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Butternut Squash Casserole

Switch out your sweet potato casserole with butternut squash! This butternut squash casserole is sweet and creamy and topped with crispy butternut squash seeds.

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Looks like sweet potato casserole doesn’t it? Well I hate to burst your bubble but it’s butternut squash and it tastes even better! Roasted with nutmeg and chili powder and then blended with honey, cinnamon, and ginger (don’t ask why I roasted with one seasoning and then added more later). Since one friend at Friendsgiving has a nut allergy I quickly substituted the nuts in the topping for butternut seeds. Now that’s how you make the most out of your squash! You could also try swapping sweet potato in your favorite casserole recipe and using butternut squash instead. You won’t be sorry. After being shocked to discover it wasn’t sweet potato, all my friends said they preferred it with butternut squash!

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One year ago: Single Serving Apple Crumble

Two years ago: Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix

Three years ago: Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies
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Pear-Cranberry Sauce

Can-shaped cranberry sauce may be nostalgic, but homemade cranberry sauce is almost as easy as using a can opener and you can add extra flavor by adding different juices and fruits.

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A Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal is not complete without certain items, one of which being cranberry sauce. Like most people I grew up with the can-shaped cranberry sauce and although I didn’t enjoy it as a kid I do now have a special place in my heart for that can-shaped gelled delicacy. However, it’s so darn easy to make and of course the best part is adding extra flavors to it. I’ve made regular, pomegranate, and now pear! Originally I had planned on using apple but switched to pear at the last minute because it would soften quicker than apple, and I was already using apple in the stuffing and the dessert so I craved a little diversity. Of course I then found out that one of my friends cannot stand pears, but oddly enough he was obsessed with this cranberry sauce.

And out of no where Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” popped into my head. “And the haters gonna hate hate hate” make it stop, too catchy! But while I am talking about it my friends and I started making up our own lyrics after hearing it one too many times during Maggie’s birthday weekend and we are convinced that the line about the fakers would be better if it were “and the bakers gonna bake bake bake”. Weird Al parody anyone?

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One year ago: Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins

Two years ago: Streusel-Topped Milky Way Apple Butter Bread
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Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

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Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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Swag Bars

The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.

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For those of us still battling the summer heat, I have a no-bake peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you this fine Saturday. This recipe reminds me of a sweeter version of no-bake granola bars made with crushed bran cereal instead of oats. I substituted some of the corn syrup with honey but I bet it would’ve worked with all honey if you would like to avoid corn syrup altogether. The result is a sweet, chewy, and crunchy peanut butter treat.

Are you watching any college football today? I’ll be cheering on Michigan State against Oregon (normally I like Oregon but not when they play the Big 10), and of course Ohio State against Virginia Tech.

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One year ago: Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Two years ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Three years ago: Beermosa
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Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Soft, chewy, and packed with flavor. What more could you ask for from a flourless chocolate chunk cookie?

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With all the Labor Day weekend excitement I forgot to mention two other fun things that happened. First, my friend Amber gave birth to her son on Labor Day! Talk about laboring in Labor Day. Second, my second 1st author manuscript was accepted for publication earlier last week! It is not advance e-published yet but once it does, here’s to hoping it perks up my job search.

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These cookies were another gluten-free treat I whipped up for adventuring in the Smoky Mountains this past weekend. I loved that honey was used as the sweetener and also thoroughly enjoyed the dark chocolate and almond butter together. But the best part was how soft and chewy they turned out. And of course you can never go wrong with a dash of coarse sea salt on top.

One year ago: Cake Batter Chocolate Bark
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Peach-Mango Smoothie

Peach-mango smoothie made with fresh fruit, nectar and Greek yogurt. So good you’ll think you are having dessert.

Peach-Mango Smoothie

Today is the day before my interview in Memphis, so naturally I arrived to town a day early in order to run the Bardog 5K with Maggie this morning! In all the time I lived in Memphis I never managed to participate in this 5K, something always got in the way. But there’s nothing stopping me now and since I don’t like eating a heavy breakfast before running any distance lets make a smoothie.

This smoothie may be my new favorite. Unfortunately with peach season nearing its end it will have a short life unless I get desperate and use canned peaches. I bought both the peach and the mango fresh then cut and froze myself but of course you can buy pre-frozen. Blend them up with peach or mango nectar, honey and Greek yogurt and you’re done. I used peach Greek yogurt with mango nectar. Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt would work too if you want to tone down all that sweet fruit. I personally loved it.

