Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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Cream cheese is my bad boy vise of life.  I know its not good for me, its bound to break my heart (or stomach), and even though afterwards I regret my bad decision, I’m already thinking about when I can do it again.  I just can’t help myself! You know what I’m talking about ladies. I just get so caught up in that sweet and creamy promise of heaven, and then there is no turning back.  Whether it’s slathered on a bagel, made into a cheesecake, or piled atop something as a frosting, I can’t resist.   Of course, I try not to eat dairy these days, and even though there are non dairy cream cheeses out there, they are not really healthy.  So when I decide to splurge I go all out.  Why not!  Once I found out the secret to homemade vegan cream cheese, I was happy because I knew any time I needed a fix of that bad boy food, I can have it (with only a little guilt)!

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Rosemary Skillet Rolls

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Its a cold rainy day in my neck of the woods.  I am embracing the cool weather this year.  The rain too.  After the long very hot summer, and dry spring and winter last year, I’m totally digging wet and cold.  I have been trying to figure out at what point I started liking the cooler wet weather so much.  I have always been a warm weather, summer sunshine girl most of my life.

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Roasted Green Beans with Garlic Mushroom Sauce

Roasted Green Beans with Mushroom Gravy

Did you know that the “traditional” green bean casserole that somehow became a popular Thanksgiving staple here in the United states, was invented by the Campbell soup company in 1955?  It was a super cheap and easy casserole that involved green beans, a can of mushroom soup, and some french fired onions on top.  I myself could never stand the overcooked, mushy, traditional version.  The idea itself seemed good to me though.  I like green beans, mushrooms and saucy stuff.  I prefer my green beans tender, but not soft, and my sauces garlicky.  This adaptation of the traditional green bean casserole is mush fresher tasting, with a lot more flavor. Continue reading →

Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Glaze

 

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It seems like the general consensus on brussels sprouts is that you either love them or hate them.  Same with the smell of any cooking brussels or cabbage. I know a lot of people who cannot stand the smell of it.  I however am not one of those people.  The smell of roasting sprouts or any cabbage reminds my of this apartment building that I lived in as a kid.  One of the families down the hall would often cook some king of stew or something that would fill the halls with the smell of cooking cabbage, and while my brother would be grossed out by it, my stomach would instantly grumble with hunger!  Its funny how people can interpret tastes and smell so differently. Continue reading →

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

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It’s a hard decision to make, but if I had to pick one Thanksgiving/Holiday Festivas food that I couldn’t live without, it would be mashed potatoes. I know mashed potatoes are not really just a holiday food, and people eat them all the time, but I tend to only eat them around the holidays.  If someone just gave me a big bowl of garlicky buttery mashed potatoes, and told me that was it, nothing else, I think I would be pretty happy.  In fact, I made this bowl of yummy mash and ate it just how it is.  No gravy needed.  Lots of garlic, and vegan butter, with a sprinkle of green onion.  Awe yeah.

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Butternut Squash Pasta

Oregon Farms

I was lucky enough to be ably to visit some awesome farms on my recent road trip through Oregon.  Some may not imagine tromping around a farm or barnyard as an ideal vacation, but for me it was heaven!  The sun was shining (stupid Oregon, always so sunny!), the farm stands were filled with pumpkins, and gourds, and onions, and squash of every variety and color.

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Cranberry Orange Sauce

 

Cranberry Sauce

The holidays will soon be upon us.  Here in the United states, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few short weeks, which of course is the celebration of eating until you almost explode, take a nap, and then eat some more.  Wait, is that what Thanksgiving is about?  Maybe its the celebration of football.  Eating and football.  Yeah, that’s right.  A celebration to give thanks for food and football.  Oh, and wine.  Definitely thankful for wine.

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Pecan Sticky Rolls With Maple Bourbon Glaze

 

pecan5Can you believe that soft yeasty sweet bread lathered in butter, sugar, nuts, and other goodies, that is then rolled up, baked, and drenched in more sweet sugary sugary sauce, is considered breakfast?!  While most days I know this isn’t the best way for my body to start the day, sometimes I can’t argue with the census that this is completely accepted as a perfected accompaniment to my morning coffee.  Also, as a yummy afternoon snack, and a perfect dessert to top off the day.  Hey, “When in Rome!” or  should I say “When in Sweden!”, or wherever these amazing things originated from!  Thank you by the way. Thank you.

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Maple Carrot Quinoa Cakes

carrot8My new addiction the last few months has been audio books.  I dont know why it has taken me so long to figure out how amazing they are.  I was always a huge reader when I was young and through high school.   Since then, it seems like I have less and less time to read books.  Sure, I still spend a good amount of time reading blogs and articles, and who knows what for hours on end on the inter-web, but its not the same as reading a good fiction.  What I love about audio books is that I can listen to them while I do other stuff, like cook, or clean the house, or walk in the park. Continue reading →

White Bean and Rice Vegetable Soup

 

White Bean and Rice Vegetable Soup

Soup, soup, soup, all day looong!  Making soup while I sing this soooong!  Who loves soup season?  This girl that’s who!! I’m guessing you love soup too, because you seem like a sensible person, and sensible people don’t normally look at recipes they dont like. You are also very good looking. That has nothing to do with soup but you know,  just saying.  There is nothing like curling up in your favorite spot with the blanket your mother made you, a cute puppy by your side, and a big hot bowl of hearty soup!  I love making soup because you can make pretty much any veggie, potato, or bean, and make it into a soup.  Its super easy and leftovers are fantastic!

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