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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

January 30, 2017

I made these for a new year’s brunch; they were quick to bake the day prior and tasted great. I love the pumpkin and warming spices. I am also a huge fan of tart cranberries. I had some leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving that I’d frozen. You could use them whole, but I decided to chop them up slightly in the food processor.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin tray with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and pumpkin puree, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the cloves, and the baking soda.
  5. Mix in the flour until just combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until each one is about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the 5 tablespoons room temperature butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the tablespoon of cinnamon, and the oats.
  9. Crumble the topping on each of the muffins. Gently press into the top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Parmesan Carrots

November 30, 2016

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This is an incredibly simple side dish that is perfect for kids and grownups alike. The Parmesan coating makes it crispy and more like a french fry.

You will need:

  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each carrot so it is half as long, and then cut each piece in half lengthwise so you have 16 pieces.
  3. Cut each piece into 3 long slices.
  4. Whisk together the egg, water, garlic, paprika and pepper on a plate.
  5. Put the Parmesan on a second plate.
  6. Dredge a carrot in the egg wash and allow the excess to drip off.
  7. Roll in the Parmesan and place on the lined baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with the other carrot pieces.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

November 23, 2016

I love mushrooms. They are an ingredient we almost always have in our vegetable drawer at home. This is a very simple side dish with everyday ingredients, perfect for last minute dinner parties.

You will need:

  • 1 lb crimini mushrooms, cleaned and de-stemmed
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c breadcrumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/4 c Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 t paprika

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the mushrooms in a pie plate.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the butter and garlic. Spoon over the mushrooms.
  4. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and paprika.
  7. Remove the mushrooms from the oven and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  8. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the topping starts to turn golden and crispy.
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Sticky Garlic Meatballs

November 12, 2016

These are very yummy and particularly kid friendly. You can prep the meatballs in advance and then warm them up in a slow cooker or a low heat oven when your family and friends gather.

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You will need:

  • 2 lb ground beef or meatloaf mix
  • 1 c old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t basil
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 2 T soy sauce

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the beef with the oats, egg, milk, garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper and salt.
  3. Form the mixture into two dozen meatballs and place them on the lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and starting to turn golden on the edges.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic with the ketchup, honey and soy sauce.
  6. Mix the meatballs with the sauce and heat through. Serve with friends!

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Parmesan Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

September 14, 2016

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This quadruple “p” dinner is a luscious comfort dish: the Parmesan adds creaminess, the prosciutto adds a yummy saltiness, the peas add a hint of sunshine and spring, and pasta is a favorite of D’s.

You will need:

  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 4-6 oz prosciutto, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 T fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 T fresh basil, chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, grated

Then you will…

  1. Salt a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions, stopping 1-2 minutes shy of al dente. Save 1 cup of the cooking water when you drain the pasta.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium low heat.
  3. Add the prosciutto and onion and saute until starting to turn golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and allow to saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream, mint, basil, and red pepper.
  6. Mix in the cooked pasta.
  7. Stir in the lemon zest and season with the pepper.
  8. Mix in the Parmesan, thinning the sauce with some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.
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Santorini Shrimp

August 31, 2016

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This shrimp dish is inspired from a memorable vacation my mom and I took to Greece. We island hopping and feasted on fish fresh from the sea. This recipe pulls from the deliciousness of feta and other Mediterranean flavors and goes well with couscous or some fresh crusty bread and a crisp green salad.

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T capers, chopped
  • 2 t oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (feel free to leave the tails on if you want)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c feta, crumbled

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato, capers, oregano and red pepper flakes. Saute another 3 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the feta. Cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes on each side.
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Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

August 25, 2016

Growing up in New England, my family frequently went blueberry picking. Fresh blueberries, hot from the sun, are delicious. This overnight oatmeal recipe is chock full of blueberries for a refreshing breakfast. While the below recipe is dairy-free, you can always substitute regular yogurt and milk if you wanted. This makes roughly 4 generous portions.

You can also test out the banana nut, chocolate coconut, chocolate peanut butter, or tropical summer versions!

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 10 oz coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 4 T honey
  • 2 1/2 c soy milk
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 c chopped pecans, toasted

Then you will…

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except for the nuts.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir and serve topped with nuts.
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