One year ago: Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches

Three years ago: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Spicy Honey Mustard Hard Pretzels

Hard pretzels seasoned with spicy mustard and honey make a great snack for any occasion. Add a little extra heat if you are feeling bold!

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Periodically throughout my job search I find myself contemplating the idea of going back to school for something. I say “something” because that’s where my train of thought loses its rationality. I cannot imagine any other venue in which I would want to pursue a career. Before grad school I had actually considered Pharmacy school or even a dual PharmD/PhD. Since graduating I have thought of going back for the PharmD but there’s no enthusiasm there. Then there was the idea getting a masters degree to be a PA or Med Tech because I find TONS of job postings for those positions, but again just doesn’t get my motor going. The bright side of this thought process is that it means I am already looking in the right field of work for me (and those 7 years of grad school were not pointless), I just have to find the job. But finding the job has not proven to be an easy task, therefore causing these thoughts of going back to school. Oh the cyclic nature of this story.

Going along with the theme of recurrences I made yet another version of seasoned hard pretzels. They are so easy to make and difficult to resist. This one was inspired by the expansive supply of El Diablo spicy mustards I received for July’s Burger Month. I also added a little bit of honey to give these some sweet heat. Surprisingly my dad enjoyed them which means they were not overly spicy (or maybe he’s growing more tolerant of spicy foods since I’ve been around), so depending on what kind of mustard you use and how spicy you prefer the pretzels you may want to add some cayenne pepper powder.

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One year ago: Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes

Two years ago: Spaghetti Squash with White Cheddar Cheese Sauce
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Surprise Flapjacks

These flapjacks (pancakes) have all kinds of surprise ingredients from pecans to cornmeal, dubbing them as surprise flapjacks! It is no surprise however that they are quite tasty.

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I started off my week with a phone interview, only to receive a rejection letter for the same job the very next day. I am still waiting to hear back about my in person interview supposedly happening this month, which I’ve been planning on since May. I e-mailed them 2 weeks into July to which I received a reply saying they would be in touch. It’s been over a week since then and July is coming to a close. I’ll give them 2 full weeks before I follow up again. Hopefully they are truly sorting things out and not blowing me off. With that kind of apprehension, how about we end this week with some pancakes?

I am not sure why these flapjacks (pancakes) were dubbed as “surprise” other than the slew of surprise ingredients such as corn meal, oats, and chopped pecans. Makes me think that “compost flapjacks” would have been more appropriate. But no matter what the name is I am certain you will be calling them “delicious”. All of those ingredients come together for one hearty and tasty breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed the texture the pecans added.

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One year ago: Pass the Cook Book Club: Ina Garten’s Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Two years ago: Strawberry Malted Pancakes

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Sandwich Bread
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Blackberry Basil Sparkler

Rum never tasted so good than in this sparkling cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, and honey. Perch for summer months on the porch.

Blackberry Basil Sparkler

The final World Cup match is today between Germany and Argentina. I cannot believe this is it for another 4 years, but maybe that’s what makes it even more exciting. Although I’m not sure what I am going to do for the next month and a half between now and the start of college football! Which brings me to today’s recipe. It may not be futbol or football inspired, but it does celebrate the summer berries which are in season right now. Zainab originally made this cocktail with strawberries but since we have moved on to other berries in TN I used blackberries. I even decided to sweeten it with some key lime honey.

Three years ago: Banana Ice Cream Nutella Sandwiches
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Sesame Chicken & Cauliflower

Sesame chicken gets a healthier twist with the addition of cauliflower. Try substituting all the chicken for cauliflower for a vegetarian option.

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The USA may have lost yesterday but it was only 0-1 against Germany AND Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 which means scenario #4 played out in our favor to advance to the next round! The next opponent will be Belgium on July 1st at 4pm Eastern time and of course I am working and will again be forced to DVR the game and avoid social interactions as much as possible until arriving home. There is a slight chance I could watch it at work since I’ll be at the location with a TV in sight, but we shall see.

But now let’s talk about the game of figuring out what to do with all the cauliflower and broccoli I picked last week. I have  frozen a bunch, made broccoli cheddar soup, roasted it for side dishes, and now this sesame chicken with cauliflower. Originally I had planned on making it vegetarian with vegetable broth and only cauliflower but my parents seemed a little unexcited about the idea of eating just cauliflower for dinner so I went half-and-half. Feel free to go all the way in one direction, it’ll work either way! I was impressed with how the cauliflower turned out, they were perfectly tender and held up just as well as the chicken.

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One year ago: Bobby Flay’s Crunchburger

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
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