Spicy Butternut Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese

Spicy Butternut Squash Salad

Eating healthy can be really hard in winter.  It’s been so cold and there’s nothing like good-old comfort food to keep you warm.  Sometimes eating a regular old salad for dinner just won’t do, and you find yourself pining for something more satisfying that will make you forget about the snow that won’t stop falling.  But is it possible to stay on track and still feel completely satisfied with weeknight comfort food? With this recipe, I say absolutely.  Continue reading

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Brown Butter Maple Glaze

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There has been an overwhelming obsession with doughnuts lately here in New York.  They are everywhere, in popup bakeries, on fancy restaurant dessert menus, in coffee shops, not to mention a certain “donut” shop (seriously, they don’t even spell it right) which now dominates Manhattan and Brooklyn real estate.  Doughnuts are now even being turned into French fusions, with the creation of the cronut (don’t get me started).  So seriously, what is the obsession with the doughnut?  I think the answer might be obvious, it’s fried dough.   Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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A good friend of mine is severely allergic to nuts.  Like EpiPen stat, rush to the hospital kind of allergic.  It’s a constant paranoia whenever I’m baking and sharing to make everyone aware if a dessert contains nuts. I warn everybody before they take a bite ‘- “WAIT – Those cookies have nuts, are you allergic?”  The tough thing is, I absolutely love nuts, of all kinds.  Hazelnut, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts (I couldn’t help myself), and often include them in a lot of my baked goods.  So when my friend told me that she has a hard time finding pumpkin flavored desserts, one of her favorite ingredients, without nuts, I had to immediately fix this problem.   Continue reading

Spiced Pumpkin Crumb Cake

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Have you noticed everyone’s obsession with pumpkin lately?  It’s seriously everywhere – in muffins, doughnuts, pies, cakes, cookies, it’s now even in coffee!  Not that pumpkin coffee is a new thing, it’s been in Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts for a while now.  But every year when the days start to get shorter and the air is a bit cooler, I walk by these “coffee shops”, and can’t help but wonder why this has turned into a craze.  Maybe I’m just old fashioned in liking normal traditional lattes, but I wonder what a barista would do if you wandered into a cafe in Rome and tried to order a “skinny, soy, non-fat, pumpkin caramel latte, per favore.” They’d probably laugh in your face and serve you an espresso.   Continue reading