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Disclosure: Nordic Ware sent me the free product (Nordic Ware Non-Stick Cast Aluminum Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan) to try out - I love my new bundt pan and will be describing my experience with this pan in this post. I was not compensated for this post other than receiving the bundt pan for free! All opinions are […] Read More

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - healthy, delicious, easy-to-make salad! Perfect for the Thanksgiving menu, this is one looking holiday salad.  With lots of good for you ingredients, this recipe is packed with fiber, and it's gluten free! While this salad is especially great for the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, it has […] Read More

Browned Butter Pecan Sandies

Browned Butter Pecan Sandies

Browned Butter Pecan Sandies - delicious butter cookies made completely from scratch! I will show you how to carefully brown the butter without burning it (including step-by-step photos), how to add chopped pecans to the browned butter to toast them a bit. And, finally, how to create these cute cookies, rolled in granulated sugar before […] Read More

Pumpkin Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Pumpkin apple spice bundt cake

Today's recipe is an amazing Pumpkin Apple Spice Bundt Cake: flavorful, moist, light and fluffy! It’s everything you will want in a holiday cake! Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, all year around, really! By the way, today I’m guest posting over at Oh Sweet Basil - a wonderful blog that you will love to follow! Please […] Read More

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies

Chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies - Christmas, Holiday cookies

You might have noticed that I've been on a cookie marathon this month, posting 9 holiday cookie recipes in the month of December alone! Today's beautiful chocolate dipped pecan shortbread cookies might be my very last (10th!) Christmas recipe this season. This is one of the best shortbread recipes I've encountered, and I am definitely […] Read More

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe - Christmas, Holiday cookies

Hazelnut shortbread cookies recipe - for the Holidays! This recipe is ridiculously easy: only 4 ingredients. The cookies are phenomenal! You'd be thinking you're eating a very special cookie, and not something that you just whipped up in 10-20 minutes. Of course, in a large part, we have to thank hazelnuts for the deliciousness of […] Read More

Low fat banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe

Low fat banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - a Holiday version, with sprinkles! :) These have been my favorite oatmeal cookies this year! I like them to be on the chewy side (vs. cakey), and this recipe fits the bill, thanks to the old-fashioned (or rolled) oats, bananas, and Greek yogurt! Only 2 tablespoons of […] Read More

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles- Christmas cookies

Almond crescent cookies with sprinkles - perfect Holiday cookies! When you look at them, you might think I have gone completely crazy. Sure, it's a holiday season and I decorated lots of cookies this month with sprinkles, but I apparently have gone completely overboard with this one: and these ones: The truth is almond crescent […] Read More

Ode to pecan shortbread cookies

Pecan shortbread cookies - Christmas cookies

Pecan shortbread cookies have been my faithful companions over the last several days. They are the reason I look forward to coming home from work every day. They are the reason my husband almost finished a gallon of milk in a matter of 3 days. You see, cookies and milk - those go well together. […] Read More

Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles

Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles - Christmas cookies

I love these easy chocolate cookies! They are really perfect for Christmas: so soft and colorful, and they taste wonderful! Am I talking in rhymes again? It happens when I get very excited about cookies! And these little treats are definitely worth your excitement! They keep very well in an air-tight for at least a […] Read More

Easy thumbprint cookies recipe

Easy thumbprint cookies recipe - easy Christmas cookie recipes

Today I am sharing a very easy thumbprint cookies recipe. These simple cookies are made with chocolate cookie dough and are perfect for the upcoming holidays: Christmas and New Year's Eve. I love how festive they look, especially if you fill them with different types of jam or fruit preserves. For instance, on these photos […] Read More

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles

Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, Christmas cookies

Looking for a simple, delicious, and festive Holiday cookie recipe that does not involve a lot of time and effort but still looks like a true Christmas cookie? Try these perfectly shaped vanilla sugar cookies, decorated with colorful sprinkles: Do you notice this really cute, rounded (not flat) shape of these cookies? It makes them […] Read More

