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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White Chocolate Cherry Bark

Bark is one of the easiest desserts to whip up. And when I say easy, I’m talking 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time. AND you can add just about anything you’d like into the mix. I love love love anything with a fruit and chocolate combination, so naturally that had to happen. When…

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Brown Rice Casserole

Here comes another great fall-inspired casserole to solve all your ‘what to cook for dinner’ problems. That’s the great thing about casseroles- they’re easy to prepare, and everything bakes up together so nicely to create a well rounded, hearty meal. This time we’re loading up with fresh butternut squash, kale, brown rice, Italian chicken sausage,…

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Apple Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins

About 60 percent of the nation’s production of apples comes from Washington state, including just about every variety imaginable. Did you know that? That explains why I see apples for sale everywhere I go, and they always taste so freshly picked. I had a whole bunch of honeycrisp apples that were just starting to soften, so I…

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Cinnamon Pear Pancakes

Cinnamon and pears go together like maple syrup and pancakes, and this recipe has all of the above. I love the unusual presentation of these pancakes. We didn’t grate or chop a pear into the batter. Instead, there’s a full slice of pear poking through the middle of each pancake that’s been seared with cinnamon…

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Lentil and Sausage Soup

It’s windy, rainy, and chilly, and I’m thinking that today’s a good day for making a big batch of  hearty soup. Soup is one of those cooler-weather comfort foods that makes you feel good from the inside out, especially if it leans towards the healthy side. Today I’m making a pot of one of my favs-…

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