Holiday-Thanksgiving

turkey egg everything bagel

Good morning! I’m headed out to the kitchen to start making our potato salad, sandwiches and a pie for our picnic today. We may end up enjoying it on the screened-in porch if it rains, but I’m determined to have a picnic, even if it’s not under the shade of a big tree on a…

cheesy pineapple crisp ~ ham’s favorite sidekick

Oh my goodness! I’ve been getting a bunch of requests for this since posting the photo šŸ™‚ Okay…her ya go! 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 Tablespoons flour 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese 1 (20 oz. can) pineapple chunks, drained 1 egg, lightly beaten 3 Tablespoons reserved pineapple juice 3/4 cup Ritz cracker crumbs 4…

spiced cherry ham

This easy spiced ham is a real hit on Easter as well as Christmas and other holiday get-togethers. Back in 2012 when I posted this recipe, we were preparing for Christmas. I’m working on a few Christmas projects, cooking a cozy pot of chicken soup with sage dumplings, baking bread and doing some editing today…

browned butter mashed potatoes

I’ve had the house to myself today. A quiet house is such a nice place to just be. IĀ  listened to Norah Jones, Zooey Dechanel, M. Ward, Willie Nelson, Bing, Frank, Nat and Ella serenade me with Christmas carols as I began decorating the house for Christmas. I’m taking it slow this year. One room…

butternut spinach souffle muffins

Hello Lovelies! As I mentioned in my Apple Butter Oat Muffin post, I am having so much fun playing with all of this Demarle Silpat cooking/ baking stuff. I made these savory muffins to go with soup a couple nights ago and they turned out just as beautiful as the sweet muffins. The flavors remind…

brie en croute

Hello Friends! Looking for easy, beautiful appetizers for the holidays or for a cocktail party? This is one of my go-to appetizers for dinner parties and holiday gatherings. It’s fast, easy, delicious, and so pretty surrounded with star shaped crackers, fresh fruit, sprigs of fresh herbs and a variety of jams and fruit compotes. Another…

cheesy bacon scalloped potatoes

I’ve been playing with twists on the traditional holiday fare…potatoes, cranberries, sweet potatoes/squash, pork/beef/turkey and veggie side dishes. We’re actually going out to a fancy Thanksgiving dinner at the St. James Hotel this year, so all I really have to do for that is get dressed up…but I’m thinking outside the box for our Christmas…

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…