DIY, Side Dishes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Veggie Tian

This is one of those super easy recipes that goes with anything during any season. I love this side dish during the Winter with roasts and pork. During the Summer, I enjoy this as the veggie side accompanying a lobster dinner (come on summer, I can’t wait). Or, I make a big batch over the weekend and scoop the veggies into kale salads for work lunches during the week. And, the finished product is full of vibrant colors and just pretty, making a great addition to any dinner table….

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Appetizers, Uncategorized

Lahmejoun (Armenian Pizza)

My husband’s family is Armenian and before I met him I’d never had food like lamb, shish kabob, stuffed grape leaves or eggplant (outside of eggplant parmesan). Good thing I married into this heritage because I’ve fallen in love with his family’s cooking! This recipe, lahmejoun, is a family favorite and is essentially Armenian pizza. Lahmejoun is great sliced up as appetizers, wrapped with greens for lunch or just a snack.  My husband’s mom and grandma always have some in the freezer. At every family gathering (even after a GIANT meal) the lahmejoun is pulled out of the freezer and all the cousins go for round two. It’s become a comfort food to me that I’ve introduced to friends and family who are now also in love. Seriously, some regularly ask when I’m going to make it again!

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Mashed Cauliflower and Sweet Potato

Whenever I encounter a vegetable that I don’t love, I become determined to find a way to love it! Cauliflower has been one of those for me. Whether steamed, roasted, mixed with other veggies, mashed on it’s own, as cauliflower rice….it’s just blaah to me. I came across a few recipes that involved mashing cauliflower and sweet potato together. My love of sweet potatoes (and any mashed potato) encouraged me to give it a try. Here’s what I came up with…Greek yogurt is my secret ingredient that pulls this together while keeping things healthy…

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Eggplant Pizza

Generally, I’m a pretty efficient grocery shopper, buying what we need and using perishable items before they go bad. But, sometimes I get a little over zealous in the produce section and come home with WAY too many fruits and veggies. During squash season, I pretty much need one of every squash variety (dumpling is a favorite). I usually have plans for all the items, but the work week can sabotage cooking time. So, I have a few  recipes that help to clean out the fridge and to rescue food from being wasted. Eggplant pizza is one that makes a pretty large batch, perfect for bringing to work for lunch!

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Appetizers, Uncategorized

Spinach Balls

Spinach balls are a Christmas tradition started by my mom. I remember her making these ahead of the holidays, freezing them and then serving as an appetizer on Christmas day. Of course as a kid, I wouldn’t touch them I was a typical anti-spinach kid. But, I bet if I had given them a go I would have been surprised. I’ve found that even spinach haters enjoy these! I’ve adopted the tradition too, making these once a year…

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travel, Uncategorized

Christmas Around the World

The holiday season is our favorite time of the year to travel – we love jetting away right after Thanksgiving. It’s a time for just us where we have nothing to do but be tourists before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season at home. We’ve grown to love experiencing different places and cultures in festive mode!

I was sorting through old photos and here are some of my favorites….

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