18 Salads You Can Make a Meal

Welcome to fatness. Welcome also to stretchy pants, a fridge full of leftovers and that I’m-never-eating-again feeling. It’s the day after Thanksgiving and something tells me you could use a salad. I definitely could. What bothers me even more than the current tightening of my waistband,...

Mini Cranberry Sauce Cobblers

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When it comes to repurposing, I love to find new uses for some things. Others, like clothes and my husband’s tools I see no use for, I’m fine letting go of. Call me sentimental, but I can’t just chuck a good cranberry sauce! It’s one...

Homemade Breakfast Hostess Gift

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While flowers and wine always make a lovely gift for a party host, a little longer term thinking never hurts. Especially for larger scale parties and dinners surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, it’s likely the host hasn’t had a moment to think about themselves. And...

Buttery No-Knead Crescent Rolls

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Here in Austin, we recently experienced a string of rainy, cold days. During these types of days, I usually like to avoid being productive, so fortunately, they fell on a weekend. It’s days like those that call for bread baking instead of to-do list...

Chopped Turkey or Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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While Thanksgiving one of my favorite days of the year, my second favorite is undoubtedly the next day. Instead of moving hurriedly with herds of Christmas shoppers, my husband and I enjoy the cozy comforts of home. We cuddle up in soft pajamas and...

Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Apples and Onions

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Even if it’s only the two of us at the Thanksgiving table (which it might be this year), I tend to go overboard on the side dishes. My challenge has always been trying to fit in a little bit of everything. Something green. Something oniony. Something with cranberries. Something butternut squashy. Instead of...

Soft Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Last Friday, I woke up feeling terrible. I tumbled out of bed at 4am and, ignoring my sleepy, sick feeling, worked on my laptop until the sun rose. I couldn’t shut my mind off. And it really came to bite me when it was time to approach the...

Quick & Easy Cranberry Orange Relish

When trying to pick a favorite Thanksgiving dish, I find it impossible to avoid considering the meal as a whole. Yes, I’m the one who stacks a bit of everything on her fork – turkey, mashed potatoes, butternut squash… and the cherry on top. Which I consider to...

Cinnamon-Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Pie Donuts

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  When I was growing up, we had a Sunday donut tradition. The friends I had staying for a sleepover would come thundering downstairs with the anticipation of fresh, warm donuts. It was an unspoken rule who got the glazed, who got sprinkles, and so...

Cheesy Skillet Pizza Pasta

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In my house, food is love. It’s warmth and comfort, and my almost-daily way of showing my family just how much I care. Whenever I’m able, I so enjoy cooking for (and with) my friends as well. And they don’t seem to mind giving me...