Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy Chicken Roulade

From the dawn of our marriage my husband has told me over and over how much he detests stuffing. At Thanksgiving he passes it up each and every time. He won't touch baked stuffed shrimp at all because, well there's "stuffing" in it. And, throughout the years he's made no bones about telling me he won't eat anything with any kind of stuffing in it. That is, until last night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cranberry Cake with Streusel Topping

After I made my homemade Cranberry Sauce I thought about this cake my friend Mary of Bunny's Warm Oven had made. It was a Cherry Cake which used a canned cherry filling. Simple, easy and delicious so I figured why not try a cake using cranberry as the fruit. In essence I am using my own batter recipe, but snagged Mary's streusel topping recipe from her post, Apple Streusel Coffee Cake.

For the filling you can use my cranberry sauce recipe as linked in the first paragraph or use up what you have made for the holidays by making this delicious cake. The cake is moist, the filling is superb and the nice crunchy streusel on top makes this is winning recipe.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cranberry Sauce

So many people have recipes for homemade cranberry sauce and my recipe is probably very similar to those you've already seen posted by other food bloggers. For me this recipe is special because I created it to have with the Thursday night to go hot meal at my tiny restaurant that I owned many years ago now. Every Thursday we made a complete turkey dinner with fresh mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and stuffing, two choices of vegetable and this richly colored and flavorful cranberry sauce. My customers loved the meal and loved that we actually took the time to make cranberry sauce from scratch.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday and enjoyed by many and for some, it's the best holiday of the season for them. It's not a commercialized holiday where every retail outlet is trying to get you to purchase gift items that puts a big ouch in your budget come the first of the new year.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Southwest Cocktail Meatballs

Yesterday was cold and windy here in Connecticut and the best place to be was in my kitchen creating these Southwest Cocktail Meatballs. I wanted to come up with an appetizer recipe that would be perfect for serving at any holiday gathering. What I discovered was that these little gems would also be perfect for game day snacking and for any special occasion celebration.

The blend of beef and pork with a few other ingredients and some typical southwestern spices came together harmoniously. Well balanced flavor in the meatballs coupled with the sauce that goes along with them makes these one of the best meatball recipes I've ever tasted.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Carrot Casserole

Always looking for new side dishes I created this Holiday Carrot Casserole with basic and simple ingredients from pantry staples. The humble carrots that are loaded with vitamins B6, C, K along with potassium and are a good source of biotin and a host of other nutrients, get overshadowed at holiday tables by the sweet potato casseroles and the green bean casseroles.

I decided that it was time for the carrot to shine as I love carrots in any form and they have always been a part of my Thanksgiving dinner from as far back as I can remember. Not only are they healthy as evidenced in the opening paragraph but their natural sweetness is in and of itself a great compliment to the savory turkey and gravy.