Brussels Sprouts Disguised Among Apples, Bacon and Pecans

I’m not a huge fan of admitting that I’m wrong. (Ask my husband.) But when it comes to Brussels sprouts, I must acknowledge that I’ve been a complete fool for 30+ years. I have decried Brussels sprouts as bitter, ugly and hardly worth the space they consume on the plate. I have rejected them at holiday dinners. I have mocked and abused them to anyone who would listen.

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Must Love Pizza

If you come over for dinner at Casa de Nord, chances are good that you’ll be served a tasty homemade pizza. I’ve been developing and tweaking my own pizza recipe for probably 20 years at this point, and I think I’m finally on to something. The latest incarnation of my pizza crust is thin, crispy, yummy, good. It also happens to be gluten free.

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Fall in Love with Sausage

August is grinding along like an old clunky furnace, but my thoughts have drifted elsewhere. I’m dreaming of the cool, crisp air that’s right around the corner. I’m dreaming of fall colors, spiced apple cider, crockpot suppers and pumpkins everywhere. I haven’t swapped out my summer wardrobe for scarves and sweaters just yet, but I have started preparing my kitchen for fall cooking. We’ll soon be ditching our guacamole, grilled citrus chicken and watermelon salsa in favor of heartier fare, like root veggies, potatoes, pork chops and other stick-to-the-ribs stuff.

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Smooth Move

If you compared my diet of a year ago to what I consume today, you would find me a very altered creature. Sure, I’ve always been a home cooking enthusiast and have worked hard to put balanced, healthy meals on the table for my family. But with a taxing job and two little ones running in opposite directions, I’ve taken a lot of shortcuts along the way. (Boxed mac ‘n’ cheese, anyone?)

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Gather 'Round the Cherry Tree

Birthday season is going full blast. Last Sunday, my family celebrated three birthday boys ranging from a wee 2 to wiry 8 to a wise 74. It was also a day for honoring the fathers in our lives, which is best done with food: pulled chicken sandwiches, quinoa salad, deviled eggs and pear cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream. Simply yum. 

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Kitchen Swing

My kitchen knows very little silence. Clattering pans, rattling dishes, a scrap-seeking dog and two snack-seeking children—this is the soundtrack of my culinary endeavors. It’s a recipe for rattled nerves. Or it would be, if it weren’t for my secret weapon against cooking commotion: Pandora. Thanks to the wonders of Internet radio, my kitchen is filled with perfectly shuffled music that floats above the racket, turning mundane meal prep into the highlight of my day.

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Finger Food Fridays

I’m basically a waste of flesh on Friday evenings after a long week of work. As my husband Christian will attest, I come home seeking a nice glass of wine, a simple dinner, and a cozy snooze on the couch while he watches a movie I don’t care to see. It would be easy to order a pizza or go for takeout on a night like this. But we’ve recently adopted a new Friday night dinner tradition that’s easy, healthy, tasty and a whole lot of fun. We call it “Finger Food Fridays.”

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