Monthly Archive:: November 2012

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread Pudding

The shortest day of the year is less than a month away. On days when the sun makes an appearance it will turn brassy by mid-afternoon.  Children scamper home from school trailing long shadows the sidewalk. Our house is still adorned for fall. I can’t bring myself to shove all the lovely rusty

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Savory Pear & Walnut Pizza

This pizza is beyond good. The magnitude of its deliciousness puts it squarely in the territory of “Whoops! I just ate half a dozen pieces” and “Get-your-own-blankety-blank-pizza”! So good, it may take all your willpower to save the remaining pieces for another meal. But, do save those pieces. This pizza makes fantastic

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Don’t Toss that Turkey! More than 20 recipes using Thanksgiving leftovers

I love leftovers! I love reheating them in their original incarnation. I love reconfiguring them into new dishes. I also love packing them up to be frozen and enjoyed a few months down the road. Leftovers make life easy and delicious.  So, imagine my shock when I heard the following statistic last weekend

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

The recipe for Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal originally appeared in my very first blog post. The post was a long list of wonderful ways to elevate oats from plain to party. Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is one of my favorites and I have been wanting to give  its very own little spot for

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Simple Holiday Sides: Light & Buttery Drop Biscuits

This week there are thousands of people planning menus with sleek modern foods for Thanksgiving. I am not one of them. I like the cozy comfort of traditional favorites. However, honoring tradition doesn’t have to be done to the letter. Take these biscuits, for example. Mr. Second Helpings asked to have some

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Simple Holiday Sides: Maple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

I have all sorts of warm fuzzy holiday memories of sitting around my grandparents creaky dinning room table. The good china plates beautiful in their own right sat ready to be buried under our feast. Grandma’s good flatware, not silver but gold, twinkled in the light of taper candles. Before we all squeezed in

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BEST EVER Crustless Pumpkin Pie!

I hesitate to call something the BEST EVER. Liking something is completely subjective and depends on many things but in this case I can say it with no reservations. This pie, this Crustless Pumpkin Pie, is officially, my BEST EVER Crustless Pumpkin Pie!  Yes. I feel good about that. Now for the

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Roasted Squash & Pomegranate Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Don’t let salad be the ugly step sister of your Thanksgiving feast. Hearty salads are one of this autumn’s most underrated treasures. Simple vibrant produce and a homemade vinaigrette are all you need to make a salad so beautiful diners will ask for seconds! Craft your Salad Kale or spinach are my

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Can we eat ethically?

Dear Readers, I’m going to veer into moderately controversial waters in an area where I am just beginning to become educated. Feel free to use the comments to agree, disagree, or “school me.” Talking about tough things is one of the ways we can move through them and become stronger. Last week I had

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Forest Floor Mushroom-Oat Risotto

Like many, my grandpa was a hunter. However, unlike most he was not after a prey with feet and a face, his game had only a cap and a stump. My Grandpa Bill hunted mushrooms. As far as I’m concerned he was the king of all mushroom hunters. His simple equipment consisted

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Thanksgiving à la Tom Douglas and Macy’s Culinary Council

I felt like a real hot shot heading into Downtown Seattle Wednesday night. I was on my way to a live cooking demonstration by none other than Seattle’s own Tom Douglas. Thanks to traffic and my own poor planning I had to sneak in just after he got started. Fortunately I didn’t miss much.

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Weeknight Potato Hash & Prepping for the Holidays

During the next 7 weeks our family will celebrate Thanksgiving, The Little Helping’s birthday, Mr. Second Helpings birthday, Christmas, AND the New Year. I am looking forward to the hustle and bustle of these next two months but it is very important to remember that the actual holidays make up very few
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