Archives: Holidays

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

November 12, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian

This is seriously one of the easiest side dishes I’ve ever made. If you like brussels sprouts then you’ll love the extra flavor that roasting brings out in them. If you don’t like brussels sprouts then maybe it’s time to try them. C’mon, I dare you! These pint-sized cabbages are loaded with Vitamins A and […]

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Bourbon Chocolate Cake

February 12, 2012 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes

  With Valentine’s Day just days away, I thought I’d post one of my favorite chocolate desserts: Bourbon Chocolate Cake. This fantastic dessert is dense, rich and worth every luscious bite! Even if you don’t enjoy sipping the barrel-aged spirit on it’s own, I’m confident you’ll love this cake. The bourbon (I prefer Jim Beam for this […]

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

December 30, 2011 by andrea | Comments Off on Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail | Filed in Beverages, Christmas, Cocktails, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Offer up a toast this New Year’s Eve with a pretty glass of bubbly splashed with pomegranate juice for a bit of color and a hint of sweetness. While the pomegranate seeds are a nice touch, I usually don’t bother with them. These days you can get good bubblies from Spain (cava) or the States (California, Washington) for under […]

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe […]

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Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

December 20, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Baking, Breakfast, Cakes, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

If you’re still working on your Christmas morning menu, this recipe for Cranberry Streusel Cake would be a good one to consider. The moist, festive cake is both easy to make and delicious. The sweet, brown sugar streusel is a nice balance to the tart cranberries. To simplify things the morning of, have your cranberries chopped and measured, and […]

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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

December 14, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Thanksgiving, Winter

Next time you need cranberry sauce, I urge you to make your own. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but you can jazz it up and make it more exciting than the humdrum store-bought variety. In this recipe, I love the addition of fragrant orange zest and orange liqueur…very tasty!  Cranberry-Orange Sauce    -recipe from […]

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Panettone Muffins

December 4, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Christmas, Holidays, Muffins, Recipes

These pretty, jewel-like muffins are easy-to-make, lightly sweetened muffins are delicious, loaded with plumped-up dried fruit and are perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch. They’re inspired by Panettone, an Italian sweet bread that is popular at Christmas. For the muffins, I used dried apricots, golden raisins, dried pineapple, chopped dates, and dried cranberries…all soaked in a little […]

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Italian Loaf with Turkey, White Cheddar and Cranberry Sauce

November 23, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Christmas, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Thanksgiving, Turkey

  This sandwich rocks! And, it’s another great way to use up leftover turkey! The combination of green onion mayo (yum!), tangy aged white cheddar, sweet-tart cranberry sauce, roasted turkey, and rustic Italian bread is a winner!! The recipe says it will feed 6-8 but you’d need to serve with other dishes (soup, salad, etc.) to feed […]

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Holiday Helpers Hotlines

November 22, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Thanksgiving

While searching for recipes the other day, I came across a Holiday Helpers Hotline list (say that 3 times fast) from the fine folks at Saveur Magazine. So if you find yourself in a pickle while making the holiday meal, don’t panic…just call one of the hotlines or visit one of the websites. Also, for […]

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Italian Sausage, Mushroom, and Sage Stuffing

November 15, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Casserole, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving

Since Thanksgiving is next week, it’s time to get your Turkey Day game plan in order. This recipe for Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Sage Stuffing is fantastic! Loaded with savory and earthy ingredients, it may just upstage the turkey! For the bread, I used some homemade rustic bread that I’d baked earlier in the week. The hearty bread […]

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