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A plate of burrata and orange slices

Burrata with Oranges

Burrata covered with tomatoes and a little balsamic vinegar is a staple for me all summer long. But in the middle of winter, tomatoes have no flavor. So I saw where Alison Roman in her new book, Dining In put orange slices with burrata and I had to give it a try. Everything else I’ve […]

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Roasted cranberry grape relish has just the right amount of sweetness for your holiday meal. A slightly sweet but tart cranberry dish that will compliment whatever you serve. You don’t have to wait for the holidays for this awesome combination. |

Roasted Cranberry Grape Relish

Cranberry relish is a must for a dinner that has rich food. Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal where you might have some decadent sides really needs something a little tart to round things out. We love cranberry relish and even though we have our favorite Cranberry Relish, we don’t mind trying something new. This is […]

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A non-traditional tomato pie with zucchini and farro is a great way to showcase summer tomatoes. The farro and zucchini give some texture, and a little gruyere is the perfect topping. Great as a main dish, side, or even for breakfast. |

Tomato Pie

Tomatoes are everywhere this time of year and I always end up bringing home more than I can eat from the farmers market. Taylor introduced me to traditional tomato pie, but sometimes I just don’t want to mess with a crust. With this version, you can use up tomatoes that are just too ripe to […]

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Veggies in parchment paper

Veggie Packs

I think most of us will admit that it’s hard to come up with vegetables that everyone likes. While I love all veggies other than brussel sprouts, my gang does not. These simple packs are a great way for each person to customize their veggies. I cut up an assortment of vegetables along with some […]

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Fried Apples - slowly cooked in brown butter and sugar, these are amazing with fried chicken. |

Fried Apples

One of our favorite meals is my mother-in-laws’ fried chicken dinner. While the fried chicken is amazing, her method is the same used by Ashely Christensen, the fried apples that accompany the chicken have always been my favorite part of the dinner. I have to admit, that fried apples would have never been served in […]

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Waldorf salad may be old-fashioned but it never goes out of style. Crispy apples, celery and walnuts with sweet raisins make a perfect fall salad. |

Waldorf Salad

Around the holidays we were talking with friends about some of their favorite family dishes and it reminded me that my mom would frequently make Waldorf Salad. I don’t know when this became old-fashioned or just not in style, but I haven’t had it in years. While in New York last year we had lunch […]

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Cranberry relish with port and dried figs will be the star of your holiday meal. Easy to make but a show stopper your guests will be raving about. |

Cranberry Relish with Port and Figs

Cranberry sauce or relish can sometimes be forgotten until the last minute, which is why we see the canned variety on the Thanksgiving table. Don’t be that person, relish is really simple to make and it’s actually better if you make it in advance. All the rich food at Thanksgiving or Christmas really calls for […]

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Charred Corn with just a bit of bacon and cream will steal the show at your next holiday meal. You don't have to wait for the holidays for this easy dish that can be ready in 15 minutes. |

Charred Corn

Looking for a side dish to round out your Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s a simple dish that won’t take up any space in your oven so you don’t have to worry about timing your rolls and casseroles. If you were ambitious and froze corn this summer, than this should be on the top of your list. […]

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One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

I think most people consider Macaroni and Cheese to be the all time comfort food. After all, what can be more comforting than gooey cheese. Some of my favorite recipes for this take several steps and can be slightly complicated. (Macaroni and Cheese, and Gourmet Mac and Cheese ) I read about this recipe in […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

I’m having a dinner party in a couple of weeks and have been experimenting with some fall sides. My goal when cooking for friends is to have dishes that require very little prep once everyone arrive. After all, I’m having friends over to enjoy their company, not to stress out in the kitchen. I have […]

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Spicy Fruit Salad

It’s too hot to cook and I’ve heard that you should eat spicy food when it’s hot outside, so this fruit salad was just what we needed. Of course fruit is great all by itself, but when you add the syrup, it makes it exotic. A perfect choice if you’re bringing a salad to a […]

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Zucchini Caprese Salad on a platter

Zucchini Caprese Salad

Zucchini Caprese Salad is a fresh summer salad using zucchini noodles, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.  It’s a great way to use up all the zucchini that you have on hand and is perfect for a summer cook out. Just a few ingredients make this a simple but delicious recipe. 

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Lime Cauliflower Rice

Lime Cauliflower Rice

As much as I love cauliflower, I had never eaten it riced. Now, I just can’t get enough of it fixed this way, so be prepared for lots more recipes to come. I thought I would share just a simple recipe in case you haven’t experimented with cooking it this way. For this dish, I […]

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Au Gratin Potatoes are comfort food at it's best. Cheesy and decadent, perfect for any gathering. A unique method for cooking the potatoes makes them even creamier. |

Au Gratin Potatoes

Easter is just around the corner so if you’re having a large gathering, look no further for the perfect potato side dish. These creamy potatoes will compliment anything else you serve. It can be prepared ahead and then baked prior to dinner. What’s really nice about this is you can cook it at various temperatures […]

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