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November round-up

December has finally arrived, and brings with it short, dark days, comfort foods, holiday baking and of course- Christmas! But before I delve into all that, let’s take some time to look back at the last month. Here’s what went on at Kitchenist and beyond in the month of November.

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Kitchenist saw some delicious recipes over the course of the month, both old favourites and new experiments.

I began with a trusty fallback of mine, Meaty But Not Really Pasta Sauce. This hearty lentil-packed dish that can be served over just about anything. I also let you know about my guest post at The Beat That My Heart Skipped, where I shared my recipe for Slow-Baked Beans with Maple Syrup. Just recently, I wrote about a favourite stir-fry of mine, Peanut Thai Noodle.

Peanut Thai Noodle

November saw me trying some new ideas on for size, too. I was inspired by Sara to make Roasted and Spiced Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes, and tackled an Indian korma for the first time, with the help of Nigel Slater.

Root Vegetable Korma

I didn’t abandon the baking last month, either. I posted some red, white and green Holiday Oatmeal Cookies and shared a wintertime Pumpkin Scone recipe. But the most delicious treat I made was No-Butter Apricot and Almond Cake, which defied its healthy ingredients by being moist, flavourful and downright addictive.

No-Butter Apricot and Almond Cake

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Kitchenisms continued to see some good postin’ action in November. On the Etsy front, I rounded up some great vintage products, including Dansk and Fiestaware. I also liked the pottery of Prince Design UK, which sells lovely handmade porcelain.

Dansk

As for kitchens, I featured some nice spaces, both individually and in series. A favourite was this Mustard Modern kitchen in San Francisco, but I also bit the bullet and featured my own Kitchenist Kitchen. In decor series I enjoyed rounding up Reclaimed Style and the Blackboard trend.

Kitchenist Kitchen

In the realm of photography I found some lovely and inspiring series, including the Autumn catalogue of Toast and a Flickr ode to apple picking. My favourite by far was the work of Sharyn Cairns, whose beautiful food styling is a treat to behold.

Sharyn Cairns

I’m currently in the midst of my Kitchenisms Holiday Gift Guide 2009, a week-long extravaganza of cool present ideas for the holiday season. It kicked off yesterday with Art, continued today with Vintage, and will be going all week. Check it out!

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I posted two cookbook reviews on Kitchlit in November. Kicking off the month was Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache, the “healthy cakes” book full of veggie-based recipes and irritating writing. Since the recipes themselves were generally delicious (see No-Butter Apricot and Almond Cake, above) I gave this book four stars.

Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache

Halfway through the month, I reviewed Nigella Christmas to get us all in the festive mood. Not my favourite Nigella Lawson book, but a good effort, and full to bursting with holiday recipes. This one got the three-star treatment.