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PEACE, LOVE, & COOKIES | I still haven’t decorated our Christmas tree, I haven’t mailed out any cards yet, & I’m woefully behind in gift shopping. But my pantry is fully stocked and I’m ready to start baking all the cookies tomorrow, so clearly my priorities are in order. 😉 . 🎄 Per tradition (and by popular demand), I always kick off my annual cookie-baking marathon with these Brown-Butter Shortbread Cookies, sandwiched with my favorite jam, or, to really kick things up a notch, with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread [swipe ⬅️ to see this drool-worthy variation 🤤]. These buttery cookies melt in your mouth, & the fruity jam (or the rich, chocolatey spread) perfectly complements the slightly nutty flavor of the brown butter. I’ve been making these cookies since 2005, & once you taste them, you’ll know why they’re a holiday cookie tray must-have. 😍😋 . 🎄The recipe is on my blog (link in profile; go to Recipes > Cookies), along with the story behind it & some thoughts on my favorite holiday tradition: baking & sharing cookies! . By the way, I usually use @stonewallkitchen Holiday Jam (with cranberries, orange, & pear) in these beauties, & I highly recommend it! 😋 For the chocolate-hazelnut spread, last year I used @venchi1878 Chocolate Spread with Hazelnut & Olive Oil (😍), which I found at @eatalyboston, & the cookies were next-level! 🤩 When I can’t find it though, I also love @rigoniasiagousa Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread, which I buy at @wholefoods. Their jams are also top notch. #notsponsored #justafan . . #christmascookies #holidaybaking #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #sharethelove #howiholiday #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #lifeandthyme #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #todayfood #f52grams #f52holidaycookie #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #thebakefeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies

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PUMPKIN BREAD... BECAUSE IT’S TRADITION 🦃 | Just 2 days left until the Big Day, friends! TWO. DAYS. How’s your prep coming along? Are you frantically cooking & cleaning & baking 🙋🏻‍♀️, or are you giving thanks while packing a suitcase & heading to a place where someone else will cook you dinner? 😊 Although today’s snow storm (& cancelled school for my boys) threw a major wrench into my plans, I feel like I finally made a *little* progress today & *might* actually be ready when our guests arrive Thursday! 😬😜 . Even if I bake nothing else between now & Thursday, at least I made my Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread—Thanksgiving isn’t complete without it! It’s a longstanding family tradition: My mom made it every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, & I’ve been making it for my own family for the past 20 (😳) years, with a few (wholesome) tweaks (whole-wheat flour, yogurt, olive oil). It’s super moist, delicately spiced, & addictively delicious, especially when served warm & spread with a little salted butter. 😋 . Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Fall. (And for what it’s worth, this recipe was also featured in @parents magazine last November as part of a lovely article about Thanksgiving recipes, traditions, & the stories behind them. [Swipe ⬅️ to see.] So it’s a nationally recognized pumpkin bread, & you should totally make it! 😉😂) . . #thanksgiving #pumpkin #pumpkinbread #showusyourpumpkin #kingarthurflour #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #lifeandthyme #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52thanksgivingcountdown #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #foodphotography #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen

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THANKSGIVING 🦃 | Only 4 days until Thanksgiving! Are you ready? I am far from ready & am feeling less prepared/more behind than usual this year 😬, but I'm *really* trying to make some progress today by getting organized: writing lists, gathering recipes, & finalizing the menu, all while hoping that this next snow storm misses us & doesn’t mess up my final pre-Thanksgiving grocery run this week (& the Thanksgiving celebration at my son’s school).😬🤞🏻 . 🦃 Here’s my annual Thanksgiving PSA (I’ve said it before, & I’ll say it again 😉): If you need a wholesome, crowd-pleasing, & (most importantly!) extra-delicious veggie side dish for your Thanksgiving table, may I suggest this one: A big bowl of roasted fall vegetables—butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, & brussels sprouts. I’ve been making it every Thanksgiving for many years now, & it couldn’t be easier: Just toss the veggies on a sheet pan with some olive oil & roast them in the oven until they're bronzed & caramelized & perfectly delectable! Other than the chopping of the veggies, it’s mostly a “hands off” dish—a quality that is particularly welcome on Thanksgiving Day—& everyone loves them! 😊 And this #vegan, #glutenfree dish makes enough to feed a crowd! It’s the one thing I don’t have to think too much about as I plan the Big Day! 😊 . Recipe is on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Side Dishes. . . #thanksgiving #thanksgivingsides #eatyourveggies #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #lifeandthyme #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52thanksgivingcountdown #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #foodphotography #vegetarian #wholesomefamilykitchen

