Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

I am a sucker for sweet potato fries.  At this very moment, I have a mental ranking the best places to order sweet potato fries running through my head.  For me, this equation is 50% about the fries and 50% about the dipping sauce.  By a ginormous margin, my favorite pairing for sweet potato fries is a creamy chipotle dipping sauce.  More than an aioli.  More than even the finest of house made ketchups.  I love the balance of the sweetness of the fry against the smoky, spiciness of the chipotle. Unfortunately, my favorite version of this combo is roughly 2300 miles from my house according to “the Google.”  So,…

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,…

Football Food: Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ok, we all know that I mostly watch and encourage others to join in the watching of Football primarily for the snacks.  Like 95% for the snacks.  4% to hang out with friends.  And 1% to appall the husband with my questions – due to my utter lack of football knowledge.  But, lets be clear, I am 0% there for the football. Since 95% of the reason I showed up or opened my home to these football watching people is the food, then it better be pretty darn tasty!  But a lot of football snacks are the same.  Chips. Dip. Guac. Lil smokies. Hoagies. Chicken wings. Ribs. Etc.  I think…

Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Butter

Last week, I swooooooned over this apple butter!  And it is seriously swoon worthy.  But, on the off chance that you don’t have 3-4 hours, I wanted to provide this 20-minute, equally smooth pumpkin butter recipe for all my fellow fall flavor loving people! I would be remiss if I said the flavors were as intense as the slow simmered then baked apple butter from last week, but this 20 minute pumpkin butter is still packed with fall spices and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  All fall long, I keep jars of this stuff for last minute brunch or coffee dates with friends. Pumpkin butter…

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…
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