Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

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It is Thanksgiving Week, Day 4! Time for some potatoes, because what is Thanksgiving without at least two types of potatoes.  I love traditional mashed potatoes (smothered in gravy of course) but since that recipe is fairly basic, I decided to make sweet potatoes. There are so many ways to prepare sweet potatoes, but I went for a candied sweet potato casserole topped with glazed pecans!  You could top this one with marshmallows instead if you are so inclined, but TheBetterHalf is not a marshmallow fan.  He actually said “It’s Thanksgiving, not summer camp.” So that’s that.   Continue reading

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Mom’s Stuffing

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It is Thanksgiving Week, day two! This is the most exciting day of this week for TheBetterHalf – stuffing!  I talked about this in my post on Stuffing Bread (side note: make this bread immediately for your leftover turkey sandwiches! so good!), but TheBetterHalf LOVES stuffing. I mean he loves all food (we’re a good match), but I think he really gets the most excited about stuffing.  Continue reading

Haricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Caramelized Shallots

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It is Thanksgiving week! Ok I know it is not actually the week of Thanksgiving, but we are celebrating Thanksgiving this week on ChezCateyLou. I have 5 amazing recipes to share with you, for the best parts of the meal – the sides and dessert!  Continue reading

Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake

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I’m back with another pumpkin recipe. I just can’t stay away! For some reason this time of year all I want to eat is pumpkin! Like these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin muffins. I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I like it even more than chocolate right now. Pretty sure that will change in a month or so, but for now I’m embracing pumpkin everything!  Continue reading

Stuffing Bread

All the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing baked into a loaf of bread!

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Yes, you read that title correctly – Stuffing Bread!  A loaf of bread that tastes just like your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing.  Wow.  When I saw this recipe on King Arthur Flour, I knew I HAD to make it for TheBetterHalf.  He is a stuffing fanatic.  Whenever we talk about Thanksgiving, all he can focus on is stuffing.  But I have never actually made stuffing for him. See he likes his grandmothers special stuffing recipe, and I really can’t compete with that.  But a loaf of bread that tastes like stuffing?  That I can do!  And it definitely gets his seal of approval. He declared this his favorite bread that I have ever made.  Gold star for me! Continue reading

Peachberry Buckle (Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake)

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My absolute favorite fruit to eat in the summertime is a ripe peach (or nectarine – to me they are interchangeable!).  They are so sweet and juicy – I just can’t get enough of them.  And berries are a close second, so when I saw a recipe for a peachberry buckle on King Arthur Flour, I just knew I had to make it!  They made up a word that fuses together my two favorite fruits, how could I not try it?!  If you are wondering what the heck a buckle is, it is just a coffee cake made with fresh fruit.  This version has a very light and fluffy cake layered with sweet peaches and berries and topped with a delicious cinnamon crumb topping. It is heavenly!  The fruit keeps the cake moist and gives it an amazing flavor. You can use any kind of berry that you want.  I used blueberries in mine and it turned out really well.  The crumb topping has a splash of almond extract – you can omit this if you aren’t a fan of that flavor. This buckle / coffee cake is a perfect way to highlight summer’s delicious fruits!   Continue reading

Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake

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This weekend, I managed to bake something that TheBetterHalf liked more than I did! Now don’t get me wrong, I loved this coffee cake – as long as butter and sugar are the two main ingredients in a recipe, I am a fan – but TheBetterHalf is a little more discerning. So when he started raving about this cake, I knew it must be good! I had some leftover buttermilk to use (this seems to be a theme in my kitchen, always using up leftover buttermilk like here and here) so I decided to whip up a coffee cake for breakfast on Saturday morning. In just about an hour, I had this delicious cake ready for us to devour! It was so good – very moist, and studded with so many fresh blueberries! The glaze is optional on this cake. I thought the cake was sweet enough without it. TheBetterHalf really liked the addition of the glaze. So if you are in a glaze mood, go for it! And if not, this cake would be delicious on its own. You could top it with a dusting of powdered sugar for a little decoration.   Continue reading

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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I can’t believe it has taken me so long to make an Ina Garten recipe for the blog! I love the Barefoot Contessa. I dream about having her house in the Hamptons, but I’ll have to settle with watching it from my one bedroom in NYC and reading her cookbooks. I seriously want to make everything from her cookbooks. I decided on Red Velvet cupcakes because I know they are a crowd pleaser! I personally don’t understand the fuss about red velvet. They just never taste chocolatey enough to me!  But I do love cream cheese frosting. And I can’t only bake things with peanut butter and chocolate, so Red Velvet it is!  This is a great recipe too.  The cupcakes are moist with a hint of chocolate flavor, and the cream cheese frosting on top is SO good. I must say though, as much as I love Ina, why does she bake with extra-large eggs? Every other baking recipe calls for large eggs! But I trust her, so I bought extra-large eggs just to make these.   Continue reading

Broccoli Cheese Soup

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We had a quick taste of spring (actually felt like summer!) earlier this week here in NYC. But today, it is back to chilly temperatures and rainy weather. However I don’t mind, I think I am one of the few people who prefers winter to summer. Winter just feels so cozy to me. And I get to eat soup all the time. So here is another soup recipe for you! Broccoli cheese soup – it looks and tastes so creamy, but there’s actually no cream in the recipe.  I’m not sure how America’s Test Kitchen does it, but they come up with the best recipes time after time. This soup has amazing broccoli flavor and it is complimented by the rich cheddar and nutty parmesan. The addition of spinach gives the soup a gorgeous green color, and it is never a bad thing to sneak a super-food in any recipe. Try this recipe before it gets too hot to eat soup!  Continue reading

New York Style Crumb Coffee Cake

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Apparently cake is not appropriate breakfast food.  Or so I’ve been told.  But add the word coffee in front and it automatically becomes acceptable to eat cake for breakfast!   Now to be honest, this recipe for New York Style Crumb Cake is actually listed in the Cook’s Illustrated app under “dessert” rather than “breakfast.”   However I’m adding the word coffee and turning it into a breakfast recipe!

Typically my breakfast is more whole grain and less whole stick of butter, so I decided this recipe would be the perfect thing to make for Easter brunch with my family.  I have always been a huge fan of crumb cake.  What’s not to love about butter and sugar baked together on top of cake?!  And did I forget to mention Cinnamon??  The cake in this recipe is light and fluffy, the perfect complement to the rich, cinnamon crumbs.  Next time I will double the recipe because this was gone before the morning was over!