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Asiago-Crusted Roast Lemon Asparagus

No Comments | Written on January 23, 2015 at 10:59 am , by

Lemon season is in full swing, and we can’t stop finding new ways to use the citrus. One of our new favorite preparation methods for asparagus involves the humble fruit. This recipe is not only beautiful, but tastes delicious. The asiago crust adds a wonderfully nutty flavor to the side dish, and this recipe pairs perfectly with a broiled chicken breast or roast salmon.

Feel free to modify this recipe however you’d like. The juice from a blood orange in place of the lemon is fantastic, and green beans also work well in this simple and elegant side dish. If you’d like to try another type of cheese, we like a combination of Parmesan and Romano cheese as well.

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The Best Winter Ratatouille Ever?

No Comments | Written on January 22, 2015 at 9:26 am , by

Ratatouille may sound foreign, and it is! It’s a French vegetable dish that makes a wonderful winter dinner. This recipe is a classic, and we didn’t do much to the original, because it’s pretty much perfect. When served as a side, meatless main course, or even as a healthy snack, this versatile dish is fantastic. Plus, you can transition this dish from winter to the warmer months, as it can also be served cold.

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Caramelized 4-Cheese Potato Gratin

No Comments | Written on January 21, 2015 at 10:49 am , by

We love elegant recipes that look like they took hours to prepare. This caramelized four-cheese gratin makes a wonderful side dish for dinner parties, and you can mix up the base recipe however you please! We even love to use fresh turnips and parsnips in place of potatoes. Any melting cheeses work well here, and will yield one creamy and cheesy casserole.

This simple layered potato casserole makes a wonderful make-ahead side dish during the winter, because all you have to do when you get home is pop it in the oven. The inviting aromas of the melting cheeses and softened potatoes will fill your house, and you’ll relax into the evening.


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Elegant Orange and Pear Tart With Strawberry Glaze

No Comments | Written on January 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm , by

Isn’t this simple dessert absolutely beautiful? Imagine how perfect this dessert would look in the center of your dessert table. A winter potluck dessert favorite, this recipe is also great for when you feel like cooking or baking to help de-stress. We’ve been known to have a slice of this by the fire ourselves.

We love to use in-season fruits for this recipe, especially the lemons and apples that are in season now. A skinned and seeded Meyer lemon combined with a Bramley apple is perfect in this tart. Plus, the recipe is basic enough that you can make some healthy substitutions, if you desire!


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Dark Chocolate Covered Sugar-Free Almond Brittle

No Comments | Written on January 16, 2015 at 12:00 am , by

Yes, you read that right. We took all the deliciousness you’ve come to know and love from some of the best indulgent desserts and made it healthier. BUT we didn’t sacrifice taste! This sweet treat truly tastes like a famous candy recipe you can make at home. It’s such a wonderful combination of sweet, salty, and bitter. We even like to make this recipe as a party favor for our dinner parties and hand out small bags.

Try different versions of the recipe. If you feel like indulging, dip in a milk chocolate ganache and top with coconut while the chocolate is drying. You can even make a swirled dip by melting peanut butter chips with the chocolate chips. As for the almonds used, we’ve also tried this recipe using peanuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts. All of the variations came out delicious, with their own unique flavors.

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Simple Roast Chicken With Herb Crust and Seasonal Vegetables

No Comments | Written on January 15, 2015 at 9:26 am , by

Roasting a chicken on a bed of seasonal vegetables is one of our favorite winter pastimes. There’s something so comforting about the routine of it. So, while we usually give you twists on classics, we thought we’d stick to the basics here. This is the best tender and juicy roast chicken and vegetables recipe we’ve had in awhile. With a bed of veggies being basted by the caramelizing juices of the roasting chicken, your home is going to smell unbelievable. What’s even better is this one-dish meal can be made simply during the week or dressed up for the weekend.

Feel free to experiment with this basic recipe. Our version does an herb oil/butter on the top of the chicken. But a dry rub can also work, just make sure the inside of the chicken is stuffed with something like citrus to keep it moist. You can even whip up a barbecue sauce and use that in place of the herbs. There’s a reason this meal idea is a classic, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

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Blueberry Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Ganache

No Comments | Written on January 14, 2015 at 10:33 am , by

There’s something so perfect about an angel food cake in the winter. Perhaps it serves as a nice contrast to all the heavy comfort foods we get used to eating during the cold months. However, we tend to get bored with the traditional angel food cake recipe, so we thought we’d spice it up.

By folding in fresh blueberries, a hint of orange zest, and garnishing with a simple chocolate ganache recipe, this light cake recipe is transformed into something truly gourmet. Plus, this cake freezes very well, which means you can whip it up early in the week and prepare the ganache a few hours before serving!

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Light and Cheesy Fried Jalapeño Medallions

No Comments | Written on January 13, 2015 at 10:10 am , by

Jalapeño poppers are one of our favorite classic appetizer recipes. However, they are notorious for being calorie bombs. Sure, we could tell you to stuff the peppers with veggies, oven-fry instead of deep fry, or just not eat them all together. But that’s not what we want to do.

This recipe captures all the flavor you love from the original jalapeno popper recipe, and strips away the guilt. With a light tempura batter and a hint of cheese, these are perfect for parties. Yes, you can even enjoy these with a ranch dressing on the side!

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Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs From Scratch

No Comments | Written on January 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm , by

You say meatball, we say too heavy. That’s why we put a spin on the traditional Italian recipe and lightened it up at the same time. Don’t think you lose that from-scratch flavor, either! Plus, you can prepare this recipe in the crockpot, which makes this a perfect time-saving recipe.

If you prefer the taste of a homemade sauce, by all means use it in place of what we recommend! However, we find that the homemade meatball is really what gives it that grandma’s kitchen flavor.

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Southwestern Pork and Vegetable Soup with Fresh Cilantro

No Comments | Written on January 9, 2015 at 10:18 am , by

There’s something about a warm and spicy soup recipe in the cold weather that we’ve been having lately. This Southwestern soup recipe uses some vegetables to add nutrition, pork to add heartiness, and a whole bunch of fresh cilantro to give it a fresh taste prior to serving. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, you can serve this no-fuss winter soup recipe with a dollop of sour cream. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

This soup is best garnished with a variety of Tex-Mex toppings. Our favorite accents for this easy and hearty recipe include: crushed tortilla chips, fresh Mexican cheese (Chihuahua or Monterrey Jack are two of our favorites), and some hot sauce. For a thicker version of this soup, you can puree a cup of soup with some tortilla chips and return to the rest of the soup while cooking.

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