Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail

A perfect drink for cool evenings and changing seasons, the Bourbon Maple Leaf cocktail is great for sipping alone or pairing with cool weather comfort food. 

Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. This is strange for someone originally from Florida, where depending on which side of Lake Okeechobee you live it’s a toss-up between rum and Jack Daniel’s. Bourbon was something I wasn’t exposed to until college, and since then it has been my liquor of choice for pairing with barbecue and other meat dishes, to prepare brine for turkey, or to just enjoy on the rocks. (more…)

White Russian Pecan Pie

White Russian Pecan Pie – inspired a little by happy hour, a lot by a road trip, this unique pecan pie recipe is amazing! It’s a must for our Thanksgiving table. 

White Russian Pecan Pie - inspired a little by happy hour, a lot by a road trip, this unique pecan pie recipe is amazing! It's a must for our Thanksgiving table. * Recipe on

Have you ever had a dish so good at a restaurant you had to go back, even if it was out of your way, just to eat it again? This is what happened with us and this White Russian Pecan Pie. Actually, it wasn’t just the pie, we had to go back for all the amazing food. Last year, the Godfather and I stopped by Julia Belle’s Restaurant at the Pee Dee Farmer’s Market in Florence, South Carolina. It’s a tiny little place with some of the absolute tastiest food we’ve enjoyed on the road. So good, we knew it was a stop on the way home before we even started our vacation. Julia Belle’s is where I first heard of a White Russian Pecan Pie.  (more…)

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies {Egg Free}

Peanut butter pumpkin blondies are a delicious alternative to brownies in the fall. Festive, and easy to make, they’re a great gift or easy dessert.

This peanut butter pumpkin blondies recipe is egg free, delicious, and the perfect fall dessert for pumpkin lovers! * Recipe on

Strange as it sounds, you may thank a protein smoothie for this peanut butter pumpkin blondies recipe. I was on a pumpkin mocha protein smoothie kick for about a week, and the only can of pumpkin I could find in my cabinet was one of those monster cans that has enough puree for 2 pies. Given that I don’t drink a protein smoothie every day, and that each smoothie only requires a bit of pumpkin, I had quite a bit leftover. Which could have become something healthy, but why? It would throw off our fabulous balance. And I’ve also really wanted brownies recently. This is the perfect solution!  (more…)

Ranch Hasselback Potato Casserole

Somewhere between potatoes au gratin and the Hasselback potato, this ranch Hasselback potato casserole is a tasty side dish with everything you love about both dishes. Crispy potato edges and a creamy, cheesy sauce.

Crispy edges, a creamy center, cheese, and Ranch dressing - this Ranch Hasselback Potato Casserole is a fabulous side dish for potato lovers! * Recipe on

The NYT Food section sends me on “I must make this!” cooking tangents more often than I should admit. Like last year, when they posted a recipe for a Cheesy Hasselback Potato Casserole and, after I showed it to the Godfather, it was dinner. Not a side dish, just dinner. With an egg. Thorough enjoyment ensued and the Hasselback potato casserole replaced au gratin potatoes and Hasselback potatoes in our home. At least, for the moment, as we have neither too frequently. (more…)

Ginger Turmeric Sore Throat Soother

Soothe a sore throat with one of my favorite natural remedies, a ginger turmeric sore throat soother! 

A natural caffeine-free way to sooth a sore throat, Ginger Turmeric Sore Throat Soother *

Early this year, I was introduced to cooking with fresh turmeric, and I now use it whenever possible in lieu of dry. Not only is it supposed to be super good for you and full of great anti-inflammatory curcuminoids, it tastes good. With seasonal colds starting to make the rounds in the Godfather’s office, I knew I needed to prepare just in case any germs enter the house. (more…)

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