comfort food

Chili with Roasted Butternut Squash

As winter continues to chill us to the core, I feel sufficiently protected through my five layers of clothing to break out the food puns. Thus: chili. Because I’m chilly.  I can hear your giggles from all the way over here.  We had a perfectly relaxing weekend night at home a couple of weeks ago. […]

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Black bean, sweet potato, ham, and tomato breakfast skillet

Disclaimer: I was given free product to use from Petit Jean Meats. All opinions are my own.  As we just returned from our big Europe trip last Thursday, we weren’t quite ready to venture out for holiday shopping the second weekend of December. That left last weekend – otherwise known as the last shopping weekend […]

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Sunchoke, Sweet Potato, and Carrot Soup

I crave soup year-round, a predilection I’ve been told is “a bit gross” by a Husband who shall remain nameless. Yes, even during the middle of summer, I love a big bowl of hot, flavorful broth. [By the way, I’d like to make a counter-argument to the “soup is nasty when it’s 90 degrees” opinion-holders: hey, […]

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Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with a Cinnamon Crust

As you finalize your plans for Thanksgiving this week, let me put one small and undeniably delicious wrinkle in your plans. This “wrinkle” is in the form of a gooey, rich bourbon and chocolate pecan bar with a buttery crust and a hint of cinnamon.  Despite the fact that I love trying out new recipes […]

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Herbed Potato Crisps with Asiago, Bacon, and Honey

Disclaimer: I was given free Asiago cheese to review for this post. All opinions are my own.  After receiving a huge chunk of mature Asiago DOP in the mail one blissful day last week, I made plan after plan to whip up something deserving of a truly delicious cheese. The Asiago Consortium provided a lot […]

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Italian Butternut Squash & Tomato Soup

When I make soup with pumpkin, I usually gravitate to curry flavors. My favorite pumpkin soup recipe, for example, includes an apple, peanut butter, and plenty of curry. Although I live on a diet that is approximately 35% butternut squash during the fall, there are some things that I do not understand about the way […]

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Shepherd’s Pie with Pork and Sweet Potato

It’s chilly, it’s fall, and it’s time to pull out the comfort food dishes! I have always loved British comfort food recipes and one of my absolute favorites is shepherd’s pie.  I left most of the key components the same: it’s still a ground meat base topped with a layer of English peas and sweet […]

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Circus Animal Truffles!

I volunteered (well, technically, I was asked to volunteer) to bring a few baked goods to a work bake sale for charity. I turned to a couple of old standby favorites: cookie-based truffles. I love these creamy, crunchy, simple, chocolate-covered delights. I’ve shared recipes before for three variations of cake batter truffles (Oreo, funfetti, and chocolate […]

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