14 posts from month 11/2014

Fresh Roasted Pepper and Sausage Dip

Is cream cheese considered a seasonal food?  Well...maybe not.  But the variety of freshly roasted peppers in this sinful sausage dip might just make it okay to ignore that little oversight.  I used a red bell pepper, for color and sweetness, and then a mix of yellow and green peppers including Pasilla, Anaheim, yellow pepper or banana pepper, Serrano and Jalapeno. Each has a different flavor and level of heat that it brings to the dip give the overall a dip ... Continue Reading

Roasted Beet and Pickled Watermelon Radish Salad

I don't know about you but once the Thanksgiving feast is over - oh and I've had my day after leftover turkey sandwich with cranberry bacon jam (let's not forget about that) - then I'm usually craving something light and fresh.  Something to atone for my many indulgences on Thanksgiving and all the days of recipe testing leading up to that.  This tasty little salad is not only beautiful but it's magical in that it erases every single calorie you consumed on ... Continue Reading

Brandy Soaked Apricot & Brie Stacks with Spiced Honey

If you are like me you are probably right now in the midst of scouring the internet and your favorite cookbooks and magazines for the perfect recipes for this year's feast.  Maybe you need a quick and easy appetizer for before the main event that looks like you spent a whole lot more time and effort on it that you really did?  With all the cooking you have to do for Thanksgiving who has time for appetizers? That's what makes this little bite perfect. It's gooey, ... Continue Reading

Paprika Shrimp with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

If you've been following my blog now you know one of my favorite cooking ingredients, sheep's milk feta (see Bourbon glazed meatballs) . It's creamier and more well balanced than regular feta, in my opinion.  Well this little ingredient makes an appearance again in this new favorite dish.  It's part of the red pepper sauce and it really is what gives the sauce a beautiful texture without having to use any heavy cream.  The paprika shrimp really ... Continue Reading

Cranberry Sauce Bacon Jam

Okay all you serious foodies out there.  You know who you are.  This one is for you.  Who isn’t in love with bacon jam?  I know I am.  I’ve been thinking about bacon jam….a lot.  I wondered how I could incorporate this favorite condiment into the traditional holiday menu.   And then I had an 'aha' moment!   Cranberry sauce bacon jam.  Makes perfect sense right? This recipe starts with a really flavorful ... Continue Reading

Bourbon Glazed Meatballs with Sheep’s Milk Feta

These tasty little bites are a great make ahead dish and a must have for you holiday entertaining.  Try them, I promise they will be a hit.  The key to a nice moist meatball is using milk and fresh breadcrumbs to make the meatball and not over mixing or over cooking them.  If you follow these simple tips then you'll end up with a tasty morsel of deliciousness.  The bourbon glaze is subtle but has lots of flavor, as does the meatball itself.  My ... Continue Reading

Roasted Parsnips and Shallots with Rosemary Lemon Salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Toss the parsnips and shallots in a large bowl with the butter and olive oil to coat.  Place in one even layer on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of the Rosemary Lemon Salt mixture.  Bake for 15 minutes and then toss with tongs to ensure the shallots don’t burn and each side of the parsnip ... Continue Reading

Crab Bisque with Parmesan Crostini

Did i mention we are coming into crab season?  Oh yes.  Well here's another way to work that into the menu for Thanksgiving or any upcoming night of entertaining.  This this isn't the kind of soup you make on a weekday night for family from whatever is leftover in the fridge. It's a luxurious soup.  It's rich and delicious with a velvety texture and a definite sherry flavor.  And it's really not difficult to make.  As I was coming up with this ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Crepes with Salted Caramel Sauce

A lazy Sunday morning in November calls for something decadent and seasonal and just plain old yummy. These pumpkin crepes stuffed with marscopone cheese definitely hit the mark.  The highlight for me was the salted caramel sauce.  A perfect balance of sweet and salty goodness.  And I used the leftover caramel to dip apple slices in later in the day.  So I guess you could say it was a sweet treat kind of day around our house.  And we loved every ... Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Horseradish Dip

When I lived in Seattle I spent every Thanksgiving with my Aunt AJ and Uncle Wally.  They put on a fabulous spread and the beginning to every Turkey Day celebration was a beautiful wild caught smoked salmon, that they caught themselves on one of their many trips to Alaska, accompanied by a little cream cheese and a linen lined basket of assorted gourmet crackers.  This appetizer became as much a part of our family tradition as the turkey itself.  It was the ... Continue Reading