Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Ok, I know I’m confusing you here.  I was all pumpkin and butternut squash and blah blah blah, and now I’m giving you lemon poppy seed.

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But just stay with me here, people, there’s a super good reason for it.

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I’m giving you lemons because, well, sometimes life does that (yes, I literally had a bunch of lemons begging to be used). And when life give you lemons, people, you make lemon poppy seed scones.

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And these scones with knock your socks off. They were so good by themselves that I didn’t even want to frost and/or glaze them, which is super impressive because I want to frost and/or glaze everything, ever. These just melt in your mouth all on their own,  without the frosting assist. Like magic.

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I know we’re all up in fall’s business here in New England, but any time of year is a good time for lemon poppy seed scones. Especially when life gives you lemons.


Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 15 minutes | Total time: about 40 minutes with cooling

Yield: about 8 large scones

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 10 tablespoons cold butter unsalted, diced
  • 1 egg
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 º F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder and lemon zest. Cut in the cold butter  using a pastry cutter or two forks until the mixture looks like corn meal, or the butter is the size of peas. In a measuring cup, whisk together the egg, lemon juice and heavy cream. Slowly pour the wet ingredients in to the dry and mix until the mixture just barely comes together.

Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and roll out in to large disk, about 1 inch thick. Cutting across the diameter, cut the dough in to 8 triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes, until the edges are just barely golden. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve slightly warm. PS- these are amazzzzinnnnggggg when topped with blueberry jam. You heard it here first.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pizza

Soooooo it appears that, in addition to fries, cookies, cupcakes, donuts and all things related to fall, I’m also heavily addicted to pizza.

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There could be worse things…you know, crack, meth, cigarettes, spinach. I’m considering myself lucky (but seriously though, I’m also addicted to spinach).

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Especially when pizza can come in FALL flavors , loaded up with delicious butternut squash and sage and gruyere. Double addict. Oh my god it’s just so good.

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And, you guys, I totally made my own pizza crust for this one. I’m not kidding. I’ll give you the recipe soon, I promise.

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Seriously, this pizza is a little weird, I know, but I’m all about weird things on pizzas and the combo of butternut squash and sage is absolutely killer. I literally ate half of it on my own.

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Prep time: 35 minutes | Bake time: about 15-18 minutes | Total time: about 1 hour

Yield: 2-4 servings

  • 1  pizza dough- store bought is totally legit
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut in time 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground sage
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ¾ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8-10 fresh sage leaves

Preheat oven to 425 º F. Add the squash to the baking sheet and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, ground sage and minced garlic to the baking sheet.  Toss to coat and roast for about 25-30 minutes, until the squash is fork tender. Remove and let cool. Maintain the oven temp at 425 º F.

While the squash is roasting, caramelize the onions. Add the chopped onion and butter to a sautee pan and sautee over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the onions are slightly browned, soft and translucent. Your house will smell amazing. Set aside.

Lightly grease a baking sheet or pizza stone and spread dough out over pan. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the pizza. Sprinkle the cheeses evenly over the pizza crust. Do the same with the caramelized onions, then the squash. Then take the sage leaves, tear each of them in half and distribute them over the pizza. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges of the pizza are slightly golden brown.  Remove from oven, cut as desired, and enjoy your perfect homemade pizza!

{Healthy} Pumpkin Pie Muffins

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Fall. I’ve been waiting and waiting for you for forever (well, since last November), and here you are. I’ve missed you so. Mostly I’ve missed all the things that come with you, like football, fleeces and yummy yummy food.

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And PUMPKIN. I’ve been dyinnnnggggg to bake with pumpkin. I’ve wanted to make pie, cake, muffins, cookies, scones… allthethings. I couldn’t decide what to make you first.

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This was such a problem that I had a stroke of genius and made you two in one. Pumpkin Pie Muffins. And because I like fall ohsomuch and wanted to save room for all the deliciousness to come, I made them healthy. Boom.

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Even though these are healthy, they do not skimp on taste. They are slightly sweet, super pumpkin-y (it’s a word) and fill you with the fall warmth I know you’ve been missing all summer long.

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It’s fall, people! Let’s celebrate and eat some pumpkin!


Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 18-20 minutes | Total time: about 1 hour, with cooling

Yield: 18 muffins


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (I used Chobani plain 2%)
  • ¼ heaping cup oil (I used coconut oil)


  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce or apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 º F. Line muffin tins with liners.

In one bowl, mix the  dry ingredients (from whole wheat flour through salt). In another large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, Greek yogurt and oil. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full and set aside.

To make the filling, simply combine all ingredients. Make an indentation in the top of the muffin batter with the back of a tablespoon and fill with the filling.

To make the streusel, combine all the ingredients with a pastry cutter, cutting until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the muffins.

Place the muffins in the oven and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in to the center comes out clean (you might get a little pie filling on it, but that’s OK!). Let cool slightly, and enjoy!

Pea and Pesto Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Hold up. Just hooooolld up. Is it September? Have we already had a full week of it? I feel like I missed something… Like, summer.

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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall. It’s seriously my favorite of all the seasons. I’m super excited about it and have already begun experimenting in the kitchen (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve been a getting sneak peak of what’s to come!). But it’s been 80 degrees here in New Haven, and I still have a few late summer recipes up my sleeve.

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Like this delicious pasta salad. It’s bright, fresh, versatile and oh-so-healthy. I had it warm, room temp and cold and it was super yummy each and every way. The peas and cannellini beans make it a hearty and filling pasta that could be a dinner OR a side! So many possibilities!

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As I squeeze in my last few summer recipes, I’d love to hear from you all… what do YOU want to see up on the blog this fall? What are you most looking forward to eating as the weather turns cool? This is the best season of all!!

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  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta, cooked al dente and drained ( I used fusilli, but any kind will work!)
  • 1 cup pesto (I used my own mint pea pesto recipe)
  • 1 (12 oz) box of frozen peas
  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mix  pasta, pesto, peas and cannellini beans. Sir in 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Top with remaining cheese. Can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled!

Browned Butter Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

So…. I have a new favorite cookie.

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I know, I know, this happens to me  like, 12 times a week.

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But this time it’s for real, people.

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I made these a week ago and I CANNOT stop thinking about them.

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They’re like my classic chocolate chip cookies but cracked out on espresso grounds, browned butter and toffee bits.

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The coffee flavor and the warmth of the browned butter make these a perfect late- night snack. The little bit of cornstarch in the batter makes them extra chewy and stay that way for days. Oh and the sea salt on top? Please please please, for the love of cookies, do not leave that off. The salt complements all the other yumminess in the cookies and is really what makes them so perfect.

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I brought these in to work and nearly caused a riot (the good kind, obviously- only good things happen when cookies are around).

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If you’ve ever doubted me before, now is not the time. Even though the ingredients are a little non-traditional, these cookies are unreal. I’m 99.98% sure they’ll be come your new favorite, too!


Prep time: 20 minutes | Bake time: 10 minutes| Total time: about 30-40 minutes, plus cooling

Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup butter, browned
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup toffee bits (I crushed up some Skor bars!)
  • ¾ cups chocolate chips
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 º F. In a large saucepan, brown your butter (here’s how!). Set aside and let cool. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, espresso powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

By now your butter should be somewhat cool. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the sugars and butter on medium speed for about 3 minutes.  Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and combine. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until completely blended. Fold in the toffee and chocolate chips!.

Place heaping tablespoons of the dough on to your cookie sheets. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are just set (due to the deep color of the cookies, it will be hard to see if the’ve browned at all!). Take the cookies out and let cool on the sheets for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Prepare for a life-changing cookie experience.

Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda.