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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Onions, Bacon and Cranberries

Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Onions, Bacon and Cranberries

| November 8, 2012 | 13 Comments

On Thanksgiving, my husband cooks our turkey. It goes in the countertop rotisserie and spins around, cooking for a few hours. It’s always juicy and so flavorful, and everyone dives for it. But me? I am all about the side dishes. There’s something exciting about a table loaded with squash, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green […]

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Cranberry Citrus Martini (and Don’t Forget the Drinks)

Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Cranberry Citrus Martini (and Don’t Forget the Drinks)

| November 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

Confession: I’ve been known to carefully plan holiday dinners but totally forget about drinks. Usually it’s my husband who clues into the conspicuous absence of beverages. He asks me if I bought anything to serve for drinks. And my response? Usually something like “Well, there’s water!” He’s not fond of that answer. Don’t worry — […]

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Vegetable Barley Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Roasted Vegetable Barley Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

| November 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

One of the keys to planning a stress-free Thanksgiving lies in the planning aspect. Good planning doesn’t just center around dishes that complement each other — the dishes also should make sense in terms of timing. For instance, if you have one oven (which clearly needs to cook the turkey) and only four burners to […]

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Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Cranberry Martini

Stress-Free Thanksgiving: Cranberry Martini

| November 1, 2012 | 4 Comments

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

| October 31, 2012 | 4 Comments

Yes, we are okay after Hurricane Sandy! Thanks for all the notes, comments, emails, texts, etc. We are still without power, but are online for small spurts during the day thanks to our generator. But overall, we are doing really well — all things considered. Also, I’ve been writing about the storm and the recovery […]

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Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

| October 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

These might look a lot like roasted pumpkin seeds. But they aren’t. They’re actually from a spaghetti squash. And they’re just as delicious. Ok. Are you ready for this? This might blow your mind a little … You can roast seeds from any squash for a delicious snack. Seriously. Squash seeds are edible and can […]

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DIY Dip-Dyed Halloween Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip-Dyed Halloween Kitchen Towels

| October 2, 2012 | 3 Comments

Halloween is a-coming and I couldn’t be happier. Last year, Halloween was weird for us given the unexpectedly bad blizzard and power outage that nearly cancelled it altogether here. So this year, I want Halloween to be big for us. Pumpkins and decorations and creepy snacks, oh my! But while I plan on decorating our […]

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Tomatoes of a Different Shade

Tomatoes of a Different Shade

| August 23, 2012 | 4 Comments

For weeks, I waited impatiently as the early summer gave way to the heat of late July, ushering in tomato season here in Connecticut. And when the first tomatoes appeared in farm stores and at the farmer’s market, I was ecstatic, buying up even the early ones, which aren’t as sweet or juicy August tomatoes. […]

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5 Things to Enjoy Before Summer is Over

5 Things to Enjoy Before Summer is Over

| August 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Summertime is winding down for us. And as much as I hate to admit it, I am kind of looking forward to the structure that school brings. It will be sad to leave behind the lazy days of summer, relaxed dinnertime preparations and especially the beach. And I will miss having the kids home and […]

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Game Day Food: More than 50 Super Bowl Recipe Ideas

Game Day Food: More than 50 Super Bowl Recipe Ideas

| January 26, 2012 | 16 Comments

Looking for the perfect recipes for game day food? Here are more than 50 recipe ideas perfect for the Super Bowl — or any game day. With the Super Bowl approaching, I am kind of like a kid anticipating a favorite holiday — Easter or a birthday or something. I’ve loved watching the Super Bowl […]

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