Hot Pretzel Panzanella with Mustard Vinaigrette. 

I didn’t even know I could love a salad like I do a soft pretzel panzanella!

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Yes. Hot pretzels in our salad. This might just be the best day ever!

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Remember a few weeks ago when I shared my favorite autumn beers and a hot pretzel bar?

WELL.

This is what you do when you have lots of soft pretzels left over! Use them as bread chunks to make a panzanella salad.

With a mustard vinaigrette of course!

And apples. Some brussels. Then bacon. And caramelized onions.

Basically a bunch of my favorite fall things, throw together in a “salad.”

Ridiculous flavor bomb, right here.

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What I like to do with all the components is cook them in one skillet. Do the bacon first, then caramelize the onions, then finish with the brussels. While that is all happening you can make your dressing and chop your apples. It’s a little high-maintence because onions take a while to caramelize, but you can always throw a touch of honey or maple syrup in there to speed things up.

The great part about this salad, however, is that it can be composed of leftovers! You could have leftover brussels or bacon and use them as the base with your pretzels, The onions cook quickly with the added sugar and while the entire depth of flavor may not be there, this could still be on your table in 20ish minutes if you’re using leftovers.

I LOVE that.

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So yes, October is looking AMAZING so far. If we can eat a soft pretzel salad, everyone wins.

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Hot Pretzel Panzanella with Mustard Vinaigrette

This soft pretzel panzanella with mustard vinaigrette is the best flavor combination for a fall salad there is! Crispy bacon, brussels sprouts, caramelized onion and chopped apple comes together to make for a satisfying delicious autumn salad.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 cups leftover soft pretzels
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups brussels sprouts, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped honeycrisp apple
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

mustard vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

It’s up to you if you want to toast your soft pretzels! With some soft pretzels, it can make them super hard. You want the pretzels to be almost crouton like, but you don’t want them to break your teeth. And the idea with a panzanella is that you let the bread cubes soak up the dressing.

If you wish to toast your pretzel cubes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of olive oil on and toast, tossing once or twice, for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely before making the salad.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it is crispy and all the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain excess grease.

Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease from the skillet and add the onion. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to toss. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the onion begins to caramelize. This can take 30 to 40 minutes, but if you’re in a rush, you can speed up the process by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar, honey or maple syrup. I like my onions to be super dark and caramely and delicious! Stir in the garlic about 5 minutes before finishing the onions. Once the onions are finished, transfer them to a bowl.

Add 1 more tablespoon of the bacon grease back to the skillet and add the brussels sprouts. Add another pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until they become golden and slightly charred in spots, about 6 to 8 minutes. Everything should be ready to go at this point!

To assemble the salad, place the pretzel croutons in a large bowl. Drizzle about three quarters of the dressing on the cubes, tossing well. Let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients – your brussels sprouts, apples, caramelized onions and bacon and toss well. Drizzle on the remaining dressing if you wish. Taste and season additionally if needed!

Serve immediately and go to  heaven.

mustard vinaigrette

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk while streaming in the olive oil. This dressing stays great in the fridge in a sealed container for about a week.

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Big pumpkin beer on the side please!

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Thanksgiving with MacKenzie-Childs! Cider Glazed Turkey with Perfect Gravy. 

[This year I’m partnering with MacKenzie-Childs to show you some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes and I’m so exciting! Check out the video and fun table setting below!]

Oooh do I have a treat for you! I’m bringing the holidays in early to share something SO special.

This dry brined turkey is a super easy recipe and foolproof for the perfect Thanksgiving! It's roasted with an apple cider glaze and served with the perfect gravy. You'll never make another gravy recipe again! Try this dry brined turkey for your best Thanksgiving ever! I howsweeteats.com #dry #brine #turkey #recipe #thanksgiving #gravy

Today we’re talking dry brined turkey and I know. I KNOW.

