Skinny Sweet Potato Home Fries

I know sweet potato casseroles – usually made with lots of butter and marshmallows – are a sugary, super sweet American classic, especially around Thanksgiving. But I’ve never really liked syrupy, sugar-covered casseroles, so I’ve never cooked my sweet potatoes this way.  To me they taste like dessert, and I…

20-Minute Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Parfait

Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy and I get two Thanksgivings every year. We go to my family’s house for a Thanksgiving lunch in the afternoon. Then we make the 40-minute drive to Chris’s family’s house for a Thanksgiving dinner that evening. We both really enjoy roast turkey and mashed potatoes, so we feel very…

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got the Puppy (Plus Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe)

The day Chris and I picked up puppy Calvin (he was 8 weeks old and weighed in at a heartbreakingly miniature 4 pounds), we felt prepared. We’d had our yard completely fenced in. We’d bought the dog food, the crate, the chew toys.  We thought we’d thought of everything. About one…

Cod Poached in Tomato Sauce with Spinach, Capers, and Pine Nuts

What a week. Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy and I spent the first part of it camped out in our finished basement, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy (the devastation to the East Coast was pretty unbelievable!) We have a very tall, sturdy, healthy 60-year-old oak tree only…

Drunken Pumpkin Chili

On that first really cold fall weekend, where the chill in the air forces you to finally dig your padded winter slippers out of the back of your closet, there is just something so satisfying about making a big pot of chili. Letting it simmer on the stove, filling the…

Apple Cider-Maple Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions

Things have been crazy at work, and here’s how my days have been lately: work frantically throughout the day to complete a long to-do list of urgent projects, only to go back to my voicemail to find I have 10 new projects waiting.  Spend an hour commuting home (it takes…

Double Chocolate Cherry Black Forest Waffles

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Germany in a post before, which is odd because, of the places I’ve traveled, Germany is one of my favorites. Here are a few things I adored about this country: 1.) Touring the Alps region will leave permanent imprints on your memory and heart.…

Summer Veggie Pasta with Kale Pesto and Parmesan

I thought kale was a winter vegetable. Then I read about all the summer harvests of fresh kale in the gardening blogs I follow. Turns out kale is actually a really hearty plant that grows all year long. I might have actually learned this on my own if I had…

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