for November, 2014
homemade Greenbean casarole recipe

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

November 26, 2014

  he green bean casserole is my number one favorite side dish of the season! Growing up it didn’t get much better than the classic Del Monte canned beans with Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, topped with French’s Fried Onions. I’m guessing most American households serve something quite similar. I’ve seen recipes for homemade versions (aka – recipes that don’t call for products from a can) of this classic everywhere, and I’ve tried quite a few with some success, but I’ve never quite nailed the tender, creamy, and crispy nature of this dish that I’ve grown up loving…until now! Let’s just be honest, bacon makes everything better!     Key steps that make a world of difference: A salt bath for the fresh beans! I just rinsed my fresh green beans and submerged them in a bowl of very salty water for about an hour. Bacon grease is your friend. This flavorful fat is what sets everything apart, but careful […]


Pumpkin Butter Bars

November 17, 2014

Tis the season for all things PUMPKIN! I absolutely love all the sweet and savory pumpkin inspired baked goodies that begin popping up this time of year. The only problem is I’m not much for baking. I lack the patience and scientific precision it takes to pull off the perfect cakes, pies, or pastries. I’m definitely no Bakerella– I’m a Hot Potato–  So when I stumbled upon this recipe that called for box cake mix and my favorite addition of the season- pumpkin butter– I was intrigued. Inspired from a Williams-Sonoma recipe I played with a few years ago, these delicious pumpkin bars are now a staple on our Thanksgiving table.   Pumpkin Butter Bars 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix 1/2 cup butter, melted 13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz. jar of pumpkin pecan butter) 3 eggs 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 350. Reserve 1 cup […]