Spinach Lasagna Noodles

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I started making my own pasta about a year ago. I try to avoid processed foods and I found pasta to be ridiculously easy to make after I got up the nerve to try it. It’s much like gardening in that it is therapeutic. I did invest in a pasta roller attachment for my stand-up mixer and highly recommend it.

I mean you can roll it out by hand, but you can also do laundry by hand. I just don’t understand why you would. The attachment can press the dough into thinner sheets then I can get by rolling it out. Admittedly this could be a lack of patience on my side. But, I do credit the roller attachment for staying committed to fresh. It just makes it so easier.
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Fruit Bar: Part II (Berries & Champagne Sabayon)

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Part II of the Fruit Bar Post: No Christmas brunch would be complete without a fruit bar. A few simple ingredients laid out with flair and served with dipping cremes will leave your guests impressed and feeling special. For good reason, filled with beauty, wonderful aroma, and the healthy aspect of an otherwise heavy breakfast I find myself being pulled to the fruit more than anything else on the buffet. Two of my favorite dipping cremes to serve with fruit is champagne sabayon and cheesecake crème.

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Fruit Bar: Part I (Fresh Fruit with Cheesecake Crème)

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No Christmas brunch would be complete at our house without a fruit bar served with dipping cremes. I find myself being pulled to the fruit more than anything else on the buffet. For good reason, filled with beauty, wonderful aroma, and a healthy alternative to an otherwise heavy breakfast. Two of my favorite dipping cremes to serve with fruit is champagne sabayon and cheesecake crème.

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Custard Cornbread

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Cornbread is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables and for good reason. It literally defines the holiday. Cornbread is rooted, pun intended, to the crops of Native Americans who grounded maize and mixed it with water and salt. It was quickly embraced by European settlers and referred to as “Indian meal”. Today we dress it up with a myriad of ingredients: jalapeno peppers, corn kernels, onion, and herbs and spices. In its truest form, it is still a fairly basic recipe.

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Pumpkin Fries

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In Jacksonville Beach, Florida there is a bar and grill that serves “sweet fries” that are both savory and sweet. It is a sweet potato fry seasoned like a yam casserole. True confessions, I do not like yam casserole. It is a bit too sweet for me. That is why I was so surprised to bite into this fry and find I liked the combination of salty fry in a buttery sweet spice.

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