Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Right now, I’m sipping hot coffee, trying desperately not to burn my mouth.

I have my coat on (inside the office), a sweater, and a t-shirt, and I’m still cold.

I had to warm up my car for 10 minutes this morning.

Hello, freezing Fall weather.  I’ve been anticipating your arrival.

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup.  I'm obsessed!  So flavorful and satisfying on a cold Fall day.  | hostthetoast.com

There are two ways that I love to warm myself up with food when the days cool down: lots of spice and hot foods.  That’s what makes this Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup absolutely perfect for this time of year.

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Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

Fellow french fry fiends, fear not.  I’m not about to ruin your diets with pictures of deep fried potatoes.

Spicy Baked Jicama Fries

 

No, really, I’m not.  These “fries” aren’t fried at all, and they’re definitely not potatoes.  Instead, these fries are made of a different tuber called Jicama (pronounced hee-ka-ma), which is most often found in Mexican and Asian cuisine.  It’s sweet and crunchy and (best of all) pretty darn healthy, comparitively speaking.

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Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies

Go ahead and throw all of your stereotypes at me because I have fully embraced my love of all things fall-related.  I’m drinking a Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee right now and wearing a football-themed sweatshirt and I keep thinking about how I need to plan an apple-picking trip.  Next thing you know, I’ll be stocking up on autumn-leaves-scented candles and filtering instagram pictures of the trees changing colors.  I’ve accepted my fate as a woman in her early-to-mid twenties.  There’s no use fighting Fall Fever.

Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies.  The pumpkin oatmeal cookies will make you swoon by themselves.  With the apple cider creme?  Oh, words cannot express that level of fall deliciousness. | hostthetoast.com

Have you thought at least 3 times this month that a pumpkin-carving party would be fun?  Have you been google and pinterest searching for the perfect Halloween costume?  Have you worn a flannel shirt to a hay ride?  If so, you’re as far gone as I am, and these Pumpkin & Apple Cider Oatmeal Creme Pies might induce tears of happiness.

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Baked Sweet Chili Garlic Popcorn Chicken

Believe it or not, in between chowing down on all things cheesy or chocolaty that I put up here, I try to make healthy choices.

Well, at least sometimes.

Baked Sweet Chili Garlic Popcorn Chicken.  I could eat these all day.  Great for Game Day and you won't even miss the fried wings! | hostthetoast.com

And I know that a lot of you are right there with me, trying to keep your snacking down and your salad-consumption up.  However, just because you are trying to steer clear of fried foods doesn’t mean you have to write off tasty foods.  For example, you can pop a bunch of this Baked Sweet Chili Garlic Popcorn Chicken in your mouth, and you won’t even miss deep-fried wings.  No, you won’t miss them one bit.

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The Best Chewy Café-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mom has been making the same chocolate chip cookies for over 20 years.  They’re a serious hit around the holidays and they fly off the plate faster than anything else we put out for our Christmas spread.  That’s especially impressive if you know how enormous our Christmas spread typically is.

Everyone begs for the recipe (in between shoving them in their mouths, of course).  I also gobble them down– in fact, I probably gain 5 lbs every winter from those cookies alone.  I loooove those cookies.

The Best Chewy Café-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These are so soft and chewy-- definitely the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever had!  | hostthetoast.com

But these are not those cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies made my mom decide that she will be abandoning her recipe that she’s used for over 2 decades.  These cookies are so good that I’ve dubbed them “The Best Chewy Café-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies”.  These cookies are so soft and chewy that after sitting out on the counter uncovered overnight (woops) they were STILL SOFT AND DELICIOUS IN THE MORNING.  In fact, I think they were even softer the second day!

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