What I Ate for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us and I am no exception. For this “What I ate in a day” I’m giving my food a green festive theme. Normally I’d love to eat Bangers and Mash, or a nice slab of Corned Beef, but I’m trying to be good and eat healthy. I traded the heavy holiday foods in for lighter, green and gold colors that were still packed full of flavor and didn’t leave me feeling deprived.

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How to Make a Tamagoyaki Rice Bowl

Tamagoyaki is an extremely common food found in Japan. It’s often served with meals and placed in bento boxes. The combination of sweet egg, dashi stock, and nori sheets, makes for a unique flavor that is extremely comforting. Rolling this omelet also creates a visually appealing swirl with the nori sheet inside that will make any bowl of rice seem extra special. Read more

How to Make This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta and Thyme

This Thanksgiving may be a little odd this year. It may be more difficult to have large Thanksgiving gatherings, and money is tight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a happy Thanksgiving anyway. Thanksgiving at my house will be just my husband and me, and because of that, we’re scaling down how much food we make. I was really excited and happy to find this simple and yet highly delicious tart. It has all those really classic holiday flavors and makes for either a nice appetizer if you happen to have a large family or a tasty side for a smaller family like mine.

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White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Squash

Twas a dark and stormy night, and I decided to make this Macabre-Roni and Cheese Stuffed Squash. However, as I added the ingredients, I soon realized I was creating a MONSTER!!! This bubbling, cheesy creation threatened to overwhelm my unsuspecting sauce pot. As lightning struck, and I brought the concoction to my quivering lips I realized my taste bust were ALIVE!!!! While I have scaled down this recipe for a reasonably sized household, it’s potency will none-the-less leave your family ghoulishly grinning for more.

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Fabulously Fall Butternut Squash Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Nothing puts me in the fall mood like these delicious stuffed shells for dinner. They aren’t your typical Italian stuffed shells. These encapsulate so many beautiful savory flavor. They can be a bit tricky to assemble at first, but I assure you, once you make these they will be added to your recipe collection, I know that’s exactly what I did anyway.

So if you like the idea of having sausage, pasta, ricotta, and butternut squash all rolled into one amazing meal, read on!

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How To Make My Mother’s Chicken Soup with Dumplings for Cold and Flu Season!

It’s cold and flu season!!! YAY!!!! Not really, it’s horrible. I don’t like cold weather, but cold weather AND being sick is the worst! But I have the perfect chicken soup that you can freeze and heat up when you need it. I’m going to show you how to make your own chicken broth, and then how to make the actual soup as well as some fluffy dumplings that cook in the broth. It’s so good and I promise you, you’ll never have the canned version again!

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French Laundry’s Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Sage Cream, Brown Butter and Prosciutto

If you’re looking to up your culinary craft this weekend, this recipe straight from the French Laundry Cookbook should get you inspired. It’s technically challenging, but should you make it through all the steps you’ll end up with a homemade agnolotti filled with bacon and sweet potatoes, covered in a fresh Sage Cream, and drizzled with brown butter and pieces of prosciutto. It’s a fantastic way to welcome in October, and for me, this was a birthday meal I’m sure to remember!

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How to Make Gravlax and Caviar Breakfast Toast

You may not be able to go to a five-star hotel right now, but that’s no reason not to have a breakfast like you’re in one! This is a really luxurious breakfast and yet it’s not as expensive as you would think. The sourdough and the yogurt help to balance out the saltiness of the Caviar and the Gravlax adds protein and depth to the flavor. This was easy to put together and looked extremely elegant.

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