Road Trip Recap, part 1

What better way to burn off all of the Christmas drinks and desserts than….sitting in the car for 40 hours! I have been living in Germany for the last 2+ years, and my husband is lucky enough to have a flexible job that allowed him to spend a fair amount of time with me there,…

A Celebratory Dessert for the New Year: “Fallen Chocolate Cake”

For New Year’s Eve last year, I made the most delicious chocolate cake to bring to a friend’s party. I found the recipe on bonappetit.com, called fallen chocolate cake. It makes a dense, fudgey, insanely chocolaty cake topped with fluffy mascarpone cream. This is most definitely a dessert that will please chocolate lovers, but the…

Lightened Oatmeal Stout Gingerbread with Chocolate Stout Glaze

Gingerbread is the quintessential Christmas dessert. Whether you prefer it in cookie or cake form, its dark crumb and warm spicy flavors are perfect during the winter chill. You may  have noticed that I have a thing for desserts made with beer. Dark beers are my favorite, and I love the flavor and moistness that…

A Festive Salad for the Holidays: Fennel Pomegranate Salad with Celery

Often during the holidays meaty main dishes, starches, and desserts take center stage, at the expense of in-season fruits and vegetables. This is unfortunate, because there are so many wonderful seasonal treats- braising greens, citrus fruits, pears, persimmons, and cherimoyas to name a few- that need little embellishment. This salad recipe from Bon Appetit makes…

Maple Pecan Tarts with Cranberries

Unlike yesterday’s pomegranate coconut custards, this is not a light or healthy dessert. That said, it is one of the best things I have eaten in a long time, and if you like pecan pie, I highly recommend trying these tarts. This year for Thanksgiving I made a maple-cranberry-pecan pie. Honestly, I have never been…

Pomegranate Coconut Custard

The roads and sidewalks have finally cleared up from snowstorms over the last two weeks, making running in Vermont quite a bit more pleasant. Longer workouts make it easier to justify indulging in holiday desserts, so I decided to make something crave-worthy AND healthy. I wanted to make a beetroot mousse, but I was making…

Lighter Buttermilk Biscuits with Rosemary and Feta

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a good weekend, and that you are all getting excited for the holidays. We are certainly gearing up for some celebrations in Vermont. Yesterday we picked out a Christmas tree (and we’ll decorate tonight), and on Saturday I hosted a small holiday party for family members I hadn’t…