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Caramel Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast, because 'tis the season

Caramel Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast, because 'tis the season

Hi fellow turkey fiends! The closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more I just want to lay on the couch and eat carbs. A warmup for the big day, if you will.

I’m not sure if it was wise or really dumb to attempt to run my first half marathon the weekend before Thanksgiving, but that’s what I’ll be doing this Sunday. I’m trying to be good, but every once in a while a dish like this Caramel Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast will slip out.

I made it recently for me and my husband’s two-year wedding anniversary (hi, P!), and it was so good (almost too good?) I had to make it again and take some photos and share it with you.

Tomato, Artichoke and Eggplant Gratin with cheesy bechamel

Tomato, Artichoke and Eggplant Gratin with cheesy bechamel

This is a dish I created with a team of fellow students at the Culinary Institute of America, when I traveled to New York to attend a five-day cooking boot camp at the school. I love the idea of making this dish for Thanksgiving, because it’s just different enough to stand out on the table. But slathered in a cheesy bechamel, it still delivers all the comforts of a holiday mea

Ricotta and Chicken Toast with fresh mint and pickled onions

Ricotta and Chicken Toast with fresh mint and pickled onions

Toast loaded with lots of toppings is one of my go-tos when things get crazy and I need to eat something fast.

You can use leftover rotisserie chicken for this one, or simply place some raw chicken breasts in a small pot with enough water to cover them and bring to a low boil for about 20 minutes until cooked through. Pair with a green, veggie-heavy salad, for health’s sake.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I love making bread from scratch in my kitchen, and this is one of my favorites. It’s a sweeter bread, but it’s not sweet enough to be a dessert bread, which I like. It’s ideal for breakfast, slathered in some butter or jam, or as the basis for French toast.

This makes two loaves, so keep one for yourself and give one to your friend this holiday season. People love a gift they can eat.

Halloween treats you can make in 10 minutes or less

Halloween treats you can make in 10 minutes or less

My husband and I live in a very festive neighborhood, which is great, because we are very festive people. Since college, we’ve made a big deal out of holidays, decorating to the hilt and, of course, preparing foods to celebrate the day. Halloween is huge in our ‘hood. Last year, I had to run to Publix mid-trick-or-treating to buy more candy. And one of my favorite things to do before the barrage of kids in costumes is make a Halloween feast. Yes, it’s silly. That’s the point! Here are some of my fave things to make.