Monthly Archive: November 2015

Hungry for authentic Lebanese food? Get it here

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  OK so for you readers in the tri state area, this is a meal you won’t want to miss. Made with loving hands, generations of cooks gather at St. Anthony’s here in Cincinnati to prepare a memorable meal of authentic Lebanese food. I’ll be there and hope to see you too! ST. ANTHONY OF …

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Baked Candied Cranberries and More Cranberry Relish Recipes

    Baked candied cranberries I am amazed (and happy) that the requests for this recipe continue to come in every year. So once again  here’s my most popular cranberry recipes for the holidays. Let’s start with this classic:  Baked Candied Cranberries Now if you don’t want to use the liqueur, though it’s in the …

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Not your ordinary make ahead mashed potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes w/Make Ahead Gravy

  Not your ordinary make ahead mashed potatoes Different from other do ahead mashed potato recipes I’ve shared since there’s no sour cream here. Tastes like fresh mashed. 5 pounds Idaho or Yukon Gold potatoes 1-1/2 sticks butter 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 to 3/4 cup Half & Half or more if needed Salt …

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Carrot ginger soup: lovely Thanksgiving first course

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Fresh carrot ginger soup Granddaughter Eva dug the last of the carrots from the garden and she and her sister, Emerson, put them, along with a potpourri of veggies and herbs, into their radio flyer wagon and wheeled it to me by the kitchen door. A Thanksgiving bounty! I found enough carrots in the wagon …

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Brookies from scratch

BROOKIES FROM SCRATCH Here’s a Brookie recipe from scratch for all who asked for it. BROWNIES 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 large eggs for cake like brownies (my choice) or 1 for fudge like brownies 2/3 cup flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 …

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Best Do Ahead Gravy for Thanksgiving

BEST DO AHEAD GRAVY FOR THANKSGIVING Want extra gravy for Thanksgiving and the inevitable leftovers?  Well, here’s  a do ahead gravy recipe that you can freeze or refrigerate, adapted only slightly from a magazine recipe that I have had for over a decade. Each year I tweak it a bit; this year I’m adding celery …

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How to Make Brookies

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What’s a brookie? I first heard the name on the show Shark Tank when some young entrepreneurs were hoping for a business partner. Well, they got one and the rest is history.  It’s a combo of a brownie and cookie.  I was hooked after tasting one at the Empty Bowl Soup Event for Kids Café …

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Make Your Own Brown & Serve Rolls

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I never did like the brown & serve rolls from the store. They always seemed so dry and lackluster in flavor. So I decided to take it upon myself to make my own. And with the holidays coming up, I thought you’d like this recipe, too. No kidding – store bought rolls pale in comparison! …

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Bev’s Delicious Stuffing

  I had a fun chat with Bev Nye recently. Lots of you will remember Beverly from her days here in Cincinnati. She was the first to have a radio cooking show and appeared regularly on the Bob Braun TV show. Her books, including “A family raised on sunshine” still sell well. That’s because what …

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Stuffed Peppadews

Apricot Cranberry Dip

    With Thanksgiving here before you know it, each week I’m going to share some do-ahead favorites, starting with appetizers. Here’s my new go-to app, so good. Buy Peppadews from olive bar. Drain. Stuff with homemade or purchased Boursin or Rondale herb and garlic spread. (My recipe for homemade Boursin is on this site). …

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