Snickerdoodle Bars


This holiday season, I would like to present to you these Snickerdoodle Bars.

I grew up eating a ton of sweets and those included anything covered in cinnamon sugar.  I have fond memories of making loaves of bread (well, my mom made them - I definitely didn't) and rolling out extra dough to make cinnamon-sugar-filled rolls.  Warmed and slathered in butter, it was one of my favorite treats.

This year, I think we should all satisfy our cinnamon-sugar sweet-tooth cravings with snickerdoodle flavors.  Message: approved.

Hint - These would be perfect for a New Year's Eve gathering.  Or, if you STILL haven't gotten a gift for that one friend, try whipping up a batch of these and wrapping them up with a bow.  I promise you that this will go over well.  Don't forget to sneak a few of these on the side for yourself as well!

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Mexican-Style Chicken Noodle Soup


It's been so quiet in these parts!  Blame it on the holiday season.  I need another week to get ready for Christmas!  Oh, it's this weekend?  I guess that's cool.

I'm just over here making some soup that is overflowing with noodles.  BUT (1) I'm not mad at that and (2) you can simply decide to use fewer noodles than I did.  This excess of noodles really came about because I was pining for pasta and I got a little carried away.

I know this recipe doesn't immediately scream "Christmas", but hear me out.  You know how there's usually extra chicken or turkey leftover from a big holiday celebration?  I'd like to offer up a chicken/turkey noodle soup variation in order to help you out.  This is one such tasty option.  Don't mind if I do!

**Happy Holidays everyone!!**

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Pecan Pie Bubble Up


I am obsessed with this dish!  I need this to be made at least once a week for the foreseeable future.  I can finish this in two days by myself, so that's totally do-able.  I mean, in theory I could finish it in two days.  I wouldn't know that firsthand or anything.  Totally wouldn't.

There's something about baking with pecans that really let me knowthe holidays are here.  It's probably because I associate pecan pie with Thanksgiving.  Pecan pie is my favorite ever!  So when I saw this recipe, I gasped and knew I had to make it.  In case you missed my previous bubble up recipes (bubble up enchiladas or bubble up pizza) I'll just let you know that I love these types of recipes.  Not only are they quick but they're also easy and delicious.  I like that they're able to be customized so that you can please most, if not all, of your family members.  This is perfect for a quick weeknight meal, or for making sure that you can sleep in on the weekends for another 30 minutes.  Again, this is not from personal knowledge.  I'm just sayin'.

This pecan pie bubble up did not disappoint and it will definitely join the others in the "Win" category.  The pecans were mixed with corn syrup and cinnamon buns and I was in heaven.  I recommend bringing this to any event between now and Christmas if you want to be the star.  Heck, I even promote bringing this over in the New Year because really, who's gonna stop you?  You are the boss of you.

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Turkey Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese


Oh snap!  Bring on the Christmas carols!

Who am I kidding?  The Christmas carols have been playing since August.  Side note - Can we stop that?  Just stop.

OK, we've also got a leftover turkey situation to take care of.  You know you also have a leftover cranberry sauce situation as well.  And cheese.  You probably have cheese.  If you don't...please know that you should always have cheese.  Not even a question.

Let's relive our Thanksgiving dreams in the form of a grilled cheese.  I chose to use a croissant for my grilled cheese, but you can choose to use two slices of your favorite bread slathered in butter if you wish.  In truth, I prefer to use croissants for my grilled cheese because (1) I love love love croissants, but mostly because (2) croissants are buttery and I don't have to slather butter on them.  Basically I'm lazy.

Gather your Thanksgiving leftovers and join me in my new annual Thanksgiving tradition.  Tip - If you have leftover stuffing, I would definitely sneak that in here as well.
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Butternut Squash Risotto with Goat Cheese


Have you Thanksgiving'ed yet?

If you are still on the market for a side dish, I've got you covered!  I present to you...the Butternut Squash Risotto with Goat Cheese!  Now, if you are not one of those people that keeps ingredients around so you can make risotto, you can still make this after Thanksgiving and I won't tell a soul.  If you, like me, always have arborio rice and goat cheese on hand, then let's talk.

Since Fall began, I've been super extra with making pumpkin/butternut squash/spiced things.  I just can't get enough this season and I'm not letting it go just yet.  This particular recipe doesn't call for a ton of ingredients which is excellent because I like to spend my free time eating.  Less talk, more action.  This recipe does require some babysitting, but you can stir the risotto periodically as you wait for the rice to absorb the liquid.  I find that I like to taste test glasses of wine while I wait.  But you can do whatever you like.  No judgements here.

