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December 19, 2017

This flavorful bisque is perfect for warming you during a cold winter.  It also would be great as an appetizer for your Christmas or New Year's Eve celebration.  A bisque is a type of creamy soup that is made with shellfish.  This bisque uses shrimp as the shellfish component.  The other main component of this seafood bisque is the cod.  I got this wonderful recipe from Betty Crocker's 2004 Holiday publication, and it is definitely a keeper!  The added basil pesto is what makes this dish extra special as it adds a richness to it.  This seafood bisque is so good you might be tempted to pour it over pasta as a sauce!  Now there's a thought...

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I used store bought pesto, but feel free to make your own.

As you dish up the soup, sprinkle chopped fresh basil leaves and a little freshly shredded parmesan cheese on each serving.

Preparation time is 15 minutes.  Total time is 25 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

Ingredients:

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December 12, 2017

These potatoes are an absolute favorite among my family and friends!  They are the perfect mashed potatoes for the Christmas holidays.  If you love garlic, this is most definitely the dish for you.  The recipe calls for garlic herb butter - which means that it is no more extra work than your usual mashed potatoes.  There is no messing with garlic cloves, and extra steps as the butter is all that's needed.  This butter really does make these mashed potatoes shine.  Rich and creamy mashed potatoes are a great addition to any meal, and the garlic taste just makes everything better.  If you're looking for a mashed potato recipe, I highly recommend you give these a try!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I use Kerigold garlic and herb butter.  You can find this butter along with the other butters in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Preparation and cook time is 45 minutes.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes

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May 4, 2017

It's strawberry season, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy these scrumptious berries than in a pie.  This pie is an absolute favorite among my family, and I guarantee that if you love strawberries, you will have a difficult time only eating one slice.  This dessert is unforgettable - with whole strawberries placed on top of a sweet cream filling and a homemade strawberry glaze poured over the pie.  Give this pie of the month a try!  It really is amazing.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you have any leftover glaze, you can refrigerate and use in plain yogurt or use like a strawberry jam.

Please refer to pictures when whipping cream.  You want soft peak for the initial whipping.  When you whip the cream and cream cheese together, you want a stiff peak.

Organic strawberries will give you the best strawberry flavor.  I highly recommend buying organic strawberries for this pie, even though you will pay more.

Preparation Time is 45 minutes.  Chill time is 3 hours.  Total time is...

March 28, 2017

Here is another great recipe from Clodagh's Irish Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna.  I have been mashing potatoes for over twenty-five years, and I thought my potatoes were pretty good.  That was until I tried these creamed potatoes!  The ingredients are simple, but the procedure is what makes these potatoes "creamy".  Check out this recipe and taste these creamy mashed potatoes for yourself!

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

1/3 cup warm milk

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

3 1/2 tablespoons butter

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Place the potatoes, whole and unpeeled, in a saucepan with the largest ones at the bottom, and fill the pan halfway with water.  Cover the pan and place over high heat.  When the water begins to boil, drain off about half of it, leaving just enough for the potatoes to steam.  When the potatoes are cooked, about 30 to 40 minutes depending on their size, drain and peel (hold them in a kitchen towel if...

March 21, 2017

The Irish theme continues with this amazing recipe from Clodagh's Irish Kitchen cookbook.  The recipe starts the cooking process on the stovetop (to ensure the chicken skin gets 'crisp') and finishes cooking in the oven.  The sauce is lovely with a hint of tarragon and really compliments the chicken.  This creamy Irish whiskey sauce is thin, but the mushrooms give the sauce more substance.  I found this recipe easy to prepare and elegant to serve!  Also, it goes great with the Irish creamed potatoes that I will be posting later this week.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I am not a fan of wild mushrooms, so I used about 10 ounces of cremini mushrooms for the sauce.  I removed the stems and quartered them to keep a bit of 'chunk' in the recipe.

The original recipe calls for 'supreme' chicken filets (breast with wing bone attached).  I did not find this cut in my local grocery store, and I did not request it from the meat department because of time constra...

February 14, 2017

It's Valentines Day, and here is my gift of love to you - the recipe for a fantastic Chocolate Cream Pie.  You're welcome.  Seriously, this pie is absolutely the best chocolate pie that I and my family have had so far.  In fact, I have never been a fan of chocolate cream pie, until I came across this recipe.  As a bonus, it is easy to make too!  The filling makes a rich chocolate pudding.  This pudding is so yummy that it is very hard to resist.  I'm sure you will love this pie!

The whipped cream topping is a great compliment to the rich chocolate filling.  I really like this topping because all you taste is the sweetened whipped cream and not the cream cheese.  This topping will hold for days.  It will not turn into a liquid mess like a typical whipped cream topping.  I love it!  You can present your beautiful pie with additional chocolate shavings, sprinkled on top of the whipped topping to dress it up a little.  I think I'm in love with a pie....

January 31, 2017

Super bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and it is time for chowing down on game food.  When I think of game food, I usually think bacon!  This recipe is fast and easy to make, and your family and friends will love it.  I know mine do.  If that isn't enough for you, it also has bacon!  This party food will be a hit on game day (or on any day that you have company).  While it may be a cold day on Super bowl Sunday, this dip is served warm out of your oven.  So dig in and may your team score as big as this bacon dip will on game day!

Bon Appetit!

A few tips:

1.  I use real bacon in this recipe.  The original recipe calls for bacon bits, so I kept it in the list of ingredients for those that prefer to use the bacon bits.

2.  I like to use a high quality block of cheddar cheese and shred it myself with a cheese grater.  I find that the taste of a block of cheese far surpasses the pre-grated packaged cheese.

3.  The green onion can be thinly sliced rather th...

January 24, 2017

This casserole tastes rich, creamy, and decadent.  In reality, it is light in calories and fat.  A few years ago, I found this recipe in a Feb. 2010, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications magazine, titled "One-pan recipes".  The original recipe needed a little flavor boost, so I modified the recipe.  I really like the end result!  I hope you like it too if you decide to try it.  It is yummy and great for company.  I also love that I can make this dish a day ahead in order to free up the day you serve it!  The ingredient list seems long, but there is very little prep work, and the casserole comes together quickly.  If you love rich, creamy food, you will love this casserole.  Give it a try and enjoy it without the guilt!

Bon Appetit!

Here are a few recipe tips before you start:

1. Buy a 2 pound package of chicken breast, and cook them both at the same time.  Use one according to the recipe instructions, and place the other one in a f...

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