Category Archives: Holidays

Ginger Pumpkin Strudel

I love the modern usage of the word ‘strudel’.  It can mean basically anything you can get away with rolling up in filo dough and baking until golden brown and delicious.  I recently served this strudel as part of our … Continue reading

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Blue Sage Cornbread Stuffing

I love stuffing, I love how versatile it is.  All stuffing (or dressing) requires is some sort of bread soaked in some sort of liquid until wet and then bake it until the top is crisp again.  It can be … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Dauphinoise

This is one of my very favorite creations, it combines the richness and texture of dauphinoise potatoes (basically French for scalloped potatoes) with the sweet and earthy taste of the traditional midwestern sweet potato dish.  Don’t let the ingredients scare … Continue reading

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Porter Glazed Ham

To answer your first question, yes, we glazed a ham with beer.  Porter is a remarkable beer that’s perfectly bitter with chocolate and coffee undertones and hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg–flavors that go hand in hand with Christmas.  The … Continue reading

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas time is almost upon us, that means another excuse for a great big family meal!  Pretty Bird and I live far away from our families, so it is seldom that we get a chance to host the event, but … Continue reading

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Cranberry Almond Custard

I do love cranberries–they are beautiful, healthful, and TASTY!  But for some reason the only thing we ever do with them is make cranberry sauce.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love me a good cranberry sauce, but this … Continue reading

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Well, folks.  I don’t think I have much to say about this recipe.  I mean, it’s mashed potatoes.  They are essential.  Everyone has their own preference for how their mashed potatoes are made.  Mine is a little lumpy, skins on, … Continue reading

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Turkey Sheperd’s Pie

This is a great use for Thanksgiving leftovers.  In previous years, we use the turkey carcass to make stock, leftover turkey for the filling, and extra mashed potatoes become the topping.  If we don’t have enough mashed potatoes, then we … Continue reading

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Pie Crust

If there’s one thing that’s sure to impress, it’s telling people that you made your own pie crust.  Today we’re going to share with you Grandma Lucy’s recipe for pie crust.  Now, I know what a lot of you might … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sometimes I get an idea of something I’d like to eat but then I need to figure out the realities of making that dish, which is a lot easier when you’re married to a chef.  Anyway, in this case I … Continue reading

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