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Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is made with gruyere cheese and filled with leeks and ham for an irresistible version of macaroni and cheese that the whole family will love.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Leeks - Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is made with gruyere cheese and filled with leeks and ham for an irresistible version of macaroni and cheese that the whole family will love.



Have you ever felt like you were fated to make a recipe?

What? It’s just me?

Maybe it’s my obsessiveness with food, but this recipe came to me at the perfect time. Here’s how it went down.

I love using leeks, but most (almost all) recipes call for 1 leek. Yet I can never buy just one leek. At the grocery stores near me, there are always 2 or 3 of the bundled together. Well, I needed one leek for a soup that I was making for dinner. The store had bundles of 3, so I just went for it. The soup was delicious, but I was still stuck with 2 leeks.
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Pumpkin, sage and nutmeg add a warm richness to this Alfredo recipe that is served over ravioli for a comforting and easy fall or winter dinner.

Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe - Pumpkin, sage and nutmeg add a warm richness to this Alfredo recipe that is served over ravioli for a comforting and easy fall or winter dinner.



As much as I love pumpkin desserts, I think that using pumpkin in savory dishes often gets ignored. Which is quite a shame, because I think it works so perfectly for dinner just as well as it does for dessert. I’m no stranger to adding pumpkin to my pasta or chili, and whenever I come across a recipe that uses pumpkin in a savory recipe, I’m automatically drawn to it.

I was at a dinner last night, and there were two people at the table who admitted to not being big pumpkin fans. I think I need to share this recipe with them, as I think even pumpkin haters would love this. The pumpkin flavor is not overpowering, but the sauce definitely tastes a little different than your normal Alfredo sauce. I think it’s the perfect way to warm up your pasta sauce!
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Eggs are poached in a spicy tomato sauce in these Eggs in Purgatory – great for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Also known as Shakshuka.

Eggs in Purgatory



I already confessed that I’m not so great at coming up with creative holiday recipes. I feel like the creativity just doesn’t flow for me. I see all kinds of ideas in magazines and on Pinterest – but those cutesy holiday things just don’t come to me. Throw a few random ingredients at me and I’ll most likely be able to put them together to make a decent recipe, but when it comes to making things actually look creative and festive? I will totally admit that it’s just not my strong point.

As a blogger, this sometimes gives me anxiety. Especially as I see post upon post popping up all over the internet. And here I am – the week of Halloween, and I’ve only done one Halloween recipe so far.

I tried. I promise I did. I thought and thought and this year, but I kept coming up blank. Until one dish popped into my head that I have been wanting to try for years:

Eggs in Purgatory.
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Skip the pumpkin pie this year and go for these Pumpkin Pie Bars that are so much easier to make and to eat! An easy oat crust is topped with a creamy pumpkin filling and a sugary topping to take them over the top.

Pumpkin Pie Bars - Skip the pumpkin pie this year and go for these Pumpkin Pie Bars that are so much easier to make and to eat!



I hope you all aren’t tired of pumpkin yet. I know that as a blogger, I’ve seen it all over for what seems like the past 3 months. I went a little crazy last year with a whole week dedicated to this delicious squash, but I’m totally behind the trend this year.

I’m ok with that, though, since I think pumpkin totally needs to be utilized until at least Thanksgiving. (Hey – I’d gladly eat it all year round!) I’ve actually got a few pumpkin recipes in the wings, waiting to be posted, so please don’t give up on pumpkin quite yet.
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This quiche-like Savory Italian Tart is filled with Italian sausage, tomatoes, eggs and cheese, all on top of a puff pastry crust. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Savory Italian Tart - This quiche-like Italian Tart is filled with Italian sausage, tomatoes, eggs and cheese, all on top of a puff pastry crust.  Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Photos Updated June 2014




Originally posted October 14, 2007 – I have been making so many recipes from the archives lately that I have a whole folder of them that I haven’t even had time to update. After looking through that folder, I decided that I just had to repost this one today. If you are still having warm temps like we are, and are still able to get garden fresh tomatoes, they are perfect in this recipe. I especially love that this can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Cool nights mean it’s time for comfort food! This Enchilada Beef Stew is made in the slow cooker and has all the flavors of enchiladas in a comforting, hearty stew.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Beef Stew



Times sure are different today than they were when I was a kid.

My daughter loves watching Youtube videos. I was in high school before people really had the internet at home. And there definitely wasn’t Youtube!

But she loves to watch. She has a couple of channels that are her favorite, mostly these girls who basically just film what they are doing. Like going to the dentist, or teaching their dog a trick. (Who would have ever guessed that someone just filming their day would end up getting millions of views on Youtube?)
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