SWEET POTATO RUTABAGA BITES (MINI TURKEYS)

SWEET POTATO RUTABAGA BITES (MINI TURKEYS)

Clearly these are a turkey-day inspired recipe, which also happens to be one of my favorite holidays! I mean, who doesn’t like fall themed foods, glutinous amounts of dessert, and waiting all afternoon to enjoy that incredible bite of turkey (and also celebrate my birthday)? Aside from my excitement, this year I will be going away for Thanksgiving and missing my mom’s smoked turkey, but I guess every year there’s something new to do, but I’ll still be baking my signature pumpkin pound cake. With all the Thanksgiving change, I wanted to make a fun recipe with some things I don’t usually cook- like rutabaga. I have to say these were a hit- I had to chase my cookie monster out of the kitchen so he didn’t keep stealing them, although he did coin their new name as mini turkeys. I guess they are pretty holiday-themed. These would make a great appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast or just a Sunday activity if you’re like me and like to randomly cook up crazy things to bring to the office…But either way, Happy Thanksgiving and I hope no one has a dry turkey- because let’s be honest, that’s pretty much the worst.

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PUMPKIN BEER BREAD

PUMPKIN BEER BREAD

It has been a while since I’ve posted a recipe… due to lack of time and inspiration. But I am back at it again. Of course with fall season I was excited to get some pumpkin beer, but soon realized I didn’t like any of the ones I bought. (Although I recently had a pumpkin cider that was mind blowing- it’s from Doc’s- check it out if you’re into cider!) I then thought about how a beer bread would be great and spicing it up with warm fall flavors. I have also been racking my brain for sugar free baking idea since this month the (former) cookie monster and I have gone sugar free. I really do miss eating chocolate chips though… But, I have to say this bread came out fantastic, I made more the next day for everyone to gobble on. And hey, it might be a nice spin for making leftover Thankgiivng turkey sandwhiches!

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PASSOVER FRIENDLY RECIPE ROUND-UP

PASSOVER FRIENDLY RECIPE ROUND-UP

Instead of posting a recipe this week, I decided I would round-up the recipes I am using this year for my Passover meals. (But by decided I really mean I was too busy to cook this week due to staring at pages of data and attempting to write an analysis for my thesis.) Many people associate the spring months with spring cleaning.

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE COATED SUGAR COOKIES

Cookies and the holidays seem to be synonymous. But regardless of cookie swap traditions, stress and baking go hand in hand for me. During finals weeks I seem to be constantly baking or binge watching TV--all things besides actually studying for my exams.

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CHOCOLATE AND POTATO CHIP DOUGHNUTS

CHOCOLATE AND POTATO CHIP DOUGHNUTS

I have to say I always have loved Chanukah. The holiday brings about the excitement of lights (even the Christmas ones!) and the house smelling of frying latkes. One of my fondest memories of the holiday is when my mother gave me a blue tracksuit. I think I was so excited and thought it was absolutely the coolest thing. I’m glad to say that I no longer sport tracksuits, but I have replaced them with leggings.

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VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Pumpkin and Thanksgiving seem to be synonyms with one another when thinking about turkey day as well as the fall season. When considering what I am thankful for this year, I’d like to start with being thankful for completing graduate school applications and once again having the time to bake. Of course I am always thankful for my family, health, and sometimes my boyfriend, but I think there are greater things to really be thankful for. 

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HONEY APPLE WALNUT CAKE

HONEY APPLE WALNUT CAKE

After taking a short hiatus from baking due to a vacation before the stressful school year, I wanted to start off the school year with a fall inspired recipe. In addition to the leaves changing colors, apple picking becomes the hot fall activity. With the fall also comes the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Every year my mom makes a honey cake, but this year I wanted to revamp it and give it the banana spin.

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ROASTED BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY MINI PIES

ROASTED BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY MINI PIES

I have to admit, it has been a bit too long since my last post. But moving, summer classes, work, and many other things, including lack of AC in a hot kitchen, have prevented me from finding time to create something brilliant. Aside from those factors, I have been searching for some inspiring dishes, some food to really wow me. A few weeks ago I took a vacation to Texas and found what I was searching for.

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TURTLE CANDY INSPIRED HAMENTASHEN

TURTLE CANDY INSPIRED HAMENTASHEN

This weekend I went home to visit and my mom and siblings. Before leaving school I received an urgent text from my mother: "please get lactaid the blue kind- I'm out!"Being a wonderful daughter I trekked (on by that I mean the store that is on route to my house) to the grocery store to be her lactose free milk for her dairy hating stomach. As I was handing the casher my single dollar bills (don't get any ideas there...), I noticed one of the bills had "juicy titties" written on it. I could not contain my giggles, although the dewed-eyed cashier girl only gave me a blank stare as if I was insane. I would like to not think where my dollar has been but hope it only continues to make others laugh

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PEPPERMINT CANDY CHOCOLATE BARK

PEPPERMINT CANDY CHOCOLATE BARK

As the holiday season approaches it is always nice to be thankful for what we have in our lives; it is important to focus on the good present rather that what is missing. For some holidays can be bittersweet- happy for the holly times or reminiscent of what used to be. But it is always important to shine the light on the dark and be grateful for our lives and the people in them. At the Hebrew school I teach as we discuss ways to give back to others and how we can be thankful for all we have.

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PUMPKIN MUFFINS

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

As fall has officially begun, so has pumpkin season- meaning pumpkin baking crazes are now cooking acceptable. At the young start of my baking and cooking obsession, pumpkin muffins were one of the goods I was known for. Back in the days of 8th grade when I played basketball (but let's be real, I did more chilling on the sidelines than actually playing in the game due to my natural clumsy abilities) these muffins were always requested by the team to munch down on the bus rides for our away games. I guess since these were always discussed and requested, it sort of got to my head that I make a darn good pumpkin muffin.

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