bread cornucopia

Nancy Sampson made this cornucopia made out of bread with her vegetarian daughter as an alternative to turkey for Thanksgiving.  They just roasted their favorite vegetables and filled it.  It was fun but did take several hours!  It is really a show stopper in terms of looks! 
Find the recipe here. 


pumpkin cookies

Lauren Jett's favorite way to welcome fall is with these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! 
Find the receipe here.

Almond flour cookies

After Mary Hurley’s kids made quick work of their isolation snacks, she found this simple and delicious almond flour cookie recipe. They added in a few mini chocolate chips because everything is better with a little chocolate! 
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Sam Sutherland made bagels "with character". She suggests boiling them for 2 minutes for a chewier New York-style bagel. 
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Nancy Keating shared her family’s favorite home-made hot chocolate mix… great to keep in the cupboard or give away as a gift.  See below for the recipe, or watch her son Thomas’ video on how to make it (Thomas has been making videos of some of his favorite desserts-check them out at TK Desserts).

Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Yield: Just under 1 3/4 cups mix, enough for 9 mugs of hot chocolate; packs up well in a 2-cup jar
Prep time: 10 minutes
Special equipment: food processor 

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup cocoa powder, any kind you like
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a tiny segment of fresh vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt or 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery. Mixture keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To make hot chocolate: Heat one cup of milk (coconut, almond or others would work here too) in a saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Add 3 tablespoons hot cocoa mix. Whisk over heat for another minute or two, until it begins to simmer and mix is completely dissolved. Pour into mug, top with mini-marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream.

Mexican Hot Chocolate: add some chile powder, cayenne, and cinnamon
Mint Hot Chocolate: add mint extract instead of vanilla
Mocha Hot Chocolate: add 2 tablespoons of instant espresso

chicken tenders

Sarah Chamber's son Landon gave these healthy chicken tenders a 10/10. Make sure you add in their secret ingredient parmsean with the panko! 
Find the recipe here.


Maestas bread

Nicole Maestas made Nancy Keating’s bread recipe (courtesy of the NYT) and it was AMAZING. Simple and tastes like it came fresh from the bakery. 
Find the recipe here.


Nancy Keating's family has been making a lot of naan during quarantine. Below is her recipe, along with some other recipes & suggestions.


It is super easy…. Makes 8 pieces, and they've been freezing half of the dough for another night.

They’ve eaten it with : Indian Butter Shrimp or Chicken

And:  Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

For those still having trouble finding flour or yeast, you can get some at local bakeries, like Clear Flour or When Pigs Fly

And if you have leftover cooked naan, you can turn it into churro chips:

Churro Chips

·         4-5 pieces plain naan bread

·         1/2 cup salted butter, melted

·         cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut each piece of naan bread into 10 triangles. Brush each naan chip with melted butter and dip into cinnamon sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 16 minutes (flip halfway through baking). Let cool.  Serve with hot fudge and/or caramel sauce.


Lemon cookie

Lauren Jett made these deliciously easy lemon cake cookies but couldn't snag a picture before her boyfriend ate them all. Here's the recipe & a picture from the website!