I normally associate lasagna with summer veggies. This is a great winter version, that uses butternut squash, Kale and mushrooms along with the warm flavors of nutmeg, sage and thyme to create an earthy and filling lasagna to be enjoyed as the snow falls and summer is a distant memory.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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This is a classic creamy cauliflower soup recipe, lightened up. It has all the warm flavors that come with sweet cooked cauliflower and nutmeg, along with sautéed onions, leeks and celery for some added depth. I use milk, to lighten things up, but you can, of course, use cream if you’re feeling indulgent….
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When I need a quick dinner, I often turn to a breakfast recipe. This fritata is easy to make and packed with flavor. With the smoked salmon and dill, as well as the sautéed scallions and onions it’s the best combination of bagels and lox and your favorite omellete all in one. If you don’t have a large enough sautee pan to bake this in the oven, you can make it in a 9 by 13 pyrex dish instead! To round out the meal, serve this with a green salad and my easy crispy roasted herbed potatoes.

Easy (and Healthy) Rice Pudding

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When I made this last night, I told my kids: “this tastes like home!” I grew up eating rice pudding that my mom made. This version is a super simple and lighter version, where what you taste is the creamy and nutty rice along with the sweetness of the milk and a little vanilla. There are only a few ingredients here, so make it with your pantry staples. It is pure comfort food. I love to eat this warm, right after it is cooked, but it tastes great the next day as well.

Palacsintas

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This is the Hungarian version of crepes, although much easier to make, once you get the hang of it, and much more fun to eat. These very thin pancakes are traditionally served with a mixture of ground nuts, cinnamon and sugar, which are sprinkled generously on the palacsinta, after which you roll it up and eat it like a long jellyroll! For a more updated version, swap out the cinnamon, nut mixture for your favorite Jam. You’ll never forget the recipe, as its 1:1:1: egg, milk and flour. I always make at least double, since there never seem to be enough to go around!

Michelle’s Hanukah Cookies

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For the past many years, my kids make these cookies with their nanny, Michelle. They are both delicious and a great Hanukah activity for kids. Have the kids decorate the cookies and enjoy the delicious cookies and the mess! (Adapted from Good Housekeeping)

Goat Cheese and Leek Quiche

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Quiche is one of those favorite dinners in our house and this quiche is just a little extra classy. Instead of some of the more traditional versions (like broccoli cheddar, featured on this site) this quiche combines sautéed leeks, with their earthy flavor, and creamy goat cheese, with its slight tang to balance the flavors. Make this for family dinner or when friends pop over for a last minute brunch. You can double this recipe and freeze one quiche for another occasion.

Maple Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is one of those indulgent breakfasts (or breakfast for dinner!) to save for a special occasion. The creamy bread inside with the addition of maple syrup and the crunchy caramelized exterior are the perfect combination. Prepare this in advance and reheat on the morning after Thanksgiving for a delicious breakfast treat for all your guests. Adapted from WebsByMegan.

Fish and Veggie Chowder

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Somehow I always end up making this Chowder on a Sunday. I think it’s a great way to end the weekend and get ready for the week ahead. It bubbles on the stove in the late afternoon, sending delicious aromas of sautéed onions and peppers throughout the house, and then the family sits down for a nice warm bowl of this hearty soup and enjoys the last few hours of calm before the busy week begins…. Serve this with some good crusty bread on the side.

Chocolate Cobbler

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I know I say I’m not a dessert person – both because it’s not my go to crave-able food and I don’t like to measure… But, every once in a while, I do bake. Even more rare, is for me to serve a dessert (that is not fruit) on a weeknight…Now that I’ve gotten all of the apologies out of the way, I had to share this recipe. I had never heard of a chocolate cobbler, but came across this one from The Pioneer Woman and it is a great and EASY throw together dessert for a special weeknight meal.