Small Bites for the Big Game

artichoke cheese wontons

 

Dear friends,

If you’re looking for easy appetizers for a Super Bowl party or casual gathering, we’ve got you covered. These three hors d’oeuvre recipes each have elements that can be prepared ahead of time, so you can relax and enjoy your own party. They’re all from my newest cookbook, . . . → Read More: Small Bites for the Big Game

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and as we count down to the big day I wanted to share a few of our favorite dishes with you.

The first is an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. You can use organic ingredients and tweak the recipe with any flavorings . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

May I Offer You Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Dear friends,

Has autumn arrived yet in your area? We had a big cool-off here in Colorado this weekend, and it was the perfect excuse to cook a batch of pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast.

These flapjacks are rich with pumpkin-y goodness, and have the comforting, homespun flavor and aroma of pumpkin . . . → Read More: May I Offer You Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Yummy Easy Homemade Meatballs

 

My favorite technique for preparing homemade meatballs also happens to be incredibly simple. These are my three tips for delicious meatballs that are browned on the outside and tender on the inside:

Secret #1: Most meatball recipes call for raw onion to be added to the mixture, but I prefer to saute . . . → Read More: Yummy Easy Homemade Meatballs

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Mini BLT Cups – An Easy Appetizer Recipe for Holiday Gatherings

easy BLT cups

Could you use a home-kitchen-tested recipe for a simple, festive hors d’oeuvre? These little appetizers contain all the flavors of your favorite BLT in one small bite. A crispy toast shell holds a delicious filling of chopped tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, smoky bacon and creamy mayonnaise. A variation of this recipe originally appeared in . . . → Read More: Mini BLT Cups – An Easy Appetizer Recipe for Holiday Gatherings

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Browned Butter Roasted Almonds Recipe

Roasted almonds | Happy Simple Living blog

Do you ever get the mid-afternoon hungries? I do (EVERY afternoon), and I’m always looking for delicious snacks that satisfy my craving for something crunchy and salty.

Almonds nicely fit the bill, and they’re happily wholesome, too. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, which are the “good” fats that are associated with reduced . . . → Read More: Browned Butter Roasted Almonds Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Cookbook Giveaway – Pumpkin It Up!

My newest cookbook, Pumpkin It Up!, has just been released by Gibbs Smith. I had so much fun developing and testing recipes that highlight the mild, earthy, slightly sweet flavor of pumpkin, and the result is a 128 page, four-color book that retails for $16.99. This month I’m giving away a free signed . . . → Read More: Free Cookbook Giveaway – Pumpkin It Up!

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Photo by Susan Barnson Hayward for Gibbs Smith

The flavor of pumpkin spice seems to be everywhere right now, and is even the subject of some good-natured debate; some folks are complaining of Pumpkin Spice overload with so many manufacturers jumping on the #PS bandwagon. The TODAY show is even running an . . . → Read More: Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Fried Sweet Corn with Bacon

Have you been enjoying the summer?

And when I say “enjoying the summer,” what I really mean is, have you been enjoying the foods of summer?

Here in Colorado, the local sweet corn is hitting the farmer’s markets and grocery stores and it’s a race to eat as much of it as we . . . → Read More: Fried Sweet Corn with Bacon

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.