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

And the recipes for Christmas cookies continue! This is my second holiday cookie recipe of the season: peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos, decorated with sprinkles for a more festive look! This is a more festive version of Martha Stewart's peanut butter surprise cookies, and in my version I am using Rolos instead […] Read More

Pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping

Pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping

What do you do when you have too many apples? You make breakfast pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping, of course! If you thought that pancakes were great with the caramel sauce drizzled all over them, wait until you try them with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples - so delicious! To make the topping, I […] Read More

Peanut butter sandwich cookies with Nutella filling

I've spent so much time thinking about and cooking Fall and Thanksgiving recipes, I did not even notice that the Christmas season was slowly creeping up on all of us! Don't you feel like you have to urgently switch gears now and get yourself into a Christmas mode? I do! And, conveniently, these peanut butter […] Read More

Sweet cooked apples recipe

Cooked apples recipe

Am I the only one who is having a hard time getting back into the kitchen after a week of Thanksgiving feasting? I've been eating so much over the last 10 days, I am not even hungry any more. So, please forgive me for this very basic cooked apples recipe today. So simple and easy […] Read More

Black bean butternut squash soup

Black bean butternut squash soup

I didn't want to make another sweet butternut squash (or pumpkin) soup, so I was in a search of a recipe where I could combine butternut squash with a second major ingredient that would neutralize the sweetness of butternut squash, without suppressing its flavor, something similar to what I did with carrot soup by adding […] Read More

Chocolate covered hazelnut shortbread cookies

Chocolate covered hazelnut shortbread cookies, Christmas cookies

This is my fourth and the last cookie recipe in December. I always loved hazelnuts in chocolates but, surprisingly, I never used ground hazelnuts in a cookie until this recipe. The flavor and the texture of these cookies are really nice: cookies taste like chocolates with hazelnuts and at the same time crunchy. I love […] Read More

Almond crescent Christmas cookies

Almond crescent cookies, shortbread, Christmas cookies

Almond crescent shaped cookies .... I've been waiting to make them a whole year. One of my most favorite Christmas cookies, even their name - CRESCENT - opens your imagination to something whimsical and winterish, evoking images of Nordic mythology, Lord of the Rings, or simply crescent moon suspended over winter land. I adore crescent […] Read More

Creamy mushroom soup with Shiitake

Creamy wild mushroom soup without all that heavy cream

In between the Christmas cookie recipes, I have to fit in this cream of Shiitake mushroom soup I made last week from scratch without using any heavy cream, and using only 1.5 cups of half-and-half. And, by the way, you can use any type of wild mushrooms in place of Shiitake. I've made this soup […] Read More

Cranberry noels

Cranberry noels, Christmas cookies

I crave no fancy cookies for Christmas - just give me a simple shortbread cookie and I'll be happy. It's all about simple cookies that taste good and bring back the childhood memories. I started last week with simple almond shortbread cookies, and these Christmas cranberry noels from Martha Stewart are also simple to make […] Read More

Almond shortbread cookies with Amaretto

Almond shortbread cookies with Amaretto

I am very much in a holiday mood, and this is my first recipe in the holiday cookie series that I will be posting over the course of the next 2 weeks. This is a classic Christmas almond shortbread cookie that everybody should try at least once in their lifetime. Because, first, the recipe is […] Read More

Chopped salad with fruit, pomegranates, nuts, and Gorgonzola cheese

I love pomegranate seeds and eat them pretty much as is, as a mid-day snack, but I also started looking for good recipes that call for actual pomegranate seeds. I just found and tested this one from Epicurious.com, and it is a keeper! Everybody who tried this salad so far has been in awe. And […] Read More

Carrot and lentils soup

I made this carrot and lentil soup first time 2 years ago for Christmas, and it was an immediate hit with the family. Even those family members who did not like the idea of a "carrot soup" fell in love with it, finished their bowls and asked for seconds. The special thing about this recipe […] Read More

Peach shaped sandwich cookies with dulce de leche filling

My yesterday's post was about how to make homemade Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk, and today's recipe is one of the ways to use Dulce de Leche in a dessert: in a peach sandwich cookie. I guess with this post I am officially opening the season of holiday baking on my blog! This […] Read More