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Oct 31, 2023

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

This recipe for make-ahead mashed potatoes will feed a crowd, perfect for your next holiday gathering.  

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes in a yellow casserole dish.

This recipe for mashed potatoes is perfect for busy holidays or those times when you are feeding a crowd and you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen mashing potatoes for a large crowd at the last minute. 

Oct 30, 2023

Corn Soufflé

This corn souffle is a family favorite side dish for holiday dinners. It rises perfectly and will impress your guests as you carry it to the dinner table. 

Corn Soufflé in the dish with a plate in front with one serving.

This corn soufflé is the real deal. It rises tall and lofty in the oven and is so impressive when you bring it to the table. 

Pecan Butterscotch Muffins

These pecan butterscotch muffins are filled with toasted pecans and butterscotch chips. 

Pecan Butterscotch Muffins on black plates.


The batter is sweetened with the rich flavors of maple syrup and dark brown sugar, giving these muffins the faint flavor of toffee. 

Oct 29, 2023

Muffuletta Sandwich with Homemade Bread

This big muffaletta sandwich, stacked with deli-style meats and cheeses and spread with an antipasti salad, will feed a crowd. 

Muffuletta Sandwich on a plate.

This sandwich, made with a 14-inch wide round sesame seed-topped soft bread, has its roots in New Orleans. It was first introduced by Sicilian immigrant Salvadore Lupo, the founder of Central Grocery and Deli, which is still located in the French Quarter. 

Oct 21, 2023

Homemade Graham Crackers

This recipe captures the flavor of graham crackers, but takes them to an entirely new level. Think crispy butter cookies with a cinnamon graham cracker flavor.

Homemade Graham Crackers in a blue mini casserole.

You will love these cookies. They are my "go-to" cookie for gift-giving, and every time I give them as gifts, I have been asked for the recipe. Every single time. 

Oct 20, 2023

Cranberry Vinaigrette

This cranberry vinaigrette is a sweet and tangy salad dressing or marinade. 

Cranberry Vinaigrette in a small glass jar.

This cranberry vinaigrette, with its bright flavor, is great for fall and winter salads. Serve on your favorite salad for Thanksgiving. 

Rum Baba (Baba au Rhum)

Rum baba, or baba au rhum, along with being a classic French dessert, is a delicious and elegant boozy yeasted cake. 

Traditional rum baba is a yeasted cake that is soaked in a rum-based syrup, then brushed with an apricot glaze, and finally topped with crème Chantilly (French whipped cream). 

Oct 16, 2023

Sigteboller (Danish Salty Rye Rolls)

These Sigteboller, or Danish Salty Rye Rolls, with their soft interior and crisp thin crust, are easy to make and are wonderful warm from the oven and spread with butter. 

Danish Salty Rye Rolls in a basket.

You can serve these rolls for dinner, breakfast, or as a sandwich bun for lunch or a snack. These rye rolls are so versatile. 

Cranberry and Fudge Layered Pie

This cranberry and fudge layered pie is the perfect decadent chocolate dessert for the holidays. 

Cranberry and Fudge Layered Pie with a slice removed.


This pie consists of a flaky whole wheat crust filled with a layer of semi-sweet chocolate ganache and then topped with a sweet-tart layer of homemade cranberry sauce. 

Oct 15, 2023

Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

The Satan's Whiskers Cocktail is a wonderful cocktail for fall. With its orange color and Halloween-themed name, it is perfect for the season.

Satan's Whiskers Cocktail with the bottles behind it.

The Satan's whiskers is a bittersweet cocktail comprised of gin, dry and sweet rouge vermouth, Grand Marnier (a cognac flavored with bitter orange liqueur), orange juice, and orange bitters. 

Oct 13, 2023

Pumpkin Scones

If you love the flavors of pumpkin pie, you will love these pumpkin scones. 

Pumpkin Scones on a blue plate.


After baking, these pumpkin scones are drizzled with a vanilla bean glaze, which balances perfectly with the not-too-sweet scones. 

Oct 10, 2023

Italian Pane Francese (Italian Baguettes)

This Pane Francese is the shorter and flatter northern Italian cousin of the French baguette. It still comes with a crispy chewy crust and a soft airy interior, but it is much easier to make. 

Italian Baguettes with olive oil and balsamic.

The shape is pretty rustic, almost like a cross between a French baguette and a ciabatta. Making the dough involves a long fermentation for extra flavor. 

Sourdough Poppyseed Rolls

You can start making these sourdough poppyseed rolls at noon and they will be warm and ready for dinner. 

Sourdough Poppyseed Rolls in a basket with one cut in half.

These sourdough rolls are so flavorful with or without the poppyseeds, but I love the taste and texture that the poppyseeds add. 

Oct 9, 2023

Pumpkin Madeleines

These cute pumpkin madeleines are tasty little French-style sweet treats with a classic American fall flavor.  

Pumpkin Madeleines on black plates with an assortment in the background.

Madeleines are adorable little génoise sponge cakes (or are they cookies?) that are baked in a mold that makes them look like sea shells. They are tiny poppable cakes that are perfect for dipping in your morning or afternoon tea or coffee, or drizzled with a sweet sauce for dessert. 

Oct 8, 2023

Japanese Milk Bread with Furikake

This Japanese milk bread with furikake is a wonderfully soft loaf pan bread with added extra umami flavor from furikake, a Japanese seasoning. 

Japanese Milk Bread with Furikake on a cutting board.

This bread recipe is based on an Asian method for creating a super fluffy bread by cooking flour and water together to gelatinize the starches in the flour, making it super moisture absorbent. You can use more water in the dough without ending up with a super sticky, hard to handle dough. 

Oct 7, 2023

Halloween Cheese Ball

This Halloween cheese ball is a fun and delicious appetizer to serve at a Halloween, Thanksgiving, or game day celebration. 

Pumpkin-Shaped Halloween Cheese Ball with a bell pepper stem on a plate.

This pumpkin-shaped cheese ball is mildly spicy and delicious on your favorite cracker or crudité, such as celery or carrot sticks. I love this cheese spread on buttery crackers such as Ritz. 

Oct 5, 2023

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Bites

These chocolate peanut butter spider bites are a fun, salty-sweet treat to serve at your next Halloween party. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Bites on plates.

These chocolate and peanut butter pretzel spiders are made with just four ingredients and are great for making with kids. In fact, you could make these as an activity for kids to do during a family gathering. 

Oct 2, 2023

Breadstick Snakes

These breadstick snakes are an easy and tasty snack. Plus, they a fun way to fill your bread basket as a side for dinner.  

Breadstick Snakes on a black plate with dipping sauce.

Serve these breadsticks with a side of hot pizza sauce or marinara sauce on game day for a fun way to ring in fall. 

Oct 1, 2023

Lavash Pizza with Cauliflower, Fennel, and Mozzarella

This cauliflower and fennel topped lavash is a quick and simple way to toss together an amazing and nutritious "pizza" in just 30 minutes. 

Lavash Pizza with Cauliflower, Fennel, and Mozzarella cut into pieces on a cutting board

Begin with two store-bought 9 inch by 12 inch lavash breads. Although you can make your own lavash (and it's fun to make), one of the goals (besides total deliciousness) of making this pizza is that it is simple to throw together and e-a-s-y!