A Frog Level Thanksgiving and Cornbread Dressing

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I’m not sure where to start when telling you about a Frog Level Thanksgiving, but I think I’ll start by telling you that Thanksgiving at Frog Level smells not only of turkey but also of freshly brewed coffee and citrus. You can walk into a home and know a lot about the place you are in. When you read that statement, I bet you immediately think of bad smells like cigarette smoke or dampness or nursing homes. However, when I think of the smell of Thanksgiving at my parents home I think of waking up to the smell of freshly … Continue reading

A Meal Plan for the Week of Thanksgiving

Brussels Sprouts with Cider and Duck Bacon

We all know what we are having on Thursday. But what are you going to have for dinner the rest of the week? Here’s an It’s Not Easy Eating Green menu for this week to get you in the mood for Turkeyday! Sunday: Football day is Texas Chili Real Texas Chili goes well with pretty much anything because there are NO BEANS. Serve it by itself, with a bowl of rice, on top of hot dogs or on Fritos for a game day meal. Monday: Kale Salad with Black-eyed Peas and Barley Enjoy an easy meatless meal so you can … Continue reading

Juniper Brined Turkey with Orange Maple Pan Sauce

Juniper Brined Turkey with Orange and Maple

Something I’ve always thought both charming and annoying about cooking for a food publication whether it be this little blog or a big publication like Cooks Illustrated, is that you have to cook on a publication schedule, not seasonally. In terms of turkey this means that Cooks Illustrated is testing and finalizing Thanksgiving recipes in May. As a food blogger I get to choose when I develop a recipe, but I can’t publish a recipe for Thanksgiving turkey after Thanksgiving. When I decided I wanted to share a turkey recipe with you, I knew that meant that we would have … Continue reading

Cooking Light’s We ❤ Cooking: Totally Tasty Food for Kids Review and Giveaway

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Last week I received another fantastic cookbook from Cooking Light. In their latest cookbook, Cooking Light We ❤ Cooking!: Totally Tasty Food for Kids, the Editors of Cooking Light have teamed up with 12-year-old twin chefs Lilly and Audrey Andrews. The book is meant to get kids in the kitchen and excited about making healthy food that isn’t necessarily kids food. That’s a topic that’s close to home for me. Getting my ultra-picky six-year old to eat anything other than chicken nuggets and pizza is difficult. When I got the book and started looking through it my first inclination was … Continue reading

Simpson Spring, Homemade Butterscotch Schnapps and Orange Butterbeer


I turned off Washington Street in Easton, but quickly saw that I still had a ways to go. The long driveway through the woods from Washington Street in Easton to the Simpson Spring building might as well be a travel through time. You step out of your car and everything changes. The air smells of nothing but trees, earth and sky, and the building in front of you seems frozen in time. It was as easy to believe I was there a hundred years ago as it was that I was there today. I had heard of Simpson Spring, a … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts with Cider and Duck Bacon

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Brussels sprouts get a bad wrap – even from me. They don’t deserve it either. They are  a veggie that needs a little extra love. Growing up they were a sad veggie sold in square boxes in the frozen food section of the grocery store. My mother admittedly didn’t try serving them because she didn’t like them herself. It wasn’t until I was already engaged to my husband that I discovered that these mini-cabbages could actually taste delicious. There are so many vegetables that I’ve learned to love by having them served to me at a restaurant. I always try … Continue reading

Apple Cider Bread (Cider Donut Bread)

Apple Cider Bread (Cider Donut Bread)

Every single event, apple picking orchard and fall farm stand in New England MUST sell cider donuts. It’s canon, it’s unwritten law – Autumn in New England means apples, pumpkins and cider donuts. So, if your not from New England you probably think cider donuts sound AWESOME! You probably have an idea in your head of sweet fried donuts that flood the air with the smells of apples and cinnamon. They are sweet and usually tasty because they are fried and rolled in cinnamon and sugar but it very rare to find one that even vaugely smells or tastes of … Continue reading

Apple Cider Syrup

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We went apple picking last weekend. It was pushing 90 degrees, but it is a New England essential this time of year and we just had to go. We packed our picnic and lots of water and headed out to the apple picking mecca of Stow, MA. It was hot, really hot. There was something just unnatural about picking apples in shorts, but once we tucked ourselves under a tree and opened our picnic basket all seemed okay. Perhaps because I brought along a chunk of my favorite Kerrygold Dubliner – a natural pairing for the crunchy apples, or maybe … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

A while ago I ran across this post from Oh She Glows on making Coconut Whipped Cream. I tried making it a few times with various brands of coconut milk, and discovered my favorite was Trader Joe’s Coconut Creme (although it’s not organic and does have a few additives). I was so impressed with the results that I started thinking about other things I could make this new lactose-free whipped cream creation. About the same time I fell in love with my new favorite baking essential, Equal Exchange Cocoa Powder. Not only is their cocoa powder fair sourced from small … Continue reading

Southern Living’s 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals Review and Giveaway


Southern Living Magazine sent me a copy of their newest book, Southern Living What’s For Supper: 5 Ingredient Weeknight Meals by Vanessa McNeil Rocchio to review. (Amazon Affiliate Link) They sent it to me several weeks ago when I was overwhelmed with what life was throwing at me. Summer vacations, sick kitties, first days of school and so much more was taking up 121% of my time. I glanced over it and then life hit me with another wave. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that I had a chance to really delve into the book. When I finally sat … Continue reading

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