Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Recipe)

Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Recipe) with meringue mushrooms, swiss buttercream, candied cranberries, candied rosemary and more! a fancy and traditional holiday dessert recipe

Well, we did it. We have finally arrived at December. After the year we’ve had, I decided that this month’s recipe should be a decadent treat that I think we all deserve. A dessert that will delight any crowd: an Orange Spice Bûche de Noël (or if you’re feeling a bit more pedestrian, a Yule log recipe). In years past, I have made every kind of complicated holiday dessert or treat imaginable…. gingerbread houses, croquembouche towers, even cream puff swans. Still, nothing has delighted folks quite like the whimsical forestscape of a beautiful Bûche de Noël. While a more traditional Yule log is usually chocolate, I assure you this orange spiced variation will be a delicious break from tradition.

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Coffee Cream Filled Brioche Donuts Recipe + A Very Good Sale

These coffee cream filled brioche donuts make a wonderful holiday breakfast & are surprisingly easy to make at home! Get the full recipe for brioche donuts plus learn all about the Kitchen Collection sale at @target happening now through 12/15 to get 20% off — the MultiServe coffee maker is a great gift for anyone on your list! #AD #dripcoffeeevolved
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Braun. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

In my book, there’s nothing more satisfying and cozy-making than whipping up a special breakfast for Christmas morning. And what better way to really step up your game than with brioche donuts?? I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how easy it is to make them… as a huge donut fan, I always thought they were really intensive, but that’s not the case with this recipe! Plus, any excuse to use my Braun MultiServe coffee maker is a good one — and I’m excited to share that the entire Braun Kitchen Collection is 20% off at Target now!

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Cooking & Food Gift Ideas Sure to Please

Cooking and food gift ideas for the foodie!

Food is my first true love and definitely the way to my heart, so this gift guide is a personal fave. I also find that giving the gift of food is such a personal, caring choice because you’re literally giving the gift of sustenance (or snacks!!!!). And since we’re all spending more time home cooking, these food gift ideas are sure to please and help shake things up!

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A Modern Take on Traditional Coffee Cake Recipe

A modern twist on a traditional coffee cake recipe — actually made with coffee brewed in the Braun MultiServe coffee maker! @braunhousehold_na #AD This well-designed coffee machine brews coffee in 7 different sizes (like a single cup of coffee… or a full carafe!), all without wasteful pods. Plus, it brews over ice so you can get the perfect iced coffee at home. #AD
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Braun. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

So here’s a fun fact: a traditional coffee cake recipe doesn’t actually call for coffee in it! I’ve always lived under the impression that it does. Turns out that coffee cake is just meant to served alongside a cup of coffee — which I totally get, trust me. Especially now that I’ve become obsessed with my Braun MultiServe coffee maker. In case you missed it, we’ve teamed up on a few posts over on Instagram — but today is all about how to use this well-designed, incredibly versatile coffee maker to whip up a batch of coffee cake muffins. They make a great gift AND I have some tips below on how to successfully mail them to friends and family this holiday season.

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Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Looking for a Thanksgiving side dish that stands out from the crowd? Try this spicy baked macaroni and cheese — it tastes like jalapeño poppers in the BEST possible way!

It’s crazy to think that it’s time to start to plan our Thanksgiving menus, but it indeed is the time! When thinking up what to share for my November recipe, I found myself reflecting on just how different this holiday will feel. It seems everything this year has been new or breaking with tradition, and rather than running from it, I decided, why not lean into it?  Thanksgiving was always different for my Italian American family. The turkey was always the dry (sorry, Nana!) stepsister to our family’s lasagna, and let me be real; I was just there for the sides. I think most of us were/are. So why not bring something a little fun to the table this year, like this spicy baked macaroni and cheese recipe?

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Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Meet the perfect fall pancakes recipe with a twist: Chinese Five Spice Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe — so good and sooo easy! Recipe by Josh Borden, Wanderlust & Piecrust @wanderlustpiecrust The perfect cozy fall buttermilk pancakes recipe for breakfast and brunch! #pancakes #recipe
Joanna’s note: Exciting news: I am thrilled to welcome a new recipe contributor here on the blog! Meet Josh Borden from Wanderlust & Piecrust. Josh and I connected on Instagram long ago and have been quietly making plans for him to join my team — and it’s finally time! He’s relatively new on the scene and some truly wonderful recipes to share. We can’t wait to share even more! Be sure to follow Josh on Instagram, too.

October has always been a whimsical time of year for me. It signals the opening of the gateway to the holiday season. Nothing contributes to this time of year quite as much as the flavors and foods of fall: soup, pumpkin, spices, and crisp apples. One particular fall favorite of mine is my Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes recipe. I am sure I am not alone in the general feeling of disappointment at how pumpkin-flavored things have just become sticky sweet and lacking anything cozy and spicy. Often the standard pumpkin pancake recipes you find rarely carry any of that sought after flavor. When I created this pancakes recipe, the flavor profile needed to give way to those authentic Fall flavors, and that’s precisely what it does. A more unique and robust flavor is achieved by taking a few extra steps when handling the common ingredients found in a standard pancake recipe and by creating your own blend of spices instead of reaching for that premixed pumpkin spice (you know, the one that’s been sitting in the back of our pantry for years).

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How To Make Lamb Souvlaki Like My Greek Grandma

My Easy Lamb Souvlaki Recipe — From My Yia Yia's Recipe Collection! Greek food recipe, works well with beef or chicken, too. Ingredients include American lamb, bell peppers, grilled onions, and tzatziki #greekfood #souvlaki #kabobs

This year has definitely been a mixed bag of emotions, but I’m doing my best to stay positive. One bright spot has been consistently working in partnership with Fred Meyer and Kroger on Instagram! They’ve been such awesome brand partners, especially since it gives me more of an opportunity to share recipes I love. I’m also aware that not all of my blog readers follow me on Instagram, so just in case I decided to publish it to the blog, too! This recipe is straight from my Yia Yia’s recipe collection (that’s Greek for grandma, btw).

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