Twice Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Always say yes to a brunch that includes scalloped potatoes, especially twice baked scalloped potatoes. Really anything with a combo of cheesy potatoes, cubed ham and cream sauce would make a perfect addition to not only an Easter brunch, but any meal any time of day. I made these to go along with a big…

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Three Cheese Garlic Bread

Sometimes when you have pasta for dinner, you just want a thick slice of bread to soak up all that extra sauce. I know I do, and I usually wouldn’t mind that bread to be covered in a glorious amount of cheese. Three cheese garlic bread could pair with just about any simple pasta dish. In…

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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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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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Couscous with Pine Nuts and Feta

I never used to keep couscous in the house. Not for any reason in particular, it just wasn’t on my radar (I’ve been having too much quinoa). Now that I am playing around with it, like in this Couscous Salad Recipe, I’m realizing how much a grain can inspire different flavors. I love making a…

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Trofie pasta is one of my newly discovered favorite pastas. It’s short and twisty and has a similar texture to gnocchi, but not quite as thick. Trofie is usually used in Italian cooking, especially with pesto, but I was in the mood for a Summer-like salad using cucumber, basil, fresh mozzarella, slow-roasted tomatoes, and of course,…

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Couscous Salad

Currants are at their peak season this time of year and I wanted to show off their bright, tangy flavor in a healthy new recipe. I also wanted a hearty salad to go along with my broiled lamb kabobs. I chose couscous because it’s so easy to make, (if you can boil water, then you…

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Lemon Pasta Salad

Weekend happiness brought to you by: lemon, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and fusilli pasta. We are planning to go on a long boat outing tomorrow, weather permitting, for my 30th birthday (yikes!). I was looking for something that can easily be made a day ahead of time and doesn’t need any reheating or final touches. This…

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Orange Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

A bit of vanilla, orange, and cinnamon gives this delicious cranberry sauce a sweet holiday flavor. This is something you can make the day ahead of Thanksgiving or Christmas. It tastes even better after chilling for a day.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This sweet potato casserole reminds me more of a pie, but we’re going to go ahead and call it a side dish. I like to use white sweet potatoes in this recipe. They seem to give a lighter and smoother consistency. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 1 hour, peel them, and toss…

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Butternut Squash Risotto

So. I’m pretty sure this butternut squash risotto is what fall tastes like. Risotto is one of my favorite dishes on its own- tender, creamy, and slow cooked until the rice has the perfect texture. But add in cooked butternut squash, nutmeg, sage, and Parmesan? Creamy, cheesy, perfection. This recipe makes a whole bunch (that arborio…

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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

One of the easiest and most delicious glazed carrot recipes I know! Only 4 ingredients. Top with chopped pecans for added crunch.