Archives: Christmas

Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

November 26, 2014 by andrea | Comments Off on Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Winter

I love trying new ways to make cranberry sauce. You can easily have several different types of cranberry sauces, relishes or chutneys at a holiday feast because they’re so easy to make. This recipe for Spiced Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is flavored with a hint of cinnamon, cloves and a double hit of orange (Grand Marnier and freshly-grated […]

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

March 14, 2013 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes

If you’re looking for a chocolate dessert that that will make you swoon then look no further. This wonderful cake is smooth and rich, and perfect for entertaining (Christmas, Valentines, bridal showers, dinner parties, etc.)! While easy to make, the cake does require time in the fridge (about 7 hours) so plan accordingly. Before serving the cake, drizzle each plate […]

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Chicken Potpie Pasta

January 21, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Chicken Potpie Pasta | Filed in Chicken, Christmas, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Thanksgiving

  This recipe for Chicken Potpie Pasta is an easy-to-fix twist on the classic comfort food dish. You get all the chicken potpie flavors without the fuss of making pie crust…perfect for a weeknight meal! I added a little white wine and some freshly chopped parsley to the sauce, and substituted a cup or so […]

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Grilled Turkey, Bacon, Radicchio, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches

December 27, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Thanksgiving, Turkey

This recipe is a great way to use up leftover roast turkey. Or just use deli turkey if you prefer. I love the combo of smoky bacon and blue cheese…yum! Radicchio is a sturdy leafy green veggie that holds up well to heat. I didn’t have any (and wasn’t going to make another trip to […]

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Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

December 17, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Caramel Oatmeal Chewies | Filed in Baking, Chocolate, Christmas, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes

  I’m a big fan of just about any kind of caramel and chocolate treat. These gooey bar cookies are definitely a winner: chocolate chips, crunchy pecans and a rich caramel drizzle layered between an oatmeal cookie base and crumble topping. They are rich, delicious and easy to make. I always use Mrs. Richardson’s brand Butterscotch […]

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Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn

December 1, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Leeks and Corn | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Since the holidays are are upon us, here’s a great side dish that will compliment a potpourri of menus. I love the combination of chewy wild rice, roasted butternut squash and sweet corn…delish! This dish goes well with just about any meat, and much of the recipe can be made ahead of time — making […]

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Leftovers aren’t forever!

November 21, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Leftovers aren’t forever! | Filed in Christmas, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Morsels & Musings, Thanksgiving, Turkey

Here’s some great advice on how to safely store your holiday leftovers (or any meal for that matter): Leftovers Aren’t Forever -from Thanksgiving 101 by Rick Rodgers On Thanksgiving, store your leftovers safely. Get any leftover turkey and stuffing into the refrigerator within two hours of serving. Never leave leftovers out overnight. Slice all of the […]

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

November 20, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Filed in Autumn, Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Comfort Food, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Pumpkin admirers will love this moist pumpkin cake. It’s easy to make, not too sweet, and tastes pumpkin pie-ish (only better)! The cake took longer to bake than the recipe states. I had to turn my oven down a bit so it wouldn’t brown too much. Check the cake at 30 minutes and if it’s […]

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Chile

November 19, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Chile | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Potatoes, Recipes, Side Dish, Southwestern, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian

I love sweet potatoes (yams) but I’m not a fan of the cloyingly sweet dishes that call for sugar and marshmallows. Instead, I prefer savory sweet potato recipes like this one that includes smoky chipotle chiles. The heat of the chiles is really delicious with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes. This recipe is perfect […]

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Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts

November 17, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Rice Stuffing with Water Chestnuts, Apples and Hazelnuts | Filed in Autumn, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Winter

If you’re looking for a creative stuffing/dressing recipe for this holiday season, you’ll want to give this one a try. I had never tried rice stuffing before and was intrigued by the list of ingredients in this recipe from best-selling author Debbie Macomber: crunchy water chestnuts, toasted hazelnuts, tart apples, and sweet raisins. Hazelnuts (filberts) are grown […]

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