Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes

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Hi friends! Just stopping by quickly to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a relaxing long weekend (hopefully most of you don't have to work) and eat lots of yummy food. I also wanted to share a recipe that you can use with your leftovers on Friday. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner- Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes! I was lucky to have my mom visit from Texas last week for a quick visit. I wasn't sure if the kids and I would have plans for Thanksgiving (turns out we do), but she offered to help me cook Thanksgiving dinner. We figured if we stuck to the basics it … [Read more...]

Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant


I wouldn't say rice is my favorite grain; I do love it with Asian food but it doesn't make a very regular appearance in my weekly menus. A couple years ago my kids tried the traditional cheesy broccoli rice casserole during the Holidays and loved it. When I saw this dish, Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant, in Cooking Light I thought it looked like a tasty, healthier variation. It calls for brown rice instead of white, no processed cheese sauce, just a little good quality parmesan cheese for flavor and 2 pounds of eggplant and zucchini. When I first saw the bread … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Stuffing

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Yesterday I kicked my kids out of the house (with their Dad of course) so that I could watch Thanksgiving Live on the Food Network. I absolutely loved it last year and learned some great tips! It totally got me in the mood to cook and now I can't wait to eat Thanksgiving dinner! I'am making all the traditional dishes: a delicious brined turkey, stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted brussels, a green bean dish and my favorite cranberry sauce (see below). I am also making a pumpkin cheesecake, my favorite bourbon pecan pie and probably a regular pumpkin pie. I CAN NOT WAIT! I know … [Read more...]

Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes

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This is hands down one of my favorite appetizers ever. I made it for the first time a while back when my mom was in town and we ate it several nights for dinner. Wine and crostini. What more do you need? By the way, have you ever wondered the difference between crostini and bruschetta? I had to look it up but it's really just a difference of the bread used. Bruschetta, form the Italian word "bruscare" is to roast over coals and is made from Italian or sourdough bread. Crostini are toasted from a finer-textured bread like a baguette. They are both topped with a variety of delicious toppings … [Read more...]

How to Simplify Thanksgiving


I was a bit unrealistic this year in my attempt to plan a grand Thanksgiving for my family and a couple friends. Then it dawned on me....who am I kidding? My newborn son will be 3 weeks on Thanksgiving and I am already getting overwhelmed at the thought of all the dishes that need to be prepared. However, I won't settle for less than a complete Thanksgiving meal. After giving it some thought,I decided that this was a perfect time to accept a little help from the store and modify when I can. I am a big fan of home-made, from scratch food, but something's gotta give. Here is what I came up … [Read more...]

Carrot Spice Muffins

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You know how I mentioned packing healthy homemade muffins in your kid's lunches? I love this one and have been making it a lot lately: Carrot Spice Muffins. I had a hankering for warm, freshly baked muffins and I wanted to incorporate a veggie. I was deciding between zucchini and carrot and since I make a lot of zucchini bread I thought I'd try something new. I love that a good amount of carrots go into this muffin mix and the kids don't suspect  a thing. With all the yummy, warm spices, these muffins will get you looking forward to the fall season. Although they are best eaten fresh out … [Read more...]

Bourbon Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

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Best ever. Ever. Maybe it's because we really wanted pecan pie or maybe it's because I made the crust from scratch or because there is booze in it, but whatever the case my hubby and I thought this was the best pecan pie we'd ever had. I am making this again for Christmas and I can't wait. Now let's talk about the nutritional benefits of pecan pie. Ok, let's not. Just kidding, take away the sugar and butter, you've got heart-heathy serving of nuts in there. Ok, I'll stop. In all seriousness, I do believe that a small taste of a "real" dessert is much more satisfying that a big piece … [Read more...]

Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain


It is finally Thanksgiving week and I am going to take some time off from posting recipes since I am positive no one has anything else on their shopping list except for T-day items. Next week I will be back with some simple and light meals to help you ease out of your food coma. For now, we are going to talk about exercise and calories. Don't walk away yet! Most folks gain a few pounds between now and New Years and I am here to tell you, it doesn't have to be you. You can get through the Holiday season without gaining weight. It takes a little effort though. Now I thought about … [Read more...]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Bacon

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Did you know it's brussels sprouts not brussel sprouts? Never mind. I wanted to provide a side option other than famous (or shall I say infamous) green bean casserole. My family has mixed reviews on the green bean casserole. Some need it at the table and more than half wouldn't miss it at all. I am in between. I only like it with fresh green beans, but would be ok if I didn't have it. So I tried roasting some brussels sprouts, then tossed them with a warm vinaigrette, tart apples and crisp bacon. Overall, I think it was a success. Now I know that I would love to see roasted brussels at … [Read more...]

Cranberry-Apple Sauce

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It is with joy and regret that I inform you of my Thanksgiving plans. I will not be cooking this year (yeah for me!) so unfortunately won't have tons of Thanksgiving recipes to share (boo!). My hubby traveled to Korea so much this past year and racked up a lot of Marriott points while he was at it; therefore we are checking into one of their resorts here in Oahu to spend our Thanksgiving. Since none of our family lives here, cooking for four sound like a drag. I am so excited about relaxing and letting someone else feed me for a change. So when I was talking to my brother this week, he … [Read more...]