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Harvest Bake

It’s October and even though the weather is fluctuating between “normal” fall weather and summer temperatures, I have the autumn spirit. Our local grocery stores have all kinds of fall produce, from gourds and pumpkins to beets and turnips. I couldn’t resist the “pie pumpkins,” also known as sugar pumpkins. But I wanted to do something savory with them.

After perusing the fresh produce area, I decided to make a mash-up bake with a rainbow of vegetables along with uncooked chicken breast that we had leftover in the fridge from something else. It not only looks beautiful, it tastes good. The overall flavor is very earthy and savory, but the pumpkin and beets give a light sweetness while thyme adds a slightly bright note. We hope you enjoy it!

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Breakfast Taco Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes, I want breakfast for dinner. Other days, I want dinner for breakfast. Still others I want brunch (a.k.a. a silly but glorious excuse to eat pancakes, waffles, and other decadent dishes); and then there are the days when I just can’t decide. Let’s face it: our designations for what food we eat at various times of the day are somewhat arbitrary, based on years of tradition and societal norms that formed over time. I’m of the mind that, as long as it’s good food, you can eat it anytime of the day.

This quick and easy recipe comes out of my inability to decide between breakfast and dinner foods for dinner one night. I sort of wanted to eat eggs. I also kind of craved tacos. “Why not have both?” Brent asked. It’s ridiculously simply and fast to make, but we enjoyed it. We hope you will too!

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Macadamia and Curry Crusted Salmon

When wild-caught salmon is “in season” (read, available at Costco), it becomes a staple in our weekly meal rotation. We’ll buy it on Saturday or Sunday, cook it on Monday or Tuesday, and enjoy any leftovers later in the week. Most often, we bake the salmon with garlic, dill, and oil or ghee. It’s quick and easy, and always tasty.

Recently, though, I’ve wanted a break from our standard salmon meal. I was staring at our pantry, and felt inspired by the macadamia nuts. I have also been on a bit of a curry kick. So, I put the two together and I think it turned out rather well. We hope you will agree!

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Reverse-Seared Pork Chops

We haven’t made pork chops in a long time. A really long time. When I think of pork chops, I think of dry, chewy white meat smothered in apple sauce or gravy. That’s how they were served (at least to me) when I was a kid. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Our new favorite method of cooking steaks is reserve searing, and it worked beautifully for these pork chops. It does take a while, but most of that time is the baking process. I like that because it means I can spend time reading to or playing with Otto while dinner cooks—parenting win!

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Chicken and Vegetables in a Coconut Cream Sauce

This is one of those recipes we threw together using what we had in the fridge and freezer, unsure if it would work. I told Brent, “I want to use those chicken breasts and vegetables in the freezer. Can you help me figure out what else we can cook them with to make it more than just a basic chicken and veggies sauté?” He said, “Sure. I can try,” and got to work.

When he first pulled out the rosé and coconut cream, I was skeptical. But it worked rather well. In fact, this dish reminds me slightly of chicken marsala. I think that’s because of the combination of truffle (a very umami flavor, like mushrooms), wine, and cream.

It’s kind of magical how sometimes he has a rough idea and I can execute it perfectly, but other times I’m the one with the vague idea and he execute a delicious dish. Still other times we bounce ideas off each other, split the prep and cooking work, and even make edits to our original plan as we’re cooking. Ultimately, what matters is that the food we make is delicious—for us, for our son, and for you.

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Beef and Mushroom Ragù

We recently bought a big container of baby Bella mushrooms to simply roast and serve as a side dish or snack on them during the week. But, when it came to it, I wasn’t excited about roasting them. I used to dislike mushrooms, and while I like them a lot now, I still prefer them mixed in with other foods.

Meanwhile, Otto loves mushrooms. I’m pretty sure they are his favorite food, and that feels like a serious parenting win. So, I came up with this recipe for him. We hope you enjoy it as much as he did!

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One-Pan Chicken, Sausage and Mushroom Roast

This dish came about one weekday evening as we scrambled to get something put together for dinner without any planning. We had a bunch of mushrooms and a few chicken thighs that we needed to use. We also had a handful of Italian pork sausages. As it turned out, the combination of those things with a simple drizzle of olive oil and some spices was rather tasty. It was so good, in fact, we have made it a few times and decided we needed to share it with you. We hope you enjoy it!

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