Simple, yet special, recipes for the home chef.

Thanksgiving Leftover Dumplings

Thanksgiving Leftover Dumplings - Reinvent your leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce into this fun snack/appetizer! |

It’s time to come clean about something. I don’t actually make new recipes with the leftovers from my real Thanksgiving dinner. I mean, *maybe* a simple turkey sandwich a few days later. But most of the time, I just pile all the leftovers (albeit smaller portions) onto a plate, microwave until hot, then eat Thanksgiving Dinners, Part 2 and 3, on Friday and Saturday.

Creamy Chicken, Tortellini & Mushroom Soup

Creamy Chicken, Tortellini & Mushroom Soup - Serve up comfort the whole family will love with this easy one-pot meal. Bonus: lots of veggies! |

My kitchen remodel is now about 80% complete (just waiting for countertops, a sink and dishwasher, backsplash tile and some finishing work). So, even though I’m working from a folding table in the dining room, I have an oven and stove now, and am making up for lost time with fall comfort food. Seriously, once

Turkey & Gnocchi Arrabiata Soup

Turkey & Gnocchi Arrabiata Soup - Use leftover turkey (or chicken) and potato gnocchi for this quick-fix Italian-inspired soup! |

So, you guys. This soup is the first thing I’ve ever technically cooked in the #FLLdreamkitchen. Sure, I still don’t have countertops, so I was working off of a beer pong table. But, I was using the new range and cooking inside, so that’s a win.

Lemon & Rosemary Bourbon Sour

Lemon & Rosemary Bourbon Sour - A modern twist on a classic cocktail. This herb-infused whiskey drink is perfect for the fall and winter months! |

If I were given some sort of quiz on classic cocktails, I would fail miserably. Granted, I’ve never worked as a bartender, so why would I know? Unless you’re asking for something like a Gin & Tonic where the ingredients are listed right there in the name, I’m probably going to have to do a

Roasted Turkey with Bourbon Apricot Glaze

Roasted Turkey with Bourbon Apricot Glaze - Jazz up a classic roasted turkey with this simple glaze that gets brushed on when the bird comes out of the oven! |

I’ll remember 2015 for many reasons. Lots of new nephews were born this year. We bought a new house this year. We renovated the house’s kitchen this year. And, I cooked a faux Thanksgiving dinner in an Airbnb this year. If you’ve been following the #FLLdreamkitchen hashtag on Instagram, you’re aware that the most recent

Autumn Celebration Rice Salad

Autumn Celebration Rice Salad - A gluten-free and vegetarian holiday side dish option, loaded with butternut squash, pomegranate, swiss chard, dried cranberries, apples and pistachios, tossed with homemade apple cider vinaigrette! |

Sometimes I hear voices in my head when I’m cooking. Well, one particular voice. Chef Shawn, one of my culinary school instructors. I hear him yelling “That’s free flavor, chef! You’re not going to throw that away, ARE YOU?” More tips on all the ways to recognize free flavor in my “What I Learned In

Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Crostini with Whipped Feta and Honey - This autumn appetizer is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Set these out at your next party and watch them disappear! |

What would I take with me to a deserted island? Most likely, a loaf of bread and a serrated knife, so that I could make crostini with whatever I could hunt and forage. Although let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t do much hunting, so it would just be foraging. And a lot of crossing my