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Mustard Chips: Easy 2-Ingredient Snack!

No Comments | Written on October 28, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

With Halloween this weekend there will be lots of sweet treats just within arms reach.  At some point we all are going to be a little over saturated with chocolate and candy corn, and will find ourselves reaching for something salty.

This super easy savory snack fits the bill.  For those who love potato chips, these warm and crispy mustard chips are pure bliss!

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Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

No Comments | Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Let’s kick off the week with a flavorful fall breakfast that will knock your socks off!

Don’t worry about snatching up those “limited edition” holiday flavors of cream cheese in the grocery store.  It’s easy to make your own homemade pumpkin cream cheese spread.  I enjoy a hearty schmear on top of a warm bagel on a cool autumn morning like today.

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10 Favorite Apple Recipes

No Comments | Written on October 24, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

From the tart Granny Smith’s to the sweet Fuji or Gala, apples are in season!  This versatile fruit can be used in sweet or savory dishes.  Today I have assembled a list of my Top 10 Favorite Apple Recipes!

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Turkish Candied Pumpkin

1 Comment | Written on October 23, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

With winter squash season in full swing, I am always on the lookout for new recipes using pumpkin.  I first tasted this recipe over the summer when I was traveling in Istanbul.  In Turkish it is called “Kabak Tatlisi” but we would recognize it as candied pumpkin!  With only 3 simple ingredients, this dish is definitely one to add to your holiday lineup.

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (on the go!)

No Comments | Written on October 22, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Imagine all your favorite flavors of a pumpkin pie…without the guilt!  Sounds impossible, right?

This “Pumpkin Spice Smoothie” not only tastes like a slice of pie, it just happens to be packed with fruits and veggies.  It is the perfect on the go treat to enjoy for breakfast or a snack during the fall months.

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Oktoberfest Beer and Cheese Pretzel Dip

No Comments | Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

The word “Oktoberfest” conjures up some of my favorite aromas and flavors of the season.  A warm, salted pretzel right out of the oven, rich cheeses and hearty beers.

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2014 New York City Wine and Food Festival

No Comments | Written on October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This weekend marked the 2014 New York City Wine and Food Festival.  It was four delicious days filled with top chefs, delectable cuisine, and bottomless drinks.  With a festival this big, it is easy to get overwhelmed!  That’s why I have assembled my top 10 tips for navigating a food and wine fest.

Let’s get this party started…cheers!

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Crock Pot Carrots and Sweet Potatoes

No Comments | Written on October 19, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Ok, I know it might seem like it is too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving menus, but you can actually do all the prep work for this side dish today and then just fix it and forget it on turkey day!

First, check out this post on preparing and freezing crock pot dishes in advance.  Then get excited, because you get to enjoy these incredibly easy and delicious “Crock Pot Carrots and Sweet Potatoes” on Thanksgiving day!

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Spicy Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

No Comments | Written on October 18, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This hearty meal is perfect for cool autumn weather.  I like to serve this Spicy Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with hot cooked pasta (such as orzo) or over warm and creamy polenta.

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Slow Cooker Gumbo

1 Comment | Written on October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Enjoy a taste of the south, with the ease and convenience of a slow cooker!

I love to make this Slow Cooker Gumbo with spicy andouille sausage.   It feels like a trip to New Orleans without leaving home!

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