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It always makes me sad when Reuben walks out the door to go to work. #photoadayapril

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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 24, 2017 6:52 PM (UTC)
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I don't know about you, but I'm ready to go back to regular eating after yesterday! It's fun to feast, but I also like to eat sensibly. 😊
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I've got some inspiration for what to cook this week up on the blog! I shared the groceries we bought for last week, plus all of the suppers that we cooked from them and the total price we paid. Go check it out!
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 23, 2017 1:52 AM (UTC)
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Are you stressed about getting the gravy right for Thanksgiving? I've got the post for you! I shared 3 Sauces Every Cook Should Know, including this gravy, over on @thepioneerwoman's blog. If you learn those sauces, you can make many dishes without a recipe!
Go check it out! Link in bio. 😘
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 16, 2017 9:02 PM (UTC)
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NEW POST! This Cranberry Sourdough Stuffing has all the classic flavors of stuffing with the added punch of cranberries, sourdough, and apples. 😋 Perfect for bringing to a family gathering!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can grab the printable recipe on Buttered Side Up, or use the recipe below:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Cranberry Sourdough Stuffing
Ingredients
9 cups cubed sourdough bread about 3/4 of a rustic loaf
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
8 tbsp grass-fed butter
1 whole red onion finely chopped
2 stalks celery thinly sliced
2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (you can also used dried)
1 whole pink lady apple roughly chopped
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
2 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the bread cubes on 2 baking sheets and bake until nice and dry, about 15 minutes, stirring once. Remove allow to cool.
Meanwhile, place the cranberries, water, and maple syrup in a saute pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until most of the water has evaporated, about 3-5 minutes. Remove to a plate. Wipe out the pan.
In the now-clean pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and celery. Cover and cook, stirring now and then, until the onion and celery are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the sage and rosemary and cook 2 more minutes.
Place the bread cubes. apples, onions and celery (along with all the butter) in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the chicken broth and eggs. Pour over the bread cubes and mix well. Fold in the cranberries.
Pour into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the bread cubes have absorbed the broth.
Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes
DO AHEAD: You can make the bread cubes up to a week in advance. Make sure to store in an air-tight container!
You can cook up the cranberries and onion and celery up to 5 days in advance.

When I first made this recipe, I only used half of an onion. I prefer it with the whole onion, and Reuben likes it better with only half (he's an onion hater). Adapted fr @aberdeenskitchen
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 13, 2017 9:07 PM (UTC)
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FIRST GUYS: Buttered Side Up has a new design! I have always envied blogs that have a VISUAL recipe index, and now I have one of my very own and I'm in love. I think this will make things so much easier for y'all to navigate!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
SECOND: This Crispy Potato Casserole is a fancy Thanksgiving side idea for you. Helen obligingly modeled it for me. She must have been around Jim's age then. How time flies! 😭⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ingredients:
5 medium-sized potatoes (I used russets and reds, but I think golds would work as well)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
salt and pepper
3 1/2 ounces bacon, chopped into little pieces
thyme sprigs (fresh or dried)
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 F (190 C). Peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly. Brush a round baking dish (mine was about 7 inches) with some of the butter. Arrange the slices upright in the dish. Pour some of the butter over the potatoes and brush the rest on top of the potatoes.
Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour and 25 minutes. If the potatoes start to look too dry, brush them with some of the butter in the bottom of the pan.
Meanwhile, as the potatoes are baking, cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until crispy. If you don’t like your bacon overly crispy make sure to under cook it slightly.
Sprinkle the bacon over the potatoes, add a few sprigs of thyme and slide it all back into the over for another 25-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are nicely crisped (but not over-done). Add a bit more salt and pepper if desired.
Serve hot with sour cream or pesto. Any leftovers can be reheated in a pan with some butter.