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APPLES 🍎🍏 | We’re slowly working our way through all the local apples we picked this month, & these Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfaits have been one of our favorite ways to enjoy them. My boys have been eating them for breakfast most mornings, & I’ve been enjoying them as a quick afternoon snack. With the cinnamon apples, @stonyfield Greek yogurt, & our favorite Maple Walnut Granola, they taste like an indulgent dessert but they’re really a healthful, protein-packed breakfast or snack. And although I layered the ingredients here to make the parfaits look pretty, I’ll be honest: Most times I just quickly throw the ingredients in a bowl—it still tastes the same. 😉 . The recipes for these parfaits (& other healthful snacks with apples), along with my crowd-pleasing “house” granola can all be found on my blog; link is in my profile. Just go to Recipes > Fall, or search “apple snacks.” . . #apples #applepicking #applecrisp #greekyogurt #granola #visitnh #mynewengland #nhmagazine #eatlocal #newnenglandfall #lifeandthyme #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #foodphotography #wholesomefamilykitchen

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MID-OCTOBER TO-DO LIST | 🍁 . ✔️🍁 Head to the local apple orchard on the one weekend day it finally wasn’t raining & pick (way too many) apples. 🍎🍏 . ✔️🍁 In the span of 24 hours, turn off the A/C & crank up the heat inside the house when the outside temperatures finally go from the summer-like 80s to the more-fall-appropriate 40s! . ✔️🍁 (Try not to) get stressed out about Halloween costumes & attempt to gently steer each of your kids towards a costume choice that can be easily cobbled together in 2 weeks. 😬 (Can’t they ever just choose something simple... & inexpensive? Is it just my kids? And yes, I know I said we were going to start planning much earlier this year... & yet, here we are. 😂) 🎃 . ✔️🍁 Start to find my autumn groove by cooking and baking fall things with all the apples. The basket of apples pictured here has since been turned into applesauce... & an apple-cider donut cake. 😋 Recipes coming soon! 🍎🍏 . Okay, fall, I think I’m finally ready for you! 😅😊 . . . #apples #applepicking #edibleNH #visitnh #mynewengland #nhmagazine #eatlocal #newnenglandfall #tellnewengland #fnegrams #lifeandthyme #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #foodphotography #flashesofdelight #wholesomefamilykitchen

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NEW POST + 2 NEW RECIPES! | I know, I know. It’s fall & I should be sharing recipes for apple-this & pumpkin-that. And I will, of course, in due time. 😊 But right now, I’m still trying to get my fill of the last of the summer corn & tomatoes. In case you missed it, I shared 2 recipes for this simple late-summer #corn & #tomato salad: a Mexican-inspired version spiked with cumin, garlic, & lime, & one with a Mediterranean flavor profile that swaps the cumin for basil & the lime for lemon & is topped with a shower of feta cheese. . It’s a super versatile dish that works as a side dish, a taco or quesadilla filling, part of a grain bowl, or even a dip scooped up with chips. And if locally grown corn & summer tomatoes are no longer available in your area, no worries: This dish is just as satisfying made with frozen corn & canned tomatoes. 😊 . Both recipes are on the blog now; link is in my profile (go to Recipes > Summer). (I’m also told that it’s prime #football season, & this is a great #tailgating dish, if you’re into that sort of thing. 🏈😊) . . #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree #eatyourveggies #howisummer #eatlocal #newnenglandsummer #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #foodphotography #wholesomefamilykitchen

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SEPTEMBER | My boys have been back in school for over a week now, but I’m still clinging to summer & all the late-summer produce, like this sweet corn. Our local farm stands are still overflowing with plenty of locally grown corn & heirloom tomatoes, & we can’t get enough! 🌽🍅 I’ve been testing a few recipes featuring #corn and #tomatoes that I hope to share with you very soon, before all the apples & pumpkins take over. I love fall produce as much as the next food blogger, but for now, let’s not rush things. 😬😉 Stay tuned.... 😊 . . #eatyourveggies #howisummer #eatlocal #tellnewengland #newnenglandsummer #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52farmstand #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #healthyaperture #fnegrams #foodphotography #wholesomefamilykitchen

