A brightly flavored roasted sweet potato and halloumi salad filled with fresh herbs, sweet cherry tomatoes, and a lemony vinaigrette.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Halloumi Salad

My husband recently suggested we go on a salad a day diet in anticipation of all of the feasting and holidays that are coming up, so I said sure as long as that salad includes roasted sweet potatoes and fried cheese I’m in!

I’m not sure that was exactly what he had in mind, but I’m the one who controls the cooking around here, sooooooo……..roasted sweet potato and halloumi salad every day it is.

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Spiced maple cookies that are made with maple sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom for a warm fall flavor.
Spiced Maple Cookies

A few weeks ago we went to our first (hopefully of MANY) cookie swap of the year. Perhaps a little premature being that it was only September, but start ’em early I say!

After all, you can’t ever have too many cookies (unless, of course, said cookie swap is at lunch time and you thought there would be real food but there definitely is NOT and so your child eats boatloads of sugar in lieu of a real meal – not that I would know anything about that).

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Weeknight friendly mouth-numbing chile crisp peanut noodles are completely addictive! They are topped with a quick pickled cabbage and cucumber salad for a crisp, refreshing contrast.
Mouth-Numbing Chile Crisp Peanut Noodles

When I need more than two hands (and, if we’re being honest, two feet) to count the number of times I’ve made a recipe then it means it’s probably time to share it with you.

Enter my latest obsession: CHILE CRISP PEANUT NOODLES.

A weeknight dinner hero if ever there was one.

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Cranberry pear pie combines the tart flavor of fresh cranberries with sweet seasonal pears and warm fall spices.
Cranberry Pear Pie

I’m either just on time or fashionably (365 days, YES I MADE THIS LAST YEAR) late, but fall pie season is here and I am not mad about it.

Of course, I could have gone with something more traditional like a variation on pumpkin or apple pie, but no no no.

Today is all about the pear!

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Dishoom restaurant in London’s version of aloo sabzi, a richly spiced vegetarian Indian potato curry that is made extra special with the addition of chickpeas and paneer.
Dishoom's Aloo Sabzi

There’s officially a fall chill in the air, which has me craving a big bowl of something warm, spicy, and ideally paneer-filled. When this mood hits, I turn to one of my many Indian cookbooks and never fail to find inspiration within their pages.

Recently on one of these cookbook expeditions I discovered aloo sabzi, which is a fairly traditional vegetarian potato-based curry. Made without onion or garlic, it relies heavily on various spices for its signature depth of flavor. This version is from the Dishoom cookbook, which features fare from the famous London restaurant of the same name. While restaurant cookbooks can be hit or miss (many are not very well tested or adapted for the home cook), Dishoom’s does a great job of bringing their Indian food to life right in your own kitchen. I’ve made quite a few of the recipes and they’ve all turned out really well, rivaling the Indian takeout we often order.

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Halloumi saganaki is a traditional Greek dish made with semolina-crusted fried halloumi cheese that is served with fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, bitter greens, and a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Halloumi Saganaki

Born and bred on a diet of fried chicken cutlets, pasta with “gravy” (aka marinara sauce, for those of you not fluent in Sicilian-English-New York slang), and Eggo waffles there is very little that comes out of my kitchen now that even vaguely resembles the food of my youth. 

Halloumi cheese is a prime example. We eat it SO often. Disturbingly often. (Gloriously often.) It is one of my favorite meat substitutes and even Remy loves it, which is a huge win in my life since she basically subsists on air and Annie’s fruit snacks.

Yet my husband, despite being Greek through and through (and through) doesn’t remember his mother ever making it when he was a kid. Mayybbeee his grandmother made it on special occasions, but that was about it. Crazy!

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