Blog News + New York City, Part II

Hey guys, Leili here. We’ve got big changes happening around here that you ought to know about, so keep on readin’ for a full update!

I just got back from spending a few days in New York City with some family. The city at this time of year is always the most magical, and gives me all kinds of warm and fuzzies. Our plan was to finish up our Christmas shopping, but unsurprisingly, we were too disorganized to make that happen. (And let’s be real – I’ll just end up running to the mall the day before Christmas like I do every year anyway.)

Instead of shopping, we mostly focused on filling our stomachs with good food and plenty of hot chocolate.

Some of the food I had was out-of-this-world-amazing, so I really wanted to share it with you. These are places we didn’t cover in last summer’s New York City post, but they should be on your list for your next visit. Continue reading

Intense Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

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The Dr. Frankenstein in me is going crazy with glee since it came up with the secret ingredient to these cookies.

Maybe I’m not exactly Frankenstein. Thankfully. But my inner mad scientist always comes out when food is involved. Like when I made chocolate mousse with no dairy, or creamy ice cream without cream, or everything-free chocolate chip cookies. Unlike all those other times, though, I’ve altered this recipe to be even more gluttonous and dairy-full. And I have no regrets.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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Hello, friends!

I’m back in Boston after a week in Copenhagen, where my boyfriend and I ate 24/7 and tried our best not to get hit by bicyclists channeling their ancestral viking spirits.

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I survived, and now I’m going to share my experiences with all of you lovely people. If you’re planning a trip to Denmark in the near future (or even in your daydreams), I hope I can provide you with part of the answer to “where should I eat in Copenhagen?”. And if you’ve never considered Denmark to be a place worthy of your travel time and budget, I hope I can show you just how wonderful it truly is. Continue reading

Hash Brown with Turkey Gravy

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We hope you had some time to rest and some time to spend with loved ones and we hope it was spent with amazing food.

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I’ve currently got a bit of the post Thanksgiving blues. Soon it won’t be acceptable to spend my day in sweatpants and eat plates of turkey and pies. My favorite holiday is over and my stash of leftovers is quickly diminishing. Before I gobble everything up, I want to share a quick breakfast recipe with you that involves Thanksgiving leftovers. Continue reading

4 Thanksgiving Rescue Recipes

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We all know that by now, we should all have a clear idea of what we’ll be eating tomorrow and who we’ll be eating it with. But “should” doesn’t always mean “does”, especially not in our house. So we’d like to help you out with some last-minute T-day recipes you can pull off quickly and without a hitch. Because while we can’t bake you up some friends, we can certainly help you with your menu plans.

If you need even more recipes, check out this list of 15 of our fave Thanksgiving recipes, or our list of the best Fall dessert recipes.

Two Pumpkin Loaves

Let’s start with morning treats – we all need something to tie us over before the main meal but we also don’t want to feel too full. For something slightly sweet and autumnal flavored, try this Pumpkin Spice Bread. This bread is moist and delicately flavored with spices and pumpkin. If you’ve got a pumpkin pie waiting for you at the end of the big meal, then this will make the perfect bookend. It’s coffee’s perfect companion and will keep your blood sugar going while mashing potatoes and waiting for the turkey to roast.

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If you’re looking to fancy things up and add a soup to your meal, then look no further than this Butternut Squash Soup. This soup is so easy to make and requires so few ingredients that you should add it to your menu regardless. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort but you’ll know that it took you no effort at all. This butternut squash soup is a little sweet, from the squash and the apples, and it’s peppered with fresh herbs to bring all the flavors together.

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This soup may not be the standout item of the night, but it’ll surely bring comfort and provoke nostalgia for the ending of autumn.

Shaped Sweet Potato Challah Braid

Thanksgiving desserts have always been ruled by pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie are the 1% of pies – they hog all the sweet glory for themselves, leaving the rest of the dessert world to be shoved to the side or completely forgotten once Thanksgiving rolls around. Well, I won’t have it.

Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Challah Braid

This Brown Butter Cinnamon Sweet Potato Challah Bread is certainly not your mama’s challah. While I love making Thanksgiving bread rolls out of challah bread dough, this loaf definitely lands firmly on the dessert spectrum with its layers of cinnamon-sugar swirls and delicate nuttiness from the brown butter. And whether you serve this as a sweet counterpart to savory gravy or as another alternative dessert option, any leftovers will make for epic morning-after-Thanksgiving french toast. You’re welcome.

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This Kahlua Chocolate Pecan Tart will fit in nicely with any of those other haughty pies, but its naughtiness will make it an alternative you’ll want to take center stage. It’s spiked with enough Kahlua to make a small child inebriated, so keep this one on the adults-only table. While all tarts need a crust, it takes its place as an afterthought behind the tart filling. Not here. This chocolate tart crust is buttery, fudgy, and deeply chocolatey, and will blow any other pie or tart crust out of the Thanksgiving water.

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To all of our friends, family, readers, and everyone else in between, have a happy holiday. Be safe, be kind, and don’t forget the importance of sharing a meal together.