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Cozy Night In with Fluffy Cornbread Topped Chili and Apple Cider Churros

Adventures, Desserts, Dinner, Fall, Quick and Easy, Soups

(This post is sponsored by the Martha Stewart Collection, created for Macy’s. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy!)

I know I’ve been writing autumn love letters since like mid-September, but if I’m being completely honest with you, Los Angeles doesn’t even really begin to hint at fall until November. But now it’s November and I’m freezing! And I love it. My fluffy socks are on at all times, my favorite soft sweaters are out of storage and all I’ve wanted to do is break in the new kitchen with some cozy foods. The kitchen is almost completed and I was finally able to cook our first meal in it!

Since there are some things that need to happen (like trim, a coupe light, etc), I figured I’d start light with a little dinner party for four. I wanted to serve cozy food that wasn’t fussy.

For this post, I teamed up with Macy’s and Martha Stewart. The Martha Stewart Collection’s harvest dinnerware is SO pretty. I absolutely love these hatchcross, grey plates, along with the marbled pink plates. They are gorgeous. And I love the shape of Martha’s Enameled Cast Iron cookware . The handle shapes are sleek and simple and the colors are lovely! Check out the whole Martha Stewart Collection at http://mcys.co/2kIpJAv.

I used the small 2-quart white Enameled Cast Iron pot to make the best cozy dish ever.

This was the perfect size for four people. At the bottom is a vegan chili with a fluffy cheddar cornbread on top. I like to think of it like cornbread and chili all in one!

The vegan chili is spicy, made with kidney beans, and loaded with delicious things like diced onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper and lots of spices.

The cornbread on top is inspired by fluffier cornbread cake. It isn’t dry at all and it’s so soft and delicious.

It may seem like a small portion for four people but it’s so filling that it’s actually perfect. Especially when paired with a snappy, refreshing salad AND with dessert.

For dessert, I used the 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron pot (in beautiful white) to fry up apple cider churros and they were SO good.

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Acorn Squash Pasilla Chile Queso Fundido

Appetizers, Fall, Quick and Easy, Thanksgiving

This post is about how cute we can be.

We. Are. Cute.

We’re so cute that we can Pinterest the shit out of any and everything. I will not lie to you: you can do this without putting everything in an acorn squash. You could simply add everything to a ramekin, baking dish or skillet. But if you wanted to, you can put it all in an acorn squash.

I doubled this recipe for you, asking that you buy two acorn squashes so that you can make these for more people. I used and ate only one and Billy and I crushed this by ourselves so feel free to double this recipe below.

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Pumpkin Tres Leches

Cakes, Fall, Thanksgiving

I know it’s pie season and all but sometimes we want something else besides pie. We want cake! I posted this tres leches cake a while back on the Instagram but figured I’d put the here in a more permanent, printable place.

I never understand how people cook off of an Instagram post but people love Insta recipes. I like it to be on my computer so I can reference it in a larger, more visible way. Maybe I’m just getting old and am having trouble seeing my phone. Haha. I did change the text to be slightly bigger and I don’t care—everything is so much more clear now!

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10 Pies to Make This Thanksgiving

Fall, Pie, Thanksgiving

Hi hi!

Making Thanksgiving pies has always been so important and fun for me. Every single year I post a good handful of pies for people to choose from, so I wanted to highlight a few from the past that might work for your big eating day. ALSO, as a reminder, if you are making-pie-allergic, this pandowdy is truly the best option for you!

1. Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie – This is maybe my favorite pumpkin pie I’ve ever made. It is easy to make, delicious and simple.

2. Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie – Chocolate added to a traditional pecan pie is heaven on earth.

3. Rose Apple Pistachio Tart – This is beautiful and will take you a VERY long time to make. But it will be worth it. This is both delicious (hello pistachio butter!) and beautiful.

4. Miso Caramel Apple Pie – I love the savory quality miso adds to sweet pies and desserts. This pie has miso added to the caramel and it is SO good. It’s one of those subtle flavors that people will hardly pick up on but they’ll keep eating it and won’t know why.

5. Tiramisu Pie – I made this last Thanksgiving with gluten-free cookies (for the crust) because one of my bestest friends is gluten-free and no one could tell! I love this pie because it’s soft and flavorful and full of chocolate. Yum.

6. Classic Sweet Potato Pie – I love a sweet potato pie. I like it cold with ice cream. It’s not everyone’s favorite and a lot of people love it for its nostalgic qualities and I can’t blame them. Pile on that marshmallow topping and torch it!

7. Walnut and Angostura Pie – This is like a pecan pie but a little different. It has walnuts, probably my all-time favorite nut (I do love pecans tho!) with just a hint of angostura bitters. It’s an unexpected flavor but it SO delicious.

8. Brûléed Pumpkin Pie – You honestly could do this with even a store-bought pumpkin pie. All you have to do is sprinkle sugar on the top and torch it. It adds a nice crispness to it and everyone is like “oooo” + “ahhhh.”

9. Caramel Pear Pie with an Oat Crumble – I love texture everything. The oat crumble on this pie is SO good. Just make sure you use the right pears or else it can be a bit watery. You could also make this with apples and it would be just as delicious.

