Tomato, Onion, and Feta Pizza

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Gilmore Girls, guys.

I know everyone has been talking about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life online lately. What they are saying, I’m not sure, as I’ve been intentionally avoiding any feedback on the recently-released four-part miniseries because I haven’t finished it yet. I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far. But I’ll be watching the other two tonight!

I became obsessed with the show my junior year of college, when two friends of mine who were Gilmore Girls‘ junkies lent me their DVDs so I could catch up. Between the two of them, they had all six seasons that were released at that time, so I was able to watch the seventh and final season as it aired on TV. Every Tuesday after a long day of class, I would scoot over to one friend’s house near campus to watch it with her and her roommate, who was equally as obsessed as we were. We would sit there enthralled for the hour, then go to one of our favorite bars, The Cabin, for drinks and pizza and post-episode discussion. This was where my friend introduced me to the magical pizza combination of tomato, onion, and feta, for which I’ll be forever grateful!

Tomato, Onion, and Feta Pizza – oh, how I adore thee! Seriously, this pizza is BOMB. The acidity from the tomato, the savoriness of the onion, and the tangy bite of the feta go so well together. Savoring this delightful pizza makes the fact that I pretty much abhorred these first two new episodes of GG go down a little easier.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Molasses Spice Cake

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Hello, all! For those of you in the U.S., I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving!

My holiday weekend was nothing short of spectacular. Having a four-day break from my corporate day job had a much-needed restorative quality and allowed me to spend time doing all kinds of things I love: cooking, journaling, hosting a girls’ night at my house, and even attending a concert by Stevie Nicks, who is my all-time favorite Goddess Incarnate (she was AMAZING!!!).

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone here in the States, we have officially entered the Holiday Season – that hectic and wonderful time. How’s your December calendar starting to look, a little cray-cray? Yeah, I know what you mean; there are holiday summons bombarding me left and right, too! With all of the invites to work holiday parties (I’ve seriously gotten asked to FOUR there alone), brunches, and family soirées you are fielding – and remember: you don’t have to say yes to all of them! –  you’ve got to be prepared with recipes for stress-free dishes to bring in tow. Say hello to your new pal, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Molasses Spice Cake!

Sausage and Walnut-Studded Stuffing

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Hello, all! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This is historically my favorite holiday; I hold many rich memories around Thanksgiving. For one, there is our big Detroit holiday tradition, the 90th annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade! I have it on the telly as I am typing. The actual parade hasn’t started as of yet, but I am already all warm and fuzzy inside from the coverage I’ve seen so far, because I’ve been watching it every year of my life that I can remember. All kinds of pleasant childhood memories are summoned, of waking up to my mother preparing a turkey and other Thanksgiving goodies with the parade on in the background. My family hosted Thanksgiving for a number of years.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Waffles with Blackberry Sauce

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Hello, all! Today we have an excellent breakfast recipe, because I am a firm believer that breakfast should never be skipped. Say good morning to PUMPKIN CINNAMON WAFFLES WITH BLACKBERRY SAUCE!!!!!!

I got excited right there. Breakfast should be exciting, right? It should not be a to-do item to check off of the list. It should be creative and dare I say whimsical at least some of the time. The secret ingredient in these pumpkin cinnamon waffles could very well be whimsy. 😉

Creamy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup

Creamy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup 1

Hello, all! How are you surviving the increasingly shorter days – you doing OK? I’m speaking to my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, of course. To our friends in the Southern Hemisphere: I hope you are enjoying your summer and all of that gorgeous, brilliant, abundant sunlight! Wave hello to the beach for me.

I, for one, am NOT a fan of the darkness that rules this time of year. If I let it, it will bum me out. Because of this, I’ve been determined since the end of Daylight Savings time to embrace any positive aspects of the longer and longer nights that I can find.

Darkness is . . . cozy. It gives me an excuse to burn candles for hours on end. It gets me to bed earlier, because it feels like stark midnight at six p.m. Looking on the bright side!

And during days when I can’t summon a rosy sentiment about the weakening sunlight, I am hell-bent on wholly distracting myself from it. One majorly reliable way I do that? Making and eating good food, of course! And this Creamy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup is pretty darn good, I must say.

Boozy Banana Chocolate Milkshake

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Well, guys, it’s finally here: it’s Election Day 2016 in the U.S. Thank the Lord! I know most of you are with me in feeling that sentiment, regardless of your political affiliation. This election year has been a rough one; this contest has most of us pretty darn stomach-in-knots nervous.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone!!!!! It’s finally here!!!

I love Halloween. I love anything that celebrates fall. Fall is a delight! I’m going to be savoring these last few weeks of it, blocking out that other holiday season that will start hitting us over the head starting tomorrow. Let me not speak of it today!

Today, in honor of the spookiness, I have a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bar recipe!

Autumn Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

 

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Hello, all! Happy, happy Friday!

I have been fantasizing about letting myself loaf around the house in solitude this weekend in my fleece sweatpants, binging on the rapidly accumulating glut of recorded TV shows on my DVR. I feel a real need to be lazy, which is not my usual instinct. Generally I’m a run!-go!-create! kind of gal. But I yearn to refill my well: sling some colored pencils on my adult coloring book, get lost in a breezy novel, stare out the window at the brightly colored fall landscape. Snooze with my cat. How good does snoozing with a cat sound???

Fall is good for refilling our energy wells.

Fall is also good for food. I am loving being back to this cozy-weather diet! In the throes of fair summer, that seasonal diet enthralled me; I obsessed over fresh tomatoes, peaches, watermelon, berries, and zucchini, not knowing how I could let go of them. But now I find that my tastes have shifted naturally back to root vegetables, squash, hearty soups, and food that is generally richer and more satiating. That propensity toward heavier fare inspired this salad’s creamy Parmesan dressing.

Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Diced Apple and Homemade Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola

Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Diced Apple and Homemade Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola 1

Hello, all! Happy Friday! As you move into the weekend and are planning for the week ahead (which I know, I know, you don’t even want to think about right now as you are sipping your TGIF glass of vino – sorry!), consider making this Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola. It’s processed-sugar-free (yay!), using honey and dates as natural sweeteners, and i’ts super easy to make. And the best part is, you can then use it to assemble these scrumptious Mason jar yogurt breakfast parfaits to make your week ahead a little easier. Convenience + deliciousness? Yes, please!

Black Bean Garden Soup

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One of the best things about fall being here is that it is finally soup weather again! I love me a good soup!

Blazing sunlight and 90-degree temps didn’t stop me from making it here and there this summer. A need to use the chicken stock gleaned from the carcass of a spent rotisserie chicken was the impetus for the first draft of this Black Bean Garden Soup back in August. My fridge’s contents were fairly sparse that night, so I needed to create a recipe out of what was on hand. Happily, I had the chicken stock, onions, a few jalapeños, some black beans I’d cooked up, the last dregs of a jar of minced garlic, and a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes. I didn’t expect much from this cobbled-together soup, but man, did it turn out delicious!