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Gingerbread man cheese ball

A cheese ball appetizer shaped like a festive gingerbread man! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

How cute is this little guy? Nothing beats a cheese ball for any holiday gathering, but it’s even more fun when shaped like a festive gingerbread man! [click to continue…]

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What I Ate Wednesday #7: A Holiday Potluck

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Hi there and happy Wednesday! This past week has been super busy with last minute Christmas planning and packing for our family trip to Curaçao, so this edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) is going to be short and sweet!

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How to eat healthier at your next holiday potluck

Healthy eating at potlucks: Tips and tricks - essential for the holiday season!| www.ricottaandradishes.com

Potlucks are a fun and convenient party plan, especially for the host.  Less cooking means more time to relax, let loose and spend time with your guests.  But if you’re making an effort to eat healthier in your day to day life, potlucks–whether you’re hosting or not–can pose a few problems.

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Italian pizzelle

Italian pizzelle cookies | www.ricottaandradishes.com

If you’re Italian, or have ever attended an Italian event such as a wedding, church function or Christmas dinner at your friend’s nonna’s house, you have probably encountered pizzelle before.

Pizzelle (pronounced like pizza, but with an elle at the end instead) are thin, wafer-like Italian cookies made from eggs, sugar, flour, oil and anise flavouring.  They’re subtly sweet with a pleasant licorice flavour that is particularly enjoyable after a big meal.

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Sunday links + the week in review

Vegan ginger molasses cookies | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for another round of food-themed links, plus a few of the little things I did since last Sunday.  Life’s just full of those “little things,” isn’t it?

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Antipasto skewers with salami, olives and mozzarella

Antipasto skewers with salami, olives and mozzarella | www.ricottaandradishes.com

If there’s one thing I dig about the holiday season, it’s…wait for it…appetizers! You thought I was going to say gifts, didn’t you? Well I suppose those are pretty great, too. But back to the food!

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What I Ate Wednesday #6 {A Snowy Day In}

What I Ate Wednesday #6 - A Snowy Day In

Hey there and happy Wednesday! It feels like a while since I last chronicled a day’s worth of eats as part of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).  I skipped October because frankly it was pure madness – more business travel, (Canadian) Thanksgiving, friends weekends, Halloween, etc.

This month there were fewer weekend obligations so I made sure to squeeze in a good old WIAW post.  Alright, let’s get to it!

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Sunday links + the week in review

Christmas Tree

Eek – it’s December tomorrow!  On a scale from 1 to 10, how prepared are you to tackle the holiday season?

I’m probably a nice solid 5 at the moment.  Not too shabby, but nothing to brag about either.  Christmas is still far enough away that it feels as though there’s plenty of time to get everything done, so I’ve been taking it slow.  Here are some small things I’ve tackled since last week…

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Thanksgiving Week 2014: Menu & Wrap-Up

A healthier Thanksgiving menu | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Today marks the conclusion of Thanksgiving Week 2014, my special 7-day series focusing on healthier Turkey Day recipe ideas.  Many of the dishes were vegetarian with a focus on whole foods, but there were also a few non-vegetarian (yet still healthy) options.

And because I’m not the world’s greatest baker I suck at baking, I included a post on healthy Thanksgiving leftover ideas in lieu of dessert.  I figure you’ll be noshing on pumpkin pie anyway :)

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Thanksgiving-leftover-ideas

Welcome to day 7 – the final post of Thanksgiving Week!

For this special series I posted a new healthy Thanksgiving recipe every day for the past week.  The week flowed just like a menu, from starters and salads to side dishes and mains.

Now that Thanksgiving dinner’s over, it’s time for (arguably) the best part: leftovers!  What to do with all that turkey, stuffing and side dishes?

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