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MONDAY | We are back from our annual beach vacation and sloooowly getting back into some sort of routine, starting with eating ALL the greens. 🌱🥗😊 (#balance) To help us ease back into our daily salad habit again after a week of eating (mostly) lobster rolls and ice cream 😉, my boys & I are whipping up a batch of our favorite ranch dressing. In case you missed it, it’s the newest recipe posted on my blog; link is in my profile. (Or go to Recipes > Salads.) If you have some particularly salad-averse kiddos (or spouses) in your house, you must try this ranch dressing! It’s tested & enthusiastically approved by my 2 boys... & also by the 200+ middle-school students whom I taught how to make this wholesome, tangy, creamy dressing. It’s so much better—& better for you!—than the bottled stuff. 👍🏻😊 . . #stonyfield #greekyogurt #ranchdressing #kidsinthekitchen #kidscook #cookingwithkids #superhealthykids #produceforkids #eatyourveggies #realfoodforkids #schoolgarden #herbs #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #f52salad #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole @wholefoodsnh #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #wholesomefamilykitchen

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If you have ice cream on vacation (an absolute must, right?), and you don’t share a photo of it on Instagram, did you even really go on vacation? 🤔😜 . My go-to ice cream stand order is coffee ice cream, & this one did not disappoint! 😍😋 What’s your favorite🍦flavor? . . #icecream #howisummer #vacationmode #fnegrams #mynewenglandsummer #mynewengland #tellnewengland #wholesomefamilykitchen

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NEW POST + RECIPE! | This is the ranch dressing that my kids will dip just about anything in and happily eat it: carrot sticks, cucumber slices, chicken, pizza crusts, cardboard…. 😉 This is the ranch dressing that even my dairy-averse husband will generously pour on his salads. This is the ranch dressing that my boys’ friends will devour (with copious amounts of veggies) when they come over for playdates. So I thought it was finally time that I share my ranch dressing recipe with you, my Internet friends, because now that it’s been made and tested and approved by 200+ middle-school students (and several teachers), I can officially proclaim it to be The Best Ranch Dressing in All the Land. Or maybe The Best Ranch Dressing to Come out of a Home Kitchen in New England… in 2018. Or The Best Ranch Dressing Ever Made in a Middle-School Classroom. 😀 The recipe is up on the blog now, along with the story of how I taught an entire 7th-grade class how to make it! 😊 . . #stonyfield #greekyogurt #ranchdressing #kidsinthekitchen #kidscook #cookingwithkids #superhealthykids #produceforkids #eatyourveggies #realfoodforkids #schoolgarden #herbs #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #makesmewhole @wholefoodsnh #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats @thecookbookproject #wholesomefamilykitchen

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HELLOOO, JULY! 👋🏻 | After basically avoiding being outside for extended periods of time this spring due to my awful, worst-ever allergies (+ resulting sinus/ear infections) (& also apparently avoiding other things too, such as, ahem, posting here or on my blog ☺️), I finally braved the elements early this morning just long enough to pick a few pounds of local strawberries with the boys. ❤️🍓 Even though it was hot & humid & it felt like we lived in Africa, not New England, it still felt good to be among the living again. 😜 To be honest, the only reasons I ventured out into nature in this heat wave were that (1) it’s tradition, & (2) I needed ripe, fresh strawberries to make these crowd-pleasing strawberry shortcakes—just as I’ve done every July 4th for the past 12+ years! 😊 Here in NH, strawberries are currently at their peak, and this is the perfect dessert to showcase them. If you're looking for a wholesome, yummy dessert that celebrates the Independence Day holiday and/or all things summer, look no further! These strawberry shortcakes are basically summer on a plate. 😊🍓☀️🇺🇸 Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Summer, where you’ll find this recipe & a few other favorites for your 4th of July eating/entertaining needs. . . #strawberryshortcake #strawberries #strawberryfieldsforever #thisissummer #howisummer #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland #dessert #makesmewhole #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #thebakefeed @thefeedfeed #tastespotting #tastingtable #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #imsomartha #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52red #f52farmstand #berrytogether #wholesomefamilykitchen

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Happy Hump Day! I made these delish strawberry muffins this afternoon. Recipe courtesy of @wholesomefamilykitchen aka my sis. 💕😘 A smear of cream cheese makes these 👌🏼 😍. #strawberryseason #strawberries #strawberrymuffins #wholesomefamilykitchen

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HAPPY EASTER... OR HAPPY SUNDAY! | We are enjoying a lazy, slow Sunday here at home for the first time in many weeks... maybe the first time in 2018! 😳 This Spinach, Bacon, & Gruyere Quiche is evidence that getting your kids involved in the kitchen eventually pays off: My 13yo son made this delicious quiche for our Easter Brunch today entirely from scratch, including the (press-in #oliveoil) crust... with only a *teensy* bit of help from me! It’s an Easter miracle! 😂 Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday! 😊 . . #brunch #quiche #easterbrunch #easter #wholesomebaking #wholesomefamilykitchen #kidsinthekitchen #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #slowsundays #sundaybrunch

