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bagel + lox mini galettes and some christmas cheer

bagel + lox mini galettes and some christmas cheer

A recipe that mixes the best carbs and savory flavors that always remind me of Christmas morning when we would eat a combination of bagels and lox and egg + sausage breakfast casserole.

When I was 8 or so, I loved (and still love) Christmas so much that I wanted it to be perfect and last all day, so I would make Christmas itineraries that outlined the day hour per hour.

Example: 6am: wake up and put on Christmas pajamas, 6:15am: put the kettle on the stove for hot cocoa, 6:30am open stockings.

You can’t make this stuff up.

I was like the Christmas rule maker, opening 1 present every 10 minutes for maximum Christmas cheer, only to pause for breakfast and savoring every last bite of our bagels and lox in front of our hotter-than-hell farmhouse fireplace, grinning from ear-to-ear as we read Santa’s letter that he left on the counter.

So as a nod to Christmas mornings + warm pastries, I made the tiniest, miniest galettes filled with dill cream cheese + topped with lox, red onions, and capers.

butternut chicken pot pie with sage biscuits

butternut chicken pot pie with sage biscuits

Soups and carbs are my love language, so this butternut chicken pot pie with buttered sage biscuits is the love of my life. Armed with a chicken pot pie-esque inside mixed with the best parts of a butternut squash soup and topped with crispy flaky biscuits, there is a warm and coziness that brings back memories of those freezing cold, yet soupy-warm Idaho tundra-like winters. Snow as high as the roof line, igloo forts in the front yard, checking to make sure the pigs were still toasty warm in the barn after a -20 degree night.

autumn — seasonal meal plan

autumn — seasonal meal plan

I put together this meal plan to help bring new flavors and seasonal produce back onto grocery lists for those who are short on time but value their nutrition, time, budget and flavor. There is more to food and cooking than meal prepping basic produce and consolidating it into a bowl, which I did countless times during my years in college. I’ve had a good amount of friends ask me specific questions about cooking, like what to buy, how to change up their routine and what to do to bring flavor without sacrificing clean eating and quick meals. Cooking doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, so I wrote this seasonal meal plan to help!

harvest meat + cheese board

harvest meat + cheese board

In the Gunn household, my mom has been known to be the queen of snack trays and party platters. Since we were kids, she would make us these elaborate snack trays for our weekly tv show marathons with combinations of gold fish, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and basically a everything in child’s wildest dreams. Now that we’re older and all three of us are allergic to wheat and traditional dairy (tragic, I know), we are more keen to snack trays like this one, full of goat cheese gouda and sliced truffle salami.

bread + butter pickles (v + gf)

bread + butter pickles (v + gf)

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend time with Frank's Aunt Tammy and learn all about how to pickle! I've been a dill pickle fan since I can remember and since I live in Georgia now, I thought I should probably learn how to make bread and butter pickles, which, to my amusement are gluten free AND dairy free....so much for bread and butter right? An homage to the southern cooking culture you would say. 

hearty root vegetable soup

hearty root vegetable soup

So this week, I've been on a little bit of a soup kick. As in, I've made so many different types of vegetable soup that I can't even keep track. But I wanted to share the best of the best, so here we are - a hearty, easy, and quick dinner that's healthy and focused on IN SEASON vegetables, which is so important to your health and the quality of the vegetables. 

Lately, I've been testing different bouillons as bases for my soups and have loved the bouillons by BOU. You know how traditional bouillon is a thick paste? BOU found a way around that and created a cube that packs all of the flavor without any of the unhealthy additives. It has 30% less salt, no artificial ingredients, it's non-GMO and gluten free (what more could you ask for?). 

basil, tomato + kale pasta, italian fagioli Soup + truffled mac + cheese

basil, tomato + kale pasta, italian fagioli Soup + truffled mac + cheese

As fall approaches and days get shorter, so does your time to make dinner and pull together whatever is left in your fridge to resemble any sort of nutritious meal, especially when you're busy working and traveling. 

I wrote these 3 short recipes to be easy, quick, and convenient, and can be used with organic canned or frozen veggies, for a beautiful dinner in under 30 minutes. 

bob's red mill product review

bob's red mill product review

The past month I've received some feedback for more content focused on product reviews. I spent the past 2 weeks taste testing, reviewing, and using these 5 Bob's Red Mill products in different meals to try out variations and see what worked and didn't work. 

I would love to know your feedback on different products, and if there are other brands you'd like me to review, please let me know here!