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Holidays

Holiday recipes, foods, and ideas to make those days even more special.

FRESH CITRUS MARGARITA

FRESH CITRUS MARGARITA

It’s National Margarita Day!  Why not whip up a fresh citrus margarita and kick back to celebrate.  This margarita is smooth, not too sweet, and packs a punch with the silver tequila and Grand Marnier.  Take the time to rim the glass in both sugar Read More..

SOFT RED VELVET COOKIES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

SOFT RED VELVET COOKIES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

If you like the soft, frosted sugar cookies in the bakery section of your grocery, then you will adore these easy, soft red velvet cookies with cream cheese frosting.  They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, or any day that you’re craving red velvet Read More..

BURNT ENDS aka:  Meat Candy

BURNT ENDS aka: Meat Candy

What are Burnt Ends (aka: Meat Candy) you ask?  These are tender, succulent bite-size chunks of brisket that are dry-rubbed, sauced, and cooked until the cubes are sticky, with crispy edges. They are delicious as an appetizer, on a sandwich, or as the stellar main Read More..

VINEGAR-BASED COLESLAW

VINEGAR-BASED COLESLAW

Making Kansas City barbecue for the big game on Sunday?  Ribs, brisket, chicken, or sausage? You’re gonna need sides.  So, give this vinegar-based coleslaw a try to go along with your meats.  The vinegary crunch cuts through all the sweetness and fattiness of the barbecued Read More..

ELEGANT DUCHESS POTATOES

ELEGANT DUCHESS POTATOES

Elegant Duchess potatoes are a fancy addition to your holiday table and perfect alongside roasted meats.  Serve them with Easy Cornish Game Hens, Grilled BBQ Pork Chops, or a Perfect Oven Roasted Beef Brisket. These potatoes are a staple for New Year’s Eve.  They feel Read More..

CHILAQUILES BREAKFAST CASSEROLE with cilantro lime crema sauce

CHILAQUILES BREAKFAST CASSEROLE with cilantro lime crema sauce

For a different and delicious breakfast, this spicy Chilaquiles Breakfast Casserole is an easy twist on the classic Mexican breakfast.  You can control the heat level by using mild or medium tomatillo salsa. I like to serve the casserole with Candied Bourbon Bacon, Nicaraguan Gallo Read More..

EASY CORNISH GAME HENS

EASY CORNISH GAME HENS

These easy cornish game hens are perfect for a holiday meal. They’re beautiful, make a great presentation, and most importantly they’re delicious!   I like to serve them with Savory Mushroom Risotto, Sweet and Tangy Green Bean Bundles, an Autumn Salad, and Gooey Caramel Pecan Pie Read More..

HOT BUTTERED RUM

HOT BUTTERED RUM

When it’s cold outside, nothing beats a steaming mug of Hot Buttered Rum.  It’s creamy, sweet, and buttery, warming and comforting you like a big hug. This is a cocktail that makes you think about ski chalets, holiday bonfires, and sitting in front of a Read More..

PFEFFERNUSSE COOKIES

PFEFFERNUSSE COOKIES

Pfeffernusse Cookies, also called German peppernut cookies, are small spice cookies full of molasses, brown sugar, and warm spices.  They’re incredibly fragrant, flavorful, and perfect with a hot cup of tea. Pfeffernusse cookies ring in the holidays every bit as much as pumpkin spice welcomes Read More..

PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES

PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are the sweet and creamy, perfect little bite that makes a great alternative to traditional Thanksgiving pies.  Plus, these little cookies are ready in about 1 hour. Since COVID has forced all of us to downsize our holidays this year, I’ve felt Read More..

EASY ROASTED TURKEY LEGS

EASY ROASTED TURKEY LEGS

As most of us are looking at smaller holiday gatherings this year, these easy roasted turkey legs are a perfect solution for a party of 4 or less.  Rubbed in a flavorful compound butter and roasted at a high temperature, the legs have gorgeously golden Read More..

SPICY SOUTHERN CORN CASSEROLE

SPICY SOUTHERN CORN CASSEROLE

This spicy Southern corn casserole is a decadent, savory take on the traditionally sweet Southern corn pudding.  This quick and easy side dish is perfect for your holiday table or as part of a weeknight meal. If you’ve never eaten a Southern Corn Casserole or Read More..

POMMES ANNA

POMMES ANNA

Pommes Anna is a classic French dish that is delicious, beautiful, and sophisticated.  Replace your ho-hum, standard mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving, and impress your loved ones with this buttery, golden topped side dish.   This side dish is all about the simplicity of ingredients to produce Read More..

SAVORY CARROT FLAN

SAVORY CARROT FLAN

Wanting something a little out of the ordinary for your Thanksgiving meal?  This Savory Carrot Flan is an elegant, yet surprisingly easy to make side dish that your family will love.  And who wouldn’t love their own individual flan? Not quite a souffle, this dish Read More..

FRESH CRANBERRY SALSA

FRESH CRANBERRY SALSA

Fresh cranberry salsa is a spicy, sweet twist on the traditional cranberry sauce.  I like to serve this alongside the holiday turkey or spooned onto cream cheese as an appetizer.  The salsa also makes a great dip with tortilla chips. For years, our cranberry sauce Read More..