So make sure you don't leave out this amazing option for your Thanksgiving feast.  And hey, if it's too late to add this to your table, I still suggest preparing it before winter is over!
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Kale Salad with Lemon & Pecorino



I have a new recipe for you guys and it's shockingly healthy!  I have replaced my Trader Joe's Movie Popcorn habit with a kale salad habit.

Recently my friend Courtney and I had a fall-inspired dinner where we made dishes that were...fall-inspired.  Courtney brought over a side dish of kale salad with lemon and pecorino.  I have a love/hate relationship with kale.  It can be super tasty, or it can just be "eh".  In this case, the salad was delicious!

I've gone through 3 bags of kale in the past 2 weeks.  I prefer to use heartier, more mature kale since I think it stands up better to the dressing, BUT you can also use baby kale, which is what you see in the photos here.  Baby kale is closer in taste and texture to spinach or arugula and it's quite tasty in this salad.  Don't tell me I didn't give you options!

When I looked up a few kale salad recipes online, I realized they're all really similar to each other.  Thus, I sort of smooshed (that's a technical term) all the recipes and measurements together to come up with my own.  I really like the simplicity of this dish.  I am not embarrassed to admit that I tend to eat it right out of the huge bowl I prepare it in.  I think I'm addicted.  I tried to make this salad at 1am on Friday morning last week, because I was craving it.  It turned out that the kale I had bought smelled questionable and so I ended up throwing out the whole bag.  I had a few pretty packed days coming up and the last thing I wanted was food poisoning.  I finally got the chance to make this again and most of the salad may or may not be gone right now.  Just saying.

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Salty Pumpkin Cookie Butter Brownies


You guys....This is my last. ever. Secret. Recipe. Club. post!  What?!?!!?!  The club is closing it's doors and so I wanted to go out with an epic dessert.  I mean, let's be real that dessert is my THING.  As much as I'd like to be healthy, my sweet tooth really steers me toward those cookies and chocolate bars by the time 10am rolls around.  Not that I eat chocolate for breakfast.  Haha.  Ha.  I mean, no, definitely not!

For this month, I was paired up with Sarah from Well Dined.  I love this blog!  How cool is it that Sarah is a restaurant foodie and an avid homecook.  Sarah also mentioned that she is constantly working on her writing and photography skills.  Yup.  Me too!  My photography skills are improving I think.  Writing skills?  Welllll, just take a look at the previous paragraph and you can be the judge!  Also, I overuse exclamation points.Sarah claims she is not much of a baker, but you wouldn't guess it from the photos that she took of her brownies.  They look delicious!  I didn't have peanut butter on hand for this recipe, but I did have cookie butter.  Pumpkin cookie butter.  Yup, I said it!  The only drawback is that cookie butter has a slightly different consistency than peanut butter AND I didn't realize there were cookie chunks in it until I was already making the recipe.  BUT I followed Sarah's instructions anyway and everything turned out so well!

Now if you don't have a serious sweet tooth like I do, I would definitely recommend that you check out some of Sarah's other recipes, such as the Tabbouleh, Zucchini Pizza (Yes, please!), or the Slow Cooker Parmesan Tomato Soup.  (I just noticed all of these recipes are vegetarian.  I'm not a vegetarian by any means, but really, these are the recipes I'm truly interested in!  It's not easy being green!)

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Baked Brie with Apples & Pecans



If you know me, you know that I'm a snacker.  Popcorn and wine for dinner.  All day every day!

I just don't really like meals.  They make me feel full and then all I want to do is sleep.  Let me tell you that that's a real awkward move at work.  Real.  Awkward.

So basically I'm living for snacks and appetizers that I can cobble together to prove that I'm a real adult and can eat "a meal".  You know.  I'm adulting so hard, like one does.

I recently saw a recipe post on Facebook for baked brie with apples.  Omg.  Need!  I don't have any baked brie recipes on this site, which is absolutely crazy given the amount of cheese I eat.  I love baked brie but the challenge is that baked brie tastes best the first time that it's made.  While I do enjoy a good challenge, I'm not sure that eating an entire wheel of cheese is the best one for me. 

Soooo the other day, had my friend Courtney over for a fall-inspired dinner and I decided I'm throw this onto the menu to test it out.

Wow!  So much yes!  I foresee more baked brie in my immediate future, for sure!

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Corn Risotto with Herbes de Provence


Another incentive to make this was that I picked up some Herbes de Provence a few weeks ago at a street fair in Hoboken.  I originally tried Herbes de Provence while I was in Provence on a school trip ages ago.  I fell in love with it then and I've bought it since, but I hadn't replenished my stash in a while.  When I saw a vendor selling it, I doubled down!

Now, we've got risotto, corn, AND Herbes de Provence all in one dish.  THIS is how you kick a cold and kickstart a new week!

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