#ProjectPantryPurge

I recently admitted to myself that I have a problem… a grain problem.  No, I’m not allergic to grains or cutting them out of my diet. I have a problem hoarding grains, pasta, and dried beans in my pantry!!  After posting about it in my Instagram stories and getting lots of responses, I realized I’m not alone.

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Egg + Asparagus Tea Sandwiches

I recently hosted a tea party baby shower for two pregnant friends, and these egg + asparagus sandwiches were a big hit! Along with scones, tea, petit fours, and mimosas, I made a selection of finger sandwiches. I was planning to make a classic egg salad, but I was running short on time and made a deconstructed version instead.

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A Small-Batch Gift Guide for Food Lovers

Food gifts are some of my favorite gifts to give, especially ones that are handcrafted and thoughtfully produced. As a lover of food myself, I decided that the best way to put together a gift guide was to make of list of food-related gifts I’d love to receive!

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My Seasonal Thanksgiving Table

Here’s a selection of seasonal side dishes, drinks, table decoration ideas, and a couple of good-any-season desserts that I like to bring to Friendsgiving and family Thanksgiving.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is one of my go-to dinner party desserts because I almost always have the ingredients on hand: eggs, sugar, chocolate, and butter (plus a shot of flavored liqueur if it suits the mood).

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Vegan Lemongrass + Lime Butternut Soup

Here in the South, autumn means that one day feels like summer and the next is crisp and cool. As such, I love versatile recipes like this that can be served hot or cold, depending on the weather.

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“Upside Down” Butternut + Bacon Quiche

Whether we have family in town for a holiday or we have friends here to visit, I always try to serve a hearty breakfast in the morning. It’s a moment to pause, sit together, and fuel up before the busyness of the day gets going… This year, I’m making an “upside down” butternut squash and bacon quiche with rosemary, gruyere cheese, and holiday pie crust shapes on top.

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Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon + Sage

I thought I should come up with a creative and new spin on pumpkin risotto, but some flavor combos stick around for a reason. Take pumpkin and sage, for example. I didn’t see any need to mess around with that other than to add bacon (duh!).

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Dinner Party Hosting Hack: Balsamic Reduction

A balsamic reduction is one of my favorite things to teach in my art of entertaining classes because it’s a simple way to dress up many different dishes. You can drizzle it over a plain piece of meat (think steak, pork chops, or pan seared chicken). You can stir it into mashed potatoes, grits, or risotto. You can toss greens with it for an easy salad dressing. You could even add it to dessert!

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