By Holly V. Gray

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Cucumber and Feta Appetizer Bites

Cucumber and Feta Appetizer Bites

File this one under “easiest appetizers ever”. Seriously, you can have these tasty little cucumber bites ready to go in a matter of minutes. Slice, mix, pile it on; that’s it. Here’s the recipe: 1 small-medium cucumber 1/2 cup Mediterranean feta cheese, crumbled 2 teaspoons […]

Marinated Cheese and Olives ~ Game Night Snack

Marinated Cheese and Olives ~ Game Night Snack

This was our Thanksgiving night snack as we were all gathered around the dining table, playing Taboo, which has recently become my new favorite old game. We all enjoyed the briny-cheesy-carby goodness so much I’m thinking this may make an encore appearance as part of […]

3-Ingredient Gingerbread Truffles

3-Ingredient Gingerbread Truffles

These little make-ahead truffles taste just like Christmas! It’s like eating gingerbread cookie dough, but better because this “dough” is dipped in white chocolate. And they’re bite-size so you don’t have to make a whole big dessert out of them, although you absolutely could. Bonus:  This […]

Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies with Pomegranate and Sea Salt

Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies with Pomegranate and Sea Salt

I was recently gifted two fantastic ingredients – black onyx cocoa powder and vanilla bean paste.  Both of which I had never tried before so had no idea what I was missing out on.  The first thing you should know is, I will never buy […]

Our New Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Our New Favorite Pumpkin Pie

My pumpkin pies have definitely evolved over the years.  I followed the recipe on the Libby’s can forever and the pies were good but a little on the boring side. Then came a few years of folding in meringue and topping with pecans, which we […]

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce so much I could almost just sit and eat it all by itself.  The only time I make it though is Thanksgiving.  Maybe that’s what makes it so special.  I like to prepare the sauce two days ahead of the big […]

As Thanksgiving Week Begins…

As Thanksgiving Week Begins…

It’s here!  Thanksgiving Week – the official buildup to the Super Bowl of all foodie holidays is upon us!  Are you excited or panicked?  Honestly, I’m a little bit of both at the moment.  Just yesterday, after wrestling the toddler down for nap, I finally […]

Apple and Blue Cheese Crostini

Apple and Blue Cheese Crostini

I’ve been kicking around the idea of serving these for Thanksgiving and decided to do a test run last night.  What I love is the simplicity of the flavors and also the way you could put everything together in advance or just spread out the […]

Black-Eyed Pea and Cabbage Stew

Black-Eyed Pea and Cabbage Stew

The first day of 2014 and I’m bringing back this recipe from last New Year’s.  So good, we’re having it again for dinner tonight! ******** It is well known and understood in this house that everyone is required to eat the black-eyed peas and cabbage served on […]

Black-Eyed Pea and Cabbage Stew

Black-Eyed Pea and Cabbage Stew

It is well known and understood in this house that everyone is required to eat the black-eyed peas and cabbage served on New Year’s Day.  In previous years, I have served the peas and cabbage as two separate side dishes and watched as both boys put […]