These cookies are a recent addition to our family cookie baking and quickly became a big hit for a repeat performance this Christmas season. It’s a great alternative to a sweet cookie for some of the savory lovers in your family! The cookie is a savory parmesan flaky butter base and the “jam print” is a cranberry orange marmalade with thyme – it’s absolutely decadent packed with lots of flavor for such a small cookie! I would recommend doubling the batch as it is a bit more time consuming than your average cookie and only yields 1 dozen cookies. You will have leftover cranberry orange marmalade which I’ve used as a sauce for meat dishes or even on sandwiches as a chutney.

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Sunday Brunch is my absolute favorite meal! Waffles are one of my favorite breakfast indulgences and I love what a blank canvas waffles can be. They can be dressed up as either sweet or savory. The past few weekends I have been challenging myself to whip up creative Sunday Brunch at home instead of going out and eating food I know I can make in the comfort of my own kitchen in my PJ’s! Yesterday was no exception… I was craving something peanut buttery and found an amazing recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Waffles. They were incredibly easy to make and I literally had all of the ingredients in my pantry without any additional runs to the grocery store. This recipe made roughly 6 waffles and I dressed them up with maple syrup, sliced bananas, and a few sprinkles of chocolate chips to make this Sunday Brunch a little extra fancy!

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Nothing screams Super Bowl more than Buffalo Sauce, in my opinion! I love a reason to indulge in a little junk food flavor, while still eating relatively clean. These Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are really a great balance of clean eating, with a buffalo blue cheese flavor, which feels a bit like the naughty bar food we all love to indulge in from time to time! These chicken meatballs are made from scratch with ground chicken, panko, egg, garlic and onion powders, and green onions. After making the meatballs they are browned in the oven for roughly 5 minutes, and then nestled in the bottom of the slow cooker and tossed with buffalo sauce.  The meatballs cook on low for 2 hours and the final step is a drizzle of blue cheese dressing. Is your mouth watering yet? These are a fun bite size snack to nibble on while getting ready for Lady Gaga’s half time show. Simply add some individual toothpicks to the meatballs and your festive Super Bowl 51 appetizer is ready! 

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Determined to spend your #sundayfunday at home in your PJ’s on the couch watching a Netflix marathon? Yes, me too! With the grey winter sky and chilly temps I am holing up in my apartment today and skipping my usual Sunday morning Starbucks run. Instead I decided to try an Almond Milk Turmeric Vanilla Latte recipe. Last year my hubby bought me a milk frother and I am always excited to try new recipes. This Turmeric Vanilla latte couldn’t be easier and I guarantee you already have all of the necessary spices in your pantry. Don’t fret, if you don’t have a milk frother you can easily whip this up on the stove in a small saucepan. It won’t give you the foamy topper a frother does, but it’s still just as delicious!

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Are you ready for Sunday football night? Here in Pittsburgh tonight’s game is a MUST SEE. If the Steelers beat the New England Patriots it’s off to Super Bowl 51! In honor of football Sunday I thought why not whip up some winter cheese fondue for dinner! Cheese is by far one of my favorite foods, and fondue gives you an excuse to basically eat cheese for dinner. Just add some dipping accoutrements and you’re set! This recipe is incredibly easy and you can simply prepare it on the stove and transfer to warm fondue pot when ready to eat! Some of my favorite dippers include sourdough bread, roasted butternut squash cubes, roasted brussels sprouts, tomatoes, sliced apples, sliced salami, and cornichons.

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Need a weekend warm up?

January is National Soup month and I fully embrace this food month with a passion! Everything in January is either made on the stove in 1 pot or in my slow cooker! This soup is no exception! 

I have become obsessed with the amazing health benefits of turmeric and when I found this recipe I was so excited to cook with turmeric! I have used it in tea lattes and take a daily turmeric supplement, but had yet to cook with it. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and it dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. In addition, it has been linked to improved brain function and lowering the risk of brain diseases. OK, have I said enough? Are you on the turmeric bandwagon with me now?

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Happy New Year! After lots of holiday indulging…cheese, wine, pate, desserts, and more, I am ready for some clean eating! My favorite post-holiday detox tip is to eat soup! Soup is so hearty and can be filled with veggies, herbs, spices, and really anything and everything to make a complete meal! I love soups with grains and beans, specifically farro! Farro has an incredible amount of protein and the chickpeas in this recipe have tons of fiber. Then add in some veggies and the tomato based broth and you have an incredibly hearty, yet lean dinner ready in just over 30 minutes! 

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Looking for a weekend holiday Christmas cookie recipe to try? These Spritz Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie that have always kicked off the start of the Christmas baking season when we were kids. My Mom would make batches of these cookies and hide them all season long so whenever we ran low she could sneak some out of a hiding place and replenish our Christmas cookie jars and plates. These cookies are so easy to make and have a distinct butter cookie taste that everyone loves. They are a great cookie for packaging up for gifts for neighbors and co-workers in a pretty decorative jar or tin!

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This Sunday we explored Sorgel Orchards in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. It was an adorable little orchard and farm with you pick apples, apple cider (including apple cider press demo), and a farmers market with the most incredible variety of pumpkins you could imagine! I loaded up with a 1/2 peck of Honeycrisp apples and a 1/2 gallon of apple cider with one goal in mind…making homemade applesauce! 

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This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie, and I’m bringing it back for my kick off to the Fall season! This Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili recipe is made with pumpkin puree, ground turkey, white beans, green chiles and lots of warm spices. It spends all day simmering in your slow cooker (isn’t it so great that we’re back to slow cooker season!). I like to finish off a big bowl of this chili with lots of toppings like fresh cilantro, scallions, sliced jalapenos, a big dollop of Greek yogurt, and cheddar cheese! Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cornbread is the perfect side dish to serve alongside this savory dish (that has a bit of a kick)! As you all know…the best part of this chili being made in the slow cooker is the set it and forget it mentality – although that might be hard as the hours go on and the savory smells fill your kitchen! Now, just break out the hoodies, cozy blankets, and turn on the Michigan State football game!

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