spicy pink penne

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Given that pasta is one of my absolute favorite foods, I find myself cooking it at least once a week. As a result, I’m constantly searching for recipes that are easy enough for me to make on a weeknight, after a long day at work. I love this Saveur recipe but wanted to adapt it into a more stovetop friendly (read: oven free) version.

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hostess gift ideas

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One of the things I love most is entertaining. Whether it’s family and friends on Christmas Eve, game night, or just cocktails with the girls, I’ll take any excuse to play hostess for an evening. I’ve received some truly thoughtful hostess gifts over the years and thought I’d share a few of my favorites in advance of the holiday season. (These are, of course, in addition to wine and flowers, two go-to hostess gifts that can never go wrong).

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thanksgiving recipe roundup : the main course

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the hunt for new recipes to amaze your friends and family is on. This year, I’ll be breaking down Thanksgiving into four categories (appetizers, salads and sides, main courses, desserts and drinks) and sharing a few of my favorite recipes for each one. Whether you’re all about sticking to tradition or aching to try something new, this Thanksgiving recipe roundup will have you covered. So far, we’ve covered appetizers, salads and sides. Next up? The main course.

I’ve already shared that turkey is actually not my favorite part of Thanksgiving, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it. And, because we have at least a few vegetarians in my family, I know that Thanksgiving can be somewhat challenging for those who have dietary restrictions or are vegetarians or vegan. Here are some of my top picks for main courses, whether you’re looking for a tryptophan coma or not.

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thanksgiving recipe roundup : salads and sides

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the hunt for new recipes to amaze your friends and family is on. This year, I’ll be breaking down Thanksgiving into four categories (appetizers, salads and sides, main courses, desserts and drinks) and sharing a few of my favorite recipes for each one. Whether you’re all about sticking to tradition or aching to try something new, this Thanksgiving recipe roundup will have you covered. Earlier this week, I covered some of my favorite appetizers. Next up? Salads and side dishes.

I’m not sure if this makes me weird or a genius, but my favorite part of Thanksgiving is not the turkey. I mean, it’s great and all, but I really live for everything else on my plate. Here’s what would be on my list if I was in charge.

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weekend away : girls getaway in Charleston

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I love any excuse for a weekend away with my girl friends and Charleston is one of my absolute favorite places to go. And for those of you on the east coast (or east of the Mississippi) it’s not too difficult to get to. Whether you want to spend your time on the beach or exploring downtown, Charleston has the perfect balance to satisfy everyone. Here are my recommendations for a weekend away in the Holy City.

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thanksgiving recipe roundup : appetizers

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the hunt for new recipes to amaze your friends and family is on. This year, I’ll be breaking down Thanksgiving into four categories (appetizers, salads and sides, main courses, desserts and drinks) and sharing a few of my favorite recipes for each one. Whether you’re all about sticking to tradition or aching to try something new, this Thanksgiving recipe roundup will have you covered. First up? All the appetizers.

Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. As we’ve grown, my family has become a bit spread out – we’re rarely all in the same place anymore. So having everyone (or almost everyone) in the same place at the same time is one of the highlights of my year. Because it’s such a rare occasion, we usually get togetherĀ hours before we plan to sit down and eat. And, sure, things are in the oven cooking or we’re setting the tables, but mostly we’re just hanging out. In part because there are quite a few children who can’t wait until 4pm to eat lunch, and in part because we’re inpatient, there’s always a few heavy appetizers floating around to tide everyone over until the main event. If I was in charge of appetizers this year, here’s what would be on my list.

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in season : brussels sprouts

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I don’t care how trendy (or untrendy) Brussels sprouts are on a dinner menu – they will always be at the top of my list. Now, I understand that there aren’tĀ that many different ways to cook Brussels sprouts. Consider it even more of a reason to try out every different way possible to prepare them.

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