Nov 20

Mashed Cauliflower with Turkey Gravy

I’ve been in a huge mashed potato mood lately.  Seriously people, I have a problem!  I could easily eat them every day.  Instead of loading up on mashed potatoes, I’ve been trying to keep things lighter, so have been making a big pot of mashed cauliflower at least once a week.  I’ve eaten so much mashed cauliflower lately that I may actually be turning into a head of cauliflower.  (Wait, can that happen?)  My habit shows no signs of changing, as I will be making another big pot of mashed cauliflower next week for our Thanksgiving meal (7 more days!). [Read More…]


Nov 19

Roast Turkey and Gravy

If you’ve got turkey, you’ve gotta have gravy.  Am I right?  I’d also like to say that if you’ve made a turkey, then you’d be crazy not to use the drippings to make that gravy.  If you make my Lemon Fennel Roast Turkey, set aside those drippings, and then use them to make that gravy…oh then you’re life is going to be even more delicious!  The lemon adds a bit of zip that allows the gravy to be rich without being too rich. [Read More…]


Lemon and Fennel Roast Turkey

Let’s talk turkey—pièce de résistance of most Thanksgiving tables and also the one food item that has many a horror story attached to it.  Do you have one?  I LOVE Thanksgiving turkey, but the first time I actually had to cook one, I’ll admit that I was terrified.  I think I spent the week of [...]

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Sesame Green Beans with Bacon and Chestnuts + 6 more Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway!

15 more days until Thanksgiving Day here in the US!  Are you ready?  If you’re not, never fear!  Between now and the time you sit down to begin your Thanksgiving meal I plan on sharing some ideas and recipes that will help you nail down a meal plan.  It was three years ago (although it [...]

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Aloo Tikki Egg Bennys from the Aarti Paarti Cookbook

November and December are my two favorite months of the year.  I love the holidays.  I love the chance to refocus on what is most important in my life and to celebrate those things with others.  I also love the colors, smells, flavors, sounds, and traditions that go with these months.  I recently received a review [...]

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Graham Cracker Brownies

Graham Cracker Brownies.  Those three words immediately make me think of my grandma.  She has been making these gooey squares since my dad was a little boy.  I once asked one of my uncles what his favorite thing was that his mom made.  My grandma is a phenomenal cook, and so I expected . . [...]

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Pick Your Prize Giveaway!

Am I the only one that seems to have a slow start getting back into the swing of things during the week?  I seem to limp along on Mondays.  Well, if you happen to be in the same boat as me, then maybe this will wake you up!  I have teamed up with a group [...]

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Pumpkin Spice Cakelettes on KSL Studio 5

7 more days until Halloween!  My kids are counting down the days.  Our yearly family Halloween party is tomorrow, and they can hardly wait to don their new Halloween costumes for the first time this year.  Their excitement is infectious, so our house has a bit of Halloween fever.  To share the fun, I did [...]

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Vegetable Yaki Udon for a Moon Viewing Bento

Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class.

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This post is brought to you by Harmons Grocery. I know, I know,  you’re thinking “Gluten free slow cooker pot roast?  Rachael, isn’t a pot roast naturally gluten free?”  Well yes, and no.  It depends on how you make it!  If you make your own homemade beef stock without any added thickeners and you don’t [...]

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