It may be a little early to chat about Thanksgiving yet, but I have my major planning pants on this year and I even have an entire holiday planner for myself ready to go. I don’t even know me anymore. P.S. I really want to share my planner too.

And I’m sharing this spread with you now so you can get your hands on this gorgeous decor before it is gone for the holidays.

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I am SO ridiculously excited to share this Thanksgiving spread with you! I’ve teamed up with MacKenzie-Childs this year to talk all things Thanksgiving (something delish is coming next week too!) and share some delish dishes.

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You may remember my Thanksgiving spread last year – I was all about the jewel tones. I’ve been obsessed with these colors for years.

And last year, I decided to bite the bullet and just start styling my Thanksgiving around the colors I love so much. Sure, I like to incorporate the traditional reds and oranges and yellows and maybe even browns of Thanksgiving. But I love the entire theme to also have shades of purple and wine and blue and navy and gold and green.

It feels super special to me!

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Enter this Pheasant Run line which I am OBSESSED with. It basically contains all of the colors I want on my Thanksgiving table in an actual place setting.

You know that I already use my courtly check chargers for every holiday – I pretty much consider them neutral under any dishes I may use. On top I have the pheasant run dinner plates and dessert plates. The purple kills me!

And these wine glasses! Adorable right? I have a super fun cocktail coming with these colors later too.

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I love MacKenzie-Childs stuff so much because it’s essentially functional décor in your kitchen. On Thanksgiving, I always feel like a bomb went off in my kitchen and there is stuff everywhere. But if I have my roasting pan out while stirring the gravy like a crazy person for 30 minutes, it’s all good since it’s SO pretty.

But enough about that though – let’s talk turkey!

This apple cider glazed turkey is SO good. I did a dry brine – in the last year I’ve fallen in love with dry brined turkey because of its ease and simplicity. And because two years ago I dropped multiple gallons of brine all over my kitchen floor the morning of. That was the end of THAT. Uh huh.

This dry brined turkey is easy though – and there isn’t a ton of prep when it comes to roasting too! I like to roast it at a high temperature and then drop it down. All while glazing and basting with an apple cider mixture every half hour or so. The flavor is divine.

I love to finish it off with my favorite perfect gravy too. You’ll recognize this recipe! My mom makes killer gravy and I’m so excited that I finally feel like I have it down pat.

This table just has me SO pumped for the coming season. The colors! The flavors! I can’t get enough and I hope you love it.

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Apple Cider Glazed Turkey with Perfect Gravy

This dry brined turkey is a super easy recipe and foolproof for the perfect Thanksgiving! It’s roasted with an apple cider glaze and served with the perfect gravy. You’ll never make another gravy recipe again! Try this dry brined turkey for your best Thanksgiving ever!

Ingredients:

cider glazed turkey

  • 1 (15-pound) whole turkey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 apples, cut in half
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 large bunch of fresh sage
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup

perfect gravy

  • the drippings in the pan from your turkey
  • 16 ounces cold water
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper!!!

Directions:

cider glazed turkey

Make sure your turkey is thawed! It can take a few days to thaw a turkey (usually 1 day per 5 pounds!) so plan accordingly. You want to dry brine your turkey at least overnight, so plan for that too! I also like to make sure my fridge has space for a day or two of brining.

In a bowl, stir together the kosher salt and sugar.

A day or two before making your turkey, pat it completely dry with paper towels. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. You can place paper towels on the sheet to absorb any liquid that drips. Place the turkey on the wire rack and use the dry brine – separate the skin from the meat and rub the brine directly on the turkey breast and legs. Sprinkle some inside the cavity. Rub it all over the skin. Place the turkey uncovered (yes, uncovered!) in the fridge – make sure it’s not touching anything. Doing this will result in deliciously crispy and golden skin! This can be done for 24 to 48 hours.

