Nov 302011
Thanksgiving Day Recap

Alright, friends, prepare for a recap of my traditionally untraditional family Thanksgiving experience. The actual day of Thanksgiving is where we have the biggest gathering. We don’t eat traditional Thanksgiving food on this day. It’s a big potluck with a main course of steak and lobster–surf and turf, anyone?! Then on Fridays, my parents and I usually do a smaller Thanksgiving day dinner with the traditional turkey, stuffing, and all the other Thanksgiving Day goodies. This year, since my step Dad was away on business, we skipped our Friday tradition. But Thursday was just as fun! Now, I have an extremely large family.  Does anyone else have large family gatherings? They’re so crazy and fun! I know a lot of people say that they have big families, but I’m seriously not joking. My mom has TWELVE siblings, NINE of which (including my mom) live in the area. Along with them, their [Continue Reading…]

Nov 292011
Piroghy Pie

Today’s Reader Guest Post for The Holiday Project: Kristin from Elk Grove, California [Kristin is a friend who always has a bubbly personality and a smile on her face. Throw in the fact that she’s a law student that loves to cook and you’ve got yourself a girl that’s ready to conquer the world! Yep.] ******************************************************************* Hello blog world!  I’m Kristin, and I like food, wine, and purple things.  I’m a second-year law student at UC Davis and I’m a big fan of cooking things quickly with a high yield of leftovers.  My friends Gia and Danielle helped me out with assembling this casserole- cooking is always more fun with friends!   Piroghy Pie is one of my go-to comfort foods, plus it’s easy and lasts for-ev-er.  In my family, piroghies are kind of a big deal.  They are an Eastern European equivalent to dumplings, but with a thicker “wrapping” [Continue Reading…]

Nov 252011
Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with Tomatoes and Bacon

Hey, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving!! Earlier this week, I wrote a guest post over at Wandering Spice. Yasmeen from Wandering Spice will also be doing a guest post for Life Tastes Like Food’s Holiday Project this month too! I wrote the guest post for Yasmeen because she was going on holiday…and guess what?! She came back ENGAGED!!!! How amazing is that?! Congrats, Yasmeen! I’m so happy for you. Head over to her blog to check out my guest post, along with her great recipes! Below is the first part of my guest post: ********************************************************   I wanted to share with you a fresh and healthy pasta dish that is so fun to eat and make! Zucchini is so much prettier in ribbon form. With the green and yellow ribbons, bright red grape tomatoes, and rich chunks of crunchy bacon–this plate will make your eyes very [Continue Reading…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 242011
Happy Thanksgiving!

From me to you. I’m so thankful for all of my family, friends, and the wonderful online community that has been growing since I started this blog. Thanks for putting up with me on the days I go on far too long about things, my weird sense of humor, and my annoying cravings that lead me to post 5 recipes in a row with the same main ingredient. You all inspire me to do what I do. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and that it is filled with spending time with loved ones and of course, an outrageous amount of wonderful food. Cheers! -Steph

Nov 242011
Whole-Wheat Pomegranate Scones

Today’s Holiday Project Blogger Guest Post: Laura from Family Spice  [I want to eat everything that Laura has on her site. Her photography is just lovely. This blogger and mama knows how to impress! As if today isn’t already filled to the brim with food, Laura’s recipe can’t be ignored. Yum! Happy Thanksgiving!] ****************************************************************** My name is Laura and I am from Family Spice. I like to feature healthy, family-friendly meals, some of which reflect my Persian background. Okay, some of them aren’t totally healthy, but I do try! I am super excited to be participating in Stephanie’s Grand Holiday Project! I have never really participated in guest blog posts, and I’m really honored that Stephanie asked me. I love her blog, her recipes and her lip-smacking photographs. I hope I do her blog justice with my special addition and recipe. The holidays truly are a magical time in our house. [Continue Reading…]

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