My seven-year-old daughter keeps asking me to tell her stories about my childhood. The story that intrigues her the most is the one about holiday baking with my grandma. Every December my sister and I would spend a day with our grandma and bake cookies all day. The highlight was making spritz butter cookies.
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Now that the kids are back in school, I find it’s hard to rush dinner on the table after we get home from after-school activities. This recipe is one of my quickest, easiest recipes, plus it’s a family favorite.
Next we decided to tackle this wonderful maple pancake muffin recipe. The genius part of the recipe is the maple syrup glaze on top of the muffin. Really, you could do almost anything to the base, and the pure maple syrup on top would still make the whole muffin taste like a pancake. So I just boldly went for multiple substitutions in order to make a healthier muffin.
Macaroni and Cheese is always a crowd-pleaser, especially with kids. Recently, I planned a holiday food buffet with sophisticated flavors and then decided to add this dish so I could please a wider range of palates. I wanted to make a dish lower in fat so the adults wouldn’t feel guilty having some too. I took a regular recipe and lightened it up.
Gemma’s potatoes are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. It’s a simple recipe that satisfies my need for crunchy foods. With potatoes this good, who needs deep fried foods? I make similar potatoes, but Gemma’s are a notch better because they are crispier.
This week I was craving pumpkin pasta, so I turned some pumpkin purée into pasta sauce. I find this dish so comforting and tasty. With just sauce and noodles, this dish has a smooth and creamy texture (without cream). Or add a little pine nuts, bread crumbs, or crisp broccoli for a nice contrast in texture. Either way this dish tastes like Fall in every bite.
Hi! I'm Dana, and I'm passionate about food and travel. I'm a foodie first, so every healthy recipe I create has to be delicious. You can find me tinkering in the kitchen or obsessively researching vacations. I have curated all the best things to eat and do at my favorite destinations. Hope you'll join my journey. [Read More]
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