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Sauteed Green Beans with Persimmons

Persimmons. A totally underrated fruit. And all too rare here in Tennessee (at least, I haven’t seen much of them). I remember going through a persimmon phase when we lived in California, and it was there that we first created this dish for Thanksgiving, years ago during our BB (before blog) era (related: if Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up: What We Ate

Our annual Thanksgiving feast is perhaps the antithesis of the norm: calm, casual, and intimate. No elaborate place settings or countless sides and dressings – just the basics. We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. This year was our biggest crowd yet, with both Taylor’s mom and step-dad in town visiting, our...

Fruity Chocolate Bark

Bark is a candy that has no regard for perfection; the rough, jagged edges and irregularly scattered toppings are part of the appeal. It’s a great cabinet-cleaner recipe too. Perfect for those days when you’re frantically trying to clean out the pantry before your inlaws arrive, and those three random bags of freeze-dried fruit seem...

S’Mores Pumpkin Pie

Taylor refuses to let me experiment on Thanksgiving. Especially when it comes to the pie. Talk about a buzzkill. My suggestions of “let’s try this!” or “how about that totally unique variation?” are shot down with a loving but firm, “No.” And god forbid I suggest making something OTHER than pumpkin… Or, he tells me...

Classic Reuben Sandwiches

I can’t quite remember when my love for sandwiches began. I have memories of eating sandwiches on the playground at Mrs. Grant’s pre-school growing up in Colorado. My mom usually made me ham and cheese with mustard. Clearly at a young age I was impressed with the concept of the sandwich as I don’t remember...

Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies

Sugar and spice and everything nice: that’s what these cookies are made of. I’ve really been in a cookie kind of mood lately, what with all the hubbub about cookie swaps and whatnot, and these dark and delightfully chewy chocolate cookies are everything I’ve been craving. And then some. The cookie itself is ideal: dark...