Mashed Potato (Boxty) Bread

recipes for leftover mashed potato

Come Friday, you will have leftover mashed potatoes sitting in your fridge. Don't try to deny it. I am sure that those mashed potatoes will be absolutely delicious at your Thanksgiving dinner. I hope that your guests will smother them in gravy and mix them with turkey and stuffing to get all that deliciousness in one insanely good bite. But come ...

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The Best (and Easiest) Thanksgiving Turkey Ever

thanksgiving turkey recipe easy

In 2006, I arrived at my parents' house for Thanksgiving brandishing an article from the now-defunct Gourmet magazine. The article claimed that the editors had tried every conceivable way to roast a Thanksgiving turkey: brined, basted, slow-cooked, high heat, low heat, everything. The conclusion? It turned out that the easiest way to roast a ...

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Potato-Parsnip Puree with Brown Butter

potato parsnip puree

Today's post is sponsored by Door to Door Organics, an organic grocery delivery service in Chicago. Keep reading to learn how you can get $10 off your first order and win a $50 gift certificate from Door to Door Organics.  Along with stuffing, I am constantly tinkering with the recipe for my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. I've tried garlic ...

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Chipotle, Pecan, and Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

cornbread stuffing

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias Some dishes on our Thanksgiving menu never change. Some are different every year. My mother and I have cooked our turkey the same way for a decade. We never tinker with the pumpkin pie or the Balsamic-glazed ...

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Chocolate Bar Skillet Cookie


Let me take a break from our regularly scheduled recipe post to let you all know that my first cookbook, Food Swap, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Yes, it won't actually be released until May, which seems like ages from now, but will be here before we know it! The book is partly a guide for anyone interested in joining the national ...

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Tilapia with Lemon, Pepper and Herbs over Roasted Leeks

fish with roasted leeks

With its quick cooking time and myriad health benefits, fish should be the solution for the recurring problem of what to cook for dinner on busy weeknights. Yet it often isn't. Why? Because we think that serving fish for dinner requires a special trip to the fishmonger. But what if you could find naturally-seasoned, restaurant-quality, prepared ...

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Chocolate Bark with Dried Apricots, Golden Raisins and Pumpkin Seeds

chocolate bark recipe

Today's recipe post is sponsored by Sun-Maid in conjunction with my work as part of Kitchen-PLAY's  #TeamFreshSummit. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. While at PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to visit the Sun-Maid booth and learn more about this 100-year-old, farmer-owned cooperative. Is there a more iconic ...

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Sweet Potato Pie

sweet potato pie recipe

When your CSA hands you sweet potatoes, make sweet potato pie. Believe it or not, I'm a CSA newbie. For years, I had wanted to join a CSA, which stands for community-supported agriculture. You know how it works: you pay upfront for a share of the fruit or vegetable (or meat or dairy) harvest from a local farm and every week, or every other week, ...

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle

what to do with pumpkin seeds

It's Halloween and that means that a lot of families will be carving their pumpkins into scary or funny or ironic jack-o-lanterns. This year, Zuzu insisted on a good, old-fashioned face with triangle eyes and nose and a large, gaping mouth and, for the first time, carved her own pumpkin. And JR has requested a homicidal garden gnome for his ...

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Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Quiche

fall quiche recipes

Recently, my friends at Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their Vermont neighbors King Arthur Flour challenged a group of bloggers to come up with their best quiche recipe.  At stake is a package of goodies from these two iconic brands. They are calling this contest #QuicheFeast. Well, it just so happens that I love quiche and I make it quite ...

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Top 10 Things I Saw at the Fresh Summit

pma fresh summit

Thanks to Kitchen-PLAY and PMA for including me in this year's #TeamFreshSummit. As part of Team Fresh Summit, I have received compensation from Sun-Maid, Valley Fig, Outrageously Fresh Produce, and Hurst's Berry Farm. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I just returned from Atlanta where I spent the weekend at the Fresh Summit, ...

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October Chicago Food Swap Recap

chicago food swap

The Chicago Food Swap met this past weekend on a beautiful fall Sunday at the Peterson Garden Project's Community Cooking School. The group was made up almost entirely of veteran swappers, with only one or two new faces in the crowd. Having almost all experienced swappers in attendance certainly makes my job easier! The offerings were especially ...

