The Nosh Pit

Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Whip up a fantastic dessert in 10 minutes
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I don't know about you but I'm often... fairly short on time. And as much as I love to bake, sometimes it has to take a backseat to work, class and whatever else life throws my way. But even when sleep is in short supply and my to do list is a mile long - and the only things crossed off are the ones I put on there after already finishing - there are quick and simple desserts I can make that still bring a wow factor.

Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake. Photo by Amy Spiro

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

Warm up from the inside out with a hot bowl of soup
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When it's the middle of winter, I don't want to go to the supermarket, and I want to enjoy something warm and hearty, I turn to one thing: soup. By simply rummaging through my fridge and pantry I usually manage to locate at least one vegetable (squash) one protein (chickpeas) and one grain (barley). Tada - soup! A quick simmer on the stove and you can be digging in to a satsifying bowl too.

Butternut squash and chickpea soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Pumpkin Muffins

Bite in to a little slice of fall

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You may be able to buy canned pumpkin year round, but there is something about pumpkin desserts that just begs to be eaten this time of year. It's a little colder than fall, it's not quite the bitter freezing and constant snowfalls of winter. I've made these muffins from a whole pumpkin and I've made them from a can - and they taste just as delicious either way. And finishing them in 30 minutes instead of 4 hours is quite a perk.

Pumpkin Muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

Reinvent your turkey!

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in some fun recipes
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Congratulations. If you've made it this far, you've survived Thanksgiving. And since there's a good chance you have some leftover turkey sitting around in the fridge, I'm here to help you use it up in some more exciting ways than a sandwich.

When your turkey is cold, remove it all from the bones and shred it in to nice-sized chunks. At this point you can toss it in to any green salads to turn them in to a meal, use it in soups to make them heartier or mix with your favorite sauce and serve it on bread for a pulled turkey sandwich.

Reinvent your turkey!

Quinoa Salad With Chicken

A perfectly portable dish that combines protein, grains and fruit.
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Very often the recipe ideas that appeal to me most are the practical ones - the ones I can pack up in a plastic container, stick in my bag and bring to work, without worrying about it being squished, about it needing reheating or about it needing to be eaten immediately. Plus dishes like this, which combine protein, grains and a little fruit for a well balanced meal, are top on my list of easy dinners.

Chicken, Apple and Quinoa Salad

Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Cookies

Take a big bite of this decadent, chewy cookie
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If you ask most people what their favorite cookie is, you'll get a resounding: chocolate chip. And while the classic is nothing to joke around about, switching things up with a little hint of cinnamon and three (yes, three!) types of chocolate brings the traditional to an even more exciting level.

Chilling the dough in the fridge before use allows the flavors to develop even further, and baking the cookies until they just have the slightest brown tint gets them to stay deliciously chewy for days to come.

Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Crispy Asian Chicken

Enjoy a fun, flavorful, breakfast-inspired dinner
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I've been known on occasion to have breakfast for dinner, and even rarely to have dinner for breakfast, but rarely have I mixed the two together. But that all changes with this recipe for crispy Asian drumsticks - that gets a healthy but satisfying crunch from crushed up rice krispies.

Crispy Asian Chicken

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Enjoy a healthy, addictive snack
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Over my year as a Nosh Pit columnist, I've shared recipes for cakes, pies and cookies, entrees, Crispy Roasted Chickpeas. Photo by Amy Spiro

Rustic Apple Tart

Enjoy a traditional fall dessert for the Sukkot holiday
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It's time for Sukkot - the holiday that best symbolizes the fall, the harvest, and the start of the rainy season!

This simple apple tart is both beautiful and tasty, and a great way to use some of fall's quintessential produce: the apple.

The apples are really the star of this dish, only sprinkled with a touch of sugar and cinnamon and some tiny dabs of butter (or margarine). This is one dish you'll be happy to serve to all the guests around your Sukkot table. That is - if you manage to save any for them.

Chag Sameach!


Rustic Apple Tart. Photo by Amy Spiro

Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

Pull together this delicious meal in half an hour
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I'm a big fan of one pot meals - throw everything in to a pot, simmer for a while and enjoy a steaming hot meal with little prep. The problem with dinners like this is that they can often require hours of cooking - but this flavorful, easy dish can be on the table in half an hour.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew. Photo by Amy Spiro
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