Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Oat-Pecan Crust

Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Oat Pecan Crust

This Sweet Potato Cheesecake is the third recipe in the series I’ve been excitedly working on for Bon Appetit in partnership with Vitamix (the first two are here and here). The Thanksgiving issue (one of my favs each year) is fresh on the stands, so run and grab it! My face is in there! Eep!

As with the previous Bon Appetit x Vitamix recipes I’ve shared, there’s a beautiful Vitamix Professional Series 750 up for grabs. To enter, take a photo of something you make that is inspired by this recipe, post it to instagram with the #VitamixSweepstakes hashtag before 11:59 PM on November 18, 2014 and cross your fingers! Link to full rules at end of post.

How to cook a turkey – an easy roast turkey recipe

How to cook a turkey   an easy roast turkey recipe

Ok, maybe you’re wondering how we dashed from Halloween Cookies straight to Turkey, barely stopping to brush the peanut buttery crumbs off our chin, but you see – I’m getting a jump start on holiday cooking posts, because Canadian Thanksgiving happened a couple of weeks ago. Plus, it’s never too early to start curating your holiday menu on Pinterest.

Cooking a turkey can be intimidating for not just a new cook, but even a seasoned home cook who is simply not used to cooking a massive beast. Happily, it is actually really easy. The two main things to aim for are: 1. don’t overcook it and 2. don’t undercook it. We’re not reaching for the stars, here!

Peanut Butter Halloween Candy Cookies

Peanut Butter Halloween Candy Cookies
Can you believe that Halloween is already just around the bend? I bought little peanut a super cute bumblebee costume – that he is terrified of. (He’s also terrified of play doh and teddy bears. Strange kid.)

I came thisclose to buying him a dog costume. Like, a costume made for dogs, not a kid’s costume OF a dog. The store I was in had so many more options for pets then for human toddlers, and they looked about the same size to me! To his humiliation, I tried to stuff Theo into a Robin Hood costume for Golden Retrievers, but the arm (paw?) holes were awkwardly placed in front instead of the sides where human arms reside. Oh well. He’s stuck with a fluffy bee outfit with sparkly fairy wings that scares the snot out of him. (I’ll probably only make him wear it for one photo.)

Healthy Breakfast Sandwich with Egg & Avocado

Healthy Breakfast Sandwich with Egg & Avocado

How I start my morning sets the tone for my entire day. I’m an early-bird, so I tend to spring out of bed and then take things slowly – I linger over my first coffee of the day, enjoy breakfast sitting down, and spend some quiet moments in a sunny spot watching my little guy play on the floor while reading my favourite blogs or perusing Pinterest for beautiful food photography. It’s a little ritual I look forward to waking up to. 

Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

I’m a dessert everyday person.

Most nights of the week, dessert is an apple sprinkled with cinnamon, or some partially-thawed cherries or berries topped with a dollop of plan yogurt and a swirl of maple syrup.

I realize I’ve just made some die-hard dessert fans recoil in disgust. You’ll never trust me with the word “dessert” again!