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December 21, 2017

If you are a fan of chai tea, I have the perfect truffle for you!  These chai truffles come from the December 2015 publication of Southern Living's Christmas at Home magazine.  I can definitely say that these little chocolates are heavenly.  If you want to impress friends and family with a gourmet tasting truffle, I recommend you make these chai chocolates.  As an extra bonus, they are easy to prepare, and they keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks!  I enjoy these little desserts while sipping coffee (but I imagine that they also would be delightful with chai tea) as the hot liquid melts the chocolate and the spices onto my tongue.  The flavor is exquisite!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 15 minutes.  Total time is 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes chilling time).

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly groun...

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.

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Ingredients:

  • ...

December 14, 2017

I have been making these cookies for many years now.  They have become a holiday favorite with my family.  When you take your first bite into one of these mouthwatering cookies, you will understand why these cookies are always on my baking list for Christmas.  What makes these decadent cookies unique is the browning of the butter.  The browned butter adds a depth and richness to the flavor of these Christmas cookies that cannot be beat!  They really are extraordinarily good.  I believe even Santa would approve!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on the color of the butter as it cooks.  Once the butter starts to brown, cook until it is golden, but watch closely, as it will burn easily.

When adding dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, I like to add in thirds, mixing after each addition.  This method ensures the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Baking time is 10 minutes per batch.

C...

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.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes

  • ...

December 7, 2017

If you are looking for a mincemeat pie that isn't so work intensive, I found one!  This mince pie with hard sauce comes from The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook (2001).  I love this recipe, because you have the convenience of store-bought mincemeat combined with other ingredients to give it a homemade taste.  This pie is perfect for the month of December and Christmas!  I have made (a vegetarian) mincemeat before, and while it was delicious, it is involved.  It takes a week of sitting in the refrigerator to mature the flavors.  This mince pie is better for convenience and tastes wonderful.  I highly recommend this recipe.  You can serve it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a vanilla custard.  I personally like serving it with the hard sauce (laced with brandy).  It is extremely yummy!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 25 minutes.  Baking time is 30 to 40 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • Pastry doug...

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...

November 30, 2017

If you are looking for a fall or holiday candy bar that is homemade, look no further!  These pecan bars are absolutely delicious.  It's hard to resist caramel, chocolate, and pecans.  Also, the crust is a delicious shortbread that compliments the other flavors perfectly!  I got this wonderful recipe from the 2000 issue of Land O Lakes: Top 50

I've made these bars multiple times, and I can say with certainty that with a few simple ingredients you will have a mouthwatering treat.  If you make these bars for friends and family, be prepared to get recipe requests.  With Christmas soon to be upon us and holiday baking soon to begin, make sure to have these yummy bars on the baking list.  They most definitely will delight!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Pecans are the stars of this cookie bar, but by all means, have fun and try a different nut or combination of nuts.

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Baking time is 18 to 22 minutes.

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I...

November 28, 2017

This is my favorite part about left over turkey - making soup!  I have been making this soup for over 25 years, and I hope to be making it for many more years to come!  It is a delight to the eyes and to the taste buds.  I served this soup to a large family gathering not to long ago, and everyone loved this meal.  Serve it with crusty artisan bread, and it makes a hearty meal that will fill up anyone.  If you have never made stock, I encourage you to give it a try.  It is very easy to do; you just need some extra time for it to simmer on the stove top.  The homemade turkey stock is a perfect base for the other ingredients in the soup, and everything together makes for a winning combination that you and your family will love!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

After the meat is removed from the carcass, you may need to break the carcass for it to fit in your pot.  The longer the stock ingredients simmer, the more flavor the liquid will have.  Let it simmer for at least 2 hour...

November 21, 2017

For years I bought the canned cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving meal.  With a big meal to prepare, I didn't want to be bothered with something that people seemed to enjoy from a can.  Then I read that cranberry sauce can be made a couple months in advance, and it keeps well in the refrigerator.  With this enlightening information, I decided to try out a recipe.  This simple recipe comes from the Serious Eats website.  It is simple to prepare, and it is just as good, if not better than the canned stuff.  My family gave this sauce a big thumbs up, and that vote of confidence is all the approval I need!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

As noted in the introduction, you can make this cranberry sauce a couple of months ahead of time.  Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

When removing the peel from the orange, make sure to get the outer layer of the orange and not the white pith.  The pith would make the cranberry sauce bitter.

Preparation time is...

November 17, 2017

I love these cookies!  They are soft and sweet.  When the autumn weather begins to have that chill in the air, these cookies are a must on my baking list!  With real maple syrup and a dash of maple extract, they have a wonderful autumn taste.  The spices enhance the flavor and add to how yummy they are.  If you are looking for a new cookie recipe for your fall baking, I highly recommend these spiced maple cookies.  My family and friends absolutely love them!  I'm sure yours will too.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

With most cookie recipes, I like to add the flour to the creamed butter mixture in two to three batches at a time to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.

As a way for the cookies to have a nice look to them, refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking.  This is an optional step.  The cookies can be baked right away, but I prefer the way they look when I've refrigerated the cookie dough.

Always keep a close watch on your cookies while baking!...

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