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30 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

30 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in Round-Ups

One frustration plagues me when scouring the net for Thanksgiving leftover recipes. It’s the turkey, man. We get it! There are tons of delicious recipes for leftover turkey! But that’s not what I’m after!

I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t eat turkey. Even if I did, what if all the turkey was, well, gobbled up? And instead, I had a 7-quart Le Creuset pot half-full of leftover stuffing taking up an entire shelf in my fridge? Or a giant jar of homemade cranberry sauce that I forgot to take with me to the in-laws’ for our sauce-less Thanksgiving feast?

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Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese

Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

If you’re thinking, “Dang, Kare, that sandwich looks like a hot mess!” Well then, I have to agree. It really kind of is.

But you know what? This Cranberry, Pear, & Brie Grilled Cheese one seriously mouth-watering hot mess. Melty, sweet-with-the-salty, ooey, buttery, crunchy, gooey … yeah, it’s worth an extra napkin or two.

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How to Make Cranberry Sauce

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

This is the year, my friends. This is the year you’re going to do it. You’re going to put aside the can opener, step away from the kitchen counter with purpose, and stride toward the stove top. And 20 minutes later, you will say, “Hey! I can make cranberry sauce, dangit! I rule Thanksgiving! I rule THE WORLD!”

And when your friends and family have one tantalizing taste of your homemade cranberry sauce, they’ll agree with you. Guaranteed.

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White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Occasionally when I’m testing and retesting and reretesting and rereretesting (you get the drift) a recipe, well, even if it’s great, we’ll get really sick of it. I mean, night after night of the same thing? Not necessarily fun. This is not one of those recipes.

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Spiced Apple Sangria

Spiced Apple Sangria

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Beverages

I’ve decided to try a slightly different angle this year when it comes to winter: I’m going to fully, enthusiastically embrace each phase of the season as it comes.

Rainy but mild? We’re donning raincoats and wellies and heading out to splash in puddles. Dark and dreary? Time to haul out the big blanket and cuddle in front of the fire. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day … there will be crafts to make, books to read, events to attend. A snowman will happen, and hot chocolate afterwards. And, of course, recipes to make for every season. Lots and lots of recipes.

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Spiced Banana Streusel Muffins

Spiced Banana Streusel Muffins

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We watched an episode of 30 Rock last night, one where Liz Lemon sports a “slanket” (you know, a Snuggie? A blanket with sleeves? Of course you know).

And that reminded me of the time when, a few years back, I walked by a coworker’s office and saw that she had a large swath of sapphire fabric draped across her front and, I, thinking she was wearing a Snuggie – ironically, of course, she’s a sassy gal – stopped cold and was all, “Heeey. It’s a Snuggie! Nice!”

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How to Cut Up a Butternut Squash (without Losing a Limb)

How to Cut Up a Butternut Squash (without Losing a Limb)

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in Foundations

Years ago, I remember Martha Stewart tweeting something like, “ask me anything about winter squash!” And because, at that very moment, I had a giant and intimidating butternut squash staring me down from its perch on the kitchen counter, I shot back, “Well … how do I get the PEEL off the thing?!”

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

We are up to our ears in firewood right now. A giant, half-dead hemlock towered over our new place, and I, ever the worrywart, wanted it down immediately after we moved in.

So the professionals climbed up and it came down. And we were left with wood. Lots and lots of wood.

We rented a log splitter and my guy, my brother, my nephew, and my sister spent the majority of yesterday taming the giant rounds – some were coffee-table-sized, I’m not kidding – into manageable hunks of firewood. Me, well, I primarily took up residence inside, working on chili recipes, including this one – Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili.

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Candy Corn Infused Vodka

Candy Corn Infused Vodka

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Beverages

This one belongs in the so wrong/so right files, and I fully admit candy corn infused vodka lies very solidly on the “so wrong” side of that equation.

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45 Glorious Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

45 Glorious Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Round-Ups

I’m not sure I’ve ever used the word “glorious” out loud, but after peering at photo after photo of mouthwatering pumpkin breakfast recipes, it’s the first word on my mind. Well, that and “hungry.”

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Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Happy Endings

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Can you ever get tired of pumpkin?! That’s rhetorical question. At least, coming from me it is. But if you asked my guy, he’d have a decidedly quick actual answer. I think he continues to remain sick of pumpkin thanks to last year’s Pumpkinpalooza.

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Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Beer Chili with Optional Ground Turkey

Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Beer Chili with Optional Ground Turkey

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I am in DIY heaven/hell. Pinterest is my best friend/worst enemy. Making our new house feel like a home is such fun/utterly exhausting.

I’m a little conflicted. Can you tell?

I really am thrilled we were able to make the leap into our new home, and we ended up in such a great place, too. Totally worth it. It’s just a little overwhelming and I want the entire place to feel like home NOW.

This vegetarian butternut squash and beer chili absolutely, 100% helps. Chili could not be more cozy and homey if it tried.

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