Adapted from @joyouslydomestic
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 10, 2017 8:52 PM (UTC)
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Have you ever wondered what a recipe meant when it instructed you to make a roux? I've got all the details over on The Pioneer Woman's blog - for example, did you know that the longer you cook a roux, the less thickening ability it has?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Go check out my post on @pwfoodfriends! Link in my bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#pwfoodfriends #buzzfeast #food52 #yahoofood #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #thekitchn #f52grams #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #instafood #instayum #foodstagram #foodgawker #foodstyling #beautifulcuisines #heresmyfood #theartofslowliving #rslove #realsimple #eeeeeats #onmytable #tastemade #realfood #gloobyfood #inmykitchen #foodblogfeed #tastingtable #foodbloggerpro
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 8, 2017 3:52 PM (UTC)
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#ad NEW POST: Maple Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk (Turmeric) Latte! Guys, I've been drinking a turmeric latte on a daily basis this fall. The superfood spice turmeric, combined with all the vitamins and minerals in real milk, make for a drink that's got loads of nutrients.
Go grab the recipe for this latte, live on the blog now! Link in bio. #KnowYourMilk #turmericlatte #falldrinks
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 6, 2017 9:07 PM (UTC)
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Sometimes, you just gotta make pancakes for breakfast. If you want to try something new and flavorful, give my Dirty Chai Pancakes a go! They're "dirty" because they're made with coffee as well as chai. I also have a recipe for a spice caramel sauce to go in too. Indulgent? Yes. Worth it? Yes.
Get the recipe in the blog archives (link in bio).
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Nov 1, 2017 7:53 PM (UTC)
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“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson. There's nothing quite like a perfectly ripe pear. But if you let it go a little too far, throw it into this Pear German Pancake (or Dutch Baby, as James and Helen like to call it), and no one will be the wiser. Even if your pear is slightly on the crunchy side, it will soften in the oven.
Serve with homemade vanilla icing and spiced caramel sauce to turn this into a dessert. 😋
All the recipes live now on the blog! Link in bio. .
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 31, 2017 1:54 AM (UTC)
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Have you ever ordered a mocha latte at a coffee shop only to get a drink that's either sickeningly sweet or chemical-tasting (or both)? You can still have that beautiful marriage of chocolate + coffee without those artificial flavors: make it yourself! I've got a recipe with two levels of sweetness for you: one that I prefer, and one that Reuben prefers. Can you guess who likes it sweeter?
Grab the recipe in the blog archives (link in bio)!
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User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 26, 2017 8:06 PM (UTC)
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Stuffed Pepper Casserole! For all of us that can't get enough filling in our stuffed peppers. 😊 This is one of my all-time favorite things to make for supper, and one of my most popular posts!
Grab the recipe over in the blog archives (link you-know-where).
PS - the song is called Aurora and it was written by my amazing bro. You can check it out over on Soundcloud (search "Vax Aurora").
#ButteredSideUp #casserole #stuffedpeppers #comfortfood
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 26, 2017 1:16 AM (UTC)
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You guys, there's SNOW in the forecast. 😩I'm just not prepared for this! Not like snow in October is strange here in northern MN, but I wasn't done with fall just yet! I've been making a lot more comforting casseroles lately. This Chicken and Biscuits Pot Pie is one of my all-time favorites. My sister made something similar with CHEESE on top. I'll have to try that next time I make this. 😋
Recipe is in the blog archives (search chicken biscuit pot pie).
How long does fall last where you live?
#ButteredSideUp #comfortfood #autumnmood
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:13 PM (UTC)
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NEW POST: Organic/Natural Grocery Haul!
I love seeing what food other people buy for their family. In particular, I really enjoy @mamanatural's grocery hauls. They inspired me to buy more fruit and veggies! I used to purchase a sad amount of veggies. But seeing how much others ate in a week inspired me to do better!
I hope I can inspire you in the same way. 😊
Click that link in my bio to see everything we got!
