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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions & Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I can’t believe Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate with family or friends near to your heart, a bountiful table, in a warm home filled with love. We will be sharing our first Thanksgiving with A with my baby sister, her husband, their dog, and two friends from our last assignment who just moved here, and I know it will be a wonderful way to…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey pot pie is one of our favorite ways to repurpose leftover Thanksgiving turkey! With an easy to make crust, and a tasty filling, you'll want to make 2 and freeze one for later! * Recipe on

*Disclaimer* I will be shooting better “final” photos for this turkey pot pie recipe when I bake the second pie. We were hungry, it smelled amazing. Make it and you’ll understand. 😉 This post *finally* updated November 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.  This week I learned that I am not ready to cook for three people. I have no idea how to scale servings to account for…

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Appetizers & Party Snacks/ Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Turkey Lumpia and Vegetable Pancit

I should have doubled this recipe. The recipe made about 18 lumpia and if I hadn’t left some uncooked for photos, you would have no pictures of the finished product because the Godfather would likely have eaten every one, and this is why you need to make this.   As recent California transplants, it’s become very clear that certain foods we took for granted as readily available are not actually…

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Blog Recipes/ Side Dishes

“Not Too Sweet” Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Need a "not too sweet" sweet potato casserole? This sweet potato casserole with pecans is a family favorite and so easy for Thanksgiving! * Recipe on

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans recipe has been updated with new photos as of October 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. This recipe is a family favorite and has become a tradition in our home. We enjoy it so much, I make it at least one or two times per year outside the holiday season. If you must add marshmallows for guests, I’ve used the same base…

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Blog Recipes/ Grilling and Barbecue/ Main Dishes

The Godfather’s Smoked Turkey

The Godfather's Smoked Turkey - Perfected over nearly a decade, the brine recipe and smoking process for our Thanksgiving turkey results in a juicy, flavorful bird everyone loves. You may also use the brine for a roasted bird if you don't have a grill to smoke. * Recipe on

The Godfather’s Smoked Turkey recipe has been updated with new photos as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add better photos to already delicious recipes. Thanks for stopping by! I’m not quite sure how to introduce this recipe. Maybe I can start with the story of how, years ago the Godfather (well before he was the Godfather), set out to create a smoked turkey so we could have…

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Blog Recipes/ Desserts and Sweets

I Am Thankful for Salted Caramel Apple Pie

All butter flaky crust, loads of fresh apples, and caramel. I *need* this apple pie for Thanksgiving!

  This post updated Oct 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.    The last time I baked an apple pie was many months too long ago, which I find funny because apple pie has to be one of my favorite types of pie ever. I like to enjoy warm apple pie plain or with homemade vanilla ice cream, apple pie at room temperature after a meal, or even cold apple…

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Cookies and Macarons/ Desserts and Sweets

Pumpkin Chai Tea Macarons

Perfect macarons for fall! Pumpkin chai macarons recipe on

Bonjour mon amis! Mondays are for celebrations and so this Monday is for pumpkin chai MACARONS! <3   Those of you who knew me in my bakery days knew that the macarons were one of my signature specialties, but you didn’t think I just made them for you did you? Au contrair! My love affair with the macaron started long before, when I wanted to try one without driving an…

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Blog Recipes/ Desserts and Sweets

The BEST Pumpkin Cheesecake {Gluten Free}

It may seem a touch arrogant to claim that this pumpkin cheesecake is “the best”, but I feel somewhat qualified to give it that distinction. You see, I have a certified cheesecake expert in our home (The Godfather), and given our time away from the more selective cheesecake-consuming metropolitan areas, I had to learn to make a really really good cheesecake. One that’s creamy but not slick, has texture but…

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Blog Recipes/ Desserts and Sweets

Scary Good Bourbon-Spiked Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll

The Godfather says I’m in “white girl in yoga pants” mode with all the pumpkin recipes recently, but I don’t exactly see him complaining. All I’m going to say is that it wasn’t me who ordered the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks the other day. I do love pumpkin recipes though! Today I want to share a classic pumpkin recipe with a super cute Halloween twist. Pumpkin rolls used to intimidate me…

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Blog Recipes/ Desserts and Sweets

Pumpkin Challah Bread Pudding

Pumpkin challah bread pudding. A delicious dessert for Thanksgiving or anytime this Fall!

This post updated September 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project, where I add better photos to already delicious recipes!    Welcome to my blog! I’m looking forward to sharing recipes with you and hopefully encouraging you to get creative and play in the kitchen too. Let’s begin, shall we?   I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin as a food trend. The pumpkin has been terribly abused and…

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