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Wine-Poached Spiced Pears & Chocolate Strudel

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It’s perfect when you want something fairly quick that […]

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week’s theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week’s theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give […]

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Tipsy Cranberry-Pear Sauce with Raisins

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream […]

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples #FallFest

Thanksgiving side, Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples with gorgonzola

Perfect side dish for fall-scalloped sweet potatoes and apples with gorgonzola and spiced butter, topped with an oat-pepita crumble. Images of smiling, multi-generation families crowded around tables heavy with roast turkeys and casseroles are everywhere this time of year. The message seems to be – […]

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Maple Candied Carrots with Currants: #FallFest

candied carrots with maple syrup toss with currants.

Maple glazed carrots tossed with currants, ready with 5 minutes of prep before sliding into the oven. It’s good to be flexible. CMax (Carnivorous Maximus) and I are now one month into training Pakrika (Rika), our 13-week-old Labradoodle puppy, and it’s clear that we have […]

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Spaghetti Squash, Pears and Kale with Shrimp: #SundaySupper

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Roasted spaghetti squash basted with pear butter, tossed with pears, kale, raisins, and pepitas, and topped with shrimp. Whenever I scan food photo porn sites and Pinterest (which is embarrassingly often), I’m bombarded with temptation. Pumpkin cakes with cream cheese frosting, salted caramel sheet cakes, pumpkin toffee […]

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Calzone Mummies: #SundaySupper

How to make a mummy calzone, vegetarian

Gathering: an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one, or one held for a specific purpose. –Google dictionary Gathering: a coming together of family and friends to celebrate a special occasion and toast the bonds of friendship with Gallo wine. –The Wimpy Vegetarian […]

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Caramelized Onion and Feta Tartlets

Caramelized onions and feta tart drizzled with honey

Secret Recipe Club: Caramelized onion and feta tartlets drizzled with honey, and a tip for making them for a last minute appetizer! This was my toughest assignment yet with the Secret Recipe Club. OK, except for that little mixup I had on my first post with […]

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Celery Root Bisque (+ Lobster): #SundaySupper

celery root bisque with broiled lobster tails

Decadent but healthy: celery root bisque with optional broiled lobster tail meat.   Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? This is a little embarrassing, but I never thought about it. I’ve just always thought of Mardi Gras meaning Let’s Party […]

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Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies

chocolate brownies

Decadently rich brownies from Alice Medrich with a little warming spice. I know. You’re totally done with dessert. Chocolate is history. Sugar is packed away. You’re actually craving some winter kale sautéed in miso with raisins. But, I’ve got this fantastic little recipe, actually one […]

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Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Gorgonzola: #SundaySupper

Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Spinach

When I moved to a mostly vegetarian diet a couple of years ago, I needed to create some new entrées for the holidays. Let’s face it; whether you’re 2 years old or 75, food is central to festivities, starting with Thanksgiving and continuing all the […]

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(Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Pie Spoon Bread

gluten free, pumpkin pie spoon bread

Gluten-free spoon bread with the flavors of pumpkin pie. When I got the November issue of Bon Appétit in the mail, there were a bunch of recipes calling my name. Starting with this one. I’d never made spoon bread, had never even eaten any, and […]

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Basil, Chive, and Mustard Butters

Easy compound butters using fresh herbs from the garden to make dishes a little more special. Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long […]

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Green Mint Chutney…Tossed in Rice With Tomatoes & Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

Spicy, green mint chutney is a popular staple on the Indian table, particularly in summer. If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices […]

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Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Hummus 600 The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy hummus recipe with a swirl of balsamic roasted tomatoes. If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different […]

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