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Hi! The end of the month snuck up on me and I am sorry for the late delivery this month! I hope everyone is feeling cozy and enjoyed the recent holiday! I sure do have a lot to be grateful for, including you, dear readers!!
Comfort food is my fave, but once that chill hits the air, all I want to cook and eat is cheesy casseroles and hearty soups! Here is a fave of ours from Alison Roman: Creamy Cauliflower and Onion Gratin. I like to add farro and so I add a little bit more liquid. Instead of layering it, I just mix the cauliflower, onions, farro, and cheese in a big bowl, and then pile it into a baking dish, then pour the cream+butter+garlic mix over the top. You can skip the sesame seed and breadcrumb topping if you want, but they are delicious if you have a few extra minutes and like that crunch!
Recently made this Morning Glory Breakfast Cake (used a little less sugar) and it is great!! Pretty adaptable too, if you read the comments. If you don’t have an apple, use more carrots. If you don’t have coconut, leave it out. Don’t have pepitas, use walnuts or pecans, etc. It keeps really well in the fridge, and feels just healthy enough.
When a cookie craving strikes, I highly recommend making these Incredible Flourless Almond/Peanut Butter Cookies! 5 ingredients, one bowl, use peanut butter, almond butter, or a mixture of the two. I didn’t have enough brown sugar this last time I made them, so made up the difference with coconut sugar and it totally worked. This is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket to have freshly baked cookies in no time!
For Thanksgiving this year, we went to a friend's house, so I only made a couple things: Green Bean Casserole with fresh green beans and I used French’s crispy onions rather than frying my own, and I also made what I like to call Fancy Ranch served with lots of fresh crunchy veggies. All the food we ate was delicious!
I am really into this Apple Cider Vinaigrette for fall salads, it’s easy, tasty, and feels very seasonal! Pairs well with goat cheese, arugula, radicchio, fennel, fresh apples, lentils, etc!
Only TV to talk about this month! First of all, The Handmaid's Tale. Is anyone else still watching this show? I love it but it also is so hard to watch and so stressful. This most recent season just ended and it has been good! The ending was a little surprising but perfect. There is going to be one final season that I will have to wait another year for! I keep waiting for them to bring more from the sequel into the show, but so far it hasn’t really happened. I looked it up and I think someone is going to make a spin-off based on the sequel? I'll watch it.
Matthew and I loved Inside Man on Netflix. An interesting take on the crime drama miniseries starring Stanley Tucci and David Tenant. It’s short and perfectly binge-able.
We also watched The Vow Season 2 on HBO, which revealed a lot of additional crazy details about the NXIVM scandal. It’s like a car crash I can’t turn away from!
Nothing to report here, unfortunately!
Had a lovely weekend at the coast with friends! We ate delicious food, watched two Leonardo DiCaprio movies, and got lucky with beautiful weather. <3
I finished radiation on November 8, yahoo! In early December I will start the next phase of my treatment, which will be ongoing for the next 5-10 years, putting me into early menopause. I doubt I will have many medical updates going forward, so consider this a goodbye to the Medical subheading of the MishMash! I'll leave you with this great article about pinkwashing.
Little family portrait from Thanksgiving!
Goodbye, until next month!
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