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Quick Chocolate Fix: Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies

Brownies

Oh, these were good. It started innocently enough — I was at the store for something completely healthy. Perhaps it was broccoli or some wheat pasta. Or olive oil. Anyway, I passed the baking aisle and … oh. Mmmmm… Those look good. Huh, maybe I should just see if they’re any good.

Yeah…they were good. They’re gone now.

Brownies

I want to make brownies from scratch sometime but until that time — the Ghirardelli ones will do. I was actually surprised at how good they were for a box mix and . . . → Read More: Quick Chocolate Fix: Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies

Acorn Squash, Apple & Sage Appetizer Puffs

Puffs

I just made 58 of these for a work dinner on December 1. I love cooking but I’m glad that this is done! Oh, uh, I only have 58 because I baked two puffs already and jwa and I ate them to make sure they were okay to serve — they were. I froze the remaining 58.

Acorn Squash, Apple & Sage Puffs: 1 box puff pastry, defrosted 1 granny smith apple, quartered and cored 1 acorn squash 1 tsp olive oil 1 tbsp fresh chopped sage 1/3 block of cream cheese (the low fat kind . . . → Read More: Acorn Squash, Apple & Sage Appetizer Puffs

Lovely Leftovers: Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice

Now, it’s dinner time. . . . → Read More: Lovely Leftovers: Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice

Thanksgiving: The Huge & Rambly Recap

Table

So, I pretty much stuck to my Thanksgiving schedule (posted here and here), although I omitted the squash and added some roasted vegetables. The big surprise, though, was the turkey. It turned out so well. I tried the America’s Test Kitchen recipe last year and wasn’t crazy about it but this time we used my mom’s turkey chart from an old cookbook and wow — it was amazing!

turkey cooking

& then we cooked the hell out of it… I brined the night before and then before sticking it in the oven, I . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving: The Huge & Rambly Recap

No Frills – No Visuals Post

So, my mom is staying with us and the “guest room” is my office with the computer and all. No real update this AM.

This afternoon, however, I will be making the pumpkin pie and will try to take photos of that process and post them later today!

Edited to add — yeah, that didn’t happen…