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Easy Recipes to Rescue Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, your kitchen is a mess, and the leftovers from your blowout meal are taking up all of the space in your already crammed refrigerator. Don’t panic. These easy recipes will help make your dry, day-old stuffing and stale bread taste new again while clearing some space in the icebox. As for the messy kitchen? Sorry, you’re on your own with that.

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Look What I Made: Cleansing Chicken Soup

One of my favorite post-holiday meals comes from the Canal House Cooks Every Day cookbook. Located in the “January” section of the book — between a refreshing vegetable tonic, and avocado mash on multigrain toast — is a recipe for cleansing chicken-ginger soup. I like to use chicken broth instead of water, and bulk up the soup by adding additional vegetables known for their cleansing benefits, such as broccoli, golden beets, parsley, and cabbage. Here’s the recipe.

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Look What I Made: Cinnamon Baked Apples

Baked apples are both versatile and delicious. They can be eaten late at night alongside a scoop (or three) of vanilla ice cream, or at the crack of dawn with your morning cup of coffee. They’re the perfect addition to any holiday spread, and while dinner guests may “ooh” and “aww” at each succulent apple, heaping with toasted nuts and warm fruit, they’re relatively easy to make.

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Look What I Made: Ratatouille Polenta Pizza

A friend recently lent me her copy of Home Made Summer. “It’s one of my favorite cook books,” she gushed while turning the pages, filled with alluring photos and luscious recipes. After taking it home with me, I came across a recipe for a large polenate pizza with spicy ratatouille. I like ratatouille, and even though the traditional French dish is normally associated with summer, the warm stew of vegetables makes for a perfect comfort meal come the cooler months. I also like polenta. I’d only ever eaten it as a porridge, so the idea of baking it into a crust was intriguing. I decided to make the dish, except with a few personal tweaks. Here’s the recipe.

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Review: Uncle Nancy’s Tongue in Cheek Cafe for Cafe Momentum

On March 2, Chad Houser and I announced Uncle Nancy’s Tongue in Cheek Café. The idea was to raise money for Café Momentum. I volunteered to cook dinner for the winner and seven of their friends. The winner also won the right to write a review of the evening. Check out winner Alyson Brown’s review.

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Look What I Made: Grilled Flatbread Pizza (Vegan Friendly)

I’m writing about pizza again because, well, I can. And because lately I can’t shut up about pizza. Internet me is just following real life me’s lead. More and more, I find myself engaging in these conversations about pizza making and… they’re not even conversations, really. It’s just me, impassioned, bathed in self-righteousness, and raving […]

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Look What I Made: (Cheap!) Four Course Valentine’s Dinner

It’s a tricky thing, writing about Valentine’s Day. There isn’t a whole lot to be said that isn’t well-worn territory at this point. Which makes sense, I guess, because Valentine’s Day, from the little candy hearts that say ‘be mine’ to the ubiquitous red cupids and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, seems not to have changed […]

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