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Christmas Cookie Face Off

Christmas will be here before we know it (in 20 days!) – have you decorated the house, put up your tree, bought all your gifts, sent out your cards, prepared your dinner menu? I haven’t. This is without a doubt a hectic time of year, but regardless I always enjoy Christmas time and executing all of the above tasks to get me into the holiday spirit. Making cookies and wrapping gifts are probably my two favorite tasks at Christmas time, even more so when I am making cookies to give away as gifts. For this week’s Face Off we bring you two unique holiday cookies that would make great gifts – Vegan “Butter” Cookies vs. Christmassy Macaroons. Read more

Lemon Macaroons with White Chocolate Cranberry Sauce

Here we go. It’s the holidays, and I knew they were coming, but that doesn’t mean I am prepared. Looking at the calendar, my weekends are pretty much filled up until the middle of January. Holiday parties, traveling, more holiday parties, and boom. December is done and we are falling head first into January.

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Vegan Pecan Crescent Cookies

These cookies are a labor of love. I used to eat these cookies at Christmas time, popping one after the other with no consideration into what sort of effort my mother put into making them. Sure the ingredient list is short and the dough comes together quickly, but I’m not going to sugar coat it for you (pun intended). Digging into the hardened dough, forming these cookies into their crescent shape, watching them bake so they don’t burn, meticulously timing how long they are out of the oven so you cover them with powdered sugar at the exact right time – not too hot, not completely cooled – if you are Type-A this recipe is right up your ally (I realize I have probably scared some of you away by now). Read more

Mashed Potato Face Off

Does anyone not like mashed potatoes? Anyone? I find it hard to believe that someone cannot like mashed potatoes. Made with basically 4 ingredients (potatoes, butter, salt and milk), what is not to like about them? Also, how many different types of mashed potatoes can you think of off the top of your head? I can name at least 10 without even trying… so many things you can do to make a simple side dish stand out among all the other Thanksgiving favorites. Read more

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and can you believe we have never had a Mashed Potato Face Off? In preparation for your Thanksgiving dinner we thought it would be nice to bring to you 2 unique mashed potato recipes that don’t require gravy in order to taste good. Read more

Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish and Parsnips

Everyone has their favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey usually takes top billing, probably followed by stuffing and perhaps pie, but I am always partial to the potatoes (followed by pie). The lovely, lovely potatoes. Maybe its my undying love for things smothered in butter and then smothered in gravy, but during our Thanksgiving dinners, the potatoes are it for me. Mashed, sweet, gratin, I don’t care. I always have a strategic plan to place them near my plate in order to get first dibs, which also allows me to have them close at hand when it comes time for seconds. And probably thirds. Most likely thirds.

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Stuffed Peppers Face Off

Stuffed Peppers are found in all types of cuisine – Chilie Relleno’s are Mexico’s version, Stuffed Piquillo’s are Spain’s version, Dolma’s are the Mediterranean version, the list goes on. In America we stuff bell peppers with a variety of goodies from meat to cheese to vegetables; your options are endless for this easy to put together entrée. Read more

Lamb & Feta Stuffed Peppers

When suggesting this for our face off this week, I figured making these would be a task for a Sunday. Since I feel that Sundays should be reserved for making slow cook meals and football, I thought these would be perfect.

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Soyrizo Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a simple way to make a side dish a main entrée. People usually assume that all I can eat are side dishes because the main entrée is meat. If you are Vegan you know this is far from true, but I digress. Rice, quinoa and other grains tend to be seen as side dishes, the starchy component to accompany a meal. Vegans and Vegetarians use this starch as their main dish, stuff it into a pepper and you’ll fool any meat eater that it’s an entrée. Read more

Apple Crisp Face Off

Has anyone else noticed that October is pretty much over? What the heck? It feels like this month, my favorite month, started last week, and now I look at the calendar and its over? I’m a bit annoyed and mostly mad at myself for not for not taking a break to enjoy it. Ugh.

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Can we all just take a moment to think about the fact this year is pretty much over? I found myself buying a Christmas present on Tuesday… whaaaaaaa? OK, so its for Susan’s dog, but still, I am usually the one who is out buying presents the week before Christmas and crossing her fingers to find exactly the right thing for everyone (sorry everyone). So this weekend, I am going to sit at home, relax on the couch, knit my dog a sweater and enjoy the remain moments of calm before the holiday season arrives. I will also be eating this apple crisp for every meal, so there’s that.

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Vegan Apple Crisp

It’s officially fall – apples are taking over the produce section of the grocery stores and are being brought to the farmers markets by the truck load. What to do with all these apples? Bake of course. Crisps, Cobblers or Crumbles, I consider these dishes the quick and dirty pie. No rolling out dough necessary, it doesn’t have to look “pretty,” it should come together in under 15 minutes and the only real requirement is that it should taste good. Read more

Grits Face Off

We’re on vacation in South Carolina, food famous for fried green tomatoes, boiled peanuts, pimento cheese, she-crab soup, okra and of course shrimp and grits. This week in honor of our girls vacation with our mom’s and an ode to South Carolina we are Facing Off 2 types of grits – Mushroom for the Vegans and Shrimp for the rest of y’all. Read more

Shrimp and Grits

Hey y’all! We are enjoying a ladies weekend in Charleston, South Carolina this week! So many things to see, so many things to do, and so many great places to eat. And our trip inspired this week’s face off, the quintessential dish of Charleston, Shrimp and Grits. One of my personal favorites, every time I am visiting my parents I get Shrimp and Grits from a different restaurant because I am determined to find the best in the city.

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Mushroom Grits

We realized a few weeks ago that we were going to be on vacation during our Face Off week, so we thought we’d pay homage to the South as well as feed our mothers with a Grits Face Off. I’ve never made grits before, but what’s better than my first time being in the “grits famous state” of South Carolina? Read more