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The PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta

pma fresh summit

Today's post is sponsored by PMA Fresh Summit,  HBF International, Sun-Maid and Valley Fig & Outrageously Fresh!  Join me tonight (10/20) at 8 pm CDT for a Twitter party to introduce the 2015 Fresh Summit sponsors and the #TeamFreshSummit bloggers. Grab your laptop for a fast-paced hour with these delicious brands and learn how they are ...

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How to Make Baba Ganoush

baba ghanoush recipe

It is hard to be an eggplant lover. We are a rare breed of individual characterized by an especially sophisticated palate. My mother and my daughter both share my love for this purple, bulbous vegetable but my husband won't touch the stuff. And JR. Well, did anyone think JR would eat eggplant? The year I lived in Paris, I bought the same lunch ...

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Dips for a Party: Hummus

easy hummus recipe

It's that time of the year again: parties. Book clubs, parent socials, and team dinners are all on the agenda for fall. And, believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. In fact, I just published a post on Inspired Home, the International Housewares Association's helpful resource for everything having to do with your home, with the ...

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Homemade Pecan Butter

how to make pecan butter

We found ourselves on the horns of a dilemma this weekend. A new round of allergy testing revealed that Zuzu might not be allergic to certain nuts after all. Her allergist recommended that we do a food challenge in his office to see if she could tolerate either walnuts or pecans. (You can only do one at a time for obvious reasons.) The problem? ...

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Fall Vegetable Soup

vegetable soup recipe

It is such a bountiful time of year at the farmers market! I come home every Saturday laden down with red and yellow peppers, purple eggplant, green zucchini, orange carrots, scarlet beets, tan butternut squash, and even coal-black radishes. Somehow I still spend less than I did in July when I could easily blow a quarter of my walking-around money ...

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Halloween Pudding Creations

halloween snack ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixInMonsterMash #CollectiveBias It's officially October and that means it is time to start planning for Halloween. What costumes will your kids be wearing this year? JR is dressing as the Greek god Hermes and Zuzu is going as a Barden ...

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Pumpkin Apple Bread with Garam Masala

pumpkin apple bread recipe

A new family moved in two doors down from us. A nice couple with a three year old daughter and a baby son. It was not so long ago that we were in the same boat: when we moved into our house, we had a three year old daughter and a baby son about to be born. Okay, so that was almost nine years ago, which I suppose is a long time. But as I ...

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Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest

how to preserve food at home

I recently gave a talk to a local garden club about different ways to preserve the harvest for gardeners who find themselves with too many tomatoes/green beans/peppers/zucchini ripening at once. It occurred to me that some of my readers might find this information useful as well. So, here it is! An overview of home food preservation ...

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Gift Ideas for Cooks from Sur La Table

holiday gift ideas for cooks

Being a food blogger has afforded me some pretty amazing opportunities, like the chance to meet chefs and authors I admire, attend a two-day conference on olive oil and take a cooking class on mangoes with my kids. But for a serious cook, few experiences are as cool as the chance to visit the Corporate Test Kitchen of  Sur La Table and hear about ...

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Everything You Need to Know about Olive Oil

how to use olive oil

In August, I had the opportunity, thanks to my membership in IACP, to attend a two-day conference put on by the North American Olive Oil Association entitled "Spend Wisely on Olive Oil." I am what NAOOA calls a "primary" olive oil user, meaning I use olive oil more than any other oil. I thought I was knowledgeable about about this ancient and ...

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A Trip to the Orchard and an Apple Recipe Round-Up

pick your own apples

On the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, my family and some friends drove out to the country to go apple-picking. Apples, of course, are a traditional Rosh Hashanah food and there was something that just seemed right about spending the holiday together as a family outside on a beautiful fall day. My favorite spot to go apple-picking near Chicago is ...

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Ancho Chile Smoked Salt Caramels for IFBC

how to make caramels

On Friday, I will leave for Seattle and one of my favorite weekends of the year: the International Food Bloggers Conference. I am so excited to spend time with my fellow food bloggers in one of this country's best food towns. Among the activities and sessions that I am most looking forward to are a pre-conference excursion to the Sur La Table ...

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End of Summer Peach Pie

peach pie recipe

It's hard to deny that summer is over and fall is upon us. The kids have all gone back to school. The pool is closed for another year. In some places, the warm weather lingers, but it is no longer welcome. Sweaters and boots, that's what we want now as September settles in and August is dismissed. But here in Illinois, the farmers market ...

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