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THE COOKIES THAT BROKE THE INTERNET | I’m totally late to the party (as usual 🙄), but after seeing some version of @alisoneroman’s Internet-famous Salted Butter & Chocolate Chunk Shortbread #cookies every day in my feed for months now, I finally had to see for myself what all the hype was about (you know, for research purposes 😉)! Last week, while my boys were on winter break, we spent some time in the kitchen together baking, among other things, these cookies. And I’m happy to report, they lived up to the hype! I must admit though that when we first tried them, we thought they were pretty good, but maybe not Internet-breaking good. But then we each had another cookie the next day, &, oh my, they were even better—addictively good, in fact! (Like most shortbread cookies, these definitely improve with time.) . My husband mercifully took half the batch to his office, where they were consumed in record time; his coworkers raved about them, & some were understandably sad when they went back for a 2nd cookie, only to discover there were none left! Because really, how can you go wrong with buttery shortbread, chunks of dark chocolate, a crunchy sugar coating, & a sprinkle of flaky salt (I used a Vanilla Bean salt from @jacobsensaltco 👍🏻)—that sweet/salty contrast is hard to resist! And using salted (vs. unsalted) butter in shortbread cookies was a game changer for me. Will they replace my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe? Probably not, but as a unique, sweet-and-salty shortbread (with chocolate—did I mention the #chocolate?) that keeps (& travels) well, these cookies will be a great addition to my holiday cookie gift boxes, or any other excuse, er, occasion I can imagine. 😊 (I also want to try making them with whole-wheat flour &/or espresso powder. 😋) . You can find the recipe for these addictive cookies in Alison Roman‘s Dining In cookbook, or on @bonappetitmag‘s website. But you probably already knew that, because I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the Internet to make these cookies. 😉 . . #diningincookbook #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies

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REAL LIFE | As a longtime reader of Sonja & Alex’s blog @acouplecooks, I was thrilled when we connected over social media last year & Sonja asked me if I’d like to participate in their #PrettySimpleDinnerParty today to celebrate the release of their first cookbook, #PrettySimpleCooking! How could I say no? 😊 Our “dinner party” might look different from what you’d expect though: Planning a dinner party around life with 2 school-age boys isn’t easy! 😬 Throw in a couple of illnesses this week, school-play rehearsals, & basketball games, & well, our dinner party became a quickly thrown-together Mediterranean-themed snack/appetizer “party” for the 4 of us, which we miraculously fit in between basketball playoffs this morning and a play tonight! 😅 . The fact that I was quickly & easily able to make these dishes ahead of time AND my boys LOVED every bite is a testament to how family-friendly Sonja & Alex’s cookbook is! I lit a few candles & set the table with the “good” dishes for ambiance, but my boys quickly inhaled every last crumb, while mostly sitting at the kitchen counter. 😋😉 . Swipe ⬅️ to see what we made: Red Pepper Tabbouleh, Layered Mediterranean Hummus Platter (with Baked Pita Chips), and Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Sauce (but made with Feta cheese, because I’m the only one in my house who likes goat cheese 🙄). (This last dish was perhaps the biggest hit: My 12yo said I should make it every day! 😊) . Congratulations, @acouplecooks, on your beautiful yet practical cookbook! 💖 I have a feeling it will be getting a lot of use in our kitchen. I’ve already flagged several more dishes the boys want to make with me (&, as with most other well-loved cookbooks in my collection, this one is already splattered with food! ☺️😅). . . #vegetarian #gatheringslikethese #onthetable #eatyourveggies #eattherainbow #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #fnegrams #wholesomefamilykitchen

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The Big Game is just 2 days away, and although I’m not an avid football fan, I live with 3 boys who are (swipe ⬅️ to see what I mean 😉), & so it’s hard not to get swept up into the hysteria, er, excitement of the Super Bowl, especially when their beloved Patriots are playing. 😄 I am a fan of Super Bowl food though, & I usually make a big pot of chili and lots of cornbread to feed myself and my hungry boys during the game. This Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili (with Chocolate!) is our favorite chili recipe. Served with Whole-Wheat Cornbread, it’s a hearty yet healthful game-day meal that’s hard to beat! However... I’ve been getting a few, um, suggestions this week from my youngest, hungriest, foodiest football fan for some other accompaniments. (“Mom, can we make chicken wings? Ooh, and maybe carnitas? And how about some nachos?” 😳) I think he has been watching a little too much Food Network in between ESPN & the NFL Network, & now I have a feeling that we’ll be spending some extra time in the kitchen this Sunday before the game. 😊😂 #gopats . Recipes for the chili and cornbread are on the blog. Go to Recipes > Soups and Chilis. . . #f52simmer #f52grams #gamedayeats #superbowl #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #fnegrams #mynewengland #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #eatingwelleats #vegetarian #chili #chocolate #cornbread #wholesomefamilykitchen

