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  • 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)...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...