Archives: holidays

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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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 MarthaStewart.com.  The Candy Cane Can -tips from Martha Stewart Everyday Food and MarthaStewart.com  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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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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Leftovers: New Mexico Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 24, 2010 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Christmas, Holidays, Main Dish, Mexican, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Southwestern, Thanksgiving, Turkey.

For me, a turkey dinner is nice for one meal (or maybe 2 meals…MAX). What I enjoy even more than the epic turkey feast is turning the leftover turkey into other meals, like enchiladas or soup. This recipe for New Mexico Turkey-Tortilla Soup is not only easy to make, but it’s delicious and a perfect use for the • Read More »

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Cranberry-Chipotle Fruit Conserve

November 23, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Condiment, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Southwestern, Thanksgiving.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try this flavorful, jewel-like cranberry sauce. It’s delicious, smoky, not-too-spicy, and not-too-sweet.  I love it with roast turkey and chicken! I’ll be serving this Cranberry-Chipotle Fruit Conserve on Thanksgiving, as well as a more traditional cranberry sauce , too. It’s so good I can eat it with a spoon! I couldn’t find dried peaches so • Read More »

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Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onion and Mushroom Topping

November 22, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Christmas, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Thanksgiving, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

This green bean dish is a far cry from the traditional green bean casserole that we all grew up with. Here, the green beans are crisp tender and topped with a sauteed mushroom and caramelized onion mixture. The combination is excellent and makes a perfect holiday side dish. If you don’t like mushrooms then skip ’em • Read More »

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Triple-Cranberry Sauce

November 22, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Christmas, Condiment, Holidays, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce, Thanksgiving.

Cranberry sauce is incredibly easy to make. If you’ve never made your own, I encourage you to try it this year. This recipe for Triple-Cranberry Sauce takes just minutes to prepare and is lightly flavored with orange and spice. I’ve made it many times and am always pleased with the results. I always buy King • Read More »

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