Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy yet light Thai curried butternut squash soup - cookieandkate.com

Have you ever gotten to the airport only to find that your pilot has gone missing? Apparently that happens. I finally got out of Kansas City and caught a red-eye from Chicago to London (hello from Heathrow!). I only wish I’d been smart enough to pack basic toiletries and a change of clothes in my carry on. Here’s to hoping that my luggage meets me in Tel Aviv eventually.

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I love how cultures collide in airports. Right now, I’m listening to a guy speak French into his iPhone while wearing a shirt that says “Brooklyn” across the front. I just accepted German chocolate from a friendly Jordanian and earlier walked by a group of chic Europeans (maybe Italians?) drinking Stella before noon. Then there’s the pink-faced stranger of unknown origin who’s snoring loudly a few seats over. Snoring is a universal language, n’est-ce pas?

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Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

Easier, healthier brown rice risotto with caramelized mushrooms - cookieandkate.com

If you’re in the market for an awkward experience, try editing mushroom risotto pictures on an airplane. I caught the sweet older gentleman in the window seat eyeing my screen while I zoomed in and out on ambiguous brown mush. I hunched over and tried to use my hair as a shield. Didn’t work. I hope he likes risotto?

This dish may not be a looker, but good gracious, it’s delicious. So delicious that I had to stop myself from inhaling the whole pot of risotto while it was still hot. So delicious that I ate it for breakfast three days in a row because it sounded better than anything else. So delicious that you should definitely make this risotto on date night.

easy brown rice risotto ingredients

I’ve had mushroom risotto on my list since girls’ night a while back. Jordan was out of white rice, so she used short-grain brown rice, which took a LOT of stirring and absolutely forever to cook (seriously, over twice as long as white rice). Fortunately, we had plenty of wine to sip in the meantime. We finally sat down around the table with bowls of mushroom risotto, fresh salads and more wine before us.

That brown rice risotto blew away all the other risottos I’d ever tasted. Brown rice risotto is inherently more flavorful, with a light nuttiness and tender bite that pairs perfectly with sautéed mushrooms.

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Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Gluten-free peanut butter everything cookies! cookieandkate.com

Hello from Portland! There are quite a few states between me and the peanut butter cookies in my freezer right now, but I’m looking forward to cookies when I get home. Which reminds me, I miss my Cookie! I’ve been a little overwhelmed by all the city hustle and bustle that I have experienced over the past few days. I’m looking forward to some quality Cookie and Kate time when I get back.

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I made these cookies for Jessica’s virtual baby shower. I haven’t met Jessica yet, but I feel like I know her (especially after listening to her chat with Jessica Lively!). I’ve sung her praises before so I’ll try to contain myself here. Her baby is going to have one sweet, creative and hilarious mama.

Jessica loves to “trash up” her favorite base recipes by adding about as many flavors as possible. So I went ahead and added as many of my favorite flavors to these cookies as I possibly could (plus some sprinkles for good measure!). I think Jessica will approve.

You can see the full list of goodies created by bloggers to celebrate Jessica’s soon-to-be-here babe over on Bev Cooks and Edible Perspective. Bev and Ashley know how to throw a party. Congrats, Jessica!

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What’s in Season? November Produce

Learn what to do with November fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more. cookieandkate.com

Hello from the Sacramento airport! I rang in November in San Francisco yesterday. My pal Erin showed me around and dropped me off at the airport this morning. I’m glad you all can’t see me now—I’m surrounded by crumbs from the life-changing croissant I got yesterday at Tartine. I’ll tell you more about the trip once I’ve had time to collect myself (but for now, there’s Instagram).

You’ll find my monthly guide to November produce below. Freezing temperatures mean that produce selection is starting to dwindle, but we still have lots of delicious options this month (apples! kale!).

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. Check out her November post for an illustrated list that you can use as a desktop background or screensaver (it’s free!). Tag your seasonal produce and recipe pics #eatseasonal on Instagram so we can go check them out!

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Barbecue Pineapple, Jalapeño and Feta Pizza

Simple homemade vegetarian barbecue pizza with pineapple, jalapeno and feta! So tasty. cookieandkate.com

For what this pizza lacks in class, it makes up for in good taste. Wait, no, that doesn’t work. Let’s try again. This barbecue pizza is my much classier arugula pesto pizza‘s spunky little sister. She rocks mini skirts and drinks bourbon and you just can’t help but love her.

pineapple, jalapeno, barbecue pizza ingredients

This pizza reminds me of fun times working at a bar after college. The barbecue chicken pizza was a popular menu item so I soon discovered the joy of barbecue sauce on pizza. Its concentrated sweet and vinegary flavor plays nicely with bubbly cheese and sweet and spicy toppings. It’s so wrong and so right at the same time.

I got all nostalgic the other day when I came across a pineapple and jalapeño pizza. I thought those flavors deserved more representation on the blog than just tortilla pizzas, so! here we are with homemade barbecue pizzas.

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Whole grain spiced pumpkin waffles that are crisp, fluffy and delicious! (gluten free) cookieandkate.com

It doesn’t feel like late October outside (72 degrees yesterday, can’t complain!) but it sure looks like fall. The trees are lit up in yellow, orange and red and leaves are swirling around in the streets. This year, like every year, I’m feeling conflicted about the falling leaves—simultaneously sad to see them go, but awe-struck by their blazing glory on the way down.

healthy pumpkin waffles ingredients

Sweaters and scarves and holiday cheer will be here before we know it. I partnered with Grain Foods Foundation to bring you these oat flour-based pumpkin waffles, which would be a fun breakfast to serve on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any weekend from now until then.

These waffles freeze beautifully, too, so you might want to make a big batch and treat yourself to pumpkin waffles are busy weekday mornings. Just pop them in the toaster and you’re good to go!

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