Deep Dish Pizza with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

Brussels Sprouts Pizza-5

I’ve been waiting for months to make this pizza.

There’s a restaurant around the corner from our house that serves a pizza topped with brussels sprouts, pancetta, and brie. I excitedly gave it a try over the summer but was pretty disappointed. It just wasn’t right – the flavors were too flowery, the crust was too delicate, and the brussels sprouts were too small. Plus, who eats brussels sprouts in August anyway?

I promised myself that as soon as the weather was a little more appropriate, I’d make my own version of the pizza at home. It was hard to wait, but I didn’t want to start eating all of my favorite all foods too early because I was afraid that I’d get burned out on them before the cool weather even started to set in. Finally, I decided that it was sufficiently Fall enough. This version is everything that I had hoped the restaurant’s would be: the dough is thick, chewy and charred; the meat is smokey; and the brussels sprouts are slightly caramelized and abundant.

Savory Oat Pilaf

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I was scrolling through my photo archives the other day and came across these photos of savory oat pilaf. I can’t believe I have’t posted about it yet!

I know savory oats may sound a little weird but trust me on this one, ok? Because this is some seriously good comfort food. And I promise they don’t taste like breakfast oats at all. I wasn’t sure myself how this experiment would turn out, but I’m completely hooked!

Shawn’s Split Pea Soup

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I didn’t plan to post two soup recipes back-to-back, but that’s just the way things go sometimes. I always get so excited when it’s finally cool enough out to make soup!

Shawn must have been in a soup mood too, because he’s been bugging me to make pea soup for a few weeks already. I guess I took too long, because he took matters into his own hands and made it himself on his day off. (He pretends that he can’t cook, but he’s actually really good at it! He also makes awesome stroganoff.)

Carrot & Red Lentil Soup

carrot and lentil soup

I’ve had an old pickle jar full of red lentils sitting on top of my fridge and doing nothing other than looking pretty for far too long. (Don’t judge – those barrel-shaped jars are great for storing things like lentils and dry beans. Yay recycling!)

I’ve also wanted to make carrot soup for, oh, about two years. Shawn wan’t thrilled with the idea though, so I never got around to it.

Now that the says are a tad cooler, it seemed like the perfect time to bring the two ideas together. I made a big pot of this soup one Sunday and ate it for lunch all week. Shawn didn’t want any part of it – too bad, because he doesn’t know what he was missing out on.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans

wilted spinach salad with goat cheese and pecans

wilted spinach salad with goat cheese and pecans

I’m not typically a fan of spinach salads, but this one is different – and I’m obsessed! To make it, you sautée onions and the throw the spinach into the hot pan. The heat from the pan gently wilts the spinach just enough to soften it up a little and take some of the bitter edge off it. Then it all gets tossed with toasted pecans and crumbled goat cheese. The contrast between the sweet onions, crunchy pecans, and creamy goat cheese (which melts a little from the residual heat) is amazing!

Juicy Bison Burgers with Mushrooms & Onions

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If you have any extra mushrooms after making the lasagna I posted last week, this recipe is a great way to use them up. Loaded up with mushrooms and onions sautéed until they’re so soft they almost melt, these burgers are so flavorful that I’ll even make an exception to my “don’t you dare serve me a burger that isn’t smothered with cheese” rule.