10. Mini Caramel-Chai Spiced Apple Pies – Say your Thanksgiving is gonna be small this year. Ours is gonna be tiny and I can’t wait to make a few things and just chill. This would be perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering. You can also just make this and throw it into a 9-inch pie dish and you’d be good to go.

And of course, if you need some help with PIE 101, here’s a helpful post that I posted a long time ago!

Friendsgiving!

Fall, Thanksgiving

I feel like this year is the year of the Friendsgivings. I’ve seen so many people having them and I’ve even been invited to a few (I have friends! lol). I love Friendsgivings because they really are the best excuse to bring all your friends together. AND, all of them are usually pot lucks, making them a million times easier to pull off. It also gives everyone an excuse to make their favorite Thanksgiving foods. 

Last week, I invited a few of my favorite people over for a Friendsgiving in the backyard. It was such a pretty California day: sunny, breezy and beautiful in November. 

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Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate, Desserts, Fall, Thanksgiving

This pie is about survival.

I’m kidding and being very dramatic but no lie, this pie took us about twenty million tries to get right but it survived! Or more like, we survived. It was one of those recipes that went way past my “three-fail rule.” Meaning, if we fail three times when trying a recipe, we abandon it all-together. But that rule went out the window because I liked the idea and flavor so very much.

We finally got it working like a fine-tune machine. At first it was too thin and kinda watery. Then the chocolate swirl wasn’t the right texture. And then we changed the chocolate and that got messed up. There were a lot of variables going on and we kept changing them and we kept getting messed up results. But we finally got it working and it was 100% worth it!

This fine thing is like a pumpkin cheese cake and a pie had a baby…but with chocolate swirled throughout. The bitter chocolate is so welcome within the constructs of creamy cream cheese flavor. It’s so good.

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Apple Butterscotch Pandowdy

Fall, Pie, Quick and Easy, Thanksgiving

Hii from Thanksgiving land. Are you guys ready for the big day?

I imagine you’re sort of putting together your meal plan together.

So every year (including this one), I push pie recipes onto you all. A lot you email me, tag me in your pie photos and I absolutely love them all. I know that some of you all don’t love assembling pies. There’s the rolling the crust out, the latticing, the decorating. It’s kind of a lot. I get it. It can get kinda frustrating if you’ve never done it before.

Well, this recipe is for all of you who want to skip doing all that but still want a pretty pie! A pandowdy is not something I invented, it’s an old school American dessert that originates in Pennsylvania.

I honestly had never heard of it until Josh told me about it. He said that his mom made them all the time. I guess it makes sense I’d never heard of it; my family isn’t from the United States so this isn’t something my grandmother or great grandmother would have ever made.

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Pimento Cheese Pecan Pull Apart Bread

Fall, Scones & Muffins, Sides

As you know, your girl loves her some autumn. I love autumn everything. I love the clothes, the weather, the drinks, the snacks. And I also loooove autumn weddings.

I’m currently in my car, driving up north to San Luis Obispo to celebrate my friends Samantha and Aaron! I’m staying at the Madonna Inn. Have you seen photos? It’s a crazy wild pink hotel that is straight out of a different decade. I can’t wait to dance and take photos of the fun interiors.

Another autumn item that I’m loving? Pecans. I love pecans and actually put them in everything from my smoothies to salads. I love their flavor and texture.

For this post I’m super excited to team up with the The American Pecan Council. This past few weeks I’ve learned so many cool, new-to-me facts about pecans…like, did you know they’re the only tree-nut indigenous to North America? They are.

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Sheet Pan Mojo Turkey

Dinner, Fall, Thanksgiving, The Holidays

I am SO excited about this post because if I’m being completely honest, I never cook the turkey for Thanksgiving. Josh is super passionate about brining, roasting, blah blah and I just let him do it and I concentrate on the sides and desserts.

BUT, when ALDI reached out about hosting a Friendsgiving with some of my bestest blog friends–Geri, Teri + Jenny, Naomi, Jeanine, Ashley and Claire–I decided that it was time to figure out how to make a proper Thanksgiving turkey.

One of the most popular recipes this fall has been this Mojo Sheet Pan Chicken and there’s good reason for it! It’s so flavorful and the lemon/orange and heavy garlic flavors work so well together. I thought that maybe it would be delicious on turkey and boy was I right!

If you’re unfamiliar, mojo is a Cuban marinade that is wildly simple but oh so good. In Cuba they have sour oranges, which are sort of a cross between a lemon and an orange. They aren’t readily available in the United States and most Cubans/people trying to achieve mojo, simply combine lemons and oranges—it’s a good solution!

I went to ALDI where I picked up a gorgeous, hormone-free turkey at a super affordable price, along with the organic dried oregano and organic lemons and naval oranges. I also stocked up on baking ingredients (like I always do) because they’re super amazing quality at really great prices.

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Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup + Baby Biscuits

Biscuits, Drinks, Fall, Soups

Hello from psycho, busy land.

I feel like the holidays are my G-O time. It is cozy season after all and it’s really the time when I feel like I have to post all the recipes that I’ve been collecting in my little summer-hating brain.

This recipe has been on my to-make list for A LONG TIME. How can I have a blog about cozy food and not have a single recipe for broccoli cheddar soup?!?!

This soup is inspired by Panera Bread but not sponsored by them because they don’t know who I am. But let me tell you, your girl loves Panera.

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