Thanksgiving Punch

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Last week on ChezCateyLou, Cate gave you all the recipes you need to put together a successful Thanksgiving meal.  That’s all well and good, but surely you’ll need something to help you survive the other seven hours of the day when you’re not stuffing your face.  That’s where this delicious Thanksgiving Punch recipe comes in handy.

* This post also appears on The Nobler Experiment.  The Nobler Experiment is an excellent blog that focuses on all things alcohol related.  You should head over there right now to check out their Thanksgiving content, including more cocktail recipes and wine and beer recommendations for the big day.    Continue reading

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Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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I just discovered the new-ish Whole Foods on the Upper East Side. It opened in August, and I can’t believe it took me this long to go – I think I subconsciously knew that it would mean trouble for me. I spent an hour in there the other day just filling my cart with things that we really don’t need but can’t live without (like these all-natural candy bars, which are really just a Snickers bar pretending to be healthy).  Everyone always complains about how overpriced Whole Foods is, so I was surprised when a pint of blueberries was on sale for $1.99!  I have a skewed view of grocery prices due to living in NYC, but I’m pretty sure that is a great price for berries anywhere you live!  So clearly I had to bake something using blueberries.  Since summer is here and I was trying to lighten things up a bit, I decided to make a blueberry lemon bread, using yogurt and applesauce to replace some of the fat.  I also snuck some whole wheat flour in there for some added nutrition.  The results were fantastic!  The bread was so moist with the perfect amount of sweetness, and I loved the combo of the lemon and blueberry flavors – it tastes like summer!   Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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This past weekend I was in my hometown of St. Louis. Apparently they skipped spring in the Lou and went straight to summer – it was so hot! Summer always makes me think of lemon desserts. The bright citrusy flavor and the yellow color reminds me of long sunny summer days.  So I decided to make these lemon ricotta cookies to celebrate the season. T hese cookies are like mini cakes!  They are light, fluffy, and moist. The lemon flavor in the actual cookie is subtle and when paired with the lemon glaze the flavor really pops.

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