Honey Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

As a child, if my mom had turned brussel sprouts into roasty, sweet, salty, and caramelized little nuggets, I would have had a very different opinion of them.  I grew up in the era of flavorless steamed veggies.  So as a kid, I was not much of a brussel sprout fan.  Veggies were something we had to eat.  No one put any effort into making them an enjoyable part of the meal. I am so glad that the tides have turned and someone in American realized what other cultures have known for centuries: veggies are delicious when properly prepared!  Now, veggies are even the star of the show at times.…

Pumpkin Bread with Fresh Cranberries

My family’s Thanksgiving dinner is at 1:00pm.  It has been for as long as I can remember.  Someone suggested 3:00 last year, and a full blown email-chain mutiny ensued.  Which reminds me, my family needs a lesson on not hitting “reply all” to all communication.  Needless to say, we ate at one. Apparently, breaking tradition – even by two hours – is grounds for revolt. So about that 1pm dinner time…. I read an article about why you shouldn’t eat your Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of the day.  Let me sum it up for you. The author’s main points are that most Americans are accustomed to eating their largest meal…

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Fresh Thyme

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu set?  You may want to make room for just one more side dish.  Namely, this Hasselback Butternut Squash.  Its buttery, herby, and just the right amount of sweet.  Dare I say, it could even replace your aunt’s yams… Also, if there is ever a Thanksgiving foods beauty pageant, this would be a serious contender.  If it weren’t so darn delicious, I would feel bad about ruining “the pretty.”  But thankfully, it is; so I don’t. I’m sure this shocks exactly no one, but I am a big ole fan of lots of veggie side dishes on holidays full of food gluttony.   Heavy mashed…

Gingerbread Cake with Rye Flour

Have you baked with Rye flour yet?  I posted a pumpkin almond butter cookie recipe earlier this week that also uses rye flour.  And be prepared for a number of upcoming rye flour recipes!  If you like dense, gooey texture in baked goods, then we will get along just fine.  And also, you will love baking with rye flour! Ok, prepare yourselves for some super nerdy baking science. Let me just get my lab coat and thick rimmed glasses.  I want to look official while dropping some serious rye flour knowledge.  Ready? Rye flour contains less gluten than wheat flours and the gluten that it contains is less elastic.  When…

Pumpkin and Almond Butter Cookies

You guys!!  Have you tried baking with Rye flour yet?  I am hooked!  Not only does rye flour retain more nutrients than wheat flour, but it contains a less elastic gluten which results in a more compact and dense finished product.  So basically if you want a light and fluffy cake, rye flour is not your friend.  But, if you want a dense gooey pumpkin almond butter cookie, it is your new best friend. I have been craving pumpkin cookies…But I knew that the typical cake-like variety wasn’t going to cut it.  I knew I wanted a dense, gooey, not too sweet cookie.  I recently made a sheet cake with…
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