Winter

Butternut Squash & Kale Lasagna

Butternut Squash & Kale Lasagna

It’s finally fall, ya’ll. Sure, the calendar declared it months ago, but this year it took the world a little bit of time to catch up. We’ve had a lot of warm days lately, but today, I opened my window and I could smell it, feel it, breathe it in with a big, lovely sigh. It’s here. Fall.

I just adore this time of the year. The colors, the crispness, the shift we all make when summer fades out and the cool season fades in. I don’t know if it’s my Nordic heritage or just years of conditioning in upstate New York and New England, but I’ll take cold over heat any day of the week. Somehow summer heat just seems too stifling, but a deep gulp of brisk, cool air opens me right up – it feels life-affirming. The time of the year is always a reminder that world keeps turning, and to make the most of each and every season. And with fall, that means long hikes, family get-togethers, cool nights, and some really amazing season food that taste just like Fall feels – utterly wonderful.

Pain de Viande

Pain de Viande

Ah, the humble meatloaf. It’s hearty, it’s a classic, and it’s a go-to comfort food this time of the year. But despite its unassuming intentions, we can all agree that your average meatloaf can be a fickle, tricky old lady — out of nowhere, she can turn on you, ending up dry, and a little bland, and just plain… blah. Ho-hum. And a little ugly to boot. But then, what do you expect with a name like meatloaf? It’s a loaf of meat. Doesn’t exactly sound like a lively dish, does it? The poor thing hardly stands a chance.

Luckily, this is by no means your average meatloaf, because this isn’t just any loaf of meat. Studded with gorgeous, rich, classic French flavors — mushrooms, lentils, mustard, a hint of thyme, and the the pièce de résistance, a red wine glaze — its name should appropriately be French as well, c’est non?

Brown Butter Cider Doughnuts

Brown Butter Cider Doughnuts

Last Fall, the Sailor and I were out and about one day, killing time before we were set to meet up with some friends for drinks and a bite to eat. It was a gorgeous, classic Fall day in Boston — the air was crisp, […]

Norwegian Berlinerkranser Cookies

Norwegian Berlinerkranser Cookies

Ah, Christmas Eve. It might just be the best day of the year. Somehow, it even beats out Christmas Day. In my family, it’s a day of peace. The presents are wrapped, the long trek from Boston to Pennsylvania is behind me, and happy anticipation […]

Maple Almond Spice Cookies

Maple Almond Spice Cookies

You guys! It’s here! The final countdown. Christmas Eve is just one week away. And I’m finally ready. Presents are purchased and wrapped. Tree is up and decorated. Travel plans are made. Twinkle lights are absolutely everywhere. And these cookies are currently sitting happily in […]

Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Kale Soup

Even though I love to cook, dream about it (…some great ideas have come to me in my sleep, although I have a recurring nightmare about chocolate seizing. I think its post-culinary-school-trauma related. Another story for another time.), and live for it…sometimes I just don’t […]

Turkey Chili with Sage, Spinach, and Roasted Butternut Squash

Turkey Chili with Sage, Spinach, and Roasted Butternut Squash

Well friends, it’s here. December. Fa la la. Ho ho ho. Yadda yadda yadda. That came out wrong. Let me start over. I adore the holidays. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. If it were up to me, it would start […]

Pecan-Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Pecan-Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Uh, aren’t you a little late? No one cares about pumpkin pie anymore.” I get it. Thanksgiving was last week, and everyone’s had their fill of creamy pumpkin deliciousness. Or so you think. I’m bucking tradition. No pumpkin […]

Pumpkin-Banana Protein Oats

Pumpkin-Banana Protein Oats

Isn’t it strange how much we change? I remember being a child and having such strong convictions about the most mundane things. I would never eat a tomato. I would never utter a curse word. I would always love the color pink. And then as […]

Sage, Apple, and Sausage Sauté with Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Sage, Apple, and Sausage Sauté with Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Yesterday was a good day. Odd for a Monday, which in itself added a little unexpected delight to the whole thing. Good Mondays are like unicorns. Not to mention that it was a Monday following a weekend out of town, which usually feel like stolen […]