Cranberry Chocolate Chip Clafoutis

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Clafoutis - Impress your family and friends with this fancy-sounding but super easy (you make the batter in a BLENDER!) custard dessert. |

“One of the best desserts I’ve ever made.” I don’t say something like that lightly, because let’s face it: even though I’m not the biggest dessert fan, I HAVE made a lot of desserts. In culinary school, I made pastries and all manner of sweets for months on end. At my recipe testing job for a publishing company, I spent two weeks straight perfecting a rolled pumpkin cake. I made that same cake, day in and day out, trying to get it just right. And now, I have freelance clients who do request desserts from time to time. So, “best ever” is a high bar.

Miso-Tomato Ramen with Meatballs

Miso-Tomato Ramen with Meatballs - Make restaurant-quality ramen at home with this versatile and fun recipe! |

Well, it’s finally starting to get  cold around here, and we’ve seen the first few snowflakes of the year. While the cold came much later in the year than usual, I have no doubt that Mother Nature will make up for this tardiness by crushing us with a cold and brutal winter. I just feel it coming,

Roasted Campari Bloody Mary

Roasted Campari Bloody Mary - A simple yet special homemade bloody mary mix. Make in advance of your next brunch or cocktail hour, and impress your friends with this gourmet take on a classic! |

Well guys, it’s here. We’ve reached the end of #FLLEpicThanksgiving, at least for this year. I’ve walked you through all of the components needed to make this year’s holiday dinner the best one ever. Except, what do you do before dinner? While heavy appetizers or too-strong drinks are a bad idea, you do need to offer something

Hard Cider Cranberry Sauce

Hard Cider Cranberry Sauce - A simple, quick, SPIKED twist on classic cranberry sauce. |

It’s official – I’m a middle-aged woman now. I actually LIKE cranberry sauce these days. I remember hating it as a kid (as most children do, I think), and even turning my nose up at it just a few years ago. It was just . . . such an old lady thing to eat, and

Sautéed Green Beans with Tomatoes & Crispy Parmesan

Sautéed Green Beans with Tomatoes & Crispy Parmesan - A simple but fancy-looking side dish for any special meal. |

Do you ever feel like Thanksgiving is basically just carbs on top of carbs on top of meat? I mean, don’t get me wrong . . . I think that’s kind of what we love about this meal so much. On no other day of the year will you find me eating meat with a

Garlic & Lemon Butternut Squash Noodles

Garlic & Lemon Butternut Squash Noodles - Turn this seasonal favorite veggie into a healthful "pasta" dish the whole family will love! |

I’m taking a break from Epic Thanksgiving today, for the seasonal edition of “yeah, I can spiralize that.” While I won’t lie and say that my spiralizer is in daily (or even weekly) use in my kitchen, it’s also not collecting dust, either. I use it a few times a month to spiralize seasonal vegetables

Cajun Turkey with Orange-Oregano Gravy

Cajun Turkey with Orange-Oregano Gravy - A stress-free, super flavorful turkey that requires almost zero prepping in advance! |

In the past week, I’ve talked a little bit about firm Thanksgiving traditions (my husband’s grandmother’s stuffing) and things I’m cool with experimenting with (the mashed potatoes!). But when it comes to the turkey, all bets are off. Some years, we’ll roast it the old-fashioned way with all the traditional herbs and spices. Sometimes we’ll