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Chicken Recipes to Warm Your Soul

I’ve lived most of my life in and around Chicago, so I’m no stranger to nasty winters. I’m well-versed in winds blowing right through the buttons of your coat, wet socks sticking up from the tops of snow boots and scarves that you don’t dare lower from your nose. Like everybody else does when the weather turns bleak, I bundle up…and my food does, too!

Seriously, these bundles are one of the most warming and satisfying dishes around, and chicken recipes are always my go-to this time of year. If you haven’t tried these rolls of savory, stuffed goodness, you need to. They’ll thaw you inside and out. Continue reading

The Perfect Appetizer for Any Holiday Party

Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition. My mom would go all out each Christmas Eve by preparing a spread of appetizers that included chicken wings, bacon-wrapped wieners, cheese and crackers, crab salad and fresh fruit. She’d give us brand-new pajamas and we’d all change into them before starting a classic Christmas movie. Snuggled together, we’d watch the screen under the lights of our Christmas tree. For dessert there were always homemade holiday cookies and candies. It was wonderful! I love passing on childhood traditions like these to my children. Continue reading

3 Microwave Hacks for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life

Is there anything worse than getting ready to bake and finding your brown sugar is basically hard enough to cut glass? This seems to happen to me every Thanksgiving Eve when I’m already coated in flour, reeking of onions and garlic, and in the middle of three other Thanksgiving recipes. Fortunately, there’s one quick microwave trick to solve this problem—and a couple more that are even easier if you have the foresight to check your sugar more than five minutes before you need it. Continue reading

Pumpkin: Celebrate Fall’s Best Flavors with an Easy Mousse Pie

Having grown up in Vermont, it probably goes without saying that the strikingly beautiful colors of fall foliage hold a special place in my heart. Fall is easily one of my favorite times of the year—I just can’t help but love feeling the cooler air, wearing light sweaters, wrapping up in blankets on the couch and watching weekend football. But you know what I love even more? All the wonderful pumpkin desserts! Continue reading

Pumpkin + Banana Bread + Cream Cheese Frosting = Bliss

It’s time to break out the pumpkin! Now you can get whole pumpkins…or just buy a bunch of cans of puree like I do. There are so many sweet and savory dishes you can incorporate it into. I’ve added pumpkin to lots of different recipes. It’s easy to add to anything with a tomato-based red sauce like chili, spaghetti or enchiladas. You can also make many different pumpkin desserts like rolls, pumpkin cheesecake or pudding. Yum! But today I’m going to add pumpkin to banana bread for a wonderful fall flavor. Continue reading

Brunch…with Bubbles

Time to hit the bottle! No, not THAT bottle—the bottle of seltzer. Everywhere I look, I’m seeing new varieties of sparkling water on the shelves. They beckon me with tantalizing (and increasingly exotic) flavors like “golden peach,” “mountain raspberry,” “key lime” and “pomegranate sangria.” How could I not want to taste those? But how could I find a reason to buy all the flavors I’ve had my eye on? Brunch. Brunch is always the answer. This weekend I’m having some friends over to sample my small collection of upgraded bubbly water and enjoy my favorite better-than-a-restaurant recipes. If you find yourself in the same boat (as if you need a reason to make brunch), here are the dishes at the top of my list …dishes best accompanied by bubbly water.

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A+ Apple Recipes

Every year we take a family trip to the orchard, where we drag a wagon from tree to tree, twisting off low-hanging fruit. After a long, hot summer we are glad to be in sweatshirts and sneakers, energized by a nip in the air. What with that mellow September sunlight, the kids, the trees and the apples, this outing is my secret favorite moment of the season. The apples we pick are not always the roundest or reddest, but each one is scrutinized by the kids and each one is uniquely tempting. We start baking as soon as we get home; we’ve got the oven preheating before our jackets come off. Here are some of our tried-and-true faves, plus a brilliant way to keep sliced apples fresh and crunchy!

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