Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Happy holidays, dear readers. I hope you have had a relatively calm and organized season so far, as I have, and have taken a moment between the list-making and cookie-baking to feel thankful for all that you have and all you have accomplished this...

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract 2

 Pure vanilla extract from the store can be pricey staple if you use it as often as I do. Luckily, though, there is a great alternative to spending a lot of money or reverting to imitation extract. It’s called homemade! And it’s easy to...

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili (2)

Last week, my husband and I made our first-ever roasted turkey. The meat was tender and juicy, the skin delicate and crisp. It was perfect! But then, after we cleaned our plates and the kitchen mess, there was a problem. WHAT were we going to...

Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Roasted Almonds

The holidays allow plenty of opportunities to get creative with delicious dinners, decadent desserts and stunning sides. But, sometimes we all forget that the little bites you set out before the main course are just as important. These cinnamon roasted almonds with a touch...

Easy Roasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey (3)

Ever go to Target for batteries and greeting cards, and come away with something entirely different? In my case, yes. All the time. Very rarely, though, is it a 12-pound turkey for just 68¢ per pound. Can you say bargain? Thawing, dressing, roasting, basting and carving...

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

The posts may be plentiful around here, but truthfully, I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately. This time of year, I can’t get enough of soups, pot pies, pasta and roasts for dinner, but though my husband would disagree, most of...

Chocolate and Whiskey Shortbread Truffles

Chocolate Whiskey Truffles

I have never made chocolate truffles before but have always enjoyed them at holiday parties. However, truffles are easy to make in your own home, and they make for a decadent and elegant dessert! When Walker’s Shortbread contacted me recently about sampling some of their delicious, buttery shortbread (it’s...

Spinach Gnocchi

Spinach Gnocchi

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving in the company of family or friends. My husband and I ate, drank and laughed the night away with our close friends’ family, and it couldn’t have been a nicer way to spend the holiday. We left...

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

Roasted Turkey

Hello, foodie friends! Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to you! I’m sure your holiday plans are probably already firmly decided, but until Monday night, ours were up in the air. My husband, Mark, and I were planning on making this little 3-pound turkey breast for ourselves and...

Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

If you’re not making this year’s Thanksgiving meal, bring a pie but also bring a little breakfast. Breakfast? For Thanksgiving? Nope. Breakfast for your host, who undoubtedly has spent the last week sweating, baking, planning, shopping and anticipating this joyful but sometimes stressful holiday. Trust...