Parsnip & Cornbread Stuffing

Parsnip & Cornbread Stuffing

I cannot lie.  
I've presented you with the recipe for this tastiful, vegan cornbread already.  I've even given you this very recipe in phenomenal gluten-free form.
Still, as I was making these recipes, I couldn't help but think how amazing it would be to combine the cornbread with the stuffing.  
You should scarcely be able to blame me for this.  The lightly sweet cornbread makes practically, like, a musical symphony with the roasted parsnips and carrots.  I mean, if you could translate taste to music.  Because you can't get much better harmony than this.

 

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Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

There are three things that top my baking list between October and January.

Can you guess what they involve?

Chocolate.  Gingerbread.  Pumpkin.

I seriously doubt if anyone is surprised.  And yet, for some reason I have never tried combining them before!  I've had chocolate gingerbread before, and it was almost too delicious.  I've also had one of the most scrumptious holiday treats at the Godiva store, where I will go in just for a single one of their chocolate-covered pumpkin pie truffles.  And even though I've never combined pumpkin and gingerbread myself, the two have so much in common, what with all the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg that goes into both.

Chocolate, gingerbread, & pumpkin.  That just sounds like a party to me.

 

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Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

"Viva la Local!"  
Numerous signs and banners bearing this message could be seen everywhere.  Look to your left, and you'd see a stand selling locally brewed kombucha in at least four different flavors.  Look to your right, and there are a couple aproned ladies setting out freshly made local/sustainable goat cheese and goat's milk soaps.  People mill about with cups of wine and beer made down the street, sampling grassfed cheddar and stuffing organic pea shoots in canvas totes. 
Standing in that field surrounded by artisan food and crafts, I could have been at some kind of hippy convention in Portland, Oregon.  Or I could have been right at home in Tucson, at one of the most characteristic events the city offers.  
You're not still trying to guess where I was... right?  

 

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Roasted Root Veggie Herbed Stuffing (gf)

Roasted Root Veggie Herbed Stuffing (gf)

I'm having one of those moments right now, where I want caffeine... more caffeine... but I know better than to give in.
One of those times where I've had enough, but somehow I'm still tired, and somehow I still think caffeine is the answer.  Unfortunately, that would be the opposite of the answer - if I want this vicious cycle to end, that is.
You have one rough night of sleep, overcaffeinate the next day, and you're toast for the rest of the week.  Or maybe that's just me and my low tolerance?
Anyway someone help me out, here.  Poke me or something.  Get me a giant green tea with soy.  Wait, scratch that - I just said no caffeine right?
You know what, I can get through this.  It's almost Thanksgiving week, and for me this means traveling to Pittsburgh to see my husband's family.  Which means vacation.  Which, of course, means lots of sleep.  This is very exciting.

 

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Hearty Slow-Cooker Chili

Hearty Slow-Cooker Chili

I almost just said I have a confession to make... but I think everyone on the planet already knows this about me.  At least, if everyone on the planet did know me, they would know this.

I have a really hard time sitting in one place for just about any period of time.  It's true.  I'm just not much of a sitter.

No matter what is going on, if I am supposed to be planted in a chair, you can bet I'll disappear in a few moments.  There is usually a very good reason.  Like I needed to open the fridge, shut it again, and sit back down.  You know... just to make sure everything was still there.

 

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