Winter Minestrone with Sausage, Kale, and Basil Pistou

Winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou is guaranteed to become one of your family's favorite soups!

We’re having a January cold spell, and right now the temperature outside is a whopping 6 degrees. Which means my family wants nothing but soup for dinner. One of our all-time favorites is this winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou. It’s packed with bold flavor and healthy veggies.

This red, green and white soup is a Christmas Eve tradition in our family, so sometimes I call it “Christmas minestrone.” We usually don’t have a heavy dinner Christmas Eve, because we’ve already stuffed ourselves at an annual family party during the day. After celebrating with a million and one relatives, we go home, make some minestrone, and play board games until it’s time to hang our stockings.

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How To: Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

How to cook a turkey in an electric turkey roaster.

Recipes, Turkey | December 22, 2016 | By

We’re deep into the holiday season; the season of cookies, eggnog, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, and, of course, roast turkey. I always end up making a few roast turkeys between November and December and there is one trick I absolutely swear by: cooking my turkey in an electric turkey roaster oven. Before I got married, I had never heard of a electric turkey roaster, but when I got one as a wedding gift I was intrigued. I tried it once, and I’ve never cooked a turkey in a traditional oven since!

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Christmas Deviled Eggs

Christmas deviled eggs will be the hit of any holiday party.

Deviled eggs are classic appetizers, welcome at any party table. This week I was asked to bring an appetizer to a big family Christmas party, and I thought if I dressed them up in Christmas colors, deviled eggs would be perfect. I had to smile when I named this recipe “Christmas Deviled Eggs,” because normally Christmas and the devil don’t go together. When I looked into the history of deviled eggs, I learned that sometimes people in the Midwest and South call deviled eggs “angel eggs” when bringing them to church functions.  So you can definitely call these Christmas Deviled Eggs “Angel Eggs” if you prefer.

Plain deviled eggs get dressed up for the holidays with festive red and green garnishes.

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Winter Fruit Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Seasonal citrus, pomegranates and pineapple team up with apples and kiwi in this gorgeous fruit salad.

I’m always looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables into my life – and into my family’s mouths – but sometimes biting into a plain piece of fruit is not that a-peeling. (Haha – I just made a fruit joke!) A gorgeous fruit salad is a great way to eat healthy and enjoy it! This winter fruit salad combines seasonal citrus, pomegranates, pineapple, kiwi and apples. A simple dressing of lemon and honey adds sweetness and keeps the fruit fresher longer.

This gorgeous salad combines seasonal winter fruits with a simple honey-lemon dressing.

This winter fruit salad is perfect for a holiday party buffet, or you can make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge. It doesn’t contain delicate fruits like berries or bananas, so it will stay fresh for up to three days.

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Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Made with flaky pie crust, filled with pie filling, and topped with streusel topping and caramel, these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a perfect fall treat.

Caramel. Apple Pie. Cookies. Truth be told, I had a hard time naming these. Are they cookies? Are they mini pies? Are they cobbler bites? I settled on Caramel Apple Pie Cookies but you could also think of these as apple pie bites.  With the combination of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pie crust these smell heavenly and they taste even better.

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Homemade Roasted Chili Oil

Sichuan-style toasted chili oil brings a toasty heat to all your favorite foods.

Lately I’m in love with Sichuan-style roasted chili oil – a little obsessed, in fact. Roasted chili oil (or toasted chili oil) has a complex, toasted chili flavor that’s mellow and not acidic. Sometimes I buy roasted chili oil from my local gourmet supermarket, but it’s expensive and hard to find. I decided to try making my own, so I would never run out. I eat it with scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables and potatoes. It’s also fantastic with our 10-Minute Wonton Soup, Crock-Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken, Korean Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry and Easy Homemade Kung Pao Chicken.

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30-Minute Chicken Chili

Make this warm, spicy and satisfying chicken chili in only 30 minutes.

I’m always looking for recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy, and this 30-Minute Chicken Chili is all of those things. It’s spicy and satisfying, and it cooks up quickly with just a few staple ingredients. My family loves my Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe, but this chicken chili is lighter and less expensive to make. It’s more of a broth-based soup than a meaty chili.

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Greek Yogurt Lemon Pudding

Greek yogurt lemon pudding is a simple everyday dessert with calcium and protein.

Lately I’ve been looking for new healthy dessert recipes. I love something sweet, but I want to take care of my body at the same time. This Greek yogurt lemon pudding is a perfect everyday dessert that’s light and refreshing, with calcium, protein and nothing artificial. It takes literally 5 minutes to make, with only 3 ingredients.

I got this recipe from a cooking class I attended on a recent trip to Greece with my husband and 18-year-old daughter. The cooking class was one of the highlights of our trip! If you are ever in Athens, I recommend that you check it out. The teacher, Fofi, was a gracious hostess with a wealth of knowledge about Greek food. We made zucchini balls with tzatziki, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), Greek salad, spanikopita (spinach pie), roasted lamb with potatoes, and this Greek yogurt lemon pudding. All this in 2 1/2 hours! At the end of the class, we got to eat the food at outdoor tables while listening to traditional Greek music.

This Greek yogurt lemon pudding is ultra-easy and was perfect at the end of our big meal. I made it again soon after I got home, because I’ve become such a fan of Greek yogurt. The ingredients for this recipe are simple: one large container of plain Greek yogurt, one can of sweetened condensed milk, and one lemon.

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Easy Homemade Kung Pao Chicken

This easy kung pao chicken is even better than takeout!

Chicken, Rice | October 11, 2016 | By

Do you ever go through “food phases,” where all you want to eat is a certain type of food? Lately, all I’ve been craving is spicy Asian food, so I decided to make this easy homemade kung pao chicken.

This is an update of a recipe I’ve been making for many years, from a cookbook I’ve had so long its cover is ripped off and pages are falling out. It’s one of the first stir fry dishes I learned how to make, and it’s still a family favorite. It’s an Americanized version of the Szechwan classic, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty.

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Freezer Friendly Apple Pie Filling

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in ours it is really starting to feel like fall. Last weekend my family and I went to a local orchard and picked our own apples.  We came home with way more apples than we expected, and I knew that making a few batches of apple pie filling was the perfect solution. I love all pie, of course, but apple is one of my favorites and it’s the perfect way to get into the fall spirit.

The best part of making multiple batches of apple pie filling was that I was able to put a few of the batches in the freezer for later in the season. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and it’s nice to have some at least one thing that’s already prepared.

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

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