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As promised, here are a couple of photos of the Cookies-and-Cream Birthday Cake requested by my favorite basketball-loving 8-year-old. 🎉 💖 (Swipe ⬅️ to see the fully decorated cake with accompanying cupcakes. 🎂🏀) I used my favorite #chocolate fudge cake recipe, adapted from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated’s (@testkitchen) Baking Ilustrated cookbook, paired with a #frosting recipe from Tessa Huff’s (@stylesweetca) Layered cookbook. It was a perfect match, & a big hit with my 8yo & his friends—and the adults too! 😊 My soon-to-be-13yo is already thinking he wants the same cake for his birthday next month. 😉 . . #madefromscratch #layercake #cakeoftheday #thecakeblog #cakedecorating #cookiesandcream #chocolatecake #kidsparties #wholesomebaking #atkgrams #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #bhgcelebrate #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #100layercakelet #wholesomefamilykitchen

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Last weekend, we celebrated my “baby” boy’s 8th birthday with a house full of family & friends. He requested a big pot of his favorite chicken meatball soup & a cookies-&-cream cake (more on this soon!), & I rounded things out with this fruit/veggie/hummus/cheese/charcuterie platter. To make sure all of our guests had something to nibble on, I set out a variety of colorful fruits & veggies; some “grown up” cheeses & crackers (Saint André triple crème cheese, sourdough crackers, & spicy salami); & some surefire kid pleasers (mild cheddar & Colby jack cheeses, mini pretzels, & bunny-shaped cheese crackers 🐰😉). . There were just a few crumbs left at the end of the party, so I think it’s safe to say that it was a big hit with both the kids & the adults. 😊 It’s amazing how many veggies and fruits kids (& their parents) will eat when they’re presented this way & served with a yummy homemade dip (#hummus, in this case)! And it also helped to balance out the cake & ice cream later! ☺️ . . #gatheringslikethese #onthetable #cheeseplate #cheeseboard #charcuterie #eatyourveggies #kidsparties #kidspartyfood #eattherainbow #snackplatter #snackboard #realfoodforkids #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #wholesomefamilykitchen

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BEST NINE OF 2017 | Farewell, 2017! This year was challenging & exhausting & just plain hard at times, but it was also delicious. 😋 I'm looking forward to sharing more recipes for wholesome eats (& healthful-ish treats) in 2018! Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year, friends! 🥂 Hope it includes time spent in the kitchen & around the table with those you love, and plenty of delicious, nourishing food. 💖😊 . . #2017bestnine #happynewyear #wholesomebaking #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #lifeandthyme #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #edibleNH #mynewengland #tellnewengland #igersnh #fnegrams #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen

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[NEW POST + RECIPE! Brown-Butter Shortbread Cookies with Jam or... Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread!] Merry Christmas Eve, friends! If you're on top of things, you probably finished up your holiday baking days (or weeks) ago (I am in awe of you!), & you probably think you don't need another cookie recipe right now. But if you're like me, you're probably still baking (& maybe you just finally finished up a blog post you had been working on during this whole crazy month of December 🙃), so maybe this recipe is exactly what you need! Either way, I hope you will give it a read, & maybe bookmark the recipe to try next Christmas, or even over your winter vacation! Because if you're like most of my friends & family, once you try them, you will want these rich, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies in your life every December, forevermore! 😋🎄💖 . The recipe is on my blog, along with the story behind it & some thoughts on my favorite holiday tradition: baking & sharing cookies! (By the way, I used @stonewallkitchen Holiday Jam in these beauties, & I highly recommend it. #notsponsored #justloveit) . . #holidayfoodgifts #holidaybaking #foodgiftlove #ediblegifts #holidaytreats #christmascookies #cookies #howiholiday #wholesomebaking #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #KingArthurFlour #ImSoMartha #MarthaBakes #feedfeed #thebakefeed #huffposttaste #tastingtable #f52grams #f52cookie #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #lifeandthyme #WholeFoodsFaves #wholesomefamilykitchen #wholesomefamilycookies

