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Holiday Charcuterie Wreath

Holiday Charcuterie Wreath

This is always one of my favorite times of year, and as a staunch ‘delicious but not filling’ appetizer supporter, I considered this the perfect opportunity to combine two of the holiday season’s best features: charcuterie and Christmas.

DIY Dried Oranges

DIY Dried Oranges

You’ve surely seen dried oranges in potpourri, holiday garlands and all kinds of decorations, but did you know they are SO easy to make at home for just pennies on the dollar? Sweet little bags of these dried oranges sell for $10 a bag close…

Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free)

My Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts are an adventure in flavor, featuring a stunning umami glaze and picture perfect caramelization that honestly makes me want to stand over the stovetop and finish them all by myself.

The real star of this dish is the balance of sweet and spicy in the chili caramel glaze: a beautiful golden color and rich, nuanced flavor that pairs perfectly with the roasted brussels sprouts. The sweetness is cut by the kick of chili without being overpowering. Loosely inspired by Momofuku’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, this recipe is perfect for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day, pairing beautifully with turkey, beef or ham.

If you, or someone you know doesn’t care for Brussels sprouts, try making them this way and then report back to me. These just might convert them.

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How To Make My Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts

Step 1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Step 2. Once melted, add the Brussels Sprouts and cook for 5-6 minutes, without moving them.

Step 3. Flip, add salt and one tablespoon of water and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Remove the Brussels Sprouts from the pan.

Step 4. Over medium-low heat, add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil and coconut sugar to the pan and whisk to combine.

Step 5. Add sriracha, fish sauce and lime juice and whisk further to combine.

Step 6. Simmer for 30 seconds, then add sprouts back to the pan. Toss to coat a few times until the sprouts are completely tender and coated in sauce.

Step 7. Serve immediately.

Step 8. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • Another high-smoke point oil can be used in place of the coconut oil, such as avocado or vegetable oil
  • Instead of coconut sugar, use brown sugar or white granulated sugar
  • If you don’t have fish sauce, use soy sauce
  • Some pomegranate seeds tossed after cooking makes for an even more obvious holiday side dish
  • Try this technique with large cauliflower florets as well, just be mindful they won’t take quite as long to cook

These Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts are special because:

They’re a fast and delicious addition to any dinner party

They pack a flavor punch but aren’t overpowerinng

They’re guaranteed to make a brussels sprouts hater stop in their tracks

More Christmas Ready Recipes:

Company Cranberry Almond Bundt Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Easy Vegan Eggnog

Frosted Gingerbread Blondies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free)

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Chili Caramel Brussels Sprouts (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Featuring a stunning umami glaze and picture perfect caramelization that makes this the perfect side for your Christmas Eve dinner
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 As A Side
Calories 106 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 3/4 pound Brussels Sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Fish sauce
  • Juice from 1⁄2 of a lime

Instructions
 

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of the oil.
  • Once melted, add the Brussels Sprouts and cook for 5-6 minutes, without moving them. If they start to brown too fast, add a few tablespoons of water to keep them from burning.
  • Flip, add salt and one tablespoon of water and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Remove the Brussels Sprouts from the pan.
  • Over medium-low heat, add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil and coconut sugar to the pan and whisk to combine.
  • Add sriracha, fish sauce and lime juice and whisk further to combine.
  • Simmer for 30 seconds, then add sprouts back to the pan. Toss to coat a few times until the sprouts are completely tender and coated in sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 8364mgPotassium: 343mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 647IUVitamin C: 75mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Brussels sprouts, caramel, chili
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Company Cranberry Almond Bundt Cake  (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

Company Cranberry Almond Bundt Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

The combination of almond, cranberries, and orange in this moist company cranberry almond bundt cake just sings “the holidays are here!”

Pear + Proscuitto Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

Pear + Proscuitto Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

When it comes to entertaining, I like to use a variety of recipes for appetizers:  some that will be brand new to my guests and some that are “safe” dishes. This one checks both boxes,. It’s “safe” because crostini of all types tend to be…

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake  (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

I will start this post simply with this:

This is my favorite chocolate cake of all time.

When it comes to a celebratory, layered and frosted chocolate cake I have turned to the Horseradish Grill’s chocolate cake ever since learning the recipe in culinary school.  It is excellent, impossibly fudgy and decadent.

But there is another place in my life for an everyday chocolate cake that is easier to make and a bit more virtuous.  You know by now that I am very much an “everyday baker” type of person and don’t need a reason to eat a slice of cake any night of the week.

