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Mint Chocolate Swirl Bark

It shall be our new Christmas tradition: whip up a batch of super easy chocolate bark and devour it before it can make it into any gift bags. Oops. Luckily that ‘super easy’ part makes it, well, super easy to simply make some more. Inspired by last year’s wildly popular peanut butter cup chocolate bark,...

Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

I simply adore persimmons, which I believe to be entirely underutilized in cooking and baking. In fact, my all-time favorite green bean recipe (which I made again this year for Thanksgiving) utilizes persimmons in a savory manor, but they are most often found in sweet treats and bready things. These scones, or scone muffins (scuffins?...

Marzipan Pear Hand Pies

Just because you’re fully and wholy pumpkin’d out doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some pie. ‘Tis the season, after all. Because, let’s face it, other than pumpkin, it’s pretty much impossible to get sick of pie. In fact, I’d argue that winter IS pie season. Which is perfect because it’s also pear season, and...

Pumpkin Bolognese with Pappardelle

There are few things as satisfying as a hearty bolognese on a blustery winter day. It fills your stomach and warms your body from the inside out. Bolognese is an Italian meat-based sauce named after its place of origin: Bologna, Italy. The city of Bologna is actually the birthplace of most of what we consider...

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...