What Do You Feel Like Eating?

white chicken chili

What kind of things have you been craving for dinner lately?

For me, as with most winter months, I feel like digging into comforting, stick to your ribs, hearty foods.

And this White Chicken Chili fits the bill.

It’s creamy, spicy (so it warms you up) and full of flavor. It’s also got a nice bit of protein to keep you going. And one of the best parts is topping it with all sorts of delicious things like sour cream, avocado, cilantro and cheese.

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Simple Saturday: A Perfect Winter Salad

seasonal salad

Sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself to eat a salad this time of year.

It’s cold outside, and, I get it, all you want is a big bowl of creamy soup or a casserole piping hot with melted cheese.

Also, we’re no longer in the days of sun-ripened tomatoes or a variety of berries to choose from.

But, never fear, I have a great winter salad idea that is anything but boring. This one combines tart and sweet citrus with pomegranate and creamy avocado.

My mom has been making this Pomegranate Grapefruit Avocado Salad for many years, and it’s become a family favorite. It’s simple to throw together and always pleases a crowd.

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A Classic Dip

spinach artichoke dip

I hear through the grapevine that a certain big football game is coming up in the next few weeks.

I also hear that you should be up on your snack and dip game for this upcoming event.

The snack spread may even be more important than the actual game…but that’s just what I heard.

spinach artichoke dip

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Re-thinking cranberries

cranberry cobbler

So, I’ve had this bag of fresh cranberries sitting in my fruit crisper in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

The holidays came and gone, yet I still had these red beauties nagging me to do something with them beside watch them shrivel.

Luckily, I was flipping through one of my sister’s old copies of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, and this recipe for Cranberry Cobbler jumped out at me.

cranberry cobbler

 

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Sophisticated Soup

butternut squash soup with truffle oil

I guess it’s unofficially “make winter vegetables extra delicious” week on the think fruitful blog.

I gave you some snazzy twice-baked potatoes on Monday, and today it’s anything but your typical butternut squash soup.

Yes, it is creamy. Yes, it is squash-filled. And yes, it is made even more savory and tasty with the addition of truffle oil!

Truffle oil, you say. Isn’t that the ingredient that all of the judges on Chopped hate?

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Jazzed Up Potatoes

twice baked potatoes

If there’s one food that I really get into come the cold, not much at the farmer’s market months, it’s potatoes.

Sweet and russets and Yukon gold. They’re all so tasty baked and topped with butter and cheese. (Yes- even sweet potatoes. I really love putting black beans and cheese in those).

I’ve been a potato lover my entire life (just ask my mom), but I’ve never made a twice-baked potato before.

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Simple Saturday: The Secret to Perfect Homemade Pizza

perfect pizza

Good morning, all!

Sorry this post is a bit late on the schedule. I had every intention of getting up around the 8 a.m. hour and then somehow I slept until 10. I guess I’m still trying to prove that I’m young and can sleep late with my 27th birthday coming up this month.

Today, I would love to share a few secrets I’ve learned after making many dozens of homemade pizzas over the past few years.

In our house, homemade pizza is a great throw-together meal that we usually have the ingredients on-hand to make. It’s also fun to play around with cheeses and toppings depending on what you’ve got in the fridge and pantry.

Here are my secrets:

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2015 Food Resolutions

happy new year

Happy 2015 everyone!

I can’t believe it’s time for another food resolution post.

Do you remember the one from last year?

I achieved most of my resolutions (like making shakshuka, hosting more people and interacting with other bloggers), but I have to say that I’ll carry a few over.

Well, here’s this year’s list. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

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Top 5 Posts of 2014

What a year!

In between moving and learning to live (and eat) in a fantastic new city, there’s been so much to write about. Some of my highlights have been:

And I’m so thrilled that you have been along for the food-filled ride. You guys are the best!

Let’s remember the highlights of the past blog year by exploring the top 5 think fruitful posts of 2014. (Since I switched to self hosting this fall, I can only tell the top posts since then, so keep that in mind).

1. Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Part 1: Carolina Apple Sidecar

carolina apple sidecar

It was such a pleasure to be involved in Blogsgiving this year where bloggers across the US gave readers holiday recipes and tips throughout the week. This gave me the chance to come up with this fabulous cocktail and share with all of you!

 

2. Made in NC: Wit & Whistle, Blog Bday & Giveaway

Wit & Whistle teatowel misdirection

The blog year was made even more exciting by the addition of new series like my Made in NC posts where I shared a locally-made good and sometimes even had a giveaway. This was my first giveaway and in celebration of my third blog bday! I hope to be doing more with this series next year.

 

3.Top Trader Joe’s Wines

top trader joe's wines

I’m so glad that you guys enjoyed reading about a few of my favorite tasty but inexpensive Trader Joe’s wines. It’s for certain that living near a Trader Joe’s had spiced up my food blog life this year.

 

4. Winter Comforts: Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells

stuffed shells

I’ve really been enjoying winter casseroles these days, so I’m glad that others are looking for easy, freezer-friendly recipes for feeding their family. This one was definitely a winner!

 

5. 5 Ideas for Foodie Wedding Gifts

foodie-wedding-gifts

I guess that it’s never a bad time to throw out some good gift ideas. This year, I enjoyed sharing some foodie wedding gift ideas, as well as a Good Gift Giving Guide for 2014.

Thank for following along. Here’s to another great year of eating, new ideas and celebrating the world around us in 2015!

Did you have any fave think fruitful posts or recipes that weren’t mentioned above?