When you’re ready to cook the turkey, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Take the turkey out at least 30 to 60 minutes before. You can pat it dry with paper towels if needed, but do not rinse it. Truss the legs together (great tips here!). Add the apples, onions and sage to the cavity of the turkey. Take 3 to 4 tablespoons of the softened butter and rub it under the skin, directly on the breast and thighs. You can also use any pepper here on the turkey if you wish, but no need to use any more salt!

Roast for 30 minutes.

While the turkey is roasting for the first 30 minutes, combine the remaining butter, apple cider and sugar or maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it reduce a bit.

After that first 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. Roast the turkey for 2 and 1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the apple cider glaze or the drippings from the bottom of the roasting pan – or both! Set a timer so you remember to baste!

At this point, you want to continue roasting just until the temperature taken in the thigh reaches 180 degrees F.

Once the turkey is finished, let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes before slicing and serving. If you want to make it look extra pretty, you can garnish the outsides with extra sage, apples or whole pomegranates. That adds color and fun!

perfect gravy

Strain the drippings from the roasting pan into a large pot or saucepan and set it over medium heat. You can also strain the mixture out of the roasting pan and add the drippings back into the same pan to make the gravy! Add the cold water to a shaker bottle (or water bottle/mason jar) and add the flour on top. Shake the heck out of it for 30 to 60 seconds, until the flour seems completely incorporated and creates a slurry. With a whisk or fork in one hand, pour the slurry into the drippings, sitting constantly with the other hand. Continue to stir to avoid any lumps and stir until the gravy has thickened, anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Make sure you are scraping the bottom of the pan.

Taste the gravy and season it with salt and pepper to your liking.

this recipe combined a few of my favorite recipes and methods! my white wine butter drenched turkey, and this NYT dry brine recipe!

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Don’t you just want to jump in to that table? It’s so warm and cozy.

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Currently Crushing On. 

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Happy Saturday! I am so excited for another October weekend! We have so many fun things planned and I can’t wait to share. I hope you have a great weekend! xo

Favorites of the week:

Smoky chipotle cashew queso! How delish does that sound.

Always craving butternut squash soup.

Shredded brussels and arugula salad. Looks amazing.

I’m freaking out over these butter mochi cake muffins!

And this pumpkin chocolate chip bread. It’s perfect.

Mushroom pesto sandwich? I’m very into this.

The most beautiful cinnamon banana nut bread.

I’m a major sucker for homemade tortilla chips.

This gluten free apple crisp is stunning.

Loving on this couscous salad with feta and sun dried tomatoes!

Cheddar rye apple hand pies for the win!

Really want to try this sous vide steak. Looks incredible.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Stout Cake. 

Yes. You ARE in heaven.

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I mean, just look at this. A chocolate stout cake with flaky sea salt? It’s my ultimate DREAM. It’s rich and decadent and perfect for October or Halloween or just… Friday.

You know.

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I am not a huge layer cake person, so this is huge.

Sure, I’ll have a slice on a birthday if I’m feeling it. However, baking and making layer cakes stress me out. It requires so much patience! So much time! So much precise measurement!

But after testing this baby out a few times, I knew I couldn’t hold back on sharing my obsession.

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There is an entire bottle of stout in this cake! Actually more than an entire bottle. And I used a pumpkin stout! You can sort of taste it if you pay very close attention. In a good way, of course. There is some slight stout flavor and it’s ridiculously delish.

And if I like it, most people will. I would never sit back and actually drink a stout. But in this chocolate cake?

WOWZA.

It’s a serious dreamboat.

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Oh also, before we continue. This was one of my biggest recipe fails a few weeks ago. I was up and at ‘em a few Mondays ago and made this cake to photograph at 6AM. I was so proud of it and so excited about it, even if it did look at little… flat. Or should I just say, thinner? It looked thinner than when I had made it before.

It wasn’t until around noon when I went to assemble it that I realized I had forgot to add the sugar.

Alllll the sugar. Ummm.

So I started over and made the cake again and ended with this delicious dessert.

I’m nuts over it.

