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Two Heavanly Chocolaty Holiday Sweet Treats.

Two Heavanly Chocolaty Holiday Sweet Treats.

Today we celebrate decadent brownies and a minty Christmas fudge. This post is a chocolate lover's dream come true, IMHO.

Swirls of rich, creamy cheesecake stuffed in thick, fudge brownies. This might be one of the greatest dessert fusions of all time. Who doesn't love a good chocolate brownie? And very few people in the world hate on cheesecake. Combining them together just makes perfect sense!

Fudge is a winter staple. It's a way of welcoming the holidays into our homes with sweet bites of chocolate heaven.

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Let's Make Some Cookies!

Let's Make Some Cookies!

The holiday baking season is upon us and we've got three fabulous cookie recipes, and more than a few equipment upgrades worth hard-earned your dough.

Our first cookie recipe features an American classic, the oatmeal cookie. And, it's the most delicious gift to ever come out of a jar! Yes, it's a cookie recipe in a jar. We can't think of an easier, yet thoughtful, holiday gift to give the neighbors this year?

This next cookie really shines for the holidays. An Austrian favorite, this shortbread cookie filled with berry preserves and dusted with powdered sugar is the perfect Christmas treat.

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Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala

Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala

If you're sick of Thanksgiving left-overs this roasted butter chicken bathed in a creamy, Indian curry sauce is the perfect anecdote to turkey overload. Pair it with toasted naan and you've got yourself the perfect meal for any night of the week!

A lot of us have spent a good amount of time at home lately. Eating out on Friday nights has been nearly nonexistent for many. So, this Friday night, make your own special dinner with this Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala.

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A Better Green Bean Casserole

A Better Green Bean Casserole

The homemade mushroom sauce takes this traditional Thanksgiving side dish to the next level. Vegetables aren't always everyone's favorite side dish, except when it comes to green bean casserole! This traditional dish is almost always one of the first to be gone at the Thanksgiving table.
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Winter Kale Salad with Oranges & Dijon Vinaigrette

Winter Kale Salad with Oranges & Dijon Vinaigrette

This sweet and colorful salad is sure to be the hit at dinner! One of the most underrated side dishes of all time: kale salad. Not this time! A crisp, colorful salad loaded with oranges and pomegranate seeds, drizzled with a homemade Dijon vinaigrette, will be a surprising delight to everyone. Plus, it's a great way to get in those much needed veggies that seem to get dismissed this time of year!
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple at any Thanksgiving feast. The perfectly spiced pumpkin flavor in conjunction with the buttery, flaky crust makes for a simply mouthwatering fall dessert. Although it looks like such a simple dessert, sometimes it can be quite difficult to get it just right.
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Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Striped Pasta — It's easier than you think! And, it's a great project for the whole family! For the striped pasta sheets, we used natural ingredients for the color - fresh spinach, roasted beets, and roasted carrots. With a pasta...

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The Turkey Dinner Checklist You'll Be Thankful For.

The Turkey Dinner Checklist You'll Be Thankful For.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, but it can easily turn stressful, especially if you're preparing the whole turkey dinner and all the trimmings.

With a little know-how, a bit of planning and do-ahead prep, along with the proper kitchen equipment you can avoid common Thanksgiving dinner pitfalls.

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For Pie Lover's Only!

For Pie Lover's Only!

I come from a family of unabashed pie lovers. A homemade pie was always preferred to cake for birthdays and such, and we never missed a strawberry-rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, or peach pie season. When the snap of fall came calling, Mom’s apple pie took center stage and was truly other-worldly, but so was she.
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