Butternut Squash Soup

Today’s Reader Guest Post for The Holiday Project: Lily from Brooklyn, New York [Lily is a dear friend of mine from high school, and I was lucky enough to visit her in New York earlier this year! She’s such an amazing and inspiring individual. And this soup sounds amazinggg! ] ********************************************************************** In the winter months, I spend the majority of my days dreaming of beach weather, rooftop barbeques, and outdoor concerts.  I brave the snow only with the prayer that it will be summer again, and everything will be right.  In the summer, though, I daydream of winter squash – the horrible cold’s one redeeming accessory.  Roast it, toast it, mash it, fry it, casserole it – I love winter squash, and butternut is my favorite. Butternut Squash Soup 2 T butter 1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed 2-3 average sized potatoes, cubed (best to use something creamy like a Yukon [Continue Reading...]

Pumpkin Spice

Happy Monday, Everyone! Do you guys hate Mondays as much as I do? Yeah, I feel ya. But coffee helps, right? Well, to help you get through your Monday, I’m sharing something I discovered about a certain Fall favorite. Ohhh, boy, I have found the secret! To a pretty freaking good mock pumpkin spice latte, that is. Like, just as good. And ridiculously cheaper. Without all the hoopla of making your own syrups or pumpkin puree and whatnot. If you’re like me, you waited a while after the pumpkin spice latte came back to Starbucks this Fall to purchase one because at a whopping $4.95 for a grande sized drink, it’s hard to justify such a treat. I finally gave in, because, well, they’re just undeniably delicious. But I’ve only had 2 this year…on special occasions. Special occasions = walking to the local starbucks to get coffee right before work [Continue Reading...]

Drive, Just Drive

“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – Frank Sinatra When I was at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival, the Saturday morning panel was a wonderful way to start the day. Kath, Sarah, Joy, Tracy, and Jessica were such amazing panelists and really opened up my eyes even more to the world of food blogging. Before this festival, I was pretty much on my own. When I first started my blog, I was the only blogger I knew. Slowly through this experience, I have met many other bloggers and it has been such a fun adventure. Really, it was quite a random choice and to this day I can’t really explain why I started a food blog. Actually, yes, I can. I knew I needed a hobby and I knew it needed to be something that I actually enjoyed and wouldn’t wind up [Continue Reading...]

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

Today’s Blogger Guest Post: Rachel from Bakerita [Rachel does the majority of her cooking in her dorm building--how amazing and talented is that? This recipe would make a lovely Thanksgiving day dessert. All hail Rachel!] *********************************************************************** Being from Southern California, I had never really, truly experienced “fall” until this year. Venturing up to college in Tacoma, Washington, one of the things I was most excited to experience was the weather. Weather, I have come to know, as being cold, wet, and dark. Yes, I admit, I do miss the California sunshine. However, as I watch the leaves around campus turn every shade from gold, to maroon, to purple, I do marvel at the idea of fall I’ve missed out on all my life. Fall was always a mysterious concept. Trees change colors? The leaves actually fall off the trees and just lay on the ground? It was nonsensical, yet intriguing. [Continue Reading...]

Bacon-Wrapped Abalone Poppers

Today’s Reader Guest Post: Tammer from Oakland, California [Tammer is a close friend who is an amazing cook. On top of this recipe, he makes a ridiculously delicious abalone ceviche that is to die for! I am constantly in awe of the creative things he comes up with in the kitchen. Enjoy!] ************************************************************** Eaten abalone is not soon forgotten. It’s truth, and as an ab diver I never get tired of hearing people fondly recall an abalone feast from long ago.  I’ve been diving for Red Abalone for a half-decade now and have had the pleasure of introducing many friends to this animal that was hunted for thousands of years by Native Americans along California’s coast.   Today, the highly regulated take of abalone, along with the difficulty of free-diving to find these elusive sea snails, ensures that each meal is special for both the first timer and the avid diver [Continue Reading...]

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