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Clips & Quips: Near and Dear

I recently acquired a few of my late-grandmother’s cookbooks (they go perfectly with the priceless box of her handwritten recipes) including a well-used copy of the Joy of Cooking (something every cook should have in their kitchen), and a decades-old Mastering the Art of French Cooking, its dust jacket just barely holding on. But my...

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Perfectly fluffy, creamy and buttery: that’s what defines the perfect mashed potato in my mind, and these potatoes fit that description to a T. But you’d be surprised to know that these perfect mashed potatoes are not made with butter at all, rather, they’re swirled and infused with extra virgin olive oil. I feel like...

Bittersweet Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

I love Thanksgiving. But can we talk about the obvious lack of chocolate in the typical lineup of Thanksgiving desserts? I mean, pumpkin, pecan, apple, and cranberry are great and all, but fruits, nuts, and gourds do not a satisfying dessert make. Seriously, when did Thanksgiving desserts get so… vanilla? I cry foul. Give me...

Kitchen Basics: Making and Freezing Homemade Squash Puree

Pumpkin puree doesn’t have to come from a can. And neither does squash or sweet potato puree, for that matter. In fact, making it from scratch is surprisingly easy and it makes for one stellar pie. Or quiche. Or pancakes. Or… whatever delectable autumn dish you can imagine. So when you happen to find yourself...

Savory Goat Cheese & Squash Quiche

If pumpkin pie had a savory cousin, this would be it. Wait, don’t go, I promise it’s a good thing! Normally I’m not one for savory versions of sweet things either (my attempt at a savory cheesecake was somewhat of a disappointment) but this one is an exception. I’m calling it a quiche because it...

Chocolate Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Molasses Buttercream

I’m always on the hunt for alternative desserts for the holiday table. As much as I love pumpkin and pecan pie, sometimes you just need something different. And this impressive three-layer cake fits the bill. Lusciously moist chocolate cake infused with sweet potato and fall spices, sandwiched with chocolate ganache and an ultra-buttery molasses meringue...

Chimichurri Roasted Chicken

This recipe would make our previously perfect roast chicken green with envy. It’s a perfect two-night meal. Night one, carve it up and eat it fresh, drizzled with a bit of leftover chimichurri. The chicken roasts up moist and tender, with the sauce adding a flavorful kick. Then, night two, shred up the leftovers and...

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Let’s be honest with ourselves: this is cake, through and through. Cake disguised as breakfast. It’s amazing how much importance we place on a name, a title, a declaration of just what it is and when you’re supposed to eat it. If I were to call this Double Chocolate Banana Cake, for example, there’s no...

Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara with Burrata

There are few things more satisfying than a perfectly creamy pasta carbonara for dinner. Unless, of course, it’s topped with hunks of cream-filled burrata cheese. That addition alone ups the delicious factor tenfold without a second thought. I’m a big proponent of the “burrata makes everything better” philosophy, whether it be salad or flatbread or...

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Syrup

A ray of sweet potato in a sea of pumpkin. These pancakes were inspired by the one worthwhile menu item at Nashville’s famous Pancake Pantry: the sweet potato pancakes. (I know that may sound harsh but it’s my humble opinion that pancakes, even great ones, are never worth waiting hours in line for. Then again,...