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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter #HandCraftedEdibles

When Dude was 2 or 3 years old and in the height of his picky eating, Nutella was a lunchtime staple.  Gradually, I was able to expand his palate and then I would conveniently “forget” to buy Nutella as the jar ran out.  And eventually I stopped buying it all together (especially once Dude started going to a school with a “no peanut no tree nut” policy).

Then, out of the blue, Spud started asking me if he could have a Nutella sandwich for lunch.  I told him that we didn’t have any and had him pick something else.  Then he asked the next day.  And the next.  And the next.  Clearly, he wasn’t giving up. 

Finally, after telling him (again) that I didn’t have any Nutella, he asked me to make some instead.  I didn’t have any hazelnuts on hand, but I did have cashews.

And so, Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter was born, just in time for this week’s #HandCraftedEdibles.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyone needs a Thanksgiving specialty drink, right?

These pumpkintinis are pretty much a boozy pumpkin pie in a glass!  You can’t get much better than that!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Harvest Pasta with Sausage

Today is one of those days when a whole bunch of things fell into place to result in a delicious meal.

First, I made a batch of Cheesy Buttercup Squash a couple days ago.  And it wasn’t very good.  Typically, the squash is smooth and a bit sweet.  This one, for whatever reason, was bland and stringy.  I ate it for dinner, but was not looking forward to the leftovers.  I was trying to think of how I could salvage the recipe, short of adding a ridiculous amount of cheese and I was coming up blank.

Then today, Dude inadvertently helped me out.  He wanted to be chef of the day and he wanted to make spaghetti and meatballs.  Aha!

Bland cheesy squash as the base to my meat sauce?  Perfect!

I set to helping Dude doctor up our boring squash.  A bit of tomato sauce, Italian spices PLUS my favorite fall flavors: sage and sausage!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli in Brown Butter Sauce

I gave you a little teaser of this recipe when I posted my Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia last month.  I meant to post this recipe right away, but then things got busy and it kept getting pushed back. 

But here it is today, just in case you’re looking for a non-traditional or vegetarian dish to bring to the Thanksgiving table!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cheesy Buttercup Squash

I have the perfect Thanksgiving (or anytime!!) side dish for you!

It super simple, super delicious, and everyone will love it!

I’ve used buttercup squash in this recipe because that’s what I grew in my garden, but buttercup squash would work equally well.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Game Day Meat & Cheese Platter #HandCraftedEdibles

Let’s talk Meat & Cheese Platters!  That’s this week’s #HandCraftedEdibles theme, after all!

I love meat & cheese trays because they’re so incredibly versatile!

I called today’s tray a game day platter because I whipped this up while we watched the Green Bay Packer Game last week.  But it also works well for board game nights with friends.  Or Thanksgiving snackies, or Christmas parties!  Or even use a disposable or inexpensive tray and bring it as a hostess gift!  There’s end to the meat and cheese tray’s usefulness.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chocolate Frogs #thebookclubcookbookCC

I’m jumping in with the Book Club Cookbook Cooking Crew this month, because Erin, at The Spiffy Cookie chose one of my all-time favorite books:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Added to the fact that it’s my favorite book/series, I very recently purchased the illustrated version of the novel and decided to introduce my boys to the magical world of Harry Potter.

Have you ever shared your favorite novel with your children and watched their eyes glitter as they too are entranced with the story?   It is so fun to share with my children.  Plus, the illustrations are absolutely breath-taking (so, um, this might also be my 3rd copy of the book.  I now have paperback, electronic, and illustrated versions!)

Back to the book club!  To participate, bloggers read the selected book and then make something inspired by the book.

In this book, there are small mentions of Christmas roast and such, but the wizard sweets are the main event.

My boys were very intrigued by Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans.  But since I wasn’t interested in trying to make ear wax flavored candies, I bought a box for them to try instead.  They got toothpaste, rotten egg, and canned dog food and vowed never to eat a jelly bean again. Told ya so, kids.



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