Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things

Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things post image

Ah, the beloved Thanksgiving table! It can look like a never-ending line of saucy-ness, richness, sweetness and savory-ness, which frankly, is perfectly fine with me. That's exactly as it should be! The more buttery biscuits, pillowy rolls, flowing gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing (or dressing) and sweet cranberry sauce, the better; but for this Thanksgiving, I'm offering up at least one clean, green, simple and crisp take on a favorite, just to balance things a smidge! Green bean casserole is one of our favorite ... {more please!}

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing, and a Soft Place to Rest One’s Soul

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing, and a Soft Place to Rest One’s Soul post image

Often times at the tail-end of a very long day, I find myself struggling to keep my eyes open. Perhaps you can relate? It doesn't matter whether I'm watching a really good movie or watching a truly fascinating show on a topic that any other time would have my full attention, I just can't seem to stop my eyes from fluttering and then finally closing, and my head from bobbing and nodding and then suddenly jerking up in fake awake-ness. And when things get to that ... {more please!}

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon post image

When I think of all of the fabulous food that is so much a central part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, I get a sort of warm feeling in my belly, and a child-like excitement that we can partake in all of those wonderful goodies so whole-heartedly and with such sheer glee! Thanksgiving is a time to get together in the spirit of gratitude, love and remembrance for the gifts that we have in our lives; it's a time to ease the mind and dive freely ... {more please!}

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On post image

The world that we live in is an amazing place. It's full of colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that make up the totality of our existence, just like the pieces of a puzzle make up a complete picture. All one needs to do is look out the window to bare witness to it. Whether one peers out and sees something natural such as the flowers in all of their brilliance, gloriously adorned in their colors and the various velvety robes that give them their individual ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside post image

The little traditions and special family rituals that go along with the holidays are very precious to me. I take comfort in them, and set them apart from any other little things that we do in our day to day lives as a family; because we seem to have come up with them — created them — specifically to invoke a sense of coziness, magic, warmth and connection with the spiritual, which is so very important to our family. And though each year the weeks leading ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Gluten-Free Quinoa & Wild Rice Dressing, A Taste Of Healthy Decadence

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Gluten-Free Quinoa & Wild Rice Dressing, A Taste Of Healthy Decadence post image

Decadent food is so much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday that to try to prepare too “healthy” a spread would most likely result in a frustrated and disappointed table of guests, and who would want that? Not I, for one. So let's just agree right off the bat that with this post, we're not going to be talking about how to “lighten up” this much delighted in and celebrated holiday meal. No, let's just say that we're going to try to find a way to ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet Autumn Cornbread & Vermont Cheddar Casserole, A Buttery Bite

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Sweet Autumn Cornbread & Vermont Cheddar Casserole, A Buttery Bite post image

I really love when something hot, savory and sweet oh-so-gently melts away on my tongue after I take a little bite of it. There's a certain warmth to a rich and buttery dish, a particular comforting coziness that just seems to wrap itself around my entire being and hug me tight. And that's a pretty magical thing, I think. Isn't food a good friend sometimes? The combination of savory and mildly sweet is a combination that can be just the right amount of “complex” without being ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Loaded Baked Potato” Salad, Easy, Breezy & Just A Little Bit Cheesy post image

If ever there was a season that could perfectly pair with the simple decadence of a cool, creamy, rich and savory potato salad, then I can't think of a better one than summer with all of the grillin' and chillin' that goes on. And if there isn't a big, beautiful bowl of potato salad placed snuggly amongst the spare ribs, the baked beans, the BBQ'd chicken legs, the slaw and the cornbread on that glorious summertime buffet-table, then something's definitely missing. Because when it's time to ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste

Cozy BBQ Buddy: “Li’l Slice of Heaven” Cornbread For The Soul That Searches For A Taste post image

Admittedly, it can be a little challenging to see all of the little blessings in life and “taste” that little piece of heaven here on earth through all of the murkiness that often surrounds us. Big, warm smiles and gentle common courtesies seem fewer and farther between, as we know one another less intimately than perhaps we did in generations past and so have less invested, and therefore care a little less about what happens outside of our own direct sphere. We seem to have less ... {more please!}

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Summer Macaroni Salad In Lemon-Thyme Dressing, Creamy With A Tangy Twist

Cozy BBQ Buddy: Summer Macaroni Salad In Lemon-Thyme Dressing, Creamy With A Tangy Twist post image

For me, lemons go with the bright yellow summertime the way that pumpkins go with the fiery-orange fall. The tangy taste of a fresh lemon reminds me of a clean, crisp breeze, or perhaps the way one of the rays of the sun would taste if it stretched itself thin enough that it could reach me and ever so gently touch my tongue. The fresh flavor of lemon informs so very many things that we put into our mouths in this golden season of warmth; it ... {more please!}