Winter

Pear and Goat Cheese/Apple and Cheddar Hand Pies

December 8, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

This is a very exciting post for me (hopefully for you as well) because it contains two recipes. As I mentioned last week, hand pies are one of the latest food trends, gracefully taking their turn in the foodie spotlight. I tend to think of hand pies as a southern comfort food, though I’m not [...]

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Sweet Potato Mac ‘n’ Cheese

December 4, 2011 Dinner

Ever since making sweet potato risotto, I’ve been scheming ways to incorporate sweet potato into some of my favorite dishes.  So, when Dreamfields sent me some of their high fiber/low carb penne pasta, I knew exactly what to make.  Macaroni and cheese.  Because sweet potatoes are so creamy, they work well with traditional comfort foods.  [...]

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Spiced Apple, Red Wine, and Cranberry Turnovers

November 30, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

I love the smell of baked apples and spices this time of year. Making these turnovers was an excuse to fill the kitchen with nostalgic, seasonal smells. And to eat crispy, flaky turnovers. This year, hand pies are all the rage and cake is a thing of the past. I couldn’t be happier about this [...]

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Sweet Potato Risotto

November 21, 2011 Dinner

   When planning this dish, I intended to use pumpkin. Pumpkin is seasonal and nostalgic and people get overly excited for recipes that incorporate pumpkin this time of year. But, the problem with pumpkin is that it’s kind of meh. The texture is gag inducing and the flavor is benign. Even the best pumpkin needs [...]

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Cheesy Apple and Onion Soup

November 13, 2011 Fall

I’m pleased to announce that I’m back from my honeymoon. We had a wonderful time touring London, Paris and Istanbul and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It will take me at least several days to get everything organized (nearly 800 pictures to sort through!) so I’ll leave you with a recipe [...]

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Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

October 24, 2011 Breakfast

I love weeknight meals like this one, that can be whipped up in a single skillet. When you’ve worked a long day and you’re tired and hungry, throw a bunch of veggies in a hot cast iron skillet, stick a fork in it, and call it a night. Ingredients: (makes 2 servings) 1 cup diced [...]

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Homemade Petros

October 17, 2011 Dinner

It may be that you’ve never heard of a Petro. As in Petro’s Chili and Chips. A fine Tennessee establishment. A Petro is simply a chili bowl with layered ingredients. A delicious fast-food concept that really should have caught on across the nation by now. Because many of you have not had the good fortune [...]

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Brown Sugar Vanilla Cream Sauce

April 21, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

So, I’m really disappointed. I had taken dozens of glorious photos for this post but somehow managed to delete nearly all of them before they could make it onto my computer. I don’t know exactly what happened. Guess I’ll chock it up to having my head in a million places, running around trying to- as [...]

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Coconut Oil Winner And A Recipe!

March 21, 2011 Fall

Drum roll please! The winner of the coconut oil giveaway contest is Katie from What Katie’s Baking! Katie, congratulations on your win! I hope this coconut oil serves you well in all your cooking and baking endeavors. Please email me (keepitsimplefoods@gmail.com) with your mailing address and I’ll get this in the post straight away. And,  [...]

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Chili Baked Nachos

March 13, 2011 Dinner

I decided it was time to give my old standby baked nacho recipe an upgrade. As much as I love simple comfort foods, I get tired of eating the same version of the same dish time and time again. So, on occasion, I play off the basics to create a new version of an old [...]

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