Holiday-Thanksgiving

honey candied oven roasted carrots

With all of the rain, the gunmetal grey sky, and the blustery winds coming through bluff country, you can tell that winter is on it’s way. I’m tempted to make nothing but soup and not leave the house, but I’ve made myself go out for a walk every day to soak in as much sunshine…

sparkling cranberry apple crisp martini

A lovely little libation for Ladies Night! Pink drinks are so pretty! Apple, cranberry and cinnamon sparkle in this yummy drink. Enjoy! In a martini shaker, mix: a handful of ice 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail 1 and 1/4 oz. Dr. McGillicuddy’s Intense Apple Pie Liqueur cinnamon, sugar and red cookie sugar for rim of…

sweet potato & apple latkes

One of my favorite flavor combinations is sweet potatoes mixed with apples and onions. These little hashbrown-style latkes are a beautiful accompaniment to pork loin stuffed with apricots or a hearty beef roast that’s been slow cooked in a Dutch oven with horseradish. 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and grated 1 cup grated apple 1…

“apple pie” turkey brie panini sandwich

I invented another sandwich! It’s exactly what I was going for. A grilled, cheesy panini with the flavors of autumn in every bite. The harvest apple jam and buttery, rustic bread are reminiscent of apple pie… thus the name. serves 2 4 slices rustic sourdough bread 8 slices maple glazed, roasted turkey breast, sliced thin…

homestyle turkey and noodles

I like to save all of the bones, giblets, wings, and necks from my turkeys and chickens so I can make homemade soups and stews. This is a frugal way to go and very flavorful. I decided to take a few pictures of the easy process so I could share it with you. This year…

melissa placzek’s cornbread stuffing

~ Melissa Placzek’s Cornbread Stuffing ~ Now I realize stuffing is a touchy subject. Kind of like potato salad. Everyone believes their stuffing is the best. I grew up on the traditional (sort of greyish) white bread stuffing mixed with butter, turkey giblets, stock, onion, celery and loads of sage. Because there are so many…

cosmopolitan cranberries

~ cosmopolitan cranberries ~ An easy, delicious way to add pizzazz to canned cranberry sauce. The addition of orange and Grand Marnier! 2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce zest and juice of one orange 2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier Liqueur Combine the cranberry sauce, orange zest, orange juice and 1 Tablespoon of the Grand Marnier in…

crabtree’s kitchen swedish apple pie

Who remembers Crabtree’s Kitchen located in Marine on St. Croix? Originally this pioneer building was a general store, boat works, gas station and even a prohibition brewery! In 1949 Crabtree’s moved in as a convenient roadside cafe. A place where people who were enjoying a drive in the scenic St. Croix River valley could stop…

Thanksgiving Wrap

This is a great sandwich to serve with tea at a girlfriends’ lunch this time of year. Almost everyone seems to love the combination of flavors, and I’m always asked to write down the recipe. ~Thanksgiving Wrap~ (serves 6) 6 large, plain or flavored sandwich wraps 8 oz cream cheese, softened (you can use light…

maple pork roast

photograph by Melissa Placzek “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  ~Albert Camus This is so simple to make, yet so delicious I’ve made it several times for Christmas dinner. ~Maple Pork Roast~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine: 1 cup real maple syrup 1/4 cup Dijon…