My Set, My Brussels Sprouts

Have you ever wished you could customize a cookware set for the way you love to cook? Well now you can, with Your Set by Calphalon. I was lucky enough to receive two incredibly versatile pieces, and I used them for some of my favorite dishes.

See how I used the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan and Unison Non-stick 10″ Omelet Pan for My Set, My Brussels Sprouts.

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At Thanksgiving dinner, our turkey was cooked to perfection, the mashed potatoes were creamy and the cornbread was tender.  But by far the most popular dish on our Thanksgiving table was the Brussels sprouts, pan-roasted and tossed with brown butter, pecans and Romano cheese.  The full recipe is on Relish.

I was lucky enough to be sent two pans from Calphalon’s Your Set cookware line, the AccuCore Stainless Steel 3-quart Sauté Pan and the Unison Non-stick 10″ Omelet Pan.  Your Set by Calphalon helps you completely customize your cookware set, so you aren’t stuck with a bunch of pans you’ll never use like you might be with other cookware sets.  I adore the AccuCore stainless steel because it has a wide, flat bottom, perfect for cooking large amounts of vegetables.  I can’t wait to use it for small-batch jams and preserves, too.  As for the Unison Nonstick, I’ve finally found a durable nonstick cookware that isn’t made with Teflon, making it safe for me to use around our pet bird (and giving me peace of mind about our health as well).  Visit the Your Set by Calphalon web page to learn more.

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A Savvy Week: Halloween Menu

At our Halloween party this weekend, we kept the decorations simple:

Winter squash arranged around pumpkin-scented candles

Our Halloween "tree," composed of sticks from the backyard, a vase, and orange and black ribbons.

And came up with a fun and spooky playlist, ranging from classics like Monster Mash and Ghostbusters to favorites like Thriller and Werewolves of London. And some not-really-Halloween-themed-but-there-are-only-so-many-Halloween-songs-out-there like Punch Bowl by Punch Brothers and Robots by Flight of the Conchords. As for the food, we went with chili and soft pretzels.  Who doesn’t love chili and homemade soft pretzels?  To see how I planned ahead and what exactly was on our menu, check out my guest post on AllRecipes today!

Lots of candles, jars of candy and this little owl candle holder from Michael's ($4). We have dubbed him "Maurice."

18 Homemade Candy Recipes

NewImageIf there was every a time to try your hand at making your own candy, Halloween is it.  While you’re handing out store-bought candy, you can be sitting inside eating your own homemade candy corn and caramel, or putting out bowls of your own lollipops or gumdrops at your Halloween party.  

This week, I’m writing about 8 homemade candy recipes over on Home Made Simple.  Check it out!


Other favorite homemade candy recipes:

Peanut Butter Cups from Brown Eyed Baker

Twix Bars from Instructables

Kit Kat Bars from Serious Eats

Milky Way Bars from Whisk Kid

Mounds Bars from The Wannabe Chef

Tootsie Rolls from Food 52

Snickers from Bon Appetit

Marshmallow Peeps from Twig and Thistle

Butterfinger Bars from Serious Eats

Three Musketeers Bars from Wilde in the Kitchen

Eight more on Home Made Simple…