Monthly Archive: December 2014

Happy New Year and Roasted Garlic Bread w/Gorgonzola Dip

Just a short note to wish each of you the very best of health and happiness in the coming year. Thanks for visiting my blog – I love  hearing from you! Here’s a nice appetizer for that New Years party – not difficult but oh so good! Roasted Garlic Bread with a Gorgonzola Dip From …

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Need a special salad to go with the New Year’s holiday meal?

Amy's Salad

Amy’s Special Salad Waste not. Want not. I think of that old adage every time I go to feed my girls/chickens and see the field of left over pumpkins from the fall harvest. Some days I’ll pick up one or two and scrape out the seeds to give them as a treat. Most of the …

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Homemade glittery burlap ornaments

Holiday Burlap Ornaments Friend and very crafty colleague, Pam Freeman of Laura’s Lean Beef blog, gives detailed instructions for this beautiful, yet rustic, looking ornament. By Pam FreemanDecember 2, 2014 I had some extra burlap left over from making my burlap wreath last fall and some inspiration from a shopping trip in Gatlinburg, TN. So, …

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Caramel pecan sauce

This is such a good keeper in the frig – at least several weeks, and makes a wonderful gift. CARAMEL PRALINE SAUCE (AKA DULCHE DE LECHE SAUCE WITH PECANS) Now pecans are optional. Or use your favorite nut, toasted. 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 cup  light corn syrup 1/2  stick unsalted butter (4T) 1 …

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Perfect standing rib roast – no problem

Standing rib roast

Two fool-proof standing rib roast recipes I’ve had several requests for fool-proof recipes for standing rib roasts. Here’s how I do mine: I like to start it out at a high temperature to sear the outside and then roast it really slow so that it stays moist inside. I start by seasoning the roast, then …

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No wait flavoring extracts from citrus oils

I told you I’m going to try making citrus extracts from food grade oils, like the kind in tiny bottles you buy at the store in the baking aisle. So far, I’ve had great success with lemon and orange!  Here’s the recipe: 4 oz. vodka 1/4 teaspoon lemon or orange oil (that’s the amount I …

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Here’s my Fox 19 appearance: homemade extracts

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  via Rita Heikenfeld ‘Gifts From The Kitchen’.

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Better than best chocolate clusters

Better than best chocolate almond clusters w/dried fruit

My most favorite Christmas song is “We need a little Christmas.”  But right now, I need a little more time. I’m sure you can relate! But I still say a gift from the hand is a gift from the heart. And I’m sharing one of my all-time favorites today. Better than best chocolate apricot almond …

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Homemade mint and citrus extracts

Mint, lemon, vanilla & orange extracts

                                                          Photo: Homemade Extracts I did a live segment on Fox 19  showing how to make vanilla extract and talked about the others in the photo.  I posted the link. You already have the vanilla extract recipe, so here’s the recipes for the others. Homemade Peppermint Extract Basically I go with a 1-1 ratio, equal …

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The magi didn’t bring fire & ice pickles as a gift……

Fire & Ice Pickles

Fire & Ice Pickles   I love the story of the Magi, when these three “wise men”/kings brought Baby Jesus precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each gift related to Jesus in different ways: Gold symbolized royalty. Frankincense symbolized divinity (represents life and was used to anoint newborns). Myrrh symbolized Jesus’ future death, as …

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