Hey friends! Welcome to Good Food Reads for this last day of November. It seems no matter my intentions and planning, the holiday season is inevitably one of the busiest times of the year. I mean, I feel like I was just writing about surviving the Thanksgiving craziness and now we are about to pull out the advent calendars, hang the stockings, and trim those trees. …
Well friends, here we are. The day before Thanksgiving. I’m sure that most of you are busy getting ready to welcome friends and family to your homes or to travel to meet with loved ones and share a (likely huge!) meal. I look forward every year to the traditional foods of Thanksgiving. I love mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and dixie pie. For me, the turkey is ok, but the real game is in the sides. What are your Thanksgiving favorites?…
Is it just me, or do the holidays really sneak up on us every year? I feel like I was literally just celebrating the arrival of fall and pumpkin-spiced-everything season and now here we are, a few days from Thanksgiving and the fun, crazy holiday season. As much as I love all of the fun gatherings with friends and family this time of year, finding the perfect host/hostess gift can be a little stressful. …
Thanksgiving, for me, is always such a great mix of traditional foods and new recipes that push the envelope of classics just a little. In our house, no Thanksgiving is complete without Dixie Pie (find the recipe here) or my mother in law’s pumpkin bread. There is always turkey*, of course, and the traditional sides. Because of distance and job requirements, my husband and I alternate years with our extended family so our food traditions are a little different each fall! While each family does a great job of trying to incorporate those “must have” dishes to make Thanksgiving really feel like home, we also love having something different to look forward to each year. I like to try a twist on a classic side dish each year and with that in mind, I have pulled together a list of Good Food Reads for your upcoming Thanksgiving. You won’t find any traditional turkey or sweet potato recipes here – I trust you have plenty of sources for those – but there are plenty of recipes for classics that push the envelope just a bit. Here’s to a happy and tasty Thanksgiving!…
Whatever your view on politics and yesterday’s election, it is an historic day in America. And I think we could all use some culinary distraction. This week’s Good Food Reads is a great mix of comfort foods and some pre-Thanksgiving prep. I’m really excited to try all of these recipes and (let’s be honest) to check out the new TV show linked at the end of the post. In fact, I think I’m going to whip up a batch of the pancakes below this afternoon, while I check out Martha and Snoop. What are your plans for this post-election day? Hopefully they include some Good Food Reads!
Fluffy Ricotta Lemon-y Pancakes (A Cozy Kitchen)
Peanut Butter M&M Oatmeal Cookies (Greens & Chocolate)
Pumpkin Chai Crumble Muffins (How Sweet It Is)
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Carolina Mustard Sauce (Lemons for Lulu)
Garlic-y Olive-y Pull Apart Knobs (A Cozy Kitchen)
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Girl Vs Dough)
Butternut Squash and Leek Risotto (Love + Lemons)
The Best Inexpensive Digital Thermometers (via Serious Eats)
I will leave you with this: Martha and Snoop. Yup, they’ve got a cooking show and I think I’m going to need to watch. Because, whoa…it’s gotta be better than CNN right now.
Seriously, how is it already November? I feel like we were just dipping our toes into fall and pumpkin-spiced everything and now we are past Halloween and smack in the middle of the holiday ramp up. If you’re like me, you’re starting to think about Thanksgiving menus, holiday baking projects, and how to balance all of the great comforting foods that colder weather brings with the need to fit in my pants! Right? I’m not sure this week’s Good Food Reads are good for fitting into your pants, but they are definite recipe eye candy! Enjoy. And as always, send us your Good Food Reads Suggestions!…
Wednesday is here again which means we get to share our recipe inspiration for the week! I love putting together each week’s Good (Food) Reads, mostly because it gives me an excuse to read yummy recipes for hours on end. It also gives me an opportunity to bookmark great recipe ideas for later kitchen inspiration. We try to feature various blogs and recipes each week and are always looking for new inspiration so if you have a blog, website, or cookbook you think would be great – send us your stuff! We would love to share it. This week on Good Food Reads, I’ve got some Halloween themed recipes, appetizers for those holiday gatherings, and overall just a fun collection of kitchen inspiration. I hope you love it. Happy Cooking……
Friends, the time has come for another Good Food Reads. When this post publishes, I’ll be deep in the throes of newborn life and not sure how much cooking and baking I’ll be doing but I don’t want to be without inspiration for the fall so here are is another set of recipes I can’t wait to try (when I get back to the kitchen!). As always, we love to hear your suggestions for Good Food Reads and the blog in general. Email, tweet, FB message us or say hi on Instagram! …
Oh man, if I thought the need for comfort food was high last week, this week takes the cake. The weather is finally starting to feel like fall, with warm days and cool nights and I am ready to tuck in to some cozy slippers, cardigans, and carbs. Yup, it’s a bit of a carb fest here on Good Food Reads way this week and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m writing this post in advance, expecting that our newest family addition will be here by the time this post publishes and therefore featuring a bunch of slow cooker recipes…because slaving over the stove with a newborn is no fun, not even for this girl. What do you crave when the weather starts to cool? Do you have any go to meals that are easy to make when your hands are full and you are sleep deprived? Send us your Good Food Reads!
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Veggi-fied Meat Sauce (Cooking Light) is the perfect compromise. Extra veggies and whole grains pepper this classic dish that is perfect for the whole family.
Baked Chicken Chimichangas (The Girl Who Ate Everything). Because who doesn’t love chimichangas? I’ve never actually tried to make them, mostly because I don’t do a lot of deep frying. This recipe is a great baked alternative.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup (Like Mother Like Daughter). There is little that warms my heart more in the fall and winter than a hearty soup. And one that can be made in the slow cooker? Even better. We will definitely be trying this in our house ASAP.
Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu Polenta (A Pinch of Yum). Another crockpot/slow cooker recipe that I’ve been saving for a while – and the time has come to make this one happen. The polenta does NOT go in the slow cooker, so you will need to whip that up just before serving, but seriously…are you not drooling over the gorgeous ragu?
Slow Cooker Barbacoa (Paleomg). One more slow cooker recipe, just because. I l.o.v.e. the barbacoa bowls at Chipotle. I think this recipe might be the perfect thing to try and replicate that at home!
Broccoli, Lemon, and Parmesan Soup (Food52). I can’t wait to try this soup. Such simple ingredients that should give amazing flavor!
Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Simply Scratch via Girl vs Dough). My love affair with brussels sprouts is ongoing and these sound amazing. My go to preparation is to roast them with pancetta and some balsamic, but I am going to have to give the dijon a try.
Potato Leek Pizza (Pioneer Woman). A nice change up from my typical mozzarella and prosciutto pizza.
Orzo Salad with Broccoli Pesto from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day. I love the idea of broccoli pesto! How fun. And full of great nutrients.
Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars (Recipe by Oh She Glows, featured on A Pinch of Yum). Because this list seriously needed some dessert.
Well friends, that’s the list. I hope you found some kitchen inspiration.
Until next week…
You might notice that this week’s collection of Good Food Reads is filled with comfort foods and desserts. Since I’m currently nearing the end of my pregnancy, I make absolutely no apologies for that! I’m still trying to balance these treat meals and desserts with healthy helpings of fruits and vegetables and lots of walking, but let’s face it, sometimes you just need comfort food. In that spirit, here are this week’s Good Food Reads. I hope you enjoy!…