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,…

Girls Night in 5: Rolled Pumpkin Baklava

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. While I have always loved baklava, the notion of all those paper thin layers of fillo looked intimidating.  Until I discovered a much simpler rolled baklava technique! This technique uses only uses 5 sheets per to create each rolled baklava log!  So so so much easier and just as delicious! Since its fall, I wanted to incorporate some…

One Bowl Wonders: Thai Pumpkin Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! The leaves are starting to turn, the temperatures are dipping into the 40s each morning and all I want to eat are big warm pots of saucy goodness, soups, and curries.  I’m giving my soup-pots a work-out and fogging up my kitchen windows with all the simmering concoctions we have been slurping… Like this pumpkin curry! I love-love-love coconut milk broths infused with ginger,…

Healthy Treats – Salted Caramel Chocolate Coconut and Oat Bars

If you cringe when asked to be “treat mom” or to “bring the treats,” I know the feeling, even though I am currently kidless.  Almost everyone if off of something these days. Even kids! The school’s list of acceptable/unacceptable ingredients in homemade treats I see pinned to the fridge at my friends’ house leaves little but organic unicorn dust and non-GMO rainbows up for grabs.  And unfortunately, I’m fresh out of both. One year we hosted a monthly dinner for our church small group.  A week before our first meal, three people reached out about their dietary restrictions with the clear assumption that accommodations would be made.  Between the 3 of…

Back-to-School: Saffron Coconut Milk Mussels

This back-to-school season, I will be posting new One-Bowl-Wonders recipes.  Recipes in this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in under an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! ….Perfect for back to school! Sometimes, even on a busy weeknight… I want something that tastes really special.  By really special, I mean something that tastes like it cooked all day.  I want those richly melded, complex flavors of a long simmered sauce, but I want to bat my eyelashes and wiggle my nose like in I Dream of Jeannie and have it…
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