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Pumpkin Leche Flan

When my sister is in town, I find that my appetite for nostalgic flavors runs stronger than usual. The sweet, sentimental flavors of traditional Filipino desserts that my mother and her sisters would serve at our family...

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Simple Sundays | Scenes from Seattle

I can count on two fingers the number of times my husband and I have had a chance to get away, just the two of us. In our twelve years of marriage, two children, a veritable menagerie...

Toasted Almond Butternut Squash Soup | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Toasted Almond Butternut Squash Soup

The house is spotless. We are ready. At this time tomorrow, the first wave of family will be arriving, filling our home with extra hugs and love and company. We have been preparing for weeks, with a...

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Simple Sundays | Coconut Custard Tart with Chocolate Ganache

It happened twice this week. You know that moment when you meet someone for the first time and you go through the basic exchange? At my point in life it typically leads to the question of “How...

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Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Seafood As much as I adore fish and shellfish, seafood is the kind of thing I find challenging to incorporate into my meal plan, simply because I like to buy...

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Spice Roasted Cornish Hens with Sweet Potatoes

My head drooped as I carried a platter to the table, my feet shuffling in shame. I was presenting my family with one of my experiments, a failed, most unattractive mushy mess, the one called “tonight’s dinner.”...

Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Simple Sundays | Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes

“Mom, why didn’t the turkey come to Thanksgiving?” my daughter asked. “Why?” “Because he was already stuffed!” I admit it, I laughed pretty hard at that one. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the...

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Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Nutella I shoved the Nutella bottle to the back of the shelf several months ago, and for good reason. I hoped that out of sight out of mind would help...

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Cranberry Nut Butterhorns (Rugelach)

I was the one who left, who moved from New York to make my way West. I was in search of a graduate degree, mapping out a future quite different from the one I had started. I...

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Simple Sundays | Mango Spinach Green Smoothie

The candy bowl must go. It’s been two days since Halloween night, and the house is overflowing with sweets. My plan to buy candy last minute backfired – I ended up going to the store and overstocking...

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

I still don’t have any candy in the house. In just a few hours, the homes in my neighborhood will be filled with eager trick or treaters, the energy bursting at the seams, counting down the minutes...

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5 Halloween Must-Have Treats

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post from Target, in partnership with my affiliation with Glam Media, Inc. Sponsored posts such as these help support the work behind the scenes on Kitchen Confidante. Thank you so much for...

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Simple Sundays | Pumpkin Sage Polenta

The hay crunched beneath our feet as we surveyed the rows of pumpkins, the sun finally making its presence known after the chill of autumn gave way to a few hours of heat. My children exuberantly ran...

FiveLittleThings - October 25, 2013 | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Five Little Things

Five little things I loved this week: Comfort Food From Braised Chipotle Short Ribs, to Filipino Chicken Adobo, to a big bowl of spaghetti piled high with meatballs, I have been loving comfort food this week. The...

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Braised Chipotle Short Ribs

I walked between the desks, their big eyes following me as I paced the room. I paused and asked them, “What was your happiest moment with your family?” Eager hands shot up in the air, and as...