Crunchy Kale and Apple Salad with Thai Peanut Butter Dressing

Crunchy Kale Napa Cabbage Apple and Mint Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Crunchy winter salad of kale, Napa cabbage, apples, and honey roasted peanuts all dressed in a fabulous Thai peanut butter dressing. This post is part of The Food Network's #ComfortFoodFeast series on their blog, FNDish........ Some salads are all about the salad, and the dressing is just along for the ride. But sometimes, the salad is all about the dressing. This is one of those. The unassuming sauce you see in the jar is a peanut butter dressing, and may look a little drab, but trust ...

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Sweet Potatoes Pommes Anna with Apples and Raisins

Sweet Potatoes Anna layered with apples and golden raisins.

Why should white potatoes have all the fun? Take Pommes Anna. The classic version will always be with russets, but we can have some fun and make it with sweet potatoes, beets, apples, or squash. If you haven't enjoyed this wonderful way to dine on potatoes, I should add, Pommes Anna is a French dish of layered thin slices of white potatoes interleaved with butter, salt, pepper, and an optional flurry of herbs. It typically starts on the stove top, but not always, and finishes in the ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

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I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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Cranberry Cake (Tart) | #Secret Recipe Club

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OMG you guys. This cranberry cake is the easiest, tastiest cake I've made since the peach cake I make every summer. This is exactly the kind of cake I love most to make -- a simple cake loaded with seasonal fruit. It's not that I don't love frosting - it's just that I see it as a whole separate food group and I love frosting so much, it can overshadow the cake. Cakes like this are all about the cake and the fruit. For the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food ...

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Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing | #SundaySupper

Fig and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Apple, and Fig Stuffing

We should have more than one day set aside each year to give thanks. Some might declare we should give thanks every day, and I don’t disagree, but I’m actually stating we should have Thanksgiving once a month. Not with all the commercial hoopla of people rising before dawn the day after so they can shiver in dark parking lots to be in line for some amazing-never-to-be-offered-again deal on a big screen TV, thank you very much. I’m talking about quietly setting aside one day a month on ...

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Butternut Squash Panzanella Salad with Apples and Kale

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Make an autumn version of a traditional Italian salad with this butternut squash panzanella salad tossed with apples and kale, dressed with an apple vinaigrette. I spent much of September in Italy attending an Italian language school in Treviso, a smallish town outside Venice. For 2 1/2 weeks I ate a ton of pasta, pizza, risotto, and tiramisu (a dessert created by a restaurant in Treviso). The trip was about language, food, and people -- meeting local Italians and making new friends with ...

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

hot buttered rum apple pie

Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette #SundaySupper

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I'm back from Italy, mostly recovered from jet lag, and ready for football season and tailgate parties!! If you’ve never tailgated, you’ve missed an opportunity to go tribal, American style. Tailgating is a ritual repeated every September as fans come together in asphalt parking lots across the country a few hours before kickoff. They pile out of station wagons, SUVs, and hatchbacks to set up mini-living rooms behind their cars, complete with folding chairs, tables, grills, and makeshift ...

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Spiralized Sweet Potatoes and Apples in Browned Butter

spiralized sweet potatoes and apples in brown butter

  I know. I just published a recipe a few days ago featuring something spiralized. But it's such a kick pushing things through the spiralizer. If you don't have one yet, I recommend picking one up next time you're at Sur La Table or online on Amazon. Besides being fun: It's a super-fast way to cook vegetables that typically take a much longer time to cook. Eating vegetables 'al dente' leaves some bite in them, and seems to me to sharpen their flavor. You may end up eating more ...

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Casserole with Apples

Thanksgiving side, Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples with gorgonzola

Food Network | #FallFest: scalloped sweet potato casserole with apples, 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 - the more people you gather together at your home at Thanksgiving, the better. But the problem is, it creates expectations that can't always be met. As a result, many feel that if their ...

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Curried Apple Chips

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder.

Dried apple rings dusted with curry powder. Perfect healthy snack for autumn! I'm on the hunt for sugarless snacks that are healthy. They need to be something I realistically want to eat more than once, and they need to be super-super-easy. I'm so busy these days with various projects, long drawn-out kitchen projects aren't possible. And I'm about to get even busier, it that's even possible. We're adopting a puppy, and next week we bring her home. I'm anticipating a rough first few ...

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Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins in a buttery crust with crumble topping.

#SundaySupper post! Apple Pie Bars with apples, pears, and raisins ... plus tips for making fruit bars. I've tried to make fruit bars a few times, but have never been terribly excited about the results. Well, except that first time, when I made fig bars all dressed up as a fig crostata. I was fresh from Italy and full of crostata ideas from all the pasticcerie I had visited, and they were fantastic. Little did I know that my bar making skills had just peaked. I followed up with some ...

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