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,…

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up!

With the big day less than a week away… I’m putting alllll my favorite Thanksgiving ready recipes in one place – this post. Its feels like a pretty perfunctory blogger thing to do. But, I love reading recipe round-ups on other bloggers’ sites.  I get ideas from those posts all the time!  Since you are here, we probably have at least food in common.  So, here you go: a collection of my favorite Thanksgiving appetizers, salads, vegetarian sides, and desserts! Appetizers Honey Candied Pecans Thanksgiving is a heavy meal!  So I keep the appetizers to a minimum.  Since, I’ll be making these salad toppings, why not make extra for snacking!…

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Pecan Sage Finishing Oil

For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of handmade pasta!  I know its with a blog name like Almost Properly, its not shocking that I prefer a less than perfect looking hand vs. machine cut pasta.  We’ll call it rustic style. Pasta rustico. 😉 For me the pasta making process is magical, nostalgic, and darn-near therapeutic.  I love the rolling, slicing, and arranging.  I love the boiling, saucing, and plating.  And of course, eating is the very best part.  Loving the hearty rustic nature of this pasta in all its simple sauced wonder. Since its fall, I made handmade pasta with pumpkin!  In this recipe, pureed pumpkin replaces the eggs in…

Fall Flavors: Sweet Potato, Faro, and Kale Detox Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Anyone else feeling the Halloween candy or junk-food hangover today? The movers transported our stuff to the new-to-us house on monday, and we spent all of Halloween unpacking. By evening, I was exhausted.  In truth, by noon, I was exhausted but evening sounds a lot better.  Moving is the worst! So whether its the mountain of dark chocolate peanut butter cups I ate while answering the door for trick-or-treaters or exhaustion from our move, this anti-oxidant rich, detoxifying salad is just what my body needs!!  Its full of delicious, wholesome, seasonal goodness! On a detox note, I’m hoping my very neglected skin will soak in these nutrients like crazy because…

Halloween Recipe Round-Up

A round-up of my favorite eats and treats for your Halloween and Harvest party festivities!! Savory Eats Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce Pumpkin shaped sweet potato fries with a super creamy and surprisingly vegan chipotle dipping sauce are a tasty, crowd pleasing appetizer or side dish!  To the recipe… French Stuffed Pumpkins  A cheesy bread stuffing with fresh herbs, bacon, and cream roasted inside of a pumpkin for a decadent dish!  To the recipe… Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce A bit of a project, but well worth the effort for a small gathering!  Homemade ravioli noodles with a pumpkin ricotta filling and a…
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