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Banana-Pear Smoothie with Cinnamon and Honey

I never ate many pears growing up but after enjoying a beautiful pear from the incomparable Harry and David, I finally understood why they were referred to in Ancient Greece as the food of the gods. Sweet, juicy, and more tender than apples, pears blend perfectly into this sweet and creamy smoothie. This smoothie has all…

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Mrs. Riva’s Apricot Spice Cookies

It is officially time to kick off the Christmas Baking Season with this classic cookie recipe. This is an old family recipe that comes from Mrs. Riva, one of my grandparents’ neighbors when my mom was growing up. The original recipe used Crisco which caused the cookies to emerge from the oven slightly greasy. I’ve…

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Pumpkin Cake with Mini Chocolate Chips

This pumpkin cake with mini chocolate chips is so good I just had to make it again for the second time this week under the guise of recipe testing. What I don’t do for this food blog! Due to extensive taste-testing, I can assure that this cake is pure snacking perfection. I followed this recipe…

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Apple Pie

I adore apple pie! It just epitomizes fall in New England. It invokes memories of apple picking, foliage, and crisp Autumn air. Though pie crust can be daunting, I’ve included my foolproof method for making a sweet and tender pie crust in a food processor. Just in case you don’t have one, I’ve also included…

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Welcome: Autumn 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to Three Peas in a Pod! I’m Kate, a graduate student in desperate need of a passion project. This food blog will celebrate seasonal and simple savory meals and crave-able sweets, along with a few elaborate dinners and adventurous desserts. More than anything though, this blog is dedicated to family recipes. As a child, I remember watching Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show with my dad. Bam! On holiday’s, I remember waking up to glorious smells wafting from the kitchen, where my parents were cooking for holiday parties. Our family Christmas Eve parties were particularly legendary, bringing together a gaggle of extended family members to linger over fancy, specialty store-bought pate and unfancy drunken dogs- a specialty of my dad’s that combine a magnificent amount of brown sugar and whiskey to create an unforgettable dish. Appetizers were followed by Julia Child’s cream of mushroom or asparagus soup, a main course of beef filet or spiral glazed ham, and lusciously creamy scalloped potatoes. Meanwhile, Christmas and Easter mornings were occupied by Eggs Benedict brunches. Are you hungry yet?

Though I’m incredibly interested in sharing my recipes with you, hearing feedback, and getting inspired, I must confess that my motivations as I begin to write this blog are mostly selfish. I would like to preserve in writing my most favorite recipes and the memories associated with them, including everything from my earliest kitchen experimentations to those fabled Christmas Eve parties. Here on the East coast, we live by the gradual morphing of season to season. Comfort food dominates during the flurry of winter snowflakes. Farm stands crop up in the early summer months. Easter heralds the fresh produce of spring and fall- glorious fall- represents a time of foliage, sweaters, pumpkins, and spices. Thus, we begin in my favorite season, Autumn, where we celebrate the last vestiges of summer and look forward to warming, comforting dishes. This month, I’d like to introduce myself by sharing some of my favorite recipes- my dad’s Penne alla Vodka, my favorite Pumpkin Muffins, and my interpretation of Julia Child’s French Onion Soup. Let’s get cooking!

Penne alla Vodka
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Brunch Bruschetta


  1. Hi Kate, I love love love your passion project. I’m excited to take this journey with you! I can’t wait to see what’s next. I love your stories about Christmas eve get togethers. The food looks amazing. Best wishes.

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    • Thank you so much! As I said, more than anything this is a family blog, and I love reminiscing about our favorite foods and memories. There’s much more to come!


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