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I’m huge fan of Octoberfest food (well, that’s embarrassing because I’m really just a huge fan of soft pretzels and beer cheese) and I thought this would be the perfect dessert for October. It will work the entire month and especially on Halloween.

You could even decorate it all fancy with some orange sprinkles or something!

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The frosting? Oh, it’s only, like, my most favorite frosting ever. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved super rich thick chocolate fudge icing. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become somewhat of a cream cheese frosting freak but the chocolate fudge will always reign supreme and be my number one. I can’t ever turn it down.

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This cake is definitely rich and you only need the tiniest piece. You have to make it for a crowd or else you will just be giving it away to everyone you see. It’s insanely satisfying and a slice or two is my limit. But I loved giving it to my family who also completely FREAKED over it.

It’s practically like eating fudge. Ridiculously fluffy, fudgy chocolate. I die.

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It’s probably the most decadent cake I’ve ever made. When you see the ingredients, you’ll be like I was. WHAT?

But that’s why you should make it for a party or a crowd or a suuuuper special occasion. Share it with everyone! You’ll be the most popular, ever.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Stout Cake

This dark chocolate stout cake is absolutely divine! It’s ridiculously rich and perfect for a crowd or a party. Pumpkin stout batter is baked into fluffy laters and covered in a super fudgy chocolate ganache. Perfect for chocolate lovers!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dark beer, like stout or porter (I used a pumpkin one!)
  • 2 cups (4 sticks!) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dutch process cocoa powder (I use Rodelle)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt (2% or full fat)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons flaked sea salt, for sprinkling on top

fudge frosting

  • 1 pound high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Note: I used three 9-inch cake pans, but mine were only 1 1/2 inches deep. If you have cake pans that are 2 inches+ deep, you can use two 9-inch or 3 8-inch pans. Grease your pans or spray with non-stick baking spray.

Combine the beer and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Once the butter melts, whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the eggs and yogurt. Add in the chocolate stout mixture, beating until combine. Gradually add in the flour mixture until just combined, beating for only about a mixture.

Divide the batter between the baking pans. I like to use a 1-cup measure to get equal scoops as well as my kitchen scale to make sure it’s the same weight. This will guarantee those even leveled layers.

Bake the cakes for 30 to 35 minutes (for 8 inch) or a little longer for 9 inch – until a tester in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently invert them on parchment paper. Let cool completely before frosting.

To assemble, place the bottom layer of cake on the cake stand or plate that you’d like to use. Add a bit of the frosting (about 3 to 4 tablespoons if you have 3 layers, or more if you only have 2) and spread it to the edges. Repeat with another layer of cake. If you have a third layer, add it on top and spread the rest of the frosting on the top and down the sides. I like to smooth it out with a large spatula! Sprinkle the cake with the flaked sea salt and serve. You can also keep it chilled in the fridge (I recommend that!) and it’s unreal.

fudge frosting

Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.

Heat the heavy cream until it’s warm over medium heat. You just want bubbles around the edges, don’t scald it. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and then stir until it’s smooth and combined and you have a rich chocolate ganache. Chill for 1 to 2 hours (no longer) until it’s spreadable.

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That’s so rich it almost looks fake.

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Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz. 

If we’re not putting apple butter in our cocktail, are we even October-ing?

This apple butter cocktail is perfect for the fall season and incredible delicious! It's super simple too: you need apple butter, bourbon and ginger ale or ginger beer. A cinnamon sugar rim and a fig garnish make it super pretty. YUM. I howsweeteats.com #apple #butter #cocktail #bourbon #fizz

That answer would be no, so an apple butter cocktail is here!

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We have a ridiculous amount of apple butter in this house. Eddie absolutely loves it and has it on toast almost daily, and he gets jars from local farms that are gigantic! The biggest jars he can find and he just enjoys the heck out of it.

I like it a lot too, but not nearly as much as he does.

However… I knew I’d love it in a cocktail.

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Apple season is just the best. Not only do we go through apple butter and apple cider, but we all (well , not Emilia yet!) eat an apple every single day. Apple freaks, I tell you! This season gives me life.

