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Autumn Apple Cider and Bourbon Cocktail

Happy October! We've almost made it through Halloween season here in Salem, Massachusetts. Only a few more days to go until the big party. (Check out pictures of last Halloween in Salem, MA here.) To say that it's cocktail season here is an understatement. This cocktail is made with fresh apple cider and packed with fragrant ginger and cinnamon flavor. Use your favorite bourbon or whiskey. We...

Easy Pumpkin Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

If you want to get in on the pumpkin spice action, but aren't crazy about sweet stuff, these rolls are the way to go. They're the perfect accompaniment for cold-weather meals. They're so, so easy to make. Because they're baked in a cluster in a dish, they're rustic and imperfect looking, so they're very forgiving for beginning bakers. These rolls are soft and fragrant...

How to Make Cinnamon Buns (Cinnabon Copycat Recipe)

You guys. These are the best cinnamon buns. Seriously. They're the closest to those epic cinnamon buns we used to get as teenagers at the Cinnabon in the mall. You know the ones I mean? For these cinnamon buns, you start by making a soft, sweet yeast dough. Spread it with a luscious, buttery mixture that's fragrant with cinnamon and brown sugar. Then, slather the warm...

Getting Ready for Halloween 2016 in Salem, Massachusetts

Oh, you guys: It's only mid-October, and Salem is already buzzing with Halloween spirit. It's actually been crazy since the last week in September. For example, you can't go into a drugstore or grocery store without dodging shoppers wearing witch hats:    Check out the crowd this past Saturday, for the Haunted Bizarre Bazaar on Essex Street, an open-air market that sells food, local crafts,...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Hate Brussels sprouts? Try 'em roasted with bacon, and I almost guarantee you'll change your mind. These roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon are smoky and nutty. Nothing at all like the boiled veggies that terrorized some peeps when they were kids. They're really easy to make. Scale the recipe up or down to fit your crowd. This is a favorite of mine for larger dinner parties,...

9 of Our Best Pumpkin Recipes

Aloha! Well, Halloween season is almost upon us here in Salem, Massachusetts. That also means it's time for Fall treats. I've been baking so much I think the house permanently smells like pumpkin spice. That's just fine by me. Here are 9 of our favorite pumpkin recipes, from easy baked pumpkin donuts to spicy hot pumpkin hummus. We've even included something for your furry...

Greek Yogurt Waffles

It seems like everyone wants waffles these days, from the Teen Titans song to our little friends from Stranger Things. https://youtu.be/-Gj95m0CR5I And though these take more effort than popping an Eggo into a toaster, they're significantly more rewarding. And they're definitely a new house favorite. These waffles are a denser, eggier, and crisper version of our old-timey waffle recipe. And because they're made with Greek yogurt, they're also packed with more...

Flourless Fudge Cookies

These are the richest, darkest chocolate chip cookies you will ever have in your life. For real. Think brownie masquerading in cookie form. They're crackly and slightly crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. And because you can never have enough chocolate, they're studded with dark chocolate chips. They're kind of like lazy man's meringues in that they're made with egg whites...

Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers (Gluten Free!)

This easy recipe for baked coconut chicken fingers is fragrant, delicious, and good for you. (They're baked, not fried!) Get my step-by-step photo recipe.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

There are some things that people just love that you can't really make yourself. White Castle hamburgers. Orange Juliuses. Slurpees. And the cheddar cheese biscuits from Red Lobster. THOSE BISCUITS...I can't even. They're so good. If you've had them, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, and you love salty, cheese-y, bread-y things, you need to make these. Like, tonight. I've tried a bunch of recipes, and...