Lemon-Dijon Brussels Sprouts and Apples {Recipe}

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. This cruciferous vegetable is loaded with health benefits (among them fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate), yet it’s often referred to as the dreaded vegetable all kids hate. When I was a kid, I never ate Brussels sprout; I don’t even think they were offered to me. It was probably assumed I wouldn’t like them (granted, I was a picky eater, so it was likely a correct assumption). But as an adult and self-professed foodie, I have come to love Brussels spro… read more »

Kabocha Flatbread with Rosemary Roasted Grapes & Shallots {Recipe}

Kabocha flatbread pairs pureed squash with roasted grapes and shallots for a sweet and savory appetizer the whole family will love! Perfect for Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres or any fall or winter gathering! As promised, here is the first of some of the new recipes I made this past Thanksgiving. But first, a little summary of how I came up with this idea. You may remember that a few weeks ago I took part in the Recipe ReDux California Table Grapes sponsored recipe contest, for which I grilled grapes… read more »

Thanksgiving Recap

For most of you, today is the first day back after a long holiday weekend. While it’s not always so easy to get back to the daily grind after time off spent with friends and family, there’s something nice about getting back to routine – shuttling the kids off to school, getting in a workout (especially nice after a food-filled holiday!), going back to the office so you can get through the pile of work that’s built up. Ok, so maybe that last one isn’t so much fun, but it will c… read more »

Sweet and Spicy Orange-Scented Nuts {Recipe ReDux}

Sweet and Spicy Orange-Scented Nuts are a delicious homemade holiday gift, addition to a cocktail party spread, or anytime snack.  With the holiday season upon us, this month’s theme for The Recipe ReDux is Adding Merriment to Mixes, which challenged us to come up with DIY offerings from our kitchen. Whether for hostess gifts or holiday gifts, there are lots of homemade mixes – and adorable packaging – you can make. Some popular mixes I’ve seen over the years ar… read more »

Two-Ingredient Mashed Sweet Potatoes {Recipe}

Two ingredient mashed sweet potatoes are a quick, simple, nutritious, and delicious Thanksgiving side dish everyone will enjoy. Mashed potatoes are among the more classic side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. But unless potatoes are roasted and crispy or in the form of well-done French fries, I am not one for the white potato. Despite what some people think, it’s not a nutritional no-no – in fact, the white potato is filled with health benefits (unless of course it’s doused w… read more »