Mushroom, Gruyere, and Thyme Tartlets

Appetizer, Vegetarian | December 8, 2016 | By

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I happen to think mushrooms are like the greatest thing ever. Whenever someone wrinkles their nose and says, ‘I don’t like mushrooms’, all I can do is stare at them blankly. That phrase just doesn’t compute in my mind. The flavor of mushrooms seems to be one that we grow into. I don’t hear a lot of five-year-olds requesting mushroom as a pizza topping. Admittedly, I was one of those kids. You’d never find anything but pepperoni on my pizza. Around age 20, though, something began to change. It could have been a hormone shift, a desire to seem more sophisticated, or just genuine curiosity that opened my palette. Whatever the reason, I’m glad it happened. Because a life without things like mushrooms just seems…empty.

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Apple Galette with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Dessert | December 2, 2016 | By

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There are probably millions of apple desserts in the world and that makes total sense. Apples are delicious and they’re really delicious when baked into some type of crust and sprinkled with cinnamon. Of course, you can bake apple desserts any time of the year, but they’re extra tasty when baked during the fall and winter months. There’s just something so cozy about the smell of apples, cinnamon, and crust baking in the oven. I wanted to try something different this year, so I went the galette route. Galette is a French term that refers to round, flat, and flaky pastries. It’s basically an open faced pie that sort of wraps around itself. Galettes can be sweet or savory – the filling options are endless. A galette is slightly easier to prepare than a pie. It is truly a rustic dessert – these things don’t need to look perfect. The taste is equal to that of pie. In fact, I overheard a relative say last week at Thanksgiving that he thought this was better than pie.

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Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts Recipe Roundup

Dessert, Side Dish | November 23, 2016 | By

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Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts Recipe Roundup

We all love Thanksgiving – it’s an entire holiday that revolves around food! However, planning a Thanksgiving menu is a lot of work. The Rustic Foodie has teamed up with Beautiful Healthy Sweet to create a recipe roundup that will help you plan your Thanksgiving menu. Included are a few savory and flavorful side dishes and a couple of deliciously sweet treats. All of these recipes include a unique twist on familiar fall ingredients like pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. All these recipes are do-able and can easily be incorporated into a holiday meal. Check it out – You might find a few new holiday favorites!

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts | The Rustic Foodie

 

Healthy Paleo Sweet Potato Blondies | Beautiful Healthy Sweet

 

Healthy Impossible Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes | Beautiful Healthy Sweet

 

Savory Fennel and Spinach Stuffing | The Rustic Foodie

 

Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Farro Salad | The Rustic Foodie

 

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Bars | Beautiful Healthy Sweet

Happy meal planning, cooking, and of course, eating!

Savory Fennel and Spinach Stuffing

Side Dish | November 17, 2016 | By

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Savory Fennel and Spinach Stuffing

When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about stuffing. It’s one of those quintessential Thanksgiving side dishes that ranks right up there with turkey and pie. Thanksgiving without stuffing just seems kind of…wrong. If you’ve never made stuffing from scratch, I highly encourage you to do so. It’s a relatively easy dish to make and full of comforting flavors. I made this recipe for my husband a few years ago when we celebrated Thanksgiving in northern Minnesota and now he requests it over and over. I think he gets more excited about this stuff than the turkey or the pie. I can’t say I blame him, though. There’s nothing like a warm pan of stuffing filling your home with savory goodness.

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