Category Archive: Holiday Recipes

Christmas, Easter and Halloween are the most popular recipes on the site, but there are also plenty for a lot of other holidays.

Bodacious Baked Beans for Memorial Day

BODACIOUS BAKED BEANS Is there a picnic that doesn’t include baked beans? Don’t think so. But baked beans don’t have to be boring. Elevate them to new heights with this recipe, which is one of my most requested picnic side dishes. Yes, the ingredients are unusual but I think you’ll love the result.  These are …

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Swirled Cinnamon Bread and Dutch Baby Pancakes for Mothers Day

Before I could make the recipes I’m sharing for cinnamon quick bread and Dutch baby pancakes, I had to wait until my “girls/chickens” laid eggs. They sure were taking their time laying today. But lay they did. Check out the photo of my bounty: blue, green, pink, brown eggs. Good job, girls! With mother’s day …

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Dulce de Leche Pan Bars THE Perfect Cinco de Mayo Treat

  Dulce de leche pan bars For Connie, who wanted an easy but yummy dessert for Cinco de Mayo. Ingredients 1-1/2 cups flour mixed with 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups oats 1 cup dark or light brown sugar, packed 8 oz. butter, softened a bit 1 cup English toffee bits 1 can, 13.4 oz. dulce …

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Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad Nice for Cinco de Mayo

CORIANDER/CILANTRO Coriander is referenced several times in the Old Testament. ”And the food became known as manna – meaning  “What is it? It was white like coriander seed and flat and tasted like honey bread.” Cilantro is such a popular herb and it comes from the Coriander seed. Are they used the same?   Cilantro is …

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Gluten Free/Kosher Beer for Passover

One of my readers talked about using beer in a brisket recipe for Passover. If you need a wheat free, Kosher beer for Passover, no worries. See the photo? The  brew is courtesy of beer maker Bryan Meadan, whose date ale— made from silan, a date honey — is completely gluten-free as well as kosher for Passover, certified by Badatz …

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Back To Nature With Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Naturally Colored Easter Eggs

Colored eggs are one of the most fun things at Easter and coloring them naturally is fun. This is an heirloom recipe which I share every Easter.  We use onion skins which turns the eggs light amber to dark orange to brick red, beet juice for pink eggs, the spice turmeric for brilliant yellow and red …

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Onion Skins, Red Cabbage and Turmeric for Naturally Colored Easter Eggs

I’ve told you each year around this the how I go about preparing the natural dyes for the little ones to color Easter eggs. The boys and their families come tomorrow for dinner and egg coloring. Here’s how it all starts: Simmering the onion skins and red cabbage for the dyes. Tomorrow I’ll make the …

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Get your hot cross buns here

I may be jinxing myself, but I think we’ve finally transitioned into spring. The last few days have convinced me, and in our little patch of woods, I’m seeing true harbingers: watercress in our spring-fed pool and trilliums, bloodroot, anemones and spring beauties all poking up through the leaves. The dandelions and wild onions are …

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Try Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Artichokes

  HEARTS OF PALM SALAD WITH TOMATOES, CHICKPEAS AND ARTICHOKES As Catholics we celebrate Palm Sunday with a special tradition at Mass, with the passing out of blessed palms.  Today Matt Swaim and I chatted about foods and herbs associated with Palm Sunday. The significance is that palm leaves were laid out on the path …

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Three Ultimate Soda Bread Recipes

My most popular Soda Bread Soda bread is one of the things that makes me think of St. Patrick’s day, but I love a warm homemade soda bread recipe any time of year. So, why do they call it soda bread? Soda bread is a simple bread recipe that uses baking soda to provide leavening instead of …

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