Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream

It’s getting cold outside, which means one thing: hot chocolate season is here!  I love different variations of hot cocoa, and this cinnamon hot cocoa is no different.  It has a perfect chocolate flavor with a hint of cinnamon.  This recipe is delicious with a little Bailey’s if you want a boozy version.

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Candied Walnuts

Nothing says fall like butternut squash soup.  I’ve been pretending it hasn’t been 85 degrees in Southern California by making soups weekly.  Soups are easy comfort food and this one is no different.  If you haven’t made homemade soup before, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is.  If you haven’t made butternut squash soup, well, let’s rethink those life choices.  And if you’re reading this in Minnesota or somewhere else getting snow this week, I think you’re going to want to stock up on butternut squash soup…winter is coming.

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Want an excuse to eat apple pie for breakfast? I have something close for you. My solution? Apples sautéed in cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar that taste like apple pie filling without the pie crust.  Since oatmeal has a lot of fiber, I am easily full until lunchtime with this breakfast.

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Garlic Roasted Purple Potatoes

Did you know potatoes this beautiful existed? Well, they do and I have good news for you.  These purple potatoes are healthier than white potatoes and taste just as good, if not better!  You can pretty much substitute these potatoes for any recipe calling for a white potato.  Roast them, mash them, bake them.  Options are endless.  These purple potatoes have around 4x the amount of antioxidants contained in normal Russet potatoes (remember, purple = good).  That’s real life.  Healthy food can taste good too! You can find these at farmer’s markets or certain grocery stores (best bet is those that specialize in organic foods like Whole Foods). Leave the skin on when you cook them.  The skin is pretty thin, but it has a lot of nutritional content. So, let’s roast some potatoes, shall we?

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Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

IMG_2215Now that my favorite time of year is dead (get it? cause Halloween is over and its a holiday about dead things….) it’s time to move on to the biggest eating day of the year: Thanksgiving. While I’m not a big fan of pie, just about everyone else in my life is. From time to time, I like to treat them to a delicious dessert, and this week I decided to try my hand at a pumpkin pie made from scratch. That means no canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crust and hopefully lots of happy friends!

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Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I had never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, but I had leftover cream cheese frosting that was destined for some homemade cinnamon rolls. So, I searched for an easy recipe and found this one from Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I made it and let me tell you. These rolls were AMAZING.  Cinnamon rolls from a can can be good (I’ll admit), but these are another level.  Combined with the cinnamon cream these frosting, they’re unreal. A lot of people like cinnamon rolls around the holidays, so I highly suggest you keep this recipe handy for when that time comes. Your family, friends, and neighbors will love you forever. Let’s do this!

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Blue Cornbread Muffins

Before everything became about sweet yellow corn, people were all about the blue corn.  Blue corn is one of the oldest varieties of corn.  Blue corn has a high level of anthocyanins, which give it the blue (or purplish) color.  In other words, blue corn has lots of health benefits! I’m going to be honest, I also like the fact that these are purple because they’re cuter than normal cornbread muffins.  There. I said it. You should be able to find organic blue corn meal at your grocery store and that is what I recommend.  Enough about that, back to the deliciousness that is the blue cornbread muffin.  These muffins come together quickly and make a great side to soups, salads, basically anything.  Give these a try for Thanksgiving (it is November now, after all) to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. I’m picturing them making a glorious combination with some turkey and homemade mac and cheese.

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