LOVE PEOPLE WELL: Swedish Almond Ring

This post is part of the Love People Well series.  The focus of this series is on easily shareable, transportable, and giftable foods.  Its an invitation to spread a little love to our friends and neighbors in a simple and tangible way. One month ago, we moved.  One month in, it still feels almost as chaotic and unpacked.  Multiple rooms are “works-in-progress” which means several other rooms are stuffed with yet-to-be-unpacked moving boxes.  So. many. moving. boxes.  But, you guys, we are living amidst the chaos and loving it!! We semi-organized about 25% of the house enough to host Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving in a moderately civilized fashion.  Hello, real plates, silverware, and grown-up food!…

Recipe Round-up: Holiday Morning Treats to Feed the Crew

Its the holidays and you have a million people at your house, eh?  Are they crazy folks who actually expect to eat every morning? Well, then we have that in common.  My family likes to eat too. I’ll be stocking up on lots of espresso beans this week in preparation for the Holiday weekend mornings with a house full of people! So, I’ve rounded up my favorite morning treats to feed your whole crew! Pecan Sticky Buns Pumpkin Bread with Fresh Cranberries Swedish Hazelnut Buns Ginger Biscuits with Apple & Pumpkin Butter Cranberry Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake Cardamom Morning Buns The Best Homemade Granola Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream…

Creamy Cauliflower and White Bean Hummus + JORD Wood Watches

Any gathering where guests mill about pre-meal with a beverage in hand feels like there should be at least a light appetizer.  Right?  As a host, it seems irresponsible to pour wine so freely while guests’ bellies are empty….. Unless, of course, the gathering is Thanksgiving – the most infamously carb-heavy day of the year.  So much eating.  So much food.  So much post meal food-coma!  Do we really need an appetizer too?? If your friends are anything like ours, they arrive early and stay late.  Thanksgiving dinner (which we serve mid-afternoon) is an all day affair.  Appetizers feel like overkill with all the mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes,…

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Candied Pecans, and Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I have to say, the culinary comeback of the brussels sprout is pretty spectacular.  What trendy neighborhood spot worth its salt doesn’t have a roasted brussels sprout on their apps list?  Not many…. If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably remember the unseasoned steamed variety.  I hated them.  I probably still would.  Who would want green steamed mush?  Or worse yet, when they weren’t all the way cooked and the parents demanded I eat my veggies.  Mush or partially raw woody sprouts?  Not sure which I hated more. So with a million delicious varieties of roasted sprouts making a comeback in recent years,  myself and…

Horseradish Mashed Potato Pie with Herbed Mushroom Gravy

Hearty dishes don’t always mean meat.  This vegetarian main course or side dish is Thanksgiving ready!  The saucy gravy base is packed with mushrooms, fresh herbs, veggies, bulgar, a generous glug or two of red wine, and a lil bit of butter!  With horseradish yukon gold mashed potatoes on top and a little…. okay, maybe a lot of butter. Vegetarians and non-veggie eaters went in for scoop after scoop of this goodness!  So good!  The flavors fit right in alongside or instead of turkey!  If you aren’t sure about mushrooms, trust me, you want their flavor in this dish.  But maybe its more of a texture thing for ya, so just…
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