#groceryhaul #organicfoods #wholefoodsdiet #jerf #realfood #wapf #eatyourveggies
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 20, 2017 8:20 PM (UTC)
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Happy Friday, friends! This has been one busy week for me. I shot 3 recipes yesterday alone. 😴 Deadlines aren't my favorite, but they sure make you get stuff done!
ALSO: I got bangs! My little sister (@bingarenee, AKA hair cutter extraordinaire) cut them for me, and I love them! Still figuring out how to style them...if you have any tips, please let me know!
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 18, 2017 8:01 PM (UTC)
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Aw...just look at Helen's little chubby hands!
This Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash soup is perfect for these chilly fall evenings. I like to serve mine with cream and bacon (duh!). PS: I have a super secret cool way of roasting the garlic for this soup. Head over to the blog to check it out! Link is in bio.

#ButteredSideUp #ButternutSquash #minnstagramers #fallsupper
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 16, 2017 7:13 PM (UTC)
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First of all, does anyone else think the Instagram algorithm makes things awkward sometimes? I'll be scrolling through my feed when I come across a photo that I love. I give it a double tap, only to discover that it was from 2 weeks ago. Makes me look like a total creeper! Do any of you feel like that?
Second, I've got a dynamite recipe for One-Pot Sausage and Veggie Rice. Yes, it's Monday, and I don't think any of us feel like washing more dishes than we need to.
Go grab the details on the blog (link in bio)!
#ButteredSideUp #onepotmeal #dinnersorted
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 13, 2017 8:49 PM (UTC)
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Have you ever tried to make popcorn over the stove, only to end up with a pan of burnt kernels? I've got you covered. Stovetop popcorn is super easy, but you MUST follow my directions carefully. Go grab the tutorial over on @thepioneerwoman's @pwfoodfriends - link in bio!
PS - I shared how much butter I like to put on my popcorn (hint: it's nearly a stick). #ButteredSideUp #pwfoodfriends #havealittlepopcornwithyourbutter #moviesnacks #popcornlover
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 9, 2017 6:50 PM (UTC)
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#ad NEW: If you're curious about what a blogging stay-at-home mom does in a day, check out my latest post live on the blog right now: My Daily Routine. I'm also talking about my current favorite water bottle: the @anchorhocking glass bottle (hint: I kind of really love it). 💛
Go check out the post (link in bio) and leave a comment over there! 😘
#AnchorStrong #AnchorHocking #dayinthelife #blogginglife #momblogger
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 8, 2017 11:59 PM (UTC)
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Are you bored with your breakfasts? Well, I've got 3 ideas for omelette fillings over on @thepioneerwoman's @pwfoodfriends. This was my personal favorite: Tex-Mex! I even made my own chorizo from scratch (I shared the recipe in the comments of that post). Go check it out on Pioneer Woman's blog (link in bio)!
#ButteredSideUp #pwfoodfriends #omelette #breakfastoftheday
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 5, 2017 8:25 PM (UTC)
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NEW POST: Meal Prep Roasted Veggie Breakfast Bowls! Today on the blog I'm talking about Helen starting school (😭) and how you can make your mornings less hectic with these make-ahead breakfast bowls (pssst: they're #paleo and #whole30 friendly!).
Link to post in bio!
#ButteredSideUp #eatyourveggies #whole30breakfast #paleoish
User Image ericaleakastner Posted: Oct 3, 2017 12:56 AM (UTC)
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If there's one snack that's difficult for me to stop eating, it's Homemade Salted Caramel Corn. Seriously, this is so addicting. Perfect for munching while you cozy up and watch something fun or read a book.
Grab the recipe in the blog archives! Link in bio.
What snack is difficult for YOU to stop eating? Also, what shows do you enjoy on Netflix? I got a free trial, but I'm overwhelmed by everything (I like to watch things that are PG or G, unless I can watch it on Vid Angel - yep, I'm an old fuddy duddy). #ButteredSideUp #caramelcorn #homemadefood