Post Thanksgiving Buttermilk Waffles {made w/dressing!}


I have a massive amount of dressing leftover from Thanksgiving as the recipe I made serves about 12. I think between my dad and myself we maybe ate 1 serving on Thanksgiving day. I’m not one to throw out leftovers. I need to share them or eat them. I’ve given one of my friends and…

Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal Pie


I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin. Love pumpkin coffee drinks, pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin bread. I love everything pumpkin. Except pumpkin pie. So you can imagine my conundrum during Thanksgiving when pumpkin pie is the central dessert on everyone’s table? So I started my own…

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Fontina Cheese {with Thyme}


When I stumbled upon this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens I knew I wanted it to grace my table on Thanksgiving. I love sweet potatoes. And I love fontina cheese. And I love the idea of a more savory flavored sweet potato because I tend to gravitate toward recipes that mitigate the natural sweetness…

Classic Sage and Sausage Dressing


Do you know the difference between dressing and stuffing? There’s very little. It depends on how you cook it but people use the term interchangeably unless you are in the South. Then apparently it’s “dressing” no matter how you cook it. Stuffing is dressing that’s “stuffed” into the turkey and cooked. Dressing is cooked in…

Basic Roast Turkey


In sifting through my “Thanksgiving” recipe cache I keep, I chose this recipe for turkey because it was so simple. I’ve made an herb-roasted turkey. I’ve done a dry-brined kosher turkey. I made roast turkey stuffed with herbs and veggies and brined beforehand. I overcooked some turkey legs in a crock pot one year. I baked a…

Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits


There is nothing more Thanksgiving to me than cornbread. I like to have it on my table every year or some sort of cornmeal or corn dish as a substitute. I didn’t have any clear idea of what I wanted to do this year with the cornbread. Last year I didn’t make cornbread because I…

Pumpkin Pancakes {paleo, GF}


Updated 11/19/2017 I previously wrote: So I’m going to warn you that this is not the most technically sound recipe for pancakes. I based this recipe off of one that is vastly different than mine only because when I tried following the recipe it just didn’t make sense. So I kept adding things until I…

Smoked Salmon Chowder {Seattle style}


One of the things I loved about living in Portland, Ore., was how close it was to Seattle. I love, love, love Seattle. I love Pike Place Market. I could walk around it for hours and I have before. One of the things I’ve never tried while in Seattle was Smoked Salmon Chowder. Clam Chowder,…

Easy Biscuits and Gravy Bake


  The first time I ever ate biscuits and gravy was in high school. It was the first time I’d ever really heard of or paid much attention to the dish and didn’t know it would eventually become a breakfast favorite of mine. One of my high school friends had been born in Texas; they…

Triple Layer Cheesecake, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie


Even though I gave my dad first dibs at choosing the Thanksgiving menu this year, he allowed me to choose the dessert. Mainly because he knows how much I love dessert but also because I would have to make it. Neither of us overly like pumpkin pie, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving unless you…

Crispy-Skinned Herb Roasted Turkey


I asked my dad if he wanted to fly in for Thanksgiving this year instead of me flying back home to the Midwest when I realized I was low on cash. One of my dogs was diagnosed with diabetes in June, and it’s been a bit crippling to my pocket the last few months. Since…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon


I have this thing with sweet potatoes. I am OBSESSED with them. But not on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why. Sweet Potato dishes are usually the first thing I’ll pass. Maybe it’s the marshmallows. Or the other overly sweet accoutrements that normally accompany the spud. Whatever the reason, sweet potatoes don’t top my list of…

Thanksgiving Day Bacon and Biscuit Dressing


I’m afraid the pictures for this dressing do the recipe no justice. But you’ll have to trust me on the fact that any dressing recipe made out of biscuits and bacon is going to rock your world. This one rocked mine. My grandma sent me a recipe that she clipped from Penzey’s magazine. I could…

Pumpkin Gnocchi


Whenever possible my friends and I try to get together to have happy hour, which often includes making food. This past week I hosted Jen, Kyna and Christine for a night of gnocchi making. I found the perfect recipe at simplyrecipes.com.   I was hesitant to make gnocchi again because the last time I did…

Pumpkin Butterscotch Brown Butter Bread Pudding


Last week I roasted four sugar pumpkins and have done relatively little with the puree, other than make some fabulous Pumpkin Gnocchi with my friends. This weekend I unearthed a recipe my grandma sent me a long time ago which would be perfect in order to use the pumpkin puree sitting in my fridge along…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup


A few weeks ago I was on this broccoli-roasting kick wherein I was roasting broccoli every night for dinner. This was in effort to sneak more vegetables into my life. More recently I’ve been on a smoothie-for-dinner kick. I like the smoothie a lot better than making roasted broccoli for dinner for two reasons: 1)…

Chipotle Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash


With a snow storm hitting Portland hard this weekend, I was mostly stuck in doors. This gave me a lot of time to clean, organize, watch the Olympics and, of course, cook. I’ve had an acorn squash and some sugar pumpkins sitting on my countertop for a few months now. I noticed today that my…

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies


Even though I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin everything this year, I’ve been hesitant to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Why? Because I generally don’t like the cakey texture the pumpkin lends to the cookie. If I wanted cake, I’d eat cake. But when I want a cookie, I want the texture of a cookie. Got…