8 One-Pot Winter Soups, Chilis, and Curries

Until our recent move, our house was fairly small.  Big kitchen, but small otherwise.  We had a massive back deck and patio perfect for the summer months, but since this is Seattle, we have essentially 3 seasons: rainy, rainy and cold, and summer! But, since we aren’t big on limiting the our number “Come on over!” invitations.  Not to mention the sheer size of my Italian family.  Our little bungalow wasn’t exactly built for massive numbers.  Forget about obvious dilemmas like seating; we are talking sheer spacial scarcity.  Woah, that sounded overly scientific, but you get the picture.  Lots of people crammed into a small space can be um….(What’s a…

Sea Salt Caramels

My husband waits all year for christmas cookies.  Specifically “sugar cookies with thick buttercream frosting.”  One year I made them with a thin glaze.  Clearly he hasn’t forgotten my error in judgment, since he will forever and always specifies the desired thickness of the frosting.  Sea salt caramels are my sugar cookie equivalent.  They are my favorite nostalgic christmas treat.  My Nonna used to make them, but now standing and stirring for that long proves difficult so I carry on the tradition. We are a caramel loving house.  I think they were the first thing the hubs and I ever mastered the recipe for together.  I still have to pinch…

Christmas Morning Breakfast Round-Up

There are few mornings I look forward too as much as Christmas morning.  I’m not a 5 year old at heart.  In fact, I’m probably more like 80 years old at heart. Allow me to paint a little visual for you…. A morning that is forced into slow motion is a rarity in our house.  Work schedules, early morning conference calls and dogs that do not know how to take a day off from running pretty much kill our slow mornings at home most of the time.  Nothing sounds more wonderful on a cold winter morning than freely pouring cup after cup of tea or french press around the Christmas…

Rosemary Cardamom Spiced Nuts

Who doesn’t love a good spiced nut mix?  Ok, maybe people allergic to nuts.  But aside from them??  I love everything from raw nuts to nut butters, but my very favorite are spiced roasted nuts.  I could easily make meals out of them.  Holiday parties are the best opportunity to break out the spiced roasted nuts!  This version is mild yet flavorful and so dang addicting!  I may or may not have camped out next to them at a party recently. All in all, there could be worse things to park yourself next to than mixed nuts.  Booze?  Cookies?  Tubs of ice-cream?  Aside from a pile of veggies, I’m thinking…

Thyme Roasted Carrots with Maple Dijon Glaze

Colorful roasted vegetables are always welcome on my table.  Especially during the holidays!  These roasted carrots are beyond delicious!  We ate a lot of superbly awesome things on Thanksgiving… but when the roasted vegetable is hogging all of the “What’s the recipe?” side-dish hype, you know its a winner. These roasted carrots are easy to make and topped with an addicting maple dijon glaze!  Perfect for a the holidays…. and a weeknight! I’ll be sitting out the hosting on Christmas day, but I am forever and always the salad, roasted veg, and dessert gal for our fam’s Christmas gathering.  So get ready folks, I’m bringing my A-game with these roasted carrots!…
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