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Where are all my frazzled moms (& dads) out there, getting last-minute gifts together for teachers, co-workers, neighbors...? 🙋🏻 Here's how to win at last-minute gifting: Make a batch of my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. (It takes mere minutes in the food processor! 😊) Package it in cute food-safe packages. (I got these super cute mini 4-oz. Mason jars at @target & put about 3 or 4 servings of mix in each. You can of course use bigger jars if you're feeling extra generous. 😊) Write or print out the instructions for making the hot chocolate onto a gift tag or whatever you have around. Add a festive candy cane. Tie with some pretty ribbon. Done! 🙌🏻 . The recipe for this rich, decadent hot chocolate mix is on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Beverages. (Make a double or triple batch, because you're going to want some for yourself! Pro tip: A shot of espresso in your hot chocolate mug will help power you through wrapping the rest of your gifts! ☕️🌟🎁) . . #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #holidayfoodgifts #foodgiftlove #ediblegifts #christmastreats #howiholiday #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #tastingtable #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52countdown #fnegrams #ImSoMartha #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #WholeFoodsFaves #targetstyle #vegan #vegetarian

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The holiday treat-making is well underway here in my kitchen, and, per tradition & by popular demand, this triple-layer #peppermintbark (made in snowflake candy molds with my favorite @greenandblacks #chocolate) is among the first things to be made! ❄️🎄 (Recipe adapted from @bonappetitmag via @mollyorangette.) . Although I've made this peppermint bark every year for the past 7 years or so, every couple of years, the middle ganache layer gives me trouble. Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when nothing seems to work out right for you in the kitchen? 😬 This year, I had to make the ganache 3x before it came out right (it kept separating 😩)! And even the 3rd batch started to separate again, but thankfully I was able to save it by slowly whisking in a little bit of milk. And then, to save time, I had bought a jar of already-crushed (naturally-sweetened & -colored) peppermints to sprinkle on the top, but when I opened it, there was clearly something wrong as the contents smelled like paint! 😳 So I ended up buying (naturally-sweetened & -colored) candy canes instead & crushing them by hand. (Although it didn't save me any time, pulverizing candy canes with a mallet was a surprisingly satisfying stress-reliever!) I'm still not sure why the ganache separates sometimes but other times it comes together perfectly 🤔 (I'd love to hear from you if you have any advice/tips in this area), but I'm happy to report that this year's peppermint bark is still as delicious as ever & ready for gifting, so have no fear, my peppermint-bark-loving family & friends! 👍🏻😊 . . #holidaybaking #holidaytreats #myholidaytradish #howiholiday #foodgifts #foodgiftlove #bareaders #thebakefeed #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #f52grams #ImSoMartha #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed

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Is your body crying out for some greens and lighter fare today after all the feasting yesterday? Or are you eating leftover pie for breakfast? If it's the latter, no judgment here; you enjoy yourself! 😊 If it's the former, then this apple-cinnamon #greensmoothie with #greekyogurt might be exactly what you want today. (Add some ginger to further help your digestion along. 😊) Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. It's currently at the top of the home page, or go to Recipes > Beverages. . . #thanksgiving #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #eatyourveggies

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Only 4 days until #Thanksgiving! Are you ready? I am far from ready 😬, but I'm trying to remedy that tonight by getting organized: writing lists, gathering recipes, finalizing the menu.... One dish that is always on my Thanksgiving table (at least for the last several years) is a big bowl of roasted fall vegetables: butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, & brussels sprouts. I used to make sweet potatoes and green beans for our Thanksgiving veggie sides, but that was a lot of extra work (in addition to the turkey & mashed potatoes & stuffing & all the rest), so now I just toss these veggies all together on a sheet pan with some olive oil & roast them in the oven until they're golden & caramelized & delicious! So much easier-- and everyone loves them! 😊 And this dish makes enough to feed a crowd! The recipe is on my blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Side Dishes. . . #edibleNH #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #eatyourveggies #wholesomefamilykitchen #myholidaytradish #vegan #veganrecipes #vegetarianrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes

