Monthly Archive: December 2013

My clone of Nalley’s French Onion Dip

Nalley’s dip clone Rita: back in the 60s-70s our family had special treat only at Christmas: Nally’s French Onion Dip. My sister and I were just saying that Nally’s was one of our strongest childhood holiday memories! Any chance you have a clone for it? Well, Carol, I’ve never had that particular dip but I did …

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Perfect Brunch Casserole

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My latest favorite brunch casserole. Feel free to sub any meat for the sausage, or leave it out. You can also add a layer of spinach – steam or sauté in a teeny bit of olive oil first.      Four Layer Egg Casserole Brunch egg casserole with sausage, potatoes and cheese Yum! Sauté sausage ahead of …

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CRANBERRY GOAT CHEESE SPREAD FOR BAGELS

If  you need a quick hostess gift, appetizer or simply a scrumptious spread for bagels, here’s your recipe! CRANBERRY GOAT CHEESE SPREAD FOR BAGELS Mix together: 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 1/3 cup soft fresh goat cheese (called Montrachet or simply goat cheese) 3 tablespoons plain yogurt 1-2 …

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Jalapeños stuffed with hot sausage and cheese – addictive!

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Oh gosh, talk about good – had these at my friend Carla’s home and couldn’t stop eating them. She adapted the recipe from one she found online at CD Kitchens.  I’m going to freeze a few, raw, when I make them, to see how they do. I’ll let  you know. Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos 1 pound ground …

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S’Mores in a Jar

    I made these on Fox 19 Tues., Dec. 17. Check out their website for the video and recipe.   These are a fun dessert or gift from the kitchen. I love them because you can make them ahead of time and give guests their own individual jar. If you are toting them, you’ll …

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Boursin cheese potatoes – perfect holiday side dish

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Boursin cheese potatoes Reader Lucille was looking for this recipe. “So good and so easy”, she said. So I’m posting it again. This time I left out the salt – and it was still so good. Yummy alongside the holiday ham or roast. I don’t make these often since they are certainly not low cal, …

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A Christmas tree you can grow year round in the house

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Okay, so you’d like to have a live tree to decorate for Christmas, but you’re not sold on a cut tree, and you have no place to plant a live evergreen.  Well guess what?  I have your answer…it grows indoors, and it really is a pine! Okay, it’s a tropical pine, and it’s called Norfolk Island Pine.  It’s …

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Poinsettia facts & fallacies

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From Ron Wilson, Natorp’s, my gardening guru: The Holiday Season is upon us, full of traditions and rich in history, including our plant of the week, “Flores de Noche Buena”, or commonly known as the Poinsettia. This large growing perennial flowering shrub is native to Mexico, and may have remained a regional plant, had it …

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Victorian Manger Herbs

    VICTORIAN MANGER HERBSHerbs were an integral part of life during the Victorian era. During the Christmas season, herbs were used in holiday foods and to scent the holiday atmosphere. They were displayed in manger scenes, which was a popular decoration of that time.  In the manger, special herbs were part of the legend surrounding the Christmas story. These herbs are called …

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HOLIDAY WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK WITH PISTACHIOS AND CRANBERRIES

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White Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Cranberries   Each week I talk with Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about:   PISTACHIOS AND POMEGRANATES Pistachios Genesis  43:11 ……”Load your donkeys with the best products of the land. Take them to the man as gifts – balm, honey, spices, myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds…..” …

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