Chocolate Fondue

As I was brainstorming Valentine's Day recipes I was trying to think of the most Valentines/romantic recipes I could think of and in addition to the perfect chocolate souffle, chocolate fondue comes in a very close second! I think it was because we grew up going to the Melting Pot for celebrations but to me a huge chocolate fondue spread just screams Valentines Days. Do you know what else I love about it? Is it super easy to throw together. 

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Meyer Lemon Bars

I can't seem to get enough of citrus these days. I was always a citrus lover growing up but it intensified a millions times when I got pregnant. All I want to do is eat citrus and drink orange juice. And don't get me started on lemon desserts, I can't pass up any dessert with lemon in it, especially these Meyer Lemon Bars. 

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One Pot Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Burrata

With this baby on the way I have started to think more about easy cooking. I have a feeling that - for a little while anyway - the days of leisurely cooking in the kitchen may be over.  I have so many friends who say they don't have time to cook or are too busy with their kids to make dinner. Well this one if for them! It might be one of the easiest one pot pastas out there and it all comes together in less that 20 minutes. 15 if you can get that water boiling faster. So keep a lookout for more one pan wonders and sheet pan suppers, I am super excited to develop and share more of those recipe. 

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Fresh Pappardelle with Wild Mushrooms

One of my favorite stalls at the farmers market each week is the mushroom stand. It is guaranteed to wow and amaze anyone who passes by. The gentleman who mans the stand always has the usual mushrooms like shiitake or oyster but often times he will have the most gorgeous unusual mushrooms that are so unique looking, they almost look like they don’t belong on this planet! From creamy chanterelles, to lion’s mane, to the fluorescent orange of lobster mushrooms, I love that almost no two mushrooms look alike.

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Poached Pears

I think there are two types of people in this world...people who love Costco and people who hate Costco. I fall into the later. The thought of going to Costco gives me serious anxiety. I don't know what it is - I love other stores like Target and Walmart. And Trader Joes and Whole Foods I can do with my eyes closed...but there is just something about Costco. 

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Holiday Cookies

This year I had the crazy and slightly ambitious idea to make Christmas cookies for everyone on my holiday list! I usually give out homemade candy but this year I wanted to do Christmas cookies. So I found my 10 favorite cookies recipes and created an epic holiday cookie box for my friends, people I work with, and colleagues. 

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Holiday Crostini

Today  I am channeling Martha Stewart of the 80s for this easy and tasty holiday crostini recipe I created with La Brea Bakery.

I love flipping through vintage food magazines and came upon this amazing spread of tea sandwiches that Martha created for a holiday party spread many years ago.  I was blown away with one how gorgeous they were but also how simple they were. Everyday ingredients put together to create something stunning. Inspired by these crostini I decided to create my own holiday spread using my favorite sandwich bread from La Brea Bakery.

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Holiday Recipe Project with Thermomix

If you are not familiar, Thermomix  is a blender / food processor / stand mixer that also cooks, sautés and steams - it is basically my sous chef in the kitchen. For the past couple of months I have been working with them to create my very own holiday recipe booklet! This booklet is filled with some of my very favorite holiday recipes, made especially for the Thermomix. It’s available today in a special holiday bundle that includes a Thermomix TM5 and all its accessories, another Thermomix baking cookbook , and a cute cake stand. Make sure to check it out and let me know what you think! 

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

To me, Thanksgiving is all about easy comfort food. Especially if I am hosting, I don’t want to be worrying about anything last minute. The name of the game is to totally enjoy myself and hopefully not stress.

I love to make food that is tasty but also can be made ahead. That goes for appetizers too - no reason to be making any dishes that require last minute attention. Enter my spinach and artichoke dip. I took the traditional spinach and artichoke dip and lightened it, by adding more spinach and artichokes, and the result is one of the tastiest dips ever.  Also make sure to serve this with toasted crunchy baguette slices.

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