I think that’s how we say it in 2018.

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This is how good this is. And how simple:

You shake apple butter and bourbon together with ice. That’s it! Well, I like to add a pinch of cinnamon for extra warmth and seasonal love.

But that’s it!

Pour it in a glass. Add some ginger ale or ginger beer on top. Now that’s really it.

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It’s up to you whether you want the ale or the beer. The ale is sweeter and the beer is spicier. The beer has a bite and the ale is more fizzy. I like both! It depends on what kind of mood you’re in.

Keep in mind that the apple butter does sweeten the drink, so you might be team ginger beer. I usually am.

But then sometimes, I want the ginger ale taste of my youth and like to go that route. You really can’t go wrong.

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Of course, a cinnamon sugar rim is more than welcome too.

This is such a fantastic fall drink because it just warms you through, but it’s still iced and that’s my faaaaavorite kind. Must try. ASAP.

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Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz

This apple butter cocktail is perfect for the fall season and incredible delicious! It’s super simple too: you need apple butter, bourbon and ginger ale or ginger beer. A cinnamon sugar rim and a fig garnish make it super pretty. YUM.

Ingredients:

  • orange wedges for the glass
  • 1/2 cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar for the rim
  • 3 tablespoons apple butter
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 to 6 ounces chilled ginger ale or ginger beer
  • fresh figs for garnish

Directions:

Rim your glass with a wedge of citrus. I like orange but lemon or lime work too! Stir together the cinnamon and sugar on a plate. Dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar.

Fill a shaker glass with ice. Add the apple butter, bourbon and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake well for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the glass. Fill the glass with ginger ale or ginger beer and serve!

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And then take a float on that fig raft.

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Fire-Roasted Harvest Squash Pasta Sauce. 

You guys! Harvest squash pasta sauce might be all we eat for the rest of the month.

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The freaking best homemade harvest pasta sauce, right here. I want to eat straight out of the pot. Drink it with a straw. Spoon it over everything!

I almost saved this recipe for a little later in October because, I mean, it’s SUPER fall-like. But then I realized that if we can all make it now, we can eat it for months! Like all the fall and winter months. Forever.

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Plus, when I’m insanely excited about a seasonal recipe, I can’t hold it back. Even though I work a little ahead on the blog, I can’t ever hold back the ones that make me freak out.

This is lose-your-mind sauce right here people.

If you are a squash-loving fool like I am, you’re in for a huge treat.

Even if I feel like I’m playing a huge trick on us all because it’s still in the 80s here! Like what.the.heck.

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This is like a giant hug simmering in a pot. Not that we want a giant hug when it’s 86 degrees out but YOU KNOW.

It’s comforting. It’s satisfying. It can be used in so many ways: as a traditional pasta sauce, as a sauce on zoodles, as a base for mini pita pizzas – so many things. You could even throw it on top of some butternut noodles for squash inception.

And it tastes like heaven. Pure, absolute heaven.

It begins with caramelized onions. I mean – the biggest flavor builder of them all! After that, some butternut squash cubes. A little bit of pumpkin. Fire roasted tomatoes because we all know how obsessed I am. Sage, some allspice and a touch of cream. Parmesan of course.

IT’S SO GOOD.

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For years (like, years! Longer than I’ve been blogging?) I was obsessed with the fall pasta sauce from Williams Sonoma. I used to buy it every year (along with the pumpkin pancake mix!) and it was one of the things that got me excited for the season. I still buy the pancake mix because I just can’t quit it.

And then Trader Joe’s put out a version of the sauce (that you can serve with those adorable little pasta pumpkins!) and I was like I HAVE TO MAKE THAT.

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Here’s the deal!

Caramelize the onions, get the squash a bit caramely too and then go ahead and simmer that deliciousness.

Since I’m a texture person, I knew that I wanted a little texture but not, say, huge chunks of squash. You know? First, I mashed some of the squash chunks that were left. Just a quick, coarse mash.

