Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

I have been working with root vegetables for a big client recipe testing project this week, and I was so excited to make Curried Sweet Potato Soup recipe. This warm, healthy soup with sweet potatoes is ideal for the changing temperatures. It’s also super healthy and made with detoxifying ingredients such as cinnamon, curry powder, and even spinach. If you’re short on time, this easy soup can be whipped up with basic ingredients found in the pantry. Pair it with a salad for a wonderful weeknight meal. Thanks to Michele Periquet and Firouze Zeroual‘s for introducing me to this great recipe!

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake via @alisonlewis

My sister, Julie, asked me to make an apple cake for this Sunday night for Rosh Hashanah. We are having 18 people so a birthday cake and Mandel Bread just aren’t enough :). Since I am making the main dish too, I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon Cake, a super easy apple cake that is also very simple to slice. No mixer is needed for this recipe, and those most difficult part is is peeling and chopping the apples (luckily my husband is a pro at this). This comes out moist and fabulous (I think the Greek yogurt really helps add to its fluffy texture). Serve this with coffee for dessert or for breakfast or afternoon tea. This recipe is a keeper and wonderful tribute to a sweet new year.

Nonalcoholic Bananas Foster: Kid Friendly

Bananas Foster is one of my favorite desserts, and I was so impressed with my daughter, Leigh, told me she came up with a nonalcoholic version (perfect for kids). She used maple syrup instead of alcohol and created her own Nonalcoholic Bananas Foster which was fabulous! With only 7 ingredients and 15 minutes, you can make homemade kid-friendly Bananas Foster too! Thank you my precious and very creative daughter, Leigh!

 

Fresh Peach-Pecan Muffins

I have been on a huge peach kick lately with the juiciest, ripest peaches to choose from in Alabama. I made these Peach-Pecan Muffins this weekend for my kids, and they were quite popular. This recipe can be made with whole wheat or all-purpose flour, and I used medium fresh peaches. Our medium peaches are huge, so you may want to add more if yours aren’t that large (see my picture below from instagram on the iphone). Also, feel free to omit the pecans if you wish, but they do make them pretty and add an additional touch of southern flavor.

Easy Grilling: Jamaican Spiced Flank Steak

I do a lot of grilling in the summer, but honestly, I am grilling year-round. Every year, I work on so many grilling recipe projects for food clients, magazines and cookbooks, and my kids love almost anything that is cooked on the grill. Flank steak is always on the top of my list, and I love this Jamaican Flank Steak recipe. The marinade is really fabulous, made with orange juice, lime juice, fresh ginger, brown sugar, pepper and cinnamon. One of my friends tried it, and she told me she only cooks flank steak this way now. Serve this with a tossed salad, fresh fruit or grilled asparagus, and dinner is fresh, healthy and simple.

Pumpkin French Toast

We make French toast every weekend at my house for the kids, and this Pumpkin French Toast is my latest hit. I love to start with Challah bread which is my secret ingredient to this wonderful breakfast. If you can’t find Challah, use Brioche or the closest thing you can find. This recipe even works great lightened up a bit using egg whites and skim milk. Sprinkle Pumpkin Pie Spice over the top for a delicious taste of the season. This is great to serve for the kids, for company or on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Gifts from the Kitchen: Maple-Chipotle Spiced Nuts

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Since I’m teaching a cooking class next week -“Gifts from the Kitchen”, I thought I would share with you my recipe for Maple-Chipotle Spiced Nuts. There’s no oil or butter in this recipe. Just egg whites, some of my favorite seasonings and nuts. I love Priesters Pecans, especially this time of year. This makes a great Christmas gift but is wonderful anytime. For more information on my class, see Birmingham Bake and Cook. I am also taping a “Gifts from the Kitchen” television segment Tuesday for NBC 13 Daytime Alabama and will let you know when it’s going to air.

Kid’s Healthy Snack: Homemade Granola Bars with No Nuts

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When I was asked to teach a healthy snack cooking class Monday for a group of first and second grade boy scouts, I thought these Healthy Granola Bars would be ideal. These have no nuts and are so delicious. I am serving them with some homemade smoothies, perfect for an afternoon snack.

Fall Cinnamon Apple Cake: Perfect for Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah and Fall Celebrations

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This year, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is next weekend. On Rosh Hashanah, it is symbolic to serve and eat apples dipped in honey to hope for a “sweet new year”. Cakes with apples and/or honey are traditionally served, and this Cinnamon Apple Cake can’t get any better. This cake is so delicious and perfect for any fall celebration. I will be preparing it this Thursday night for a Jewish holiday cooking class in Birmingham, Alabama. See my “Media” page for more information.