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After a delay with my subscription renewal order, which led to a futile search of newsstands across southern NH, I finally got my hands on a copy of the November issue of Parents magazine (@parents), thanks to the generosity of a friend back in my hometown in PA! I'm so excited to see one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes featured in its pages! 😁 Thanks again, @alanachernila, for including me & my Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread recipe in this lovely article about #Thanksgiving recipes, traditions, & the stories behind them! 💖 Be sure to pick up a copy of this issue for the recipe (plus a few more yummy Thanksgiving recipes), or, if you can't find this issue in print, you can find the recipe (and the full story behind it) on my blog. Link is in my profile; go to Recipes > Baked Goods. . . #pumpkin #pumpkinbread #thanksgivingrecipes #wholesomebaking #f52fallbake #wholesomefamilykitchen #myholidaytradish @farmersmarketfoods #showusyourpumpkin

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[NEW BLOG POST + 3 (!) NEW RECIPES!] In case you missed it: In my latest post, I talk about picking (& eating) all the local #apples & feeding growing, always-hungry boys. If you're looking for some wholesome, satisfying after-school (or anytime) snacks for feeding hungry kiddos (& adults), I have a few simple recipes for you featuring my favorite fall fruit. How does an apple crisp #yogurt parfait sound, or an apple-cinnamon green #smoothie? Or a #vegan salted "caramel" dip made with #dates & (my favorite @maranathanutbutters) almond butter? (Clearly, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to apple season. 😊🍎🍏❤️ Recipes are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #thisisfall #appleseason #applepicking #loyaltolocalNH #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #healthyaperture #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #f52farmstand #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #almondbutter #greensmoothies #greekyogurt

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] In my latest blog post, I share a recipe that has been making frequent appearances at our dinner table during these early-fall days. It's an easy-to-make #vegetarian #pasta dish with balsamic-roasted vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, red onion, & tomatoes), chickpeas, & fresh herbs. Add some feta cheese or soft goat cheese, or omit the cheese altogether for a vegan-friendly dish. 😋 And because there is always a story behind the food I make for my family, you'll find that here too. In this one, I introduce you to my mom. I think you'll like her; everyone does. 😊 (Recipe + story are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #wholesomefamilykitchen #eatyourveggies #feedfeed #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed

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On this semi-official last weekend of summer, we are grilling dinner outside & enjoying this #farro #salad with fresh #mozzarella, #tomatoes, & #herbs for what seems like the zillionth time this summer... but this time it's even better with tomatoes & herbs from my garden! 👍🏻😊 Hope you're soaking up these last few hours of summer, friends! (Recipe for this farro salad is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Summer.) . . #howisummer #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foods4thought #WholeFoodsFaves #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #goopmake

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] In my latest post, I'm sharing an updated spin on the very first meal I made--peach chicken--for my then-boyfriend/now-husband, in honor of our 20th (!) wedding anniversary. But the story on the blog is about much more than chicken & peaches. It's an honest look at 20 years of marriage-- the good, the bad, & the beautiful mess that is love & marriage & kids & family & life. Fair warning: It is the longest story I have written for the blog, but it was hard to condense all I wanted to say into a few short paragraphs (believe me, I tried 😉). I hope you'll give it a read, or at least check it out for the food... then stay for the "vintage" photos of our younger days. ☺️ (Recipe + story are on the blog; link is in my profile.) . . #peaches #grillingseason #loveandmarriage #20years #howisummer #newenglandsummer #edibleNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #fnegrams #feedfeed #savblogawards #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #foods4thought #wholefoodsfaves #lifeandthyme #foodblogfeed @foodblogfeed #goopmake

