Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Pistachios, Goat Cheese & Pomegranate Glaze

I have a thing for dishes that bring together sweet and salty flavors in one bite. It's like every mouthful hits all the right notes and sends you going back for more (and more and more!).

I first tried these Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges topped with Pistachios, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Glaze at an event I went to last week sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios (yes, they of the amazing TV commercials!), where we all teamed up to make a bunch of delicious winter recipes featuring pistachios.

You can read more about that party here, but if it's the recipe you're looking for, scroll down!

I have made this easy sweet potato side dish twice since the party last week, and am already thinking about doing it again for Christmas or maybe even our New Year's party. It is THAT good.

The sweet potato wedges are crispy on the outside and tender inside, and paired with the salty roasted pistachios and goat cheese. And then the perfectly sweet and spicy pomegranate juice glaze ties the whole magical thing together. Ahh...SO GOOD!


A Winter Cooking Party with Wonderful Pistachios (Plus 3 Pistachio Recipe Ideas!)

Last week, I got the chance to attend a fun little cooking party sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios. The event was hosted by Momtrends, and brought together an amazing group of blogger ladies for a festive night of cooking, eating, drinking, and sharing.


Pistachio Brownie Cookies

The perfect cross between brownies and cookies, these chewy dark chocolate cookies studded with pistachios are an awesome treat for holiday parties (or for those days when you're craving chocolate like it's nobody's business!).


Pistachio and Cherry Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls have always been one of my favorite holiday treats, and this recipe from the Wonderful Pistachios event I attended last week was wonderful.

Though this recipe calls for dried cherry, feel free to improvise, adding other dried fruits (or a mix of them!). Dark chocolate chips would also be lovely, as would a dash of almond extract, to bring out the nutty flavors.


Sweet & Spicy Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

There are few dishes more crowd-pleasing than a giant platter of piping hot crispy chicken wings. Whether sticky and sweet or spicy and saucy, they're just one of those things that make a whole lot of people, a whole lot of happy.

And if you come across a recipe that's sweet AND spicy, like these easy Coca-Cola Chicken Wings? TOTAL WIN!

Homemade chicken wings are one of my favorite party foods to serve at any time of year. They're perfect for game-day parties, obviously, but I also love them for birthday parties and casual weekend get-togethers. The apartment building we live in even served them up at last year's annual Christmas tree decorating party, and people were so excited!


DIY Gift Idea: Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

I love peppermint. I drink peppermint tea constantly, love minty hot chocolate, and will never turn down a peppermint patty or a junior mint.

And I LOVE this yummy and easy homemade peppermint scented Candy Cane Sugar Scrub!


DIY Gift Idea: Sand Art Brownie Mix

Do you remember making sand art designs at the carnival as a kid? That was always one of my favorite activities.

I loved making patterns with the colored sand, though after a few weeks (or even days!) of bumping the bottle around, the colors would all mix together and I'd end up with a bottle filled with ugly purple-brown sand that my mom would

That's why I love this project so much. You get the fun of the pretty layered ingredients, which can then be mixed up into a delicious batch of brownies!


Sheet Pan Roasted Tomato Soup

Let's make soup in the oven!

I work from home the majority of the time. I absolutely love this, especially on cold winter days, when I just have no wish to go outside. The only unfortunate thing about this is that my building keeps the heat on very low during the day when they assume everyone is away. It's a cost and energy saving method, which I understand, but it also means that Hudson and I (and all the other work-from-home neighbors) spend most of the day shivering and piling on layers.

It sucks, but one way that I deal with it is by putting my oven to work. Long slow braises, roasted veggies, every baked good ever... If I can find an excuse to crank up the oven, I do.


Maple Cranberry Pecan Pie

If you have to pull together a holiday dessert at the last minute, I highly recommend going with pecan pie. It's the easiest pie to make--just stir together a few ingredients, pour into a crust, and bake!

The whole thing seriously takes minutes to prepare, and the final product?

SO satisfyingly gooey and delicious.

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