This Chocolate Olive Oil Cake is perfect, truly.  Whether you want to eat a piece with your hands in your pajamas (the most common way for me, admittedly) or serve to a room full of guests for Christmas or a dinner party, you simply won’t be dissapointed.

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How To Make My Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

chocolate cake

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Spray a 9 or 10 inch cake pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

Step 3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, eggs, vanilla, milk, and coffee until blended.

Step 4. Add liquid to the flour mixture and mix together until no traces of flour remain.

Step 5. Pour cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60-75 minutes, until the a cake tester comes out just clean.

Step 6. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool for at least two hours.

Step 7. Serve dusted simply with powdered sugar, or with a cherry compote and whipped cream if desired.

Step 8. Enjoy!

chocolate cake
chocolate cake

What Else Can I Use?

  • Use a 9 inch round cake pan or 10 inch round cake pan for this cake, it is a lot of batter and rises quite a bit.   It will overflow in an 8 inch cake pan, I know from experience.
  • Both unsweetened almond milk and reduced fat cow’s milk can be used in this cake.
  • If you’d like to cut back further on the oil, replace half of it with unsweetened apple sauce.
  • Use any good quality olive oil that you like in this cake, I like this one.  However, you can also use another type of oil such as safflower or vegetable oil if you prefer.
  • I use Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour in this cake, but you can certainly swap in regular all purpose flour.  I wouldn’t advise using almond or oat flour in this cake as it will make it either too moist or too dense.  You want a just slightly dense and fluffy crumb.
chocolate cake

“My favorite chocolate cake” is a big claim, and not one I take lightly.  Here’s why I stand by that:

  1. This chocolate cake is SO moist, with a perfect texture and fluffy interior. I have had too many dry chocolate cakes in my day.  What a disappointment.
  2. Unlike many chocolate cakes, this one is not too sweet.  It is just sweet enough to let the chocolate flavor come through and prevent you from a sugar crash two hours later.
  3. It’s EASY to make, taking only ten minutes to get it in the oven.  No butter = no creaming.
  4. Because of the oil in this case, it keeps extremely well and some say it’s even better the next day.  It also freezes beautifully, making it a no-brainer make ahead dessert.

I tend to serve this one of two ways:

With a simple dusting of powdered sugar

With a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry compote.  For this, I simply simmer frozen cherries with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sugar, salt, and nutmeg.

chocolate cake

If you make my Chocolate Olive Oil Cake, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here and rate the recipe. Your feedback means a lot to me! You can also post to Instagram and tag me so I can share your creations!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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chocolate cake

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

This recipe is what every chocolate cake should be: ultra moist, quick to make, and just sweet enough with a deep chocolate flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 463 kcal

Equipment

  • 9 or 10 inch round cake pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free all purpose flour blend
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk or reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 or 10 inch cake pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, eggs, vanilla, milk, and coffee until blended.
  • Add liquid to the flour mixture and mix together until no traces of flour remain.
  • Pour cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60-75 minutes, until the a cake tester comes out just clean.
  • Allow cake to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool for at least two hours.
  • Serve dusted simply with powdered sugar, or with a cherry compote and whipped cream if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 463mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 5gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 89IUCalcium: 97mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chocolate, chocolate cake, Holiday
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Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole                     (Gluten-Free)

Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole (Gluten-Free)

My mom has been making baked stuffed shrimp for Christmas Eve for decades. Growing up, it was the one time of year we ate that dish, and I always looked forward to it.  It felt like the open door to the Christmas holiday, I have…

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Oh, this jelly.  I’ve been making this Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly for about a decade, every Christmas, and it’s my absolute favorite thing to give as a homemade gift.    Cookies are fabulous, obviously, as a holiday treat, but it’s the most common food to…

Easy Vegan Eggnog

Easy Vegan Eggnog

This recipe was a last minute add, I didn’t plan to post it this week but when I made it again this morning and so many people messaged me on Instagram about it, I knew I had to give it to you before Christmas.   I make this well into February, kicking it off for the season for the holidays.

I have always loved the taste of eggnog, there’s really nothing like that luscious, rich goodness.  (Martha is known for serving her classic eggnog in a giant silver bowl every year for Christmas entertaining). However, I can usually only have it once or twice a season because of that.  I wanted something that would be a nod to my favorite festive drink, without the heaviness.  Does it taste exactly like classic eggnog?  No.  Does it fit the bill?  Yes, at least it definitely does for me.  

