Fresh apple cider blended with pomegranate juice and caramel vodka topped off with champagne in a caramel-sugar rimmed glass.
The hardest part about hosting a holiday dinner is deciding on a signature cocktail. I’m kidding! My hat is off to all the heavy lifters planning, shopping for and cooking a meal that takes weeks of preparation and mere minutes to devour.
Friends, life just ain’t fair, but I have you covered with a delicious, simple adult beverage that’ll get the party started.
Caramel flavored vodka, fresh apple cider and pomegranate juice topped off with champagne in a sugary, caramel rimmed flute.
If all that sounds good, it tastes even better and makes the ideal celebratory cocktail for the holidays, Sunday brunch or, hey . . . just a very long Monday.
Mashed Potatoes ~ creamy, buttery bursting with smoked Gouda cheese flavor. The ultimate side dish for the holidays.
For a foodie, it doesn’t get much better than the Wine and Food Festival in Epcot at Walt Disney World but if you think it’s nothing but ‘park food’, think again.
Disney rolled out a foodie’s red carpet as only Disney can do. Inspiration was everywhere. We paced ourselves sampling so many delicious dishes but still weren’t able to taste everything we wanted to. I guess that’s the best reason to go back.
My favorite dish was lick-your-plate good: Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes that served as a base for fork-tender, Beer Braised Beef served in ‘Belgium’. When I got home I couldn’t wait to make both.
Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing ~ a classic recipe baked outside the bird with delicious fresh herb and sausage flavors. Serve with turkey, chicken or pork.
Whether you call it stuffing like we do in these parts or dressing because it’s baked outside the bird, this Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing is the dish that says Thanksgiving. It’s not a holiday without it. I love the crispy bread parts best, but that doesn’t stop me from scooping into the moist center because it’s all flavored with the same fresh herbs, vegetables and sausage. Mmmmm.
I’ve been making stuffing more years than I can count, but I always cooked it inside the bird. Today that’s said to be a big no-no, but we never had any issues.
A couple of years ago my daughter started hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner and she opted to cook two turkeys in the air fryer. Both delicious with crispy skin, juicy meat, one with traditional seasoning, the other Cajun. But that meant the stuffing needed to be baked separately in the oven without sacrificing all that crazy good taste. Challenge accepted.
Traditional Bread Sausage Stuffing is the best stuffing I’ve ever eaten. I’ve perfected the recipe over the years. It’s simple, with classic flavors and the only recipe you’ll need.
Turkey Sweet Potato Chili ~ delicious ground (or leftover) turkey chili with bites of sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion and bold spices.
The level of intensity of a chili connoisseur when discussing chili preferences always amazes me. Beans, no beans. Meat ~ what kind? Do real men eat chili made with . . . ahem . . .turkey? And if they do, will their man card be automatically and immediately revoked?
There are, however a few guidelines most of us can agree upon. First, chili should pack heat. Serious heat and second, it should be thick, not wimpy; otherwise, it’s just soup.
From there the sky or (chili) pot is the limit. In my book, chili must have beans with the exception of the kind that blankets a hot dog. In that case, no beans.
So go forth, slice up some jalapenos, add a protein, some vegetables and yes, beans. I beg of you. Beyond that, live your best chili life designing or redesigning this recipe as you like.
This Boozy Brownies recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was on her way to Peru in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!
Summer is my season, but I welcome fall and all that it brings: boots and scarves, all things pumpkin and tailgate season for those of us more interested in the social aspect of football. Which brings me to Boozy Brownies.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little competitive when it comes to bringing food to a party. Let’s be honest…Pinterest has me and the rest of the world in a frenzy about bringing THE best dish.
Now everyone has access to everything from cutting edge fashion to must-see travel destinations, ways to get fit and of course a recipe for every occasion.
This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe is the ultimate party snack combining crunchy, salty and that marriage made in heaven, Buffalo and ranch.
I’ve found myself picking through premade snack mixes for my favorite parts and pushing aside others. Please don’t judge me; let’s stop the madness and make our own snack mix!
This Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix recipe couldn’t be faster or easier and the best part ~ you’re guaranteed to have it exactly as you like it.
Crunchy, salty and boldly spicy. Read on.
Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ Asian seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaves and topped with a spicy hoisin sauce.
When I look back on old posts like this one, it reminds me of photos my kids come across of me that they find hilarious. “Those glasses ~ that hair!”.
The old photos from the original Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps post were just as awkward and cringe-worthy.
But what I had forgotten about this recipe because I hadn’t made it in a while is . . . dang! ~ it’s sooo good! I do remember how my husband and I almost arm-wrestled over the last wrap. He ended up eating it, but I would have won. I totally would have won.
Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber-dill sauce. Simple, sophisticated taste in just 20 minutes.
Today I’m throwing back to a few years ago when I first published this recipe. I’ve updated the photos to show how drool-worthy this recipe is and added a video to show how easy it is to make this recipe in under 20 minutes.
There are just a few ingredients in this light, fresh salmon dish, but friends, mayonnaise isn’t one of them.
Peach Galette Recipe ~ rustic, free-form flaky crust baked with sweet fresh summer peaches.
Last week my friend Audrey called saying that I had to buy some peaches from Altermatt’s, one of the local farms. Oh my gosh she said emphatically ~ they’re soooo good.
She wanted to make a peach pie but was leaving for the weekend and didn’t have time. I was leaving for New Orleans for a food blogger conference so making peach anything wasn’t in my immediate future either.
That didn’t stop her from emphasizing ~ “you just have to get some”. Not only is Audrey a good friend and the single best gift receiver you’ll ever meet, but her enthusiasm for well, almost everything is contagious. By the time I got home I was having serious peach FOMO.
I never made it to Altermatt’s, but bought these beauties at the farmer’s market and whipped up a peach galette in under 15 minutes. No joke.
In full disclosure, I’m a fan of store made crust and used it in this recipe. It was every bite as flaky and delicious as it was in this savory pie. Haters don’t hate. This peach galette is delicious.