Fudgy Beet Brownies

As with zucchini bread and carrot cake, these beet brownies are a sweet dessert that are also chock full of a vitamin- and mineral-rich vegetable. They’re super moist, fudgey, and chocolatey brownies, and even the most vegetable-averse among us won’t be able to resist! Fudgy Beet Brownies Yields 12 Ingredients: 9 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped ½

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Pho

Has anyone else had a crazy-busy January?? (Raises hand.) Where did the month go? Pink hearts and Valentine’s Day decorations adorn every store already and I’m over here like: “Wasn’t Christmas yesterday??” But despite the exciting schedule my family had this last month, I was able to spend some amazing quality time in the kitchen.

Peanut Butter Middles

Since we are smack-dab in the middle of cookie season I had to bring out the big guns: chocolate and peanut butter. This recipe for Peanut Butter Middles has to be one of my all-time favorite holiday cookie recipes. I suppose they can be eaten all year long (and trust me, you will want to

Gingerbread

’Tis the season for cookies, cookies, and more cookies. And is there a cookie that epitomizes the holiday season more than gingerbread?? Even if it’s not your favorite cookie, you have to admit that it’s difficult to refuse those spicy-sweet treats this time of year. Whether you make gingerbread people or go all out with a

Whiskey and Browned Butter Pecan Pie

I may have said it before, but one of the reasons I grew up wanting to be a chef was because of the memory-triggering power of food. One bite of a favorite food and you’re instantly transported to your childhood, your first date with your husband or wife, the first Thanksgiving you ever cooked yourself,

Homemade Applesauce

Can’t decide between pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie this Thanksgiving? Why don’t you sneak the best part of apple pie onto the dinner table instead of trying to cram it onto the dessert table? Making homemade applesauce is not only easy but tastes wayyyyy better than anything you’d find in the grocery store. Plus you

Homemade Pomegranate Ricotta Cheese

What do guacamole, jelly beans, sourdough bread, and cheese have in common? Basically nothing except I am literally rendered helpless when those foods are placed in front of me. Self-control goes out the window and I become a face-shoveling fiend. They are my kryptonite. But do you know what makes it even worse? When the food

How To Carve A Whole Chicken

Carving a bird at the dinner table has been a role of great prestige in my family. I remember watching my grandpa cut into the turkey every Thanksgiving with the biggest smile on his face as he stood and cracked jokes with the family crammed around the table. And my dad always took pride as he

How To Truss A Chicken

Trussing a chicken can be a daunting yet one of the most important aspects of preparing a roasted chicken. Once you’ve mastered the technique, however, it makes the whole experience a seemingly easy and tasty one. A properly trussed chicken ensures an even cook throughout the whole bird while making it a beautiful centerpiece for the

Roasted Chicken

For my family, weekend activities range from hikes, day trips, and mini vacations to chores and cuddles in front of movies. But wherever the weekend takes us, we always like to close it out with a comforting and warm meal together. For us, the classic roasted chicken is our go-to most Sunday nights. And with cold

(The Best) Chocolate Chip Cookies

After my daughter was born I made it a goal of mine to perfect a bunch of classic recipes that I can share with her when she is older. I am determined to have the best pancake recipe for those early Sunday mornings when she and I are the only two people up. I want to send her to

Pumpkin Butter

As of yesterday, it is officially fall… which means it’s officially pumpkin season! And while the thermometer outside our Northern California home suggests otherwise, I’m ready to gear up for sweater weather and warm spices. One culinary must of mine at the beginning of the season is making pumpkin butter. It’s super easy to make, lasts for weeks

Artichokes

Every time I eat an artichoke, I can’t help but wonder how on Earth someone saw this weird looking food and decided it was edible. “Hey, check out this flower. Do you think we can eat it? What about if we cut the sharp, prickly tips of the leaves off, cook the whole thing, and

Turkish Hot Sauce

I love hot sauce. I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard hot sauce eater, but I do like have a few on hand to spice up a dish when needed. However, I don’t like hot sauces that just set your mouth on fire instead of adding anything complex to a dish. The end of summer is the

Homemade Ginger Beer

My fun drink of choice lately has been the Moscow Mule. They are way too delicious and go down way too easily. So, naturally, I had to learn how to make my own ginger beer. If only I could make my own vodka. Maybe my next culinary challenge… Just kidding. Well, maybe not… if I