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Dirty Mashed Potatoes

I am not going to be shy about my love for mashed potatoes with garlic and butter anymore! There is nothing more satisfying than a nice heaping serving of garlic buttery mashed potatoes on my plate, even if that means sacrificing plate space for  other side dishes; dirty mashed potatoes with win every time. I highly recommend using the Red Potatoes for this dish, the Red Potatoes have a thinner …

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Thanksgiving survival guide

The holidays are almost officially here.  I mean just yesterday I picked fresh herbs from the garden and finished up gathering seeds for next years garden.  I’m always saying time has wings, and this year I have proof, as I am now making my shopping list for Thanksgiving and starting to gather my thoughts for Christmas. Thanksgiving was originally planned as a no one cooks, lets go out to eat …

Cranberry Orange Zest Nut Bread

Cranberry Orange Zest Nut Bread is absolutely fabulous! There I said it, this bread is so moist, sweet and packed full of flavor, and texture, what more could you want! I luv to make this quick bread during the holidays, as it is part of my tradition to bake two loaves, of the Cranberry Orange Zest Nut Bread so we have one for the Thanksgiving dinner and one to eat …

Turkey Brine Recipe

Until I was made aware of brining my Thanksgiving day turkey many years ago, I suffered from that dried out , some what inedible piece of Turkey meat. A good 2 day brine is the secret to success for a flavorful, moist turkey from breast to legs. The leftovers are amazing as well, as this meat is full of so much moisture it never dries out. A good Brine recipe …

Orange Cake

Orange Cake is a simple and easy cake you can make in less than an hour including baking time. With only a few ingredients, you will have a fluffy moist, and delicious cake. This is a traditional Arab and Middle Eastern recipe, as oranges grow abundantly in many warm climates of the area. These oranges are an integral part of culinary dishes within the country, as the citric, juice, and …

Open Face Omelet

Somedays I just want to switch things up for breakfast, so I put down the oatmeal and fruit and crave a hot, hearty, budget friendly breakfast meal. I also wake up hungry as a lion each morning, so clear a path to the kitchen, I’m coming in hungry and ready to cook! Because I am a fresh vegetable addict, and I happen to luv eggs, I decided to get creative …

Fresh Apple Quick Bread

Okay so I am obsessed with baking anything with Apples, especially in the fall, when the annual “Applefest” takes place in my town, and the orchards are full of delicious ripe apples, just hanging from the trees waiting to be picked. Every time I see these full apple trees I get the biggest urge to go pick a bushel and go home and bake something, however I always end up …

Classic Spritz Cookies

I can still remember sitting on the other side of the kitchen counter, on a tall stool, watching my mom make Spritz Cookies. I was fascinated with the metal cookie press and all the different molds she used to create these delectable, delicious delicacies each holiday season. You see my mom was big on throwing holiday parties for her friends and neighbors, she would spend weeks planning and days cooking …

Family Favorite Chex Mix

These two words ” Chex Mix” are a spiritual and emotional journey for me every time I make it during the holidays. Chex Mix was the foundation of my childhoods family Christmas celebration. The family has a special glass bowl, that is only used once a year for the Chex mix.  Somehow the bowl was always kept full, there was a sneaky elf that always was topping off the bowl, …

Chocolate Almond Bark

This is a very easy no bake recipe, always make two sheets , one for yourself and one to gift, you wont be sorry! I like to chop up my almond bark in the food processor and sprinkle it on ice cream, or use it as a topping for cakes, and cookies You can also add peppermint chocolate chips, and a variety of nuts to add variety into each batch. …

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