Then I transferred half of the sauce to the blender and pureed it until smooth. I stirred it back into what was left and it created the best consistency of sauce EVER. For me, this was the key to the sauce!

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I would say it’s a squash-like marinara. It is hearty, but not in a meaty type of way. You could try adding some mushrooms if you’d like, but I think they might change the flavor too much. If you go into your squash sauce experience viewing it like a marinara, you will love it.

Especially if you pair it with a nice glass of red. This is exactly what I want to eat in October.

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Harvest Squash Pasta Sauce

This butternut squash pasta sauce is heaven for an October dinner! Fire roasted tomatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, sage, spice and parmesan all come together to create a delicious, simmered pot of sauce to blanket your favorite pasta!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat a large pot over low heat and add the olive oil and butter. Once melted, stir in the onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 20 to 30 minutes, until the onion is caramelized. Stir in the garlic, squash and fresh sage. Cook, stirring often, until squash begins to soften and almost caramelize, 10 to 12 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes more. Add in the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, pumpkin puree, allspice and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Add in the cream, stir, and simmer for 15 minutes more. At this time, you can either use an immersion blender to puree a bit of the sauce – or you can transfer half of the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth before adding it back to the pot.

Once the sauce is half blender, stir in the parmesan cheese. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Taste the sauce and season it additionally if needed with salt and pepper. Serve over your favorite pasta!

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Happiest little pumpkin ever.

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Tuesday Things. 

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1. I mentioned it over the weekend but I get ridiculously energized and motivated and READY TO WORK in the fall. Something about this season is more like a new start than January to me. Why is that! I want to carry it over through the new year.

2. All of a sudden I’m completely enamored with making homemade grape juice.

3. Last week I took the kids to get flu shots and the nurse put on the baby shark song (?) in order to distract them. I had never heard the song and… now… I can’t hear anything else. It’s been stuck in my head for days and I wake up in the middle of the night with it playing over and over.

4. Here are 22 life changing podcast episodes. Yessss.

5. And these are the best basic self care questions and answers I’ve seen. All in one place.

6. Okay so TV things! I really liked both This Is Us and a Million Little Things again. I’m more emotionally invested in This Is Us and Randall kills me every week. Heartbreaking! What’s up with the Grey’s anatomy thing with Jackson? I need some new shows.

7. Does anyone else hope that with all the Facebook hacking stuff this past weekend that Facebook might just… disappear? Would not be sad. Nope not one bit.

8. Guys my recipe fails this past week have been out of control. I don’t know why but I thought that olives and pomegranates would be a good combo. Just wait for this year’s disaster post.

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Fire and Ice Chili. 

I should probably call this secret ingredient chili.

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You are not going to BELIEVE what is in this chili. I mean, you might freak a little bit.

And I can’t hold it in until halfway through the post so… 

It’s chocolate ice cream.

Super rich and dark and creamy chocolate ice cream. !!!!!!

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It adds a depth of flavor to the chili that is just insane. It’s not chocolately or creamy or anything. It’s perfect.

And I’m not sure if I can go on making chili without chocolate ice cream.

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The most important thing to note: it wasn’t MY idea. I wish I was this brilliant! I saw this in a recipe first created by Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s ice cream (of course!) last fall and flipped out. It was right after I had Emilia and I had finished up all of my recipes for the year, so I didn’t end up photographing it but I was hooked. I knew that I had to share come fall of 2018 and I have been waiting like a complete lunatic.

Jeni’s recipe is more of a Cincinnati chili which isn’t my fave, so I took matter into my own hands. I like a heartier chili that definitely has beans. Pinto beans are my go-to.

