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Thinking of Drinking: Pecan Pie Cocktail
Looking for Thanksgiving cocktails?  I'm a big fan of drinking my dessert.  (less calories and more fun!)  Try my version of Pecan Pie.

10 of the BEST Fall Recipes You Haven't Made
Fall is here!  Celebrate the season with some my favorite fall recipes.

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes You've Never Tried
It is getting closer to feast time.  Have you planned your Thanksgiving menu yet?!  Check out some of my recipes below to make the best sides, cocktails, turkey, dessert and more.  What are some of your favorites?

Thanksgiving Recipe: Corn Pudding with New Age White Wine
Nothing says Thanksgiving like corn pudding.  I put my recipe to the test for my friends and they loved it.  This is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Happy #DCCocktailWeek!
Where should you go to celebrate?

Thinking of Drinking: Spiked Fig Apple Cider
This is great for Thanksgiving or any fall party.  At a Lamb and Fig dinner, I made this Spiked Cider with figs and Diep 9 to go with our meal.  Special thank you to the California Fig Association for contributing the delicious fruit.  

Dining Out: Jardenea’s Fall Dinner
I was really looking for a hidden gem to indulge in some fall classics. Jardenea’s, tucked away inside of the Foggy Bottom boutique hotel Melrose Georgetown, was just the perfect place.

Top 5 Fall Soups
It is that time of year... soup time!  Are you craving soup?  I am!  Check out these recipes below to celebrate the season.  

Cheese Stolen with Bosio Tropical Passion Fruit Moscato
Photo from Lana's CookingI love a good bubbly to pair with brunch.  Forget the mimosas and try this Tropical Passion Fruit Moscato.

Thinking of Drinking: Negroni
You might find Italians drinking a Negroni or two after work and before dinner.  The Italians love a classic apertif to stimulate the appetite.  Saluti!

Free Event: Register for the 5th Annual Chile Chef Challenge!
Next Week! The Ambassador of Chile, Alfonso Silva Navarro, Foods from Chile & RAMW are putting on the 5th Annual Chile Chef Challenge! Food & Cocktail Battle. On Monday, November 5, 2018, from 6-9PM at the National Restaurant Association Headquarters DC Chefs and Mixologists will battle it out – and you get to decide what restaurants are your fave!

Happy Halloween from My Little Goblins!
Happy Halloween!  Both of these costumes are Plan B.  E asked to be Anna for Halloween so I got her a costume and got F a reindeer. 

Dining Out: Hank’s Oyster Bar for Lunch!
Who can resist stopping by Hank’s Oyster Bar for a quick lunch? They have four different locations – Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Old Town, and the Wharf. I recently visited the Dupont Circle neighborhood location and loved how they created their new specials and seasonal dishes!

Recipe: Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto
I love butternut squash this time of year.  One of my good friends came to visit from Arizona and she eats vegan.  I wanted to find a dish that would work with her diet and came up with this recipe.  If you're not vegan and want to amp it up, add some cream and Parmesan cheese at the end.  Happy Fall, Y'all!

Guide to Halloween Cocktails
You know I love a good themed cocktail.  Here's some of my favorites throughout the years:

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