Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles

This will be a quick post because 1) I didn’t get good pictures of me making it and 2) the recipe is only a slight adaption from this recipe on food.com. The cookies themselves are also easy breezy and a fun treat to make this weekend if you have the time. I guarantee you have all the ingredients already in your pantry. Continue reading

Carrot and Sweet Potato Cake Donuts

Fall is here!! Can you tell? There is so much pumpkin spice everywhere and I love it. I already put up Halloween decorations in my office, and I’ll be putting up my home ones this weekend when I have time for a full afternoon of decorating and watching Hocus Pocus (fun fact: my sister and I love this movie. Our next favorite to watch together is Night at the Roxbury). I’m starting a bit early this year because I’ll be out of town for almost half of October, and I need to enjoy it while I can. My first Fall treat was making these donuts last week. I had some sweet potatoes and carrots that I needed to use up, so I decided to go all-in with donuts.

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Strawberry Lemonade Pinwheel Cookies

I wanted to make something cute and tasty to bring to a friend’s shrimp boil, and thought something light was in order. These cookies fit the bill and balanced out the spiciness of the shrimp and sausage. The best part about these cookies are that they are very easy to make and only require four ingredients! Although I’m usually a purist when it comes to making cakes or cookies, I took the shortcut and used lemon cake mix and strawberry cake mix. Plus, you can add some lemon juice or zest to the lemon side to add some extra flavor.

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Rosemary Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula and Balsamic Honey Drizzle

Phew that’s a long name. No way around that unfortunately, and I hope it doesn’t deter you. It doesn’t take a lot of time, prep, or ingredients but tastes like you’ve spent all day making a complicated dish. The colors also look very impressive on a plate, so it would be perfect to impress your friends at a spring brunch!

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Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty happy that brussels sprouts have been making the rounds in restaurants lately, even if the fad is almost over. Luckily, they are a pretty resilient vegetable so you can get pretty good sprouts at most grocery stores and make them at home. When I make brussels sprouts for dinner, I like to cut them in half and pan roast / steam them. I made a bunch of them earlier in the week for dinner, and realized I had the making of an epic grilled cheese on my hands.

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Pistachio Ice Cream with Salty Honey Swirl

Whenever I go to a new gelato place or see a new flavor, I try to branch out. I do. But I always end up with pistachio and/or hazelnut. I just can’t help it. When I was on vacation recently I went to an ice cream parlor and tried new flavors, and still ended up with pistachio. I hadn’t had pistachio in ice cream form, and it was crazy good. I knew I had to make it when I got home. To kick it up a notch I added a salty honey swirl from¬†this post on The Merry Thought. Continue reading

Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Spicy Tomato Jam on Puff Pastry

I’m filing this as another post under “Travel for Food” since this recipe is inspired by a dish I recently had while traveling with my husband and friends to St. Martin. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend going. It has unbelievable beaches and is a food lover’s paradise. Half of the island is Dutch, and the other half is French. They both have fantastic food options, but the French side boasts some seriously legit French restaurants. We all went out for a big dinner one night, which is where I ran into this dish. Each layer is so superb, and tastes delicious all together.

If the food isn’t enough and you need some convincing to go to St. Martin, btw, this might help:

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Big Easy, Big Belly

Before I start this post I’d like to ask that we declare it an official “judgement free” zone. I realize that the amount of food and drinks that are about to be described could feed a family of four for probably a week, and we did it in two days with just two of us. I’m not proud of it. Well, maybe I am. Anyway, everyone have their beads ready? Let’s head to New Orleans.

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Traveling + Food (or, Traveling for Food)

I’ve been a little busy lately, and then on a long vacation, so I haven’t had as much time to cook and take pretty pictures lately. I still want to write, though, so I decided to do what I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, and that is to document the food that my husband and I ate on our honeymoon. For our honeymoon we rented an RV and did a road trip across the southern half of the US. Part of this will also describ our RV experience, but I promise there will be a lot of food talk. I don’t want to say that food was our main focus of the honeymoon, but I also don’t want to not say it…since it pretty much was. Sometimes in life you need to just embrace your inner fat kid and roll with it, and that’s literally what we did.

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Cookie Butter (Speculoos) Pie

If you haven’t heard of speculoos, also known as cookies that make cookie butter butter, you may be living under a rock. It’s everywhere. Namely, Trader Joe’s. Good ole’ TJs sells not only the cookies, but three cookie butter varieties. What more could a girl want?¬†Once I discovered that they sold the actual cookies, I decided I had to make something with them. What’s better than cookie butter on top of more cookie butter? Putting it in the shape of a pie and adding a dark chocolate layer.

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