The best way to enjoy!
Granola is something I could eat all day, every day. I like it most as a late-night snack with cold coconut milk. I grew up eating my mom’s homemade granola, but I have my own take now. I never really write down the recipe because it changes each time I make it. However, there are a few tricks I’ve learned that make each batch absolutely delish!
First, don’t over think it. It’s granola! You really can’t go wrong, as long as you’re adding ingredients you love and watching the temperature and time it spends in the oven.
Citrus zest is where the flavor is. We need orange juice, too. Make sure you use fresh! Always better.
Fresh cranberries in a mix of orange juice, water and sugar. They start crackling as they cook.
The finished product is sweet with subtle tartness, and the perfect consistency for layering on top of turkey and stuffing.
I followed Joy The Baker’s recipe for Orange Zest Cranberry Sauce. It uses fresh zest and juice from a fragrant orange, and rich vanilla bean. Canned cranberry sauce just isn’t necessary. This is so easy to make, and so satisfying!
The second best part to eating this cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving night is figuring out how to create some other cranberry concoction. I’m currently debating between cranberry scones or cranberry jelly print shortbread cookies. I’ll let you know what I decide. What do you do with your leftovers?
The main attraction!
Homemade stuffing with sweet potatoes, mushrooms and lots of fresh herbs.
It’s all about the pie. Flaky, buttery, topped with homemade whipped cream.
The view from the dining room. A lot for which to be thankful.
Thanksgiving has come and gone but I continue to be thankful, and extremely grateful that hosting my first Thanksgiving went off without a hitch… almost! I love the smells and flavors of this holiday, but it’s really about the people. I think the most important part is the table, and being able to fill it with people you care about.
I used recipes from The New York Times, Joy The Baker, and Epicurious. These are some of my go-to sites for recipe reading and inspiration. I like to have a blend of light and healthy, and buttery and indulgent at my table. There must always be room for dessert!
It’s the holiday season, which means overindulging is practically mandatory. I am a chocolate fanatic and have no shame in polishing off a complete bar of dark chocolate in two days. I work out, right?
I made this white chocolate cranberry pistachio fudge today and if I do say so myself, it is fantastic. If you can find the enjoyment in overindulging, go ahead and make this. I found it on “Chocolate, Chocolate and More.” It was my first time trying a recipe from this site, and I am not at all disappointed. I followed the recipe as is! De-lish!!
I like for everything I eat to be beautiful. Even if I am starving and just want to dig in immediately, snacking on choco pita chips (my new obsession), I wait. I drink a glass of water and pour my wine, then start cooking.
Tonight, I really wanted Mexican food but decided to make my own twist. I came up with these healthy shrimp tacos! They were de-lish.
Protein Stir Fry
When it’s cold out, I crave comfort food. You probably do, too. Warm, cozy, savory food that makes you feel good from inside out. The worst part about “comfort food” is how you feel afterward.
Tonight, I made a protein stir fry that satisfied my craving for comfort but left room for me to have a little dessert, too!