roasting with some fresh sage. It has become incredibly popular outside of Thanksgiving dinner, not only because it’s so versatile, but it makes a great carb replacement. Butternut squash’s natural sweetness pairs wonderfully with cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup, but you don’t have to turn…

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

I’ve been craving all things peppermint bark lately. This time, it’s the star of the show in these chocolate peppermint bark cookies. There are a few ‘secrets’ to getting that perfect chocolate cookie base. You know the kind- soft, slightly chewy with a brownie-like consistency. I started with some softened cream cheese and butter for…

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Shrimp in Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

This sun-dried tomato cream sauce is golden. It’s flavored with my favorites- sun dried tomatoes, garlic, onion and basil, over a creamy chicken broth and sherry background. I used one pound of fresh medium shrimp, but I’m sure you could use frozen. Just let them sit out while you prepare the sauce, and by then…

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Here’s another favorite from my holiday menu. I love the idea of taking traditional holiday foods like pumpkin pie, and kicking them up a notch. You still get all those satisfying flavors with a little something extra. Especially with dessert. Dessert is one meal you can have some fun with and not have the family…

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Tilapia Poppers with Caper Parsley Dipping Sauce

Washington state is really starting to grow on me- especially with its abundance of fresh seafood all year long. I heard about this yummy appetizer from an Inn in Seaview and had to try my own take on it. I used one of my favorite fish, tilapia, as the base for these poppers. The great…

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Cranberry Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

Okay cookie season, we’re ready for you! I seem to be interested in cranberry cookies around this time of year. Last year I made a batch of Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with coconut and walnuts that had a little more crunch to them than these do. This time we’re still going with a chewy oatmeal background…

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of those dishes that can easily get overlooked at your Thanksgiving table. It makes the perfect accompaniment to turkey, but doesn’t shine much on its own. Cranberries are naturally very tart, so I like to add a sweetener like maple syrup or agave to brighten up the flavors a bit. I…

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