“What else can I use?”

  • If you don’t have unsweetened vanilla almond milk, you can use sweetened vanilla or plain almond milk.
  • Feel free to use light coconut milk instead of the full fat.
  • Want to make it boozy?  Add some bourbon and/or rum to the eggnog when blending.

I hope you love this recipe, and that it brings you joy and cozies this holiday season.   

Easy Vegan Eggnog

This vegan eggnog is not only easy to make, but it's creamy, filled with warm spices, and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people

Equipment

  • High speed blender

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (13-14 oz.)
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • coconut or regular whipped cream (for topping) optional

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
  • Blend for 1-2 minutes until frothy.
  • Pour into small glasses and garnish with whipped cream and a pinch of ground nutmeg, if using.
  • This makes a large batch and keeps for a week in the refrigerator.
Keyword Christmas, eggnog, Holiday, vegan
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Ginger Molasses Brunch Cake (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Ginger Molasses Brunch Cake (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

I think we can all agree that the holidays are all about grazing… especially in 2020 when we are all home day, after day, after day, after day. Celebrating the holidays, on the whole, is more casual for most of this year and I have…

DIY Holidays:  Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

DIY Holidays: Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

We are in full on Christmas mode over here, and that means all the sounds, tastes, and smells we can get.  This Christmas simmer pot is like a potpourri made on your stovetop, covered with water and slowly releasing all of those festive smells into…

Holiday Chex Mix with Brown Butter & Herbs

Holiday Chex Mix with Brown Butter & Herbs

Oh, Chex Mix… how I love thee.  

Every holiday season, I make batches and batches of this stuff.  It’s so satisfying to snack on with drinks, if you’re having people over (in any other year than 2020), and makes an easy and delicious gift for neighbors and friends.

In all honesty, who doesn’t love that stuff?  Crunchy, salty, savory… it’s hard to stop once I start.  

I got the idea to do an upgraded DIY chex mix from my old Martha Stewart colleague and friend, Thomas Joseph.  He has an incredible show called Kitchen Conundrums and is a total wizard in the kitchen.

I’ve taken his idea of using browned butter and thyme and made it my own, adding in rosemary and changing up some of the ingredients.  

I added in bagel chips, because those bagel chips are always what I love most about Chex Mix.  I tossed in some almonds and those cute grid pretzels and then tossed it all in a spiced, salted browned butter before baking until golden and crisp.

chex mix

Not only does this recipe make a big batch, plenty to serve to a crowd or share with friends, but it’s cost effective and keeps for weeks at room temperature.  It’s kind of a no-brainer when the holidays come around.

“What else can I use?”

  •  If you don’t want to use almonds, you can leave them out, or swap in cashews, walnuts, or pecans.
  • Play around with different pretzel shapes and sizes, I just like these for uniformity.
  • I use these Roasted Garlic flavored bagel chips, but you could use plain or any savory flavor you like.
  • Note – Worcestershire is pretty hard to replace, so I would make sure to use that.  
chex mix

I’m making batches of this to drop off to friends this year, along with my Superfood Granola Bark.

The hardest part of making this is simply not eating it all.  

Let me know what you think, who is making this for the holidays?!

chex mix

Holiday Chex Mix with Brown Butter & Herbs

This modern, homemade update on everyone's favorite bagged snack mix is buttery, salty, crunchy, and totally addictive.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups rice chex cereal
  • 4 cups corn chex cereal
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cups pretzels I like the small square ones
  • 2 cups bagel chips, broken up I like the roasted garlic or rye flavor
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter until it's browned and nutty, being careful not to burn.
  • Off the heat, add the worcestershire, onion and garlic powders, herbs, and 1 teaspoon salt and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a very large bowl, mix the chex cereals, almonds, pretzels, and bagel chips together with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the browned butter mixture and mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Spread mixture out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, taste for salt and add another teaspoon if desired, and pat evenly.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes to crisp evenly.
  • Cool and store at room temperature.
Keyword chex mix, holiday gift, snack mix
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Frosted Gingerbread Blondies (Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Frosted Gingerbread Blondies (Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I held off long enough, we are now in full Christmas mode over here and I’m not mad about it!  We bought our tree from our local Stew Leonard’s Christmas Tree Shop, who always makes it so easy.  As much as I love the idea…