california-inspired thanksgiving menu

I wasn’t going to post today, because…well, my anticipated squash with curried butter recipe was NOT good.

It needs some major work before it’s ready to share (if it’s ever ready) so instead, I thought you might enjoy some Thanksgiving chat with this California-inspired Thanksgiving Menu. (You know there’s a kale salad!)

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year?

 

easy strawberry tart

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I made you dessert!

It’s a rare occurrence.

I eat dessert, but never make it.

Easy Strawberry Tart | anutritionisteats.com

Lately, I’ve been eating a LOT of desserts. When I was in New York, I had an amazing dinner at momofuku noodle bar: brisket bun (my favorite of the night!), kimchee salad, rice cakes and of course, a bowl of ‘momofuku ramen’ (pork belly, pork shoulder and poached egg). I was too full for dessert, but there was no WAY I was leaving without taking home some famous milk bar goodies so I brought back ‘the ritz’ cookies and a box of pretzel cake truffles. Uhhh, ridiculous doesn’t even begin to describe them.

I’m a little tempted to get the cookbook, but when I cook at home, I like need things to be simple. Their recipes aren’t.

This dessert IS simple. It doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, and it doesn’t even require pulling out the mixer! (Unless you are an over-achiever and you make your own puff pastry.)

Easy Strawberry Tart | anutritionisteats.com

I’m partnering with Central West Produce to work on some recipes and when I was sent some beautiful strawberries, they were just begging to be made into a dessert. When I have perfectly ripe, perfectly delicious produce, I like to let it shine in recipes.

In this easy strawberry tart, puff pastry is baked, topped with a sweet cream cheese spread and finished off with fresh berries. It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet and fresh!

Each of the components come together really quickly and that’s precisely why ‘easy’ is in the title.

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But delicious also deserves a spot in the title (ultimately, it didn’t get it). Pick up this dessert with your hands and crunch through each delicious layer.

Easy Strawberry Tart
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz puff pastry (one sheet)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk or half & half
  • 16 oz fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut puff pastry into 8 pieces and place on a parchment-lined pan.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together cream cheese, vanilla and honey until smooth.
  5. Add milk or half & half to thin out cream cheese mixture.
  6. Slice strawberries.
  7. Layer cream cheese and strawberries over puff pastry pieces.
Calories: 308 Fat: 22 grams Carbohydrates: 22 grams Sugar: 7 grams Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 5 grams

This post is sponsored by Central West Produce. Opinions are my own. 

gorgonzola + honey crostini

I’m currently in the sky, headed back to the West Coast! I’ll call it the “best” coast if it feels more like the fall weather I enjoyed in New York, and less like the summer weather I didn’t enjoy in LA this past weekend. (I loved being in NYC, the energy feels so different than in LA – I only wish I could have extended my trip so that I could have stayed longer than 36 hours!)

But back to the weather (I am from the midwest after all, and we do like to talk about it), I’m ready for squash and soup and chili and hot tea ALL the time! Temps in the 80’s make that complicated.

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But I’ll try not to complain about the weather and continue to drown my weather woes with good appetizers. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Appetizers are the way to my heart. They are my heart.

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And easy appetizers are best. Because when you’re hungry, you’re HUNGRY!

Here, crunchy crostini is topped with creamy and slightly pungent gorgonzola cheese (I used a triple cream!) and a drizzle of sweet honey. You can’t go wrong with this combination. Crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty.

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Three minutes until crostini is in your belly.

  1. Lightly toast bread
  2. Spread cheese
  3. Drizzle honey
  4. Lightly toast again

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Perfection in a bite.

Gorgonzola + Honey Crostini
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Ingredients
  • french baguette
  • 4 oz gorgonzola (or blue) cheese
  • honey
Instructions
  1. Lightly broil bread for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
  2. Spread blue cheese and drizzle with honey.
  3. Broil crostini for another 2 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

pumpkin hummus with crispy sage

(Thank you all for the sweet, sweet comments on my exciting news! It means so much.)

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How was the weekend? We were both a little under the weather but managed to look at two apartments. Neither are good and I’m not looking forward to the massive search ahead of us, but, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen not thinking about it. (It’s good to ignore your problems, right?) I made a sausage & lentil gumbo (from food52), protein pancake muffins, curried tuna salad and THIS pumpkin hummus with crispy sage.

On Friday afternoon, I set out a can of pumpkin on the counter because something, just SOMETHING needed to be made with pumpkin.

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I know what you’re thinking…just what the world needs, another pumpkin recipe.

But it is the season and I’m 99% certain that it will be the only pumpkin recipe I share this year. So I feel ok about it.

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Speaking of pumpkin, if you are pumpkin-obsessed, be sure to check out these tempting, healthy pumpkin breakfast recipes:

I’m more of a savory person, so I went with the savory (and appetizer!) route with pumpkin hummus with crispy sage. Do you know what crispy sage is?

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Let me tell you. It’s sage that’s cooked in sizzling butter. With garlic. It’s definitely what takes this from being regular hummus….to OMG hummus!

Pumpkin Hummus with Crispy Sage | anutritionisteats.com

The pumpkin flavor isn’t too intense in this dip, but it’s there. And it tastes like fall. It would make the perfect appetizer for all of these parties coming up, or you know, just snacking at home as I love to do. :)

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I decided to serve my pumpkin hummus with crostini because I wanted it to feel a little more special than your run-of-the-mill hummus with pita chips but you could use just about anything. And you’ll want to dip just about anything in this hummus, trust!

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Pumpkin Hummus with Crispy Sage
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 3 cups (6 servings)
Ingredients
  • 1-15 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped sage
Instructions
  1. Combine beans, pumpkin, olive oil and salt in food processor.
  2. Process until desired consistency. I like to leave mine a little chunky and rustic.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Heat butter in small pan over medium heat.
  5. Add garlic, turn down to medium-low and stir occasionally for 1 minute.
  6. Add sage and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Drizzle butter mixture over hummus and sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Serve with crostini, crackers or bread.
Calories: 184 Fat: 15 grams Carbohydrates: 11 grams Sugar: 1 gram Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 3 grams

PS. I’m taking any and all apartment-hunting advice…