Thyme and Gruyère Gougères – Cooking with McCormick

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When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind?  You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire.  Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory.

Cranberry Dream Bars – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  I can’t believe that this is my fourth year participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap.  It’s always such a special, fun, part of my holiday season, and I look forward to sharing great recipes with you from hundreds of talented food bloggers in the coming days.   I’ll announce the round-up link on my Facebook page, so stay tuned! This year, I was lucky enough to receive these delectable creations from three amazing ladies:

Sweet & Savory Spiced Nuts

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The holiday season may be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but if you’re like me, and I would wager that many of you are, it’s also the busiest time of the year. Our December is jam packed, and as the holidays grow closer, our schedule gets even busier.  This is when it’s great to have a few go-to recipes that you can make ahead for the holidays to share when friends and family drop in, at a holiday office pot luck, or to share as teacher and Secret Santa gifts.

Roasted Vegetable Sauce – Celebrate the Sauce Giveaway with Tuttorosso!

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I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year.  In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!

Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season.  As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”.  Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set!  Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

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Yep.  We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year.  When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.

This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more.

Chocolate Cherry Olive Oil Granola – Pompeian Holiday

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There’s something special about a homemade gift during the holidays.  Knowing that someone took the time to make something special, just for you, simply embodies the spirit of the whole season!  And, in my experience, almost nothing is considered as precious as a treasured family recipe.  I’m so glad Pompeian is sponsoring this post!  They’re making my homemade gifts this year all the more special, and a lot more fun, with their new personalized labels.Chocolate Cherry Olive Oil Granola - Chew Nibble Nosh  I can whip up this incredible, addictive granola, and instead of just passing along a recipe card, I can print up a personalized recipe label that perfectly fits their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, easily using their new Label Maker!  I can even add a family picture, in just seconds flat.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey, Quinoa, Cranberries and Feta

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Alrighty then.  Thanksgiving’s over, so what do we have?  Leftover turkey!!  I think many would argue that Thanksgiving leftovers may be the best part about the Thanksgiving feast.  So, when you’re finally hungry again after the gorge-fest that was Thursday, here’s a deliciously different, and healthy way to take care of some of those leftovers.

I love acorn squash, and stuffing it like this with a savory mixture of healthy quinoa, leftover turkey, cranberries, and some feta cheese (along with some other goodies) makes for a deliciously simple dinner.  Pair it with a salad, and you’re good to go.

Crème Brûlée French Toast – Black Friday Brunch at Bonefish Grill

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Are you a Black Friday shopper?  More importantly, are you a Black Friday eater?  This year, Bonefish Grill has decided to offer their amazing brunch menu, which is usually only available on Sundays, on Black Friday and throughout the weekend!  What a super idea!  After rushing through the stores all morning, snatching up excellent deals, I can’t think of a better way to take a breather than with a delicious meal from Bonefish Grill.

My family and I were invited to try out their brunch over the weekend, and we knew going into it that we were in for a treat.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Scones with Brown Sugar Icing

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I know that Thanksgiving dinner is a massive meal, and we don’t want to fill up too early, but you’ve still got to have something with your morning coffee, right?

These buttery, fall speckled little scones are the perfect way to start your holiday, and they can be made ahead or a lot of the prep can be done the night before, saving you some time in the morning.

To begin, I peeled and diced up two medium-sized sweet potatoes.

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Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie – Cooking with McCormick

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Thanksgiving is all about tradition.  From the turkey to the cranberries, the menu for the holiday is usually as set in stone as you can get.  Every year, though, I like to try to change up (at least) one little thing about my Thanksgiving dinner. And although people are often skeptical, me changing things up a bit has led to some new family favorites, that step in year after year as new traditions. This time around, I decided to try a new pumpkin pie recipe.