Archives: Christmas

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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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Handy Hint: Welcome guests with a fragrant house

December 3, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Handy Hint: Welcome guests with a fragrant house | Filed in: Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints.

During the Fall and winter months, I like to have cookies baking or a small pan of spiced cider simmering on the stove when I’m expecting company. The moment I open my front door, my guests are greeted with the wonderful fragrance of warm spices. I think it’s a great way of saying, “Welcome to my home”. What do you • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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Sagaponak Corn Pudding

August 16, 2011 | By andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Casserole, Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

Give me a spoon and a bucket of this stuff and I’m a happy girl. Okay, maybe that’s a little over doing it. I really do love this recipe, though. Corn pudding (if you’ve never had it before) is a savory baked corn dish that is creamier than cornbread but more dense than a custard. Basically, it’s • Read More »

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Double-Ginger Pumpkin Tart

July 18, 2011 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Baking, Christmas, Dessert, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving.

The other day, one of my kids was hankering for pumpkin pie…yes, in the middle of July. Since this is the best time to try new holiday recipes (way ahead of time), I obliged his craving. After a quick search, I decided to make a Double-Ginger Pumpkin Tart. This dessert is like a cross between • Read More »

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Merry Christmas | Filed in: Christmas, Morsels & Musings.

“For unto us a child is born,    unto us a son is given,    and the government shall be on his shoulders. And his name shall be called    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 May God bless this Christmas!

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Crazy for Candy Canes

December 22, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Kid-friendly, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce.

  If you’ve got lots of candy canes and you’re wondering what to do with them, here’s a few ideas I found at  The Candy Cane Can -tips from Martha Stewart Everyday Food and  More than 1.8 billion of these holiday hooks are made each year. Luckily, candy canes are tasty additions to lots • Read More »

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Rudolph Cookies

December 20, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Christmas, Cookies & Bars, Dessert, Holidays, Kid-friendly, Recipes.

Here’s a fun project I made with my kids not too long ago. It’s easy, fun and kids love eating the Rudolph cookies once they’re made. I used Nabisco Nutter Butter cookies since I’m not aware of any other peanut-shaped cookie on the market. The hardest part of making the cookies was inserting the “antlers” into the • Read More »

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Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce

December 3, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Christmas, Holidays, Main Dish, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

I love pork tenderloin because it’s difficult to mess up. This recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce is a perfect holiday dish because it’s easy, delicious, festive looking, and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed more people. The slightly sweet, slightly savory balsamic-cranberry sauce is a great compliment to the tender roasted • Read More »

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