Peppermint Swirl Sugar Cookies

Photo by Kristen of Dine & Dish

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the abundance of holiday baking happening everywhere. It seems like everyone embraces their inner baker during the holidays… homemade cookies, fudge, candy and more are coming out of kitchens everywhere. As someone who loves to give and receive gifts of food, this time of year makes me really happy.

When I shared the Tie-Dyed Sugar Cookie Recipe on Dine & Dish, I knew then I wanted to create something for the holidays using the same method. I pictured swirly red and white dough and a hit of peppermint flavor, all wrapped up in one soft and chewy cookie. [Read more…]

On Apples and Fall {Recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp}

All photos by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish

As I sit by my window, watching the vibrant-colored leaves slowly drift to the ground, I feel completely wrapped in fall. The aroma of apple crisp, simmering away in my slow cooker, enhances the experience. To me, fall equals apples and pumpkin…warm fragrances and aromas… orange, yellow and reds. Most of all, fall equals comfort.

There is something about this time of year that pulls me to wrap up in a light blanket, with candles burning around me, and a great book in my lap. More comfort. [Read more…]

Perfecting Pasta (Recipe: Homemade Linguine with Whiskey Cream Sauce)

Written by Kristen Doyle

I recently marked a culinary goal of making homemade pasta noodles off of my list. I’ve heard raves about how delicious fresh, homemade pasta could be but I honestly didn’t believe it until I tried it for myself. Sure, it is more work than opening up a box of store bought pasta noodles and throwing a handful into some boiling water, but I’m here to tell you that the difference in flavor is well worth the extra effort.

I have the KitchenAid pasta attachment, which made my foray into pasta making a breeze. The good news is you don’t need a pasta attachment to make homemade pasta. Flat noodles such as lasagna or linguine can easily be made with a rolling pin and a little bit of patience. [Read more…]