White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

My kitchen is a very happy place right now. After summer, fall is my favorite season for cooking.  Autumn vegetables, fruits, and spices are among my favorite things to cook with.  The warm flavors speak of home and comfort to me.  Because I love these flavors I tend to overbuy fresh fall produce when it hits the stores.  What can I say – I’m greedy!  In this case I had too many sweet potatoes.  What I came up with is all...

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Sweet Potato, Apple and Caramelized Onion Gratin

I am exhausted. Project Food Blog has been, and continues to be, intense, I’ve had friends in from out of the country, I have four family birthdays coming up, and I am still working three part-time jobs.  On top of it all looms the specter of Thanksgiving and all the preparation that entails.  I am doing my best not to think about it too closely and a good distraction is my kitchen.  This gratin was born out of my efforts to...

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Food for the Road!

It is time for the next Project Food Blog challenge … thank you all for voting and getting me this far! This week we have been challenged to take our food on the road: For this challenge, you’re tasked with creating a delicious meal that will travel well and still look great. From picnics and school lunches to bento boxes, or any other meal on the go, you need to whip up a entree, side, drink, and dessert to enjoy after...

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (Just Desserts Challenge)

Oh goodness, this is our second Top Chef Just Desserts Elimination Challenge … Challenge! On the last episode of Top Chef Just Desserts the cheftestants were challenged to create bake sale goodies.  I love bake sale goodies, as my thighs will attest, so I was all in on this one.  Bake sale treats are meant to be homey, but that does not mean they are simple. Since the air has suddenly become crisp (I know it can’t last, it...

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Maple Soup

I was not really a big fan of butternut squash until last winter.     Not that there is anything wrong with it, but I had only ever had it baked or steamed with some butter.  BORING!  So, I decided to try adding butternut squash into different recipes.  I figured out pretty early on I liked butternut squash best in creamy applications, and that is when I discovered a whole universe of butternut squash soups.   Many of the soups called...

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