Category Archives: holiday

not your usual corned beef and cabbage

While Saint Patrick’s Day is traditionally celebrated with lamb or pig in Ireland, Irish Americans have been cooking up this more familiar plate for almost 200 years. With corned beef being the neighborhoods flavorful meat, it was easy to splurge on when paired with the inexpensive tastes of their homeland such as potatoes and cabbage. (For more history, check out this Smithsonian article, “Is Corned Beef Really Irish?”)

For years I have been sticking my corned beef and vegetables into a pot or slow cooker which did the trick but left all the flavors, well, bland. This year I took a tip from The Pioneer Woman and slow roasted. It was by far the most savory Saint Patrick’s meal I’ve even made with sweet caramelization on the veggies and the perfect amount of salt on an otherwise tough cut of meat. This combined with a low and slow cooking method left for a brisket that even my toddler could chomp his teeth into! Here’s my newly dubbed favorite Slow Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage.


Adding color and roasting deepens flavor in a traditionally mono-flavored St. Patty’s Day favorite!


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toasted artichoke garlic bread

We are all garlic lovers in my house, including my 19 month old son who was probably bombarded with it while I was still pregnant with him! He’s a great eater and this recipe happened to be the first time he tried artichokes (which he loved!). It combines salty parmesan and sweet and tangy artichokes with sharp garlic flavor all on warm toasted bread. It’s like all your favorite things about artichoke dip served on easy to eat bread! I was inspired by a friend who says she makes a similar recipe for her family who loves it as well. Here’s my Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread.


Toasted Artichoke Garlic Bread

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heritage holiday cookies

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe Christmas is already here. It will be an exciting day in our house as my boys find out if they’ve been naughty or nice (they’re on the nice list I’ve heard 🙂 ). Luca is starting to enjoy spending his time helping me in the kitchen so baking Santa’s cookies was a lot of fun this year! I wanted to tie in a bit of the boys’ heritage so we made two different kinds celebrating their Norwegian and Italian roots. John still refuses to take up counter space and buy my a stand mixer so these both can be done by hand!

The first is a classic butter cookie (which I’ve come to realize butter is a favor ingredient of the Norwegians!) that remembers their Bestemor (Grandma) Eleanor, the Serinakaker.


Traditional Norwegian Butter Cookies

The second is a simplified version of a traditionally complex Italian cookie recipe. We honor the boys’ GP and Great Great Gramps with our fun twist on Rainbow Cookies.


Italian Rainbow Cookies in Christmas Colors

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what-to-do-with-those-leftover-potatoes fish cakes

Thanksgiving was wonderful. You pulled off a fantastic meal without any terrible catastrophe but now your stuck with piles of leftovers! Other than live on turkey sandwiches for the next three days, here’s a recipe that will chip away at all those mashed potatoes. Try these Fish Cakes for a turkey-free Thanksgiving leftover “mash” up 🙂


Fish Cakes


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baked hasselback cinnamon apples

With Thanksgiving right around the corner our house is filled with talk of autumn recipes from classic and traditional to new and reinvented. Here’s a simpler take on apple pie that will still leave your guests’ sweet tooth satisfied! Try it topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of toasty granola! Here’s my Baked Hasselback Cinnamon Apples.

how to hasselback

how to hasselback

An in-season treat

An in-season treat

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compost cookies: a quick treat from leftover halloween candy

Oh the sweetest things! Halloween has come and gone and all that remains of that frightful night are the mounds of candy sitting in my kitchen. What better way to “recycle” those leftovers then by mixing them together and baking them a la cookie style? Here’s a quick and fun recipe for Compost Cookies.

Compost Cookies

Compost Cookies

Here's an idea for all that leftover candy!

Here’s an idea for all that leftover candy!

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mini meatloaf hauntings

Another creepy Halloween themed dinner in our house tonight! Making “bite sized” meatloaves allowed me to make my little guys dinner first and save the grown-ups portion to be baked later. Homemade mashed potatoes are great as long as you get them to a creamy texture; if you used boxed, I won’t tell! Here’s my festive Mini Meatloaf Hauntings.

Boo-tiful dinner!

Boo-tiful dinner!

A happy haunting :)

A happy haunting 🙂

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