No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie

Take a look at the pecan pie with that pretty collar of whipped cream. I usually dollop whipped cream right in the center of the pie, but my crust broke a bit when I cut it, so I used whipped cream as a culinary “bandaid”. No one knew the difference, and I didn’t mention it. And if your pumpkin pie shrinks a little from the … Continue reading No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie

Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Friend and garden expert Ron Wilson talked about Amaryllis and why you should buy them now (hint: I takes 6-8 weeks to flower!). So here’s what Ron has to say: This week’s plant pick definitely gives one of the best holiday and winter ‘flowering’ shows of all the holiday plants.And, it makes a great Christmas gift for anyone. So why is this our pick for this week?Because … Continue reading Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Jim’s Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin

Jim Reinhart, an Indiana reader, is one of the best home cooks I know. He sent me this unusual, pretty and very yummy recipe, adapted from a magazine. A super way to use leftover turkey and gravy. Ingredients 2 small pumpkins or l bigger pumpkin 2 cups wild rice blend, cooked  1/4 cup dried cranberries 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons celery, … Continue reading Jim’s Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin

Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Look at the calendar. The countdown to Thanksgiving is here and the requests for do-ahead gravy pop up daily. That’s because it’s one less thing to deal with on Thanksgiving, plus you get lots of delicious gravy so you won’t run out. I’ve taken my family’s favorite and tweaked it. And one tip I share each year: don’t stress about everything being perfect – it … Continue reading Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Pistachios during Bible Times and Pistachio Crusted Chicken

Today when Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about pistachios (Genesis  43:11 when Jacob sent his sons with money and food gifts for the Egyptian leader, who was Joseph), I realized how much I love this eating this nut, especially when it’s in season during the holidays here. Did you know that legend says the Queen of Sheba demanded that all … Continue reading Pistachios during Bible Times and Pistachio Crusted Chicken