I used the base of one of my favorite chilis but still used Jeni’s super dark chocolate ice cream. Next to Millie’s chocolate here in Pittsburgh, it’s the best. And I could honestly care less about chocolate ice cream! Plain chocolate ice cream just doesn’t do it for me. But this dark chocolate is SO dark. It’s super rich but not in a too-sweet-for-your-teeth way. If you try this, make sure you find a super super super dark chocolate ice cream. it’s the KEY. Grab a dark chocolate gelato if you must.

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Before you flip your lid, think about it! Cocoa or some form of chocolate is an ingredient in a lot of chili. I have an old recipe right here that uses cocoa chili powder, because back in the day when I first started blogging, McCormick made a cocoa chili powder. I loved that!

Luckily we can still make our own version mixing cocoa powder and chili powder.

Or we can just add rich chocolate ice cream like a crazy person because it is divine. I figured it wasn’t THAT crazy because I add half and half to my bolognese in The Pretty Dish. So ice cream in a tomato-based recipe wasn’t far off.

This is also the recipe that I used in my chili bar on Friday, along with the roasted corn white chicken chili from The Pretty Dish. Both have been in major rotation here for a year now and we love them so much.

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Oh and just in case you are still freaked: it doesn’t make your chili TASTE like chocolate. Not full blown chocolate. It still tastes like fabulous, flavorful chili and you can add all the toppings you would like.

You might want to keep the secret to yourself, though. Maybe until your friends are finished with their chili. I never even told Eddie about the ice cream in this chili and he just found out as he read this blog post. It’s the most delicious form of trickery!

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Fire and Ice Chili

This fire and ice chili has a secret ingredient that makes it rich, velvety and insanely delicious. Dark chocolate ice cream is stirred in before serving and adds a crazy depth of flavor while bringing so much richness to your favorite bowl. You have to try it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves,minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 (28-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate ice cream

Directions:

Heat a large pot over medium- low heat and add the olive oil. Add in the onions, peppers and garlic along with the salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until translucent. Add in the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Increase the heat to medium and brown the beef until all the fat is rendered. I cook it a bit longer so some of that fat cooks off too.

Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, sugar, cumin, oregano, paprika, red pepper and nutmeg until combined. Cook for 5 minutes. Add in the crushed tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes and pinto beans. Bring the mixer to a simmer. Simmer, stirring often, for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in the chocolate ice and simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.

For how I set up a chili bar, see here.

[adapted from jeni britton bauer]

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Also want to build a home in the center of that avocado. Really,

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Weekend Photo Diary: Adventures in Apple Picking! 

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This is one of my most favorite traditions! We started going apple picking a few years ago and this year, Max was REALLY into it. We love going to Soergels during their fall festival – the apple picking is perfect, they have all sorts of fun games and food and tons of instagrammable pumpkins (you know…) and the apple cider donuts are the best ever.

I am seriously obsessed with the season. I don’t know what it is about the last three months of the year but I always have a crazy fire lit under me. Whether it’s work or home or personal or whatever – I am organized and scheduled and energized and optimistic! I get more accomplished in these three months than any other and I love it.

Huge photo diary of apple picking ahead!

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Hope you had an amazing weekend! xo

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Currently Crushing On. 

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Happy weekend! What are you up to? October is the best month and I hope you guys have a fabulous one! Lots of pumpkins and cider are in our future.

p.s. I shared my beauty and lifestyle favorites this past week! SO much good stuff I’m loving. Go and tell me your faves!

Favorites this week

Maple bourbon pumpkin pie. I’m ready for it.

Planning on making this burmese chicken salad next week!

This looks like the most perfect homemade granola.

Craving this spiced apple cider cake. Gorgeous!

Spicy kale and coconut fried rice. YES.

Kelly always does my favorite Halloween costumes!

And I love a good rum cake. With rum glaze!

Homemade applesauce! It’s the best.

I’m so interested in these 4-ingredient basic flapjacks!

Lemon poppyseed muffins that look amazzzzing.

Hello buffalo chicken bacon ranch pizza! Um yes please.

Lazy girl apple crisp. YEP.

The best red enchilada sauce. Can’t wait to try it!

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