holiday cooking

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

November 10, 2011
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Let’s say this together…I love fall & winter food. This oatmeal is the quintessential cold weather breakfast. Make up a big batch of this and you will never need to grab one of those overly sweetened little packets of instant oats again. Besides if you are like me then you want to taste all of […]

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Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

December 6, 2010
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Could something as simple as stuffed mushrooms make a difference? I think it can & here is why. Before Thanksgiving I was asked to participate & create awareness for Share Our Strength. We are having a virtual dinner party & we invite each of you to attend & join in if you wish.

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Thanksgiving Tostadas Two Ways

November 26, 2010
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Hope you all had a wonderful turkey day! Before we wrap on Thanksgiving I wanted to give you a few more ways to use up those delish leftovers. In my last post I gave you a Monte Cristo sandwich. If you have not tried that I suggest you do. These tostadas are another way to […]

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Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich

November 24, 2010
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Please don’t get all purist on me. I did look up the exact definition of a Monte Cristo and I realize it is an egg-battered sandwich with Swiss cheese and ham. I am working with creative liberties here. In this Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich I used turkey & brie. If you want to swap those out […]

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Thanksgiving 2010 Recipe Round-Up

November 22, 2010
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This is such a special time of the year to gather with family and friends. It is fun to have a holiday celebration that focuses on gratitude, being thankful and food! At Thanksgiving we unite at the table together to enjoy a feast of seasonalsavories and sweets. The Thanksgiving meal takes a while to prepare, […]

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Green Beans with Leeks & Feta

November 20, 2010
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It has been a whirl wind week with a trip to the Dole Wellness Institute, activities at school & work. Life is picking up speed as Thanksgiving fast approaches. I have a few more recipes to share before the big day hits. These green beans are simple to prepare & I keep ‘em light and […]

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Stuffing with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

November 18, 2010
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Stuffing is an essential side at the Thanksgiving holiday table. It is a shame most people save it for just once a year. As far as popularity goes it seems to be right up there with Pumpkin Pie. For this stuffing recipe I added fresh tart cranberries and diced sweet apples. They compliment each other nicely. […]

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Cranberry Sauce with Pear & Pomegranate

November 12, 2010
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Please tell me you are willing to take a few minutes to make a fresh cranberry sauce. It is so worth it. Really. You can make it as sweet or tart as you want and all that is required is simmering some fruit and spices on the stove. I get it that some folks like […]

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Sweet Potato, Bacon & Pomegranate Salad

November 10, 2010
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Are you looking for the perfect Thanksgiving or holiday salad? How about a salad that is a bit more substantial to fill your belly on a crisp fall or winter’s day? Look no further. I recently made this recipe for a friends Halloween potluck party. At first I was gonna do my go-to Greek Salad […]

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cornbread Cake

November 8, 2010
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Cornbread. With pumpkin & chocolate. I think I will need to rename this the pumpkin blog as I can’t get enough of the stuff these days. Cornbread as cake is a fun thing indeed. Cornmeal shows up a lot around here lately in all kinds of cakes, muffins and cookies, pancakes, etc. It has a […]

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Pear Spice Cake with Toasted Walnuts

November 4, 2010
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Ready, set, go! We have launched into Thanksgiving mode. Good bye Halloween, hello Turkey and trimmings. Over here we have all the Fall spices lined up and ready for action. Today I bring you pear cake. OMG. I came up with this cake to pay tribute to all of the beautiful pears I have been […]

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Chocolate Pumpkin Halloween Pancakes

September 24, 2010
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We are so excited that Halloween is around the corner. Can you tell by our pancakes? One look into these Jack -o’-lantern faces will tell you that we had fun creating these. Lots of giggly fun. My kids helped mix (over-mix!) the batter and I worked the griddle. We watched a cool video by Jim’s […]

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Spinach Ricotta Turkey Roulade with Pomegranate

December 24, 2009
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The heat is on, the final trips to the market are here for holiday cooking.  Christmas is here and New Years is on its way.  May I recommend something fabulous?  This Thanksgiving I was not in the mood to cook a full bird.  We prefer the white breast meat, so I went with that.  Just […]

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Sprouted Wheat Stuffing Balls with Sausage

December 19, 2009

As much as I love holiday traditions and flavors I LOVE to step outside the box too. Traditional Thanksgiving stuffing baked inside a big pan (or bird) is great, but I wanted to stir the pot a bit. Making balls out of stuffing put a twist on a classic.  These Stuffing Balls were a hit […]

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Mini Polenta Cakes with Feta & Wild Mushrooms

December 5, 2009
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I love that polenta is a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In this bite sized appetizer, I cooked it until firm and then cut out the shapes with flower cookie cutters. This is a great way to use my favorite dried mushrooms too. […]

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