Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Cauliflower Parsnip Mash {w/Rosemary, garlic and brown butter}


Yeah OK. I’m a bit obsessed with making fake mashed potatoes using other white veggies. Ever since I found out that you can puree cauliflower and butter and salt and pepper, I’ve been dreaming of other creations I can puree. I’ve obviously done cauliflower a few times. And previously I pureed cauliflower and then mashed…

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash


After discovering a love for cauliflower puree I went back to a recipe I had sitting in my drafts for months for Cheesy Cauliflower mash. The recipe  I had originally contemplated months ago comes from I Breathe I’m Hungry. The pictures of this mash looked substantially thicker than my puree and who doesn’t love cheese in…

Caprese Spinach Salad


I have this thing with spinach. I typically only eat baby spinach because I can’t handle the size of regular spinach. And I don’t like the stem on either size. I will take a meticulously long time to de-stem spinach for a salad. I mean how many times have you been eating a spinach salad…

Arugula Salad {w/lemon vinaigrette}


I’m not very good at eating my greens. I’m sure I’ve said that many times. Part of my problem is I only like vegetables certain ways. For example, broccoli must be cooked and usually eaten with copious amounts of melted cheese. Same for kale and spinach. I also do not like raw brussels sprouts, cauliflower…

Cauliflower Purée {paleo, low-carb}


Ever since I made a paleo Shepherd’s pie a few months ago I have been wanting to make myself some cauliflower mash. For the Shepherd’s pie I had made a cauliflower puree that I mixed with mashed white sweet potato. I remember licking the cauliflower puree out of my Vitamix thinking that was disappointed I…

Shallot and Rosemary Sausage Patties


There’s something I love about breakfast sausage. I like almost every kind. Pork sausage. Chicken sausage. Turkey sausage. Sausage packed into a casing. Sausage without a casing. Ground sausage. What I never really eat is sausage patties and I’m not quite sure why. They’re basically like mini hamburgers you have at breakfast and I love…

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…

Perfect Mashed Potatoes {pioneer woman}


If I could chose only one side dish for Thanksgiving it would likely be mashed potatoes. I always pile a large amount on my plate. They are the best thing ever. Truly. Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally about the only time I make them so to me they are an extra special treat. Which naturally…

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

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…

Maple Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts


There was a time when I despised Brussels sprouts. I had a roommate about 10 years ago who loooooved Brussels Sprouts. She would microwave them until they were hard tiny balls and pop them into her mouth. I hated the smell. That was my first foray with Brussels sprouts; I wouldn’t touch them with a…

Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Honey Butter


I ripped this recipe out of a Bon Appetit magazine a year or two ago and had been wanting to make it ever since. Somehow I never got around to making it until today. The magazine describes the recipe as “easy” but I find it a bit putzy. Still, usually putzy recipes translate to worth…

The Easiest Buttermilk Biscuits {in the history of all time}


A few years ago my friend and her then-husband figured out that if you make cookie dough, roll the dough into balls and then freeze the balls of dough, you can make and eat fresh baked cookies every night. And they did. And she gained weight from it. Her words; not mine. I didn’t notice….

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

{lower carb} Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole


I guess you could say I’m a little bit obsessed with cauliflower rice recently. I keep thinking of ways I can sneak it into dishes as a substitute for regular rice. So I got to thinking about the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole dish my mom makes and the millions of variations of the dish…

Cauliflower Fritters


Every time I buy cauliflower (or rather cauliflower rice these days) I get grandiose thoughts of doing something cool with it and then sort of forget that the cauliflower is even in my refrigerator. I guess I must not find cauliflower all that exciting when you get right down to it or I wouldn’t procrastinate…

Creamy Cheesy {Italian} Asparagus


Did you know there’s such thing as “Creamed Asparagus on Toast”? Really. There is. Google it. There are tons of recipes. I discovered the recipe (which seems like an odd combination if you ask me) when I was searching for a recipe for creamed asparagus. In fact even recipes that I thought might actually be…