Holiday-Thanksgiving

“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…