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… Read more Banana-Pear Smoothie with Cinnamon and Honey →
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… Read more Mrs. Riva’s Apricot Spice Cookies →
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… Read more Pumpkin Cake with Mini Chocolate Chips →
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… Read more Apple Pie →
Cranberry sauce is a full-on side dish in my house. Don’t expect a dainty, little portion next to the turkey. We require a mound of cranberry sauce on our Thanksgiving plates. But this is not anything like jellied cranberry sauce from a can. This is more of a cranberry relish. It’s is citrusy, slightly sweet,… Read more Cranberry Sauce (Relish) →
I originally made a Duchess Potato recipe exactly as written from an old Martha Stewart Magazine, but I found that it needed more seasoning and that it looked super pretty when piped with a swirl-tip. Thus, I added garlic and thyme to the potatoes and broke out my pastry bag. Not only do these potatoes… Read more Duchess Potatoes →
I am a firm believer that just about any appetizer can be turned into Teatime fare. And it’s such a fun way to eat- small plates and tasty morsels- a little bit of this a little bit of that. You get to taste-test everything and a wide array of different flavors can be served! The… Read more Harvest Festival Tea: Appetizers and Mini Desserts →
This is my dad’s recipe for stuffing and it is so yummy that is an absolute requirement every year at Thanksgiving. In fact, I must satiate my cravings for this glorious side dish by periodically breaking out this recipe throughout the year and whipping up a batch. Onions and celery are sauteed until translucent, then… Read more Italian Sausage and Celery Stuffing →
For me, November means all Thanksgiving, all the time. I’m either preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, eating Thanksgiving dinner, or eating leftovers. I don’t even pay attention to the other 30 days. That is why this month on Three Peas in a Pod, we are focusing exclusively on getting you ready for Thanksgiving, including a turkey… Read more Roast Turkey with Turkey Stock, Brine, and Gravy →
Ricotta and herb stuffed pasta shells make for super simple entertaining, as they easily feed a crowd and can be prepared well in advance. Onions, peppers, and mushrooms are sautéed and then mixed with your favorite jarred tomato sauce, creating a tasty and chunky sauce. I love this sauce and often mix it with spaghetti,… Read more Stuffed Shells with Chunky Tomato Sauce →
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