Category: Food & Drink

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday staple. Savory, creamy and crunchy all at once. And in theory, you’re even consuming a vegetable among all of the carb-y deliciousness of mashed potatoes and stuffing. But if cans of cream of mushroom soup and green beans have been the main ingredients in the casseroles of Thanksgivings past, it’s time to take things up a notch and make the classic Thanksgiving dish from scratch this year. (Don’t worry – those crispy fried onions on top? They still ...

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Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp & Creamy Tomato Sauce

Please tell me that you guys have added spaghetti squash to your dinner rotation. Because it is DELICIOUS. I mean, you have to be honest with yourself and accept that while it is mighty tasty, spaghetti squash is not, nor will it ever be, the same thing as, say, actual spaghetti. But it is still soooo good.  If I’m really in a hurry, I’ll sauté some mushrooms, add the spaghetti squash and kalamata olives with a jar of Trader Joe’s organic vodka sauce (a life-changing ...

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Our Annual Cleanse

After weeks of cocktail parties and cheese plates and holiday meals and travel and generally not caring about calories or a regular workout schedule, January provides a glorious clean slate. It’s cliche, I know. But just like all of the newbies at the gym this month and every food blogger posting favorite wholesome recipes, I like to hit the reset button on my body and get back to a place of healthy habits.  Enter the annual cleanse.  There are TONS of cleanses with varying ...

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Lobster & Crab Mac & Cheese

Yes, I know. This is the time of year when every blogger in America is posting healthy recipes. Look, there is a place for quinoa and green smoothies and kale. A place that I will be going to on Monday when I begin my annual cleanse (more on that tomorrow). But first, I’m sharing a decadent recipe that calls for a pound and a half of cheese… Your resolution can wait until after you try this. I promise.  We invited a few friends (AKA the best neighbors in all of suburbia) ...

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Spinach & Cheese Strata

Christmas breakfast is that glorious thing sandwiched between ripping presents open like a crazed banshee and playing with all of your new toys. It’s best enjoyed with coffee and boozy beverages (mimosas and bloody marys, perhaps). And it’s even better when you just have to pop it in the oven as soon as you pad downstairs in your Christmas slipper socks, still bleary eyed with an epic case of bed head.  Enter the strata. It’s basically savory bread pudding and tastes like a ...

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Vegan Broccoli Salad

What can I say? Sometimes I love an old school classic side dish. Granted, broccoli salad is way more summer BBQ than winter wonderland, but sometimes you just have to break the rules a bit. I have a problem. A food hoarding problem. Specifically involving boxes of Trader Joe’s Mahi Mahi burgers. The deep freeze in our basement probably houses a minimum of 20 boxes. Last year, the Mahi burgers came and went so quickly that when they came back on the shelves this year, I stocked up. ...

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I had the honor of throwing my wonderful (and very pregnant!) friend, Kelly, a baby shower this weekend. When planning the menu, I asked for her favorite kind of cupcake and she enthusiastically replied with “chocolate with vanilla frosting!” I took a little liberty with the frosting and opted to go with cream cheese frosting because it is delicious and amazing and life-affirming. Or something. I snacked on enough of it while trying to wield a pastry bag that my pants are little ...

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Spicy Thai Shrimp Soup

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when basically everyone you know has the flu or The Worst Cold Ever. And let’s not even talk about the frigid temperatures. I don’t know about you guys, but I just want to put on some flannel PJs and a fleece robe and giant slippers and burrow under fourteen blankets. And eat some soup. Soup is like a portable heater. It’s soothing and homey and it really does make winter nights a little bit better. My favorite is a spicy Thai soup ...

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The Perfect Roast Turkey

When I first moved to the Midwest eight years ago, I decided to impress my then-boyfriend’s family with a home-cooked holiday dinner, complete with a turkey and all of the trimmings. While I considered myself to be a relatively adept cook, this seemed like a serious challenge and something that I should probably train for. Yes, I said train. Armed with Google, Epicurious.com and a stack of cookbooks, I researched and tested and prototyped and came up with The Perfect Turkey Recipe. After ...

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Black Bean & Veggie Enchiladas

Mexican food is my weakness. Specifically anything covered in cheese, but really, I love it all. Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, chile rellenos, fajitas (oh shrimp fajitas!). And if guacamole is involved, I’m sold. Completely. Don’t even get me started on fresh, thin, crispy chips. I can’t handle it.  This has become our slowly evolving go-to enchilada recipe for the past year. The best part? Even though there’s a healthy smattering of cheese on top, the inside is mostly ...

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