Sherry-Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Onions

Sherry-Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Onions

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on Monday’s post! They mean so much. Nate and I could not be happier. Life is good!

I hadn’t counted on starting wedding planning quite so early, but venues book up fast! We had to start looking if we wanted any chance of getting married in 2014… and we may have found a place! Fingers crossed, but I think we will be getting married next fall. Hooray!

I wasn’t really looking forward to all the planning – I usually procrastinate this kind of thing until I’m completely dreading it. Luckily I have my mom, who so far is the world’s best wedding planner. How I would plan this thing without her, I have no idea. It turns out wedding planning is a ton of fun when someone else is doing all the work!

I hope you’ll put up with occasional wedding talk on here. I am slightly worried I’m not going to be able to talk about anything else for the next 10 months.

And this is the part when I transition seamlessly from wedding talk to Brussels sprouts.

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Pecan Pie Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

Pecan Pie Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

Happy day after Thanksgiving! I made you pie… kind of. Rice Krispie treat pie?

I’m sharing this recipe with you today not so much because I think you have a Rice Krispie treat craving (you probably don’t), but because if you made pecan pie for yesterday, you probably have most of these ingredients already. And if you try to shove that half bottle of corn syrup back in your overcrowded cabinet, something else – probably something stinky, sticky and dark colored, and in a glass bottle, because that’s how these things work – is going to come shooting out and explode all over your counter. Not to mention that next time you go to make a pecan pie, you will definitely have forgotten that you already have the corn syrup, and you’ll buy another bottle, use half of that one, and then try to wedge it into your cabinet as well. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… and please don’t count the half bottles of corn syrup in my cabinet.

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Pumpkin Maple Pecan Bourbon Ice Cream (Vegan)

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Bourbon Ice Cream (Vegan)

It finally happened – I reunited with my ice cream maker!

It’s been a few months since we painfully broke off our summer romance. But pumpkin season seemed like a pretty good excuse for another little fling.

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Bourbon Ice Cream (Vegan)

Now, I’m not so sure that today is the day for recipes. I mean, do you already have your Thanksgiving menu planned? Probably. And I, for one, will not be cooking anything too adventurous between now and then. However, I thought this might be my last chance to share something pumpkin-related with you in 2013, so I just couldn’t resist. This recipe is too good to stash away for a year!

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50+ Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

50+ Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

…alternately titled, 50+ Thanksgiving Potato Recipes That Are More Exciting Than The Same Mashed Potatoes You Made Last Year.

Yes, your Same Old Mashed Potatoes are good.  They are traditional. But why not embrace your inner culinary genius on this food holiday of all food holidays and wow your family with something new and improved? Here are 50 super exciting, mouthwatering, unbelievably delicious potato recipes for your Thanksgiving table. From soup to nuts, as they say! Because it’s Thanksgiving, and you gotta have some potatoes.

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Swedish Apple Pie

Swedish Apple Pie

Let me just say that family traditions crack me up. Every family has their own thing. It’s especially funny how traditions develop and then become set in stone, especially around the holidays. In my family, at least, they become quite rigid, especially where food is concerned. Making any changes is out of the question!

Example: Our Thanksgiving pie tradition. Now I realize we’re not unique in this, but humor me. My mom makes three types of pie every Thanksgiving – pumpkin, pecan and apple, and usually two of each. No additions, subtractions, or substitutions! She’s tried in the past to go down to two types, or maybe try something new for a change, but someone always complains. Hey, pumpkin’s my favorite! Can’t we make it? My mom is one of the most generous people I know, and certainly not one to let anyone go hungry. So before you know it, we’re back at pumpkin, pecan and apple.

Swedish Apple Pie

She’s reconciled herself over the years to the fact that Christmas is a time to try out new and exciting dishes. At Thanksgiving, new and exciting is met only with “hey, where’s the [insert traditional favorite here]?”

That sounds bratty, and maybe it is, especially because three types of pie is A LOT. My sisters and I have started helping out in the past few years… now that we’re kinda sorta adults. And even then, we have to start days ahead of time. Operation Three Types of Pie should be getting ramped up around here in about T-8 days. Bring on the rolling pins!

Nate’s family does pie, too, but their tradition is different. It features this Swedish apple pie, a recipe I was lucky enough to get a copy of from Nate’s mom a few years ago.

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