Fall Flavors: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

You guys!  These bars are insanely good.  Scratch that. Dangerously good!  And way easy to make!  Only 5 ingredients. 5!  These bars have become my new go-to recipe! Heres the deal. Start with a super simple shortbread cookie base Then a layer of pumpkin butter Followed by a streusel of shortbread crumble on top Then bake, cool, slice, and try not eat the whole pan in one sitting. You can use any pumpkin butter you like – store-bought or homemade, –  but I’m going to put in a strong plug for my easy 20-minute pumpkin butter!  A batch of this will keep in the fridge for at least a month!…

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…

Girls’ Night in 5: Figs with Honey Ricotta

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. Figs!?  Ricotta!?  Scusami!  Its September, and my Italian side is showing! Its fico season!  I can’t help it.  Juicy little figs are only around for a few weeks.  And the juiciest of the bunch are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing.  Be prepared to be inundated with photos of these juicy jewel toned beauties! I am eating figs in every manner…

Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…

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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