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Today's after-school snack: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to celebrate my boys' first day of school! 🍪🎉 One day down; only 179 left to go. 😜 (Recipe is on the blog; link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Desserts and Sweet Treats.) . . #vegan #chocolatechipcookies #cookies #backtoschool #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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One of the challenges of having the boys home all summer and not in school is trying to satiate their incessant hunger! Seriously, they are ALWAYS hungry! I try to keep lots of healthful snacks on hand, including our favorite (tahini-free) hummus. I have been making this almost every week this summer, and no one is tired of it yet. With assorted veggies and/or pita bread/chips for dipping, it's a great way to tame those late-afternoon cries of "I'm sooooo hungry!" Recipe is on the blog; the link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Snacks. . . #hummus #healthysnacks #healthykids #vegan #vegetarian #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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In case you missed my mini food tour of Portland, Maine, in my Instagram Story earlier this week, here's a highlight reel of our favorite spots. If you haven't been to this lovely city, be sure to visit it if you get a chance. Sure, the food is great (@bonappetitmag named Portland America's Foodiest Small Town), but my art- and book-loving kiddos also thoroughly enjoyed browsing all of the museums & bookstores in this walkable town. They're already asking when we can go back... & if I can recreate those fries from Duckfat at home! 😊 . 🦂 @portlandlobstercompany: Kicked off Independence Day weekend with an all-American lobster roll at Portland Lobster Co. One of the perks of living in New England is there is no shortage of lobster rolls in the summer, & I've tried many of them. This one was definitely in my Top 5, maybe even my Top 3. (Bonus points for the accompanying water views & salt-air smell.) . 🍩 @holydonutmaine: I'm not the biggest donut fan (that label would go to my youngest sister), but my boys love them, & as a rare treat, I'm totally fine with indulging in one, especially if they're made with wholesome ingredients, like these donuts from Holy Donut. The chocolate sea salt donut was my favorite; the boys enjoyed the maple bacon one, with the Maine blueberry donut a close second. . 🥐 @standardbakingco: Not pictured: Buttery, super-flaky croissants (my 7yo is a big croissant fan, & he declared these to be among the best), & tender scones packed with Maine blueberries, all of which were quickly devoured before I was able to snap a photo. . 🍟 @duckfatmaine: The Belgian fries at Duckfat are incomparable! They are hand cut from Maine potatoes, fried in duck fat, & served with homemade dipping sauces (we got the truffle ketchup & garlic mayo 👍🏻👍🏻). Their panini & milkshakes are also delicious, but my kids are still talking about the fries! Those fries ruined us-- all other fries from now on will pale in comparison. 😉 . 🌱🥗🍅🥒🥕🌿 Not pictured: the green smoothies and big green salads with ALL the veggies that we've been eating since returning home. #balance

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] Just in time for the 4th of July holiday, I'm sharing the recipe for my favorite strawberry shortcakes that I've been making every July for at least 12 years now! Here in NH, strawberries are (finally!) at their peak, and this is the perfect dessert to showcase them. If you're looking for a wholesome, yummy dessert that celebrates the Independence Day holiday and/or all things summer, look no further! These strawberry shortcakes are basically summer on a plate. 😊🍓☀️🇺🇸 [Recipe is on the blog; link in profile.] . . #strawberryshortcake #strawberries #strawberryfieldsforever #edibleNH #loyaltolocalNH #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #kingarthurflour

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! As per tradition at our house, we are firing up our outdoor grill for the first time this year, and these portobello mushroom burgers are on the menu! Hope we get to enjoy them al fresco before the rain moves in (although, also true to tradition, the pesky black flies and my seasonal allergies have me staying mostly indoors today while my husband cleans off the deck and the grill! ☺️). Hope the weather and the bug/pollen situation are more tolerable/enjoyable where you are! 😀 Cheers to the long weekend! (The recipe for these juicy vegetarian "burgers" are on the blog. Link is in my profile. Go to Recipes > Sandwiches.) . . #vegetarian #vegetariangrilling #vegan #vegangrilling #summerfood #mushrooms #vegetarianburger #eatyourveggies #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams

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When I shared the recipe for these maple scones (along with a story about maple-sugaring season) last week, spring was nowhere in sight here in NH. But then, yesterday's temperatures suddenly climbed to well above 80 degrees F, the snow finally melted (mostly), the trees are now starting to bud, and... maple-sugaring season is drawing to a close. But you can still make these whole-wheat maple-oat scones with coffee-maple glaze! I think they'd be a perfect addition to your Easter brunch, or any spring occasion, big or small. 😊 The recipe is on my blog; link is in my profile. Happy Spring, friends! 🌿🌷🌸🌼🌺🌿 . . #maplesugaring #maplesyrup #scones #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #603eats #mynewengland #nhmapleweekend #nhmaplesyrup #ediblenh #nhmagazine #mynewengland #tellnewengland

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[NEW POST + RECIPE!] It's a cold, cloudy, and dreary day today in NH, and Mother Nature just gave us more snow over the weekend, so yeah, we're still waiting for spring to arrive. But... it's prime maple-sugaring season here, so at least we have that! To celebrate, I made a more healthful version of Starbucks' maple scones (you know, the ones that are the size of a small child's head and covered in a thick, sweet icing). Whether or not it's spring yet where you are, I think you'll want to make these. Trust me. 😊 (Recipe is on the blog. The link is in my profile.) . . #maplesugaring #maplesyrup #scones #wholesomebaking #feedfeed #tastespotting #thekitchn #bhgfood #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #wholesomefamilykitchen #thenewhealthy #f52grams #603eats #mynewengland #nhmapleweekend #nhmaplesyrup

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No blizzard here but @wholesomefamilykitchen #hotcocoa pics is giving me hot cocoa envy so I am treating myself to this. 😍

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