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The Feastie Blog

Baked Mashed Potato Casserole with Sour Cream and Chives

By Jessica Sanders
During the holidays, the Mr. and I were invited to Christmas Eve dinner at a friend's house - it was a small gathering, but really fun and special, and I was really looking forward to the dinner. When I asked what I could bring, I was told, quite enthusiastically, "Potatoes!!" Our host LOVES potatoes....

Tomato Basil Garlic Marinara from Fresh Tomatoes

By Jessica Sanders
This post may be a bit late - I know summer is officially behind us - but just in case you have a precious few tomatoes lying around, I thought I'd share this tomato basil garlic marinara from fresh tomatoes. There's one farm near us that still has fresh tomatoes for sale - I went over there a week or so ago and picked up a few pounds of their "sauce" tomatoes. For this sauce, you don't need anything fancy - just fresh, ripe tomatoes.......

Ultimate Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Sugar Crunch

By Jessica Sanders
I've been meaning to do a blueberry muffin post for a l.o.n.g. time - I looooooove a good blueberry muffin. Key word here - GOOD. A mediocre blueberry muffin isn't worth the calories or the energy it takes to chew it - I'm talking dry, crumbly, heavy, blueberry-flavor-less muffins - to be frank, they suck....

Extra Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

By Jessica Sanders
When it comes to cookies, I generally prefer them soft, thick, and chewy. But for some reason, this past weekend I was craving thin, crispy, buttery oatmeal cookies - the exact opposite of what I usually make. No raisins, no chocolate chips, no cinnamon - just plain old buttery oatmeal baked into a thin cookie that will snap when you bite into it....

The Best Apple Crisp EVER!! SERIOUSLY!

By Jessica Sanders
Yes, I'm a fan of hyperbole. Yes, I realize that apple crisp in general is pretty delicious. But this - this was out of this world. Otherworldly. Ridonkulous. Addictive. I'll stop with the adjectives. I had a bunch of apples in my pantry from an apple picking adventure with friends and they were begging to be made into a crisp (the apples, not my friends)....

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw

By Jessica Sanders
I'm from CA, and while it might sound cliche, I LOVE fish tacos. The beach town where I went to college had unending varieties of fish tacos - every restaurant had their own interpretation of the perfect fish taco. My favorite place to get fish tacos was a little restaurant on the beach - the tables were actually set into the sand....

One-Pot Meal: Shrimp with Couscous and Asparagus

By Jessica Sanders
Sometimes you just need to do a pantry purge. That actually doesn't sound too appetizing - but you know what I mean. I opened my pantry door to see a huge canister of couscous staring back at me. I bought it a while ago, and I've used some of it, but it was just sitting there, mocking me, reminding me of all the great meals I intended to use it for....

Butternut Squash Casserole

By Jessica Sanders
I love seasonal comfort food, especially in the fall and winter. There's nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot apple cider, or digging into something spiced and fragrant like warm apple pie or hot and gooey like macaroni and cheese (okay mac & cheese isn't really seasonal, but I'll think of any reason to eat it). Last week the temperatures dipped into the low 20s - hot comfort food was definitely needed....

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

By Jessica Sanders
I know, I know, I just made baked apple cider donut holes, what's up with the mini-muffin-masquerading-as-donut-hole party going on over here? I can't help it. Some may find this hard to believe, but up until a week ago, I didn't own a mini muffin pan....

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

By Jessica Sanders
Being a CA transplant in the DC area, I try to appreciate every second of the fall season. First of all because we don't really have seasons where I grew up, and secondly because it's one of the most beautiful times of year in the Midatlantic. So I'm enjoying all of the traditional fall activities around here, as well as the seasonal food. Especially the food. I had my first apple cider donut recently at Butler's Orchard, and wow....

Jessica's Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

By Jessica Sanders
You've probably already caught on to the fact that I love a good casserole. I'll spend upwards of 2 hours in the kitchen on Monday if it means I don't have to cook again until Thursday - as much as I love to cook and bake, sometimes life gets busy and "leftovers" is the magic word. But what I really love are healthier versions of my favorite comfort food casseroles - lasagna, macaroni & cheese, and in this case, eggplant parmesan....