Carrots and butternut squash roasted with Harissa and Hungarian paprika covered in caramelized onions, then baked to custardy perfection in a whole-wheat tart shell. All topped with sage browned butter.

Savory Butternut Squash Carrot Tart

In this savory Butternut Squash Carrot Tart, carrots and butternut squash are roasted with Harissa and Hungarian paprika then covered in caramelized onions, and baked to custardy perfection in a whole-wheat tart shell. All topped with sage browned butter. A savory tart? After all the sinfully sweet fruit and nut pies that have been appearing from my kitchen… 

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This Cranberry Orange Pear Pie has a sweet brown sugar orange pear filling and is studded with tart cranberries! With fresh orange juice, zest and Grand Marnier, the flavors are absolute heaven!

Cranberry Orange Pear Pie

This Cranberry Orange Pear Pie has a sweet brown sugar pear filling and is studded with tart cranberries! With fresh orange juice, zest and Grand Marnier, the flavors are absolute heaven! Professional Kitchen Rule #34: No Emotions Allowed There is a firm check-your-emotions-at-the-door policy. But if that fails… Don’t cry into the chili lobster appetizer;… 

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This Butterscotch Apple Pie is absolute heaven! Lightly spiced apples baked inside a flakey all-butter crust with brown sugar butterscotch sauce!

Apple Butterscotch Pie

This Apple Butterscotch Pie is absolute heaven! Lightly spiced apples baked inside a flakey all-butter pie crust with a homemade brown sugar butterscotch sauce!  I hope that eating more pie was your New Year’s Resolution, because I just got a little crazy with the pie baking! I waited a full 10 days before posting sweets, which… 

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The Comparison Trap: A New Years Resolution

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions. I usually can’t wait until February when the gym returns to a normal volume as people fall off the NYR bandwagon and I can use the leg-press without waiting 45 minutes. But this year I’ve decided to give it a try. In a less traditional way. I’m not… 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2015

“We did it!!!” [I hope you hear that in the voice of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde…No? Am I alone here?] We finally made it through 12 days of the second annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You will never know what it took to actually pull this off. 11 cookies in 3 days. 3… 

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These Chewy Ginger Bars have a gingerbread base with a sweet candied ginger crumble topping!! There is candied ginger folded into the base for a perfect burst of ginger!

Chewy Ginger Bars

12 Days of Christmas Cookies These Chewy Ginger Bars have a gingerbread base with a sweet candied ginger crumble topping!! There is candied ginger folded into the base for a perfect burst of ginger! These bars are absolute heaven! A ginger lover’s paradise! Chewy, soft, and sweet with the perfect bite from the ginger! I… 

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Fruitcake Cookies are chewy sugar cookies stuffed full of candied fruits, raisins and toasted pecans for a unique twist on the classic Christmas fruitcake! Topped with a brandy cream cheese frosting, these little cookies are irresistible!

Fruitcake Cookies {Brandy Cream Cheese Frosting}

12 Days of Christmas Cookies Fruitcake Cookies are chewy sugar cookies stuffed full of candied fruits, raisins and toasted pecans for a unique twist on the classic Christmas fruitcake! Topped with a brandy cream cheese frosting, these little cookies are irresistible! And we’re back with Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! This… 

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Soft, chewy cinnamon milk chocolate chip cookies with toasted pecans and candied orange peel. These Orange Pecan Milk Chocolate Chip cookies will have you reaching for another before you realize what you’re doing!

Orange Pecan Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies Soft, chewy cinnamon milk chocolate chip cookies with toasted pecans and candied orange peel. These cookies will have you reaching for another before you realize what you’re doing! Y’all know how I feel about chocolate chip cookies. They are my ride-or-die favorites. It just didn’t feel right not having one… 

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Moravian Christmas Cookies are paper-thin, crispy, spiced molasses cookies. Sweet and gingery, they taste a bit like gingerbread but are waaaay more addicting!

Moravian Christmas Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies Moravian Christmas Cookies are paper-thin, crispy, spiced molasses cookies. Sweet and gingery, they taste a bit like gingerbread but are waaaay more addicting! Let me boil down my college experience for you. At Wake Forest I learned a lot about math and French, a little about everything else including keg… 

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Nana’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are sweet and chewy with the perfect ratio of raisins and oatmeal to cookie dough!

Nana’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Nana’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are sweet and chewy with the perfect ratio of raisins and oatmeal to cookie dough!  Flashback to Thanksgiving: I had baked and photographed 8 cookies (in addition to my regular job) in three days and, as I sat on the train to my grandparent’s house in… 

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These Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies are a buttery shortbread cookie dough filled with a Moscato cranberry jam and baked to soft, tender perfection.

Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies These Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies are a buttery shortbread cookie dough filled with a Moscato cranberry jam and baked to soft, tender perfection. The dough tastes like Walker’s shortbread but is chewy and soft instead of crumbly.  I got this recipe on a family vacation in Napa! During the wine tasting at… 

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