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  • Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

    Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

    Roast acorn squash in the oven and top with butter, crunchy walnuts and sweet cranberries. It’s stunning on the table and everyone in my family loves it as holiday side or cozy weeknight main dish. Ingredients:  2 medium acorn squash1...

  • Anise Biscotti

    Anise Biscotti

    Though modern biscotti are associated with the Tuscan region of Italy, the popular Italian cookie traces its origins to Roman times. The word biscotto derives from “bis,” Latin for twice, and “coctum” or baked (which became...

  • Apple Cider Sangria

    Apple Cider Sangria

    This fragrant Apple Cider Sangria is a beautiful cocktail that’s perfect for fall. Serve this seasonal crowd pleaser at your next holiday party. It makes entertaining easy as you can have several pitchers at the ready and guests can serve...

  • Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

    Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

    Ingredients: 4 pears, I prefer Bosc as they are firmer and hold their shape well 24 fresh cranberries4 tablespoons chopped pecans1/2 teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon, plus more, if needed1/4 teaspoon Grenada Nutmeg Ground, plus more, if...

  • Boozy Rum Cake

    Boozy Rum Cake

    Great as a traditional holiday cake but yummy any time of the year. I have substituted a number of different types of liquor throughout the years including vanilla and maple flavored whiskeys as well as almond, orange and coffee liqueurs...

  • Braided Easter Sweet Bread

    Braided Easter Sweet Bread

    Ingredients:  1 cup heavy cream (reserve 2 Tbsp for brushing)2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast4 cups all-purpose flour1/3 cup sugar1 tsp vanilla extract1 Tbsp lemon or orange zest3 large eggs (2 whole eggs and one separated with yolk reserved)...

  • Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

    Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

    Orange and Cranberry are such wonderful flavors, especially during the winter and holiday months. The sweetness of the cake contrasts nicely with the tartness of the fresh berries, and the icing on the cake is a sweet orange glaze that puts this stunning...

  • Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

    Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

    This recipe was given to me by my ex mother-in-law more than 30 years ago as a mandatory holiday side dish when I hosted my first Thanksgiving. I acquiesced reluctantly but must admit it has become one of my favorites and has made its way onto the table...

  • Homemade Corned Beef - Curing and Cooking

    Homemade Corned Beef - Curing and Cooking

    Ingredients:  For Brine:4 quarts hot water1 ½ cups kosher sea salt¼ cup sugar2 tablespoons The Spice and Tea Shoppe Pickling Spices1 ½ teaspoons The Spice and Tea Shoppe Pink Curing Salt a.k.a. Prague Powder No. 2 1 5-pound...

  • Homemade Sambuca Liquer

    Homemade Sambuca Liquer

    Ingredients: 1 1/2 Tablespoons Anise Extract1/2 Cup Honey2 1/2 Cups 100 proof Vodka Directions: Dissolve the honey in approx. 1 c. of the vodka. Then separately mix the anise extract with the remaining vodka and add this to the honey mixture, and...

  • Irish Soda Bread

    Irish Soda Bread

    Ingredients:  2 cups all purpose flour4 tablespoons sugar1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt3/4 teaspoon baking soda3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes1 cup buttermilk2/3 cup raisins - I like to use a combination of golden and...

  • Maple Pecan Glazed Cookies

    Maple Pecan Glazed Cookies

    Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened3/4 cup sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar2 large eggs, room temperature1 teaspoon Maple Extract2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea Salt2 cups white baking chips1 cup chopped...

  • Mediterranean Lamb Chops

    Mediterranean Lamb Chops

    Ingredients:  3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil½ large lemon – juiced2 tablespoons Lamb Rub1 ½ pounds lamb chops – 4 to 6 chops Directions: Put olive oil and lemon juice in shallow pan and mix well. Brush the chops with...

  • Microwave Salted Caramels

    Microwave Salted Caramels

    Gorgeous, creamy, buttery, soft caramels with just the right amount of salt to balance the sweetness. This easy to make and practically fool-proof microwave version only requires a few ingredients and just under 15 minutes to make. The hardest part...

  • Roasted Balsamic Root Vegetables

    Roasted Balsamic Root Vegetables

    Ingredients: 3 medium carrots , cut into 1 inch pieces1 large parsnip , cut into 1 inch pieces1 rutabaga , peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces1 red onion , peeled and cut into eighths2 tablespoons Cask Aged 5 Year Balsamic Vinegar1...

  • Savory Herb Stuffing with Sausage, Apples & Nuts

    Savory Herb Stuffing with Sausage, Apples & Nuts

    Ingredients: 1 lb. maple sausage4 cups diced Granny Smith Apples3 celery ribs2 onions chopped1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter2-3 cups chicken broth or more for moister stuffing10-12 cups dried bread cubes1 Tablespoon Poultry Stuffing and Seasoning Blend1/3...

  • Sweet Spiced Nuts Sweet Spiced Nuts

    Sweet Spiced Nuts

    Year over year this has been one of our most requested recipes for holiday gift giving. Fun and easy to make in large batches and tied with festive bow your friends, neighbors and co-workers are sure to love these. Or keep them all for yourself, we wont...

  • Turkey Brining & Roasting Guide

    Thanksgiving Turkey Brining & Roasting Guide

    So many of you have had questions about how I do my Thanksgiving turkey that I broke it down step by step at your requests. This is just what I do and have had excellent results every year. As with all things - do what makes you happy. Weekend...

  • Trinity of Roast Potatoes

    Trinity of Roast Potatoes

    Ingredients: 2 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 2 lbs. Yams peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1/4 cup butter melted1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tablespoons mixed dried herbs such...

  • Turkey Breast with Rosemary Gravy

    Turkey Breast with Rosemary Gravy

    A bit simpler approach to a holiday meal. This recipe can be sized up to a full turkey for a crowd and works well for a smaller intimate gathering using a turkey breast. Ingredients:  1 large Turkey breast, keep skin on for moisture1 teaspoon...

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