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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

  • ...

December 5, 2017

This is a beautiful and elegant main dish for any celebration.  It especially works as a great Christmas meal.  Beef tenderloin is a special cut of meat that is absolutely delicious when prepared properly.  My recipe will give you a well seasoned and tender dish that you and your guests will love!  The secret is rubbing Kosher salt onto the beef and letting it sit uncovered in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  This process will tenderize your meat, making it the best you have ever had!  The tenderloin is simply seasoned, seared, and then roasted for optimum flavor.  Serve alongside a yummy garlic sauce or a horseradish sauce to round out this outstanding main attraction.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

This is an expensive cut of meat - look for sales during the holidays.

I like to make the sauce(s) a day ahead.  Make sure you remove from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before serving.

When searing the beef on the stove top, make sure to have your ven...

June 20, 2017

This is a great summer side dish that compliments any main meal.  I personally like to make this delicious green bean dish when I am serving grilled meat.  This side is a bright and flavorful combination of good-for-you vegetables.  I find that sometimes vegetables can be boring (especially if you do the same things with them) in looks and taste, but not so with this recipe!  The garlic and red pepper add great flavor and a spicy kick that your mouth will enjoy immensely.  You and your family will savor these green beans and potatoes in a chunky tomato sauce - so much that you may even forego the meat!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Tender young green beans work best for this recipe.

To peel tomatoes, you score the skin by making a small 'X' on the bottom side with a sharp knife.  Place the tomato in boiling water for 30 seconds.  Remove the tomato with a slotted spoon.  As an option, you can submerge in ice water if you want to cool it off quickly or just wait until it is cool eno...

June 14, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends and family.  Food plays a major part in this ritual.  I love to cook for people; it is my way of showing that I care.  I enjoy making them an assortment of yummy dishes.  Not too long ago, I decided to have an early summer gathering.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, so we could not host it outdoors.  My plans, however, were flexible.  I decided to bring summer inside and share the warmth of good food despite the rainy day.

One of the food concepts that I love comes from the Spanish - tapas, or small plates.  It's basically appetizers or very small dishes that you can put together to make a complete meal.  It provides a lot of food variety as well as allows you to control your portion size.  It's a gathering of different kinds of food.  I've included pictures to show examples of this concept, and how I decided to arrange things.  I hope to inspire you to create your own gathering of food, f...

June 13, 2017

This bean dip makes for a wonderful snack!  It is full of flavor, and it looks beautiful too.  There are only a few ingredients, so this dip is simple and easy to prepare.  You can also use it as an appetizer when entertaining guests.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you are not sure your food processor can mince the garlic well, do it by hand with a sharp knife.  Once garlic is minced, add according to directions.

After adding salt and pepper, taste test the dip.  Add more if needed.

Preparation time is 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 (16 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (7 ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Place the basil, balsamic vinegar, cannellini beans, roasted red bell pepper, and garlic clove in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  With the processor on, s...

May 23, 2017

Are you looking for an easy weeknight meal?  Try this wonderful chicken dinner!  It is simple to put together, and my family approved of it heartily.  It would be a fine dish for company too.  I adapted it from the January 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine.  It is a lovely dish that brings to mind a rustic French countryside.  The lemon adds a brightness to the chicken, while the rosemary and garlic mellows the flavors into something quite extraordinary.  It really is delicious!  Serve with a crusty French bread to round out this meal and be prepared for compliments!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

I like to smash my garlic cloves with the skin on.  Take your chef's knife, and give the clove a good smack.  The skin should peel right off the clove.

I was never a fan of capers, until I started to rinse them.  Now, I love them.  If you like them as is, then no rinsing necessary!

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  The cook time is 50 minutes.  The total time is 1...

April 11, 2017

This awesome recipe comes from the March 2014 edition of Southern Living, and it is excellent!  This recipe is a lot easier than it looks, and the results are spectacular.  The lamb was tender and done to perfection, while the herbs added a delightful flavor to the meat.  The potatoes that you cook with the lamb are simple, but flavorful.  They compliment the meat.  April is an excellent time to give this delicious lamb roast a try.  It is especially good if you are entertaining guests.  This would make a wonderful holiday meal (whether for Easter, a birthday, or even mother's day).  If you do have leftovers, look for the lamb pita pockets on our blog.  It will be posted this month too.

Bon Appetit

Tips:

I had a hard time finding a boneless leg of lamb.  The butcher at a local grocery store, kindly removed the bone and trimmed the lamb for me.  He even gave me the bone (to make soup stock).  So if you have the same problem of finding boneless lamb,...

March 2, 2017

This is a wonderful side dish that pairs well with the steak pinwheels, but they can compliment any main meal that needs a side.  These little potatoes are packed with amazing flavor that will make your taste buds dance.  This recipe is quick and easy to do.  If you are planning to make the steak pinwheels, you can even roast the potatoes at the same time you roast your steak.  There's no reason not to try these delicious potatoes!

Bon Appetit!

Tip:

Granulated garlic is coarser than powdered garlic.  You can find it in the spice aisle of your grocery store.  I would not substitute this ingredient!  It really makes a big difference in this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425F.  In a medium bowl, coat potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper.  Transfer the potatoes to a baking...

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