Chocolate Pecan Pie – Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

chocolate pecan pie sliceIt’s funny how often I’m asked to bring dessert to holiday dinners and parties. The truth is, I’m not actually much of a baker. Making dessert is a lot of pressure–it has to be delicious and beautiful and above all, special. The thought of making an elaborate special-occasion dessert can send me into a serious tizzy. That’s why I wrote The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook. It’s full of what I call “low-stress, high-reward” dessert recipes. These are recipes for quick, easy, made-(mostly)-from-scratch, and beautiful desserts that are suitable for even the most special of occasions, but uncomplicated enough to make any time the urge strikes. This Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie is a perfect example–I’ll be bringing it to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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Green Bean Salad with Crispy Fried Onions

green bean salad for thanksgivingI once made a Thanksgiving green bean casserole from scratch. You know, the old-fashioned kind with the creamy mushroom sauce and crispy fried onion topping? Was it good? Sure. But it  took me a ridiculously long time to make. Like, all day. Will I ever do it again? Heck no. Because the sad truth is that I am pretty sure no one could even tell the difference from the kind that uses canned cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onions. Adding insult to injury, I couldn’t get my onions anywhere near as crunchy as the store-bought ones. This year for Thanksgiving, I’m serving this lightened up green bean salad instead.

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Crispy Scallion Pancakes

scallion pancakesIt’s one of my foundational food memories: My little-kid legs sticking to the red vinyl of the restaurant chair, my stomach growling, as I wait eagerly for the dim sum cart to clatter by piled high with my favorite—Scallion Pancakes, flaky pastry rounds loaded with green onions and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.

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Chocolate Chickpea Muffins (for Breakfast!)

chocolate chickpea muffins are so rich and chocolatey you'll have a hard time believing they're healthy!This post was sponsored by S&W Beans. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I love garbanzo beans. Or chickpeas. Whatever you call them, I love them in soups, stews, mashed and formed into patties and fried, in salads, with pasta, coated with savory spices and roasted until delectably crispy. And hummus! We can’t forget hummus. Because I love garbanzo beans/chickpeas so much, I always have multiple cans in my cupboard. The other day I was trying to think of a unique way to use them for a healthy breakfast. I was thinking something savory, with eggs and/or cheese, perhaps, but then I stumbled on the idea of using them in muffins. Chocolate chickpea muffins. Mmmm.

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Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah

rosh hashanah honey cakeRecipe Update: This Rosh Hashanah honey cake (originally published 9/20/11) is one of the most popular recipes (the most popular recipe?) here on Two Lazy Gourmets. I myself am getting ready to bake multiple batches up for friends and neighbors to celebrate the Jewish new year on September 21, 2017. We’ve gotten queries over the years asking for metric conversions for the measurements, so I’ve updated the recipe to include those. Enjoy! If you make this cake, let us know how you like it in the comments!—Robin

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Fast and Delicious Weeknight Meals That Aren’t Take-Out!

ling ling fried rice eventThis post was sponsored by Ling Ling and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I love a good hands-on cooking event, especially with other bloggers. And I love easy weeknight meals that are delicious and can be on the table fast. So when I was invited to an event by Ling Ling Asian Kitchen to learn about their new line of frozen fried rice entrees, and learn to prepare some delicious easy sides to pair with them, I was in!

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Fried Rice at Home that’s Better than Takeout

fried rice in a bowlThis post was sponsored by Ling Ling and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

When I was asked to feature Ling Ling Fried Rice on the blog, I have to admit, I was a little bit skeptical. As much as I love a shortcut to a delicious meal, I’m not a big fan of using prepared foods from the supermarket freezer section. I  don’t like that they are often full of unwelcome ingredients (I’m looking at you, high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil!), but more importantly, I’ve rarely been impressed with the flavor and texture of the dishes. I’ll admit, I serve the occasional Trader Joe’s frozen pizza or turkey meatballs to my 8-year-old, and I do love a good frozen potsticker now and then, but that’s about as deep as I delve into the frozen foods aisle.

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Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe—So Good I Want to Eat It with a Spoon

thai peanut sauce on a gado gado saladI don’t remember when I first tasted Thai peanut sauce, but I know for sure that I have been obsessed with it since childhood. It’s a top contender for my desert island food. I mean, what better to have on your desert island than a sauce that could make sea kelp or even sand taste delicious? It’s salty, sweet, savory, and a little (or a lot, up to you. I like a lot!) spicy. Nutty peanut butter, simmered with creamy coconut milk, a touch of brown sugar, a splash of lime, and a dollop of a complex Thai curry paste. I could seriously eat it on just about anything. Or on nothing at all, just straight from the pot with a spoon (I actually do this. A lot.)

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How to Cook a Whole Chicken in an Instant Pot

whole chicken instant potIf you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, all I can say is, well, you should! This is truly my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Why? Because I can make a delicious one-pot dinner—even starting with dried beans or frozen meat—in well under an hour. I can also use it as a slow cooker, to make rice, to make Homemade Chicken Broth, and even yogurt. But my very favorite thing to do is to cook a whole chicken in an Instant Pot. I use the meat as the basis for other dishes—my Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken salads, or my son’s very matzoh ball soup. Then I use the bones and cooking juices as a base for a rich, delicious Homemade Chicken Broth (great for matzoh ball soup!), which is also cooked in the Instant Pot.

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Gluten Free Pecan Tartlets with Date Caramel

I decided to make these delicious and adorable Gluten-Free Pecan Tartlets for #RecipeMakeover because they are practically health food. No, seriously. They’re not only gluten free, but also dairy free, refined sugar free, and packed with healthy pecans. The chopped nuts are napped in a rich caramel made from sweet medjool dates and coconut milk. The best part is that these Gluten Free Pecan Tartlets are super easy to make.

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