Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

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A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [Read more...]

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]

Spicy Cornbread and Sausage Stuffed Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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Don't want to wrestle with a giant bird this holiday? This cornbread stuffed turkey roulade is just as impressive as that whole roasted turkey and much more flavorful. A little heat from the jalapeños hidden in the stuffing and glazed with a sweet and tangy cranberry barbecue sauce, your old Thanksgiving turkey recipe may just get the boot. There's nothing worse than making a 20-pound turkey and then some of your guests don't show. It could be snow...it could be your house is the "B" … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Burrata Salad

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Roasting butternut squash and cranberries together creates a sweet, tangy relish that's the perfect pairing for creamy burrata cheese.  Topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, this salad is a wonderful first course for entertaining or a main course salad. One of my favorite salads in the summer is the popular Caprese Salad, I love mine with burrata cheese.  If you haven't had burrata, you're totally missing out.  It's like Buffalo mozzarella on the outside with creamy ricotta inside. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Butternut Noodle Soup (And a trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen)

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A low-carb option to help keep things a little healthier during the holiday season. Butternut squash noodles replace traditional noodles in this fall spiced chicken soup. Hearty and filling, a new kind of comfort food. Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALDI markets. However, all opinions and statements are my own. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you already had a little peek into what I learned on my trip to the ALDI test kitchen in Chicago. It was a whirlwind trip to … [Read more...]

Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey

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Spicing up Thanksgiving with a cornucopia of flavors....this Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey is full of sweet, spicy flavor and will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  An unexpected twist to the usual roast turkey, you may never go back to your old standby turkey again. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by OXO.  The products used in this post were provided to me by OXO to review, all opinions and statements about the products are my own. We had snow last night. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers with Parmesan Basil Polenta

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Super simple, ready when you are, slow cooker Sausage and Peppers.  No cooking ahead of time, just dump everything into the slow cooker and go.  The Parmesan Basil Polenta makes a great pairing and takes five minutes to make.  Yep, five.  Hungry yet? Halloween is over and Christmas is....EVERYWHERE.  Already. It's only been four days and there are commercials for Christmas specials, wreaths hanging in the shopping center parking lots, pre-Black Friday sales.  Did someone … [Read more...]

Loaded Taco Tater Tots

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Seasoned ground beef, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all piled high on a mountain of tater tots.  A great game day "snack" or busy weeknight meal the kids will love.  Ready in less than 30 minutes. My friend just had a baby, her third.  She now has three kids....4, 2 and new.  She's busy and I'm sure...tired.  I haven't visited the newbie yet because we get sick whenever we have a visit planned and nobody wants to be "that" person...you know the one who should be quarantined but … [Read more...]

Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

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Tender gnocchi baked in a savory cream sauce with spicy sausage and spinach, comforting and hearty.  This dish is cooked in one skillet for easy clean up....what's more comforting than that? It seems like I'm on an italian food binge lately.  I promise I have other recipes coming but right now...things are coming from the boot. And today it's gnocchi.  Have you had gnocchi?  If I were Giada, I would describe these as "little pillows in my mouth".  But I'm not Giada so I won't even dare … [Read more...]