Winter caprese salad with beets and chard pesto.

Caprese salad? In winter? Usually, it’s a nonstarter to order a caprese, that traditional salad of perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, at any time but the height of summer. But yeah, winter caprese salad: this one with roasted beets, moss and chard pesto. It totally works! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Golden spiced lentil soup.

Need something warming, happy and delicious for lunch? This Golden Spiced Lentil Soup recipe fills the bill. Quick-cooking red lentils and a handful of aromatic vegetables make this come together with practically no effort, and turmeric and cumin give it tons of warmly spiced flavor. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Buttery root vegetable mash.

Winter squash and root vegetables are abundant in local farmers’ markets even during cold months. (Not like we’re exactly having typically cold winter weather right now.) Sauté these babies in lots of butter, simmer them in vegetable stock and fork them into a chunky mash that’s perfect as a side to grilled steak or roast chicken. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Blood orange French yogurt cake.

With a blush of glaze and a bright golden interior, this not-too-sweet Blood Orange French Yogurt Cake recipe has a ton going for it. Make it now, while blood oranges are available, and bookmark the recipe to make with other citrus in season. Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Broken noodle bowl with broccoli peanut pesto.

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It’s always fun when I make up a recipe from scratch and idea translates from my head to the plate more deliciously than I imagined. Like this recipe for Broken Noodles with Broccoli-Peanut Pesto. Because I’m craving healthy lunches right now, I stocked up on crisp veggies and grabbed some soba noodles and threw together this lunch-able noodle bowl. And I LOVED it!!! Get the recipe on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Cheesy butternut squash and wild rice bake.

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On a recent blustery day, I was craving something starchy, carby, hearty and cheesy. Voila: this recipe for Cheesy Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Bake. It’s a hack on my most popular recipe, and while it’s full of whole grains and winter squash, there’s enough cheese here to keep the dish from being *too* good for you! Get the recipe on writes4food.com. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-palooza: Almond wreath butter cookies.

Me: I tinkered with this cookie recipe. Mom: How could you? Sorry, Mom, but my version of our family’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe is just, how to say it? Better. Get out the cookie press, folks, and make this your last batch before the 25th. Get the recipe for Christmas Almond Wreath Cookies on writes4food.com! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza: Fruitcake gems.

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These Christmas Fruitcake Gems hit all the right notes: caramel-y but not too sweet (yay, dark brown sugar!), tender, studded with dried fruit and chopped pistachios. If you think of that leaden brick on the dessert buffet when you think fruitcake, let these Christmas fruitcake cookies change your mind. Get this and other holiday cookie recipes on writes4food.com, now through Christmas. Continue reading

Christmas Cookie-Palooza 2016.

old-fashioned Spritz butter cookie recipe | writes4food.com

Baking friends: Are you ready? Got your fresh baking powder, your new bottle of vanilla, your nuts and colored sugars and a 5-pound bag of flour? It’s Christmas Cookie-Palooza 2016! I’ll be posting festive cookie recipes on writes4food.com through the end of December; in the meantime, enjoy these recipes from the archive! Continue reading