Green Bean Casserole

Hey now, hey now… this is what green beans are made of. See what I did there? Any Lizzie McGuire fans? No… just me. Okay, cool. My life was all about the green beans yesterday. As I sought to prepare my final Thanksgiving dish for the blog this year, I had a tough time deciding […]

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Italian Sausage, Squash & Farro Stuffing

My parents have hosted Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember and every year our house was packed with a bunch of Greeks and Italians. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, first cousins and even second cousins. It was always a special time being with our extended family. Because our Thanksgiving gatherings are always full of people, […]

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Parmesan & Thyme Mashed Potatoes

T-minus two weeks until Turkey Day, so I’m continuing to post all the Thanksgiving carbs and deliciousness! Everyone, and I mean everyone, can agree potatoes are a must at Thanksgiving. Topping them with gravy and eating them right alongside my turkey is my second favorite Thanksgiving pastime. I say second because my number one favorite […]

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Kale & Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

If you’re a frequent visitor of Marina Makes, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of kale and my obsession started even before the leafy green grew in popularity. You’ll also know I’m a sucker for the kale and goat cheese combo (see my recipe for kale and goat cheese scrambled eggs here). My taste buds […]

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Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving food?? This girl is!! Bring on the tryptophan. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting a bunch of recipes perfect for bringing to a gathering, or for serving at your own. When I was younger, I thought Thanksgiving food was pretty standard, but after making recipes over the years, I’ve realized the […]

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Puff Pastry Turkeys

Ever since Halloween ended, Peyton has been asking us at least five times a day if we can put up our Christmas tree. Each time, we try to explain we don’t put up our Christmas decorations until the week of Thanksgiving, which prompts her to ask if Thanksgiving is tomorrow. We just love her little […]

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Then You Were My Baby, Now You Are My Child

The moment I found out I was pregnant with Peyton, I knew she was going to be extremely special to us. She was unexpected and we were kind of terrified thinking we’d be parents only a year and a half into our marriage, but amidst all of our anxiety and fear of the unknown, how […]

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Pancetta & Sweet Pea Gnocchi

Last year, some of my Italian side of the family got together to make homemade gnocchi with my Nonna for Christmas Eve. Her gnocchi is a staple in our family. She usually makes it with tomato sauce, but I love it just as much, if not more, when she makes it with creamy ricotta. The […]

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Salted Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

Yesterday, this caramel sauce was my Everest. I was SO nervous to make it. It sounds silly, doesn’t it? But there was this one time when Brett and I were dating and I completely botched a batch of caramel. It tasted so burnt that it scarred me for years. To prepare myself for failure, I spent […]

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Cheddar & Oregano Pumpkin Cheeseball

I still remember the last year I trick or treated (such a sad day). It was eighth grade and I was with all my friends. We had pillow cases and mouths full of braces — our glory days, for sure. I think we came to a consensus that it would be our last time collecting […]

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