Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears {+ KitchenAid Multi-Cooker Giveaway!}


Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears

I originally planned to share this recipe as “Mulled Pomegranate Cider Poached Pears with Vegan Cardamom Ice Cream & Candied Pecans,” but I thought you’d all be too tired after reading the title to actually feel inspired to make it (which would be a darn shame!). So I’ve split it into two posts (get the cardamom ice cream recipe here!). But really all the pieces are quite simple, I promise. And if you want to blow your guests away with a holiday sundae, you should pick up some pears and head to your kitchen asap.

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Braised Short Rib Tagine with Figs & Almonds {for two}


Braised Short Rib Tagine with Figs & Almonds

Back when I first told you about #cheesebabygirl, I mentioned my new-found love affair with milk. When random people at the grocery store (yah, that’s a thing) ask me what unusual cravings I’ve had throughout my pregnancy, the only answer is milk. 7.5 months in and my love for milk is still just as fierce as day 1. Like 2am rendezvous every single night fierce. So I’ve teamed up with Got Milk? to bring you a recipe pairing that’s basically just my personal love-letter to milk.

Dear Milk, you and this braised short rib tagine are meant for one another.

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Almost No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie


Almost No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned and all your meal prep shopping done already? (Please say no). ‘Cuz I don’t. I’ve ordered a turkey and made a batch of cornbread for my apple sausage stuffing, so we’ll at least have that. The menu’s set, but I’m banking on the stores not running out of everything by Wednesday. Fingers crossed! I might be playing Thanksgiving roulette.

With the whole shebang happening in my one-oven kitchen this year, I’m replacing our typical pumpkin pie with this make-ahead almost no-bake pumpkin cheesecake mousse pie. The almost comes from the crust that bakes for 6-8 minutes just to set, but you could skip that part and just chill it for an hour in the fridge before filling to avoid the oven altogether. A few things I’m thankful for: this easy no-fuss pie…

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Za’atar Roasted Carrots & Cauliflower over Salted Yoghurt


Za'atar Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower with Salted Yoghurt

I dedicate these za’atar roasted carrots & cauliflower to our cats. Have you ever crossed paths with a hungry cat? An empty bowl can signal that they might never ever EVER get food again, so they must HOWL at their human to communicate the dire situation. My mom’s cat Otis used to wake her up screaming in her face until she’d drag herself out of bed. And he wouldn’t stop meowing in tow until his bowl of wet food hit the floor. You will suffer through their hunger with them.

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Kabocha Empanadas with Gruyère & Thyme {Gluten-free}


Gluten-free Kabocha Empanadas with Gruyère & Thyme

It’s really tough to edit photos and write about food as tantalizing as these empanadas while in the middle of fasting for a glucose test in the morning. Talk about torture.

The clinic instructions prompted me to have snacks ready for when the test was over, so naturally I’ve prepped the dough and fixings to put another batch of these kabocha empanadas in the oven as soon as I get home. I’ll pack a granola bar for the road, but I’ll be dreaming about these flakey pastries for lunch.

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Salted Sorghum Molasses Pecan Pie with Orange Zest {gluten-free}


Salted Sorghum Molasses Pecan Pie

Though I’ve never hosted or even been to an official friendsgiving, Thanksgiving at my parents’ house always brings together a mishmash of friends and family around one table. It’s become expected that Lucas and I will bring friends home to Chico with us for the holidays, and, in my opinion, adding other people’s traditions to the mix is what makes the day extra special. It’s also become expected that I’ll bring the pecan pie, a recipe tradition passed down to me by my namesake many years ago.

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How to Make Vanilla Crème Brûlée: A video collaboration


Vanilla Creme Brulee

After the past couple of weeks, I’m surprised I’m still standing. Sitting actually, because it turns out carrying a growing human around in your belly 24/7 really does a number on your feet. Goodbye adorable flimsy ballet flats and hello fancy arch-support shoes! And while you’re at it give me a few extra servings of this vanilla crème brûlée because you know: eating for two.

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Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake


Black Sesame Pumpkin Mochi Cake

To celebrate Halloween (aka pumpkin month) and getting the keys to our new house, I baked up two trays of this black sesame pumpkin mochi cake. Last Wednesday, we chowed on take-out and this mochi cake on folding chairs in our new (empty) house with our good friends Dane & Angi. We’ll have a new address just in time for the next batch of trick-or-treaters.

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