Planning for success — Thanksgiving the easy way

First Thanksgiving

I’ve been remiss in my blogging lately. Not because I’m not cooking and not because I don’t enjoy blogging anymore. No, over the last couple of months I’ve spent much of my spare time getting my older daughter into college. She’s a senior in high school. Between online research, campus visits, communicating with her guidance … Continue reading

First meal from the new kitchen – breakfast!

Cute little breakfast cups

We had the first “official” meal from the new kitchen this weekend.  (I did use the crockpot for a few meals last week as the remodel finished up, but I’m not counting those since we were transitioning and didn’t use any of the new appliances.) The first meal was . . . drumroll, please . … Continue reading

Pickled Easter Eggs

This post is for everyone who’d like to incorporate a new seasonal food into their Easter celebration. I’m recommending pickled eggs to go along with your classic hard-boiled dyed eggs. (Or better yet — dye your Easter eggs, admire them and then peel and throw them into pickling brine!) I didn’t know anything about pickled … Continue reading

Penne with Gorgonzola Cream and Cranberries

This simple recipe blends Gorgonzola with dried cranberries and toasted pecans (or walnuts, if you prefer) for a standout supper that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. With such easy preparation, it’s a handy recipe to have at-the-ready for holiday meals or other social gatherings when you want to serve a delicious meal without spending … Continue reading

Food Gift Baskets

Looking for a customized gift that’s almost sure to be appreciated?  Try creating a food gift basket. Food gift baskets are versatile and can match any occasion (showers, weddings, birthdays, etc.).  For example, I created a baking-themed basket last year for my daughter’s travel softball fundraiser (each family was required to provide a basket to … Continue reading

Man vs. Machine

I thought I was on a roll with the Dessert Decorator Plus.  After my cupcake frosting triumph last week, I was sure I had mastered this baked good decorating tool. I decided to use it for an experiment with spritz cookies, inspired by the 2011 holiday baking edition of Cook’s Illustrated. The article recommended using … Continue reading

Visions of Gingerbread

Not just for European children lost in the woods Gingerbread plays a prominent role in a fair number of children’s tales and Christmas lore, so it’s not surprising I had a very vivid image of this treat growing up.  Humble peasant children nibbled it while traipsing the Black Forest of Germany.  Witches could use it … Continue reading

Time to make the peanut brittle

Over the years, peanut brittle has become my signature holiday offering. Unlike the childhood Christmas cookies I turned into year ‘round treats, I only make brittle during the holidays. I will occasionally do some preliminary batches in the fall, but most of it is made in the few weeks and days leading up to Christmas. … Continue reading

Pressed for time? Press a sandwich.

A simple panini is a great time-saver during the busy holiday season.  This classic version of the Italian sandwich appeals to lots of tastes – including kids’.  Prep is minimal, consisting simply of slicing bread and tomatoes, and cutting cheese slices in half.  Everything else – dressing, deli meat, peppers – is already prepared.  And … Continue reading

One recipe = cookie for all seasons

I love these butter cookies because they: Have a great texture (slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside) Taste delicious Are easy to make Can match any theme or occasion They were simply red and green sugar-topped Christmas cookies when I was growing up — my mom got the recipe from Progressive Farmer … Continue reading

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