Stuffed Pizza – Spinach, Mushroom, Pepperoni

  My valentine loves pizza. I mean this. It’s a problem. So, I proved my love by making a homemade stuffed pizza in his grandmother’s cast iron pan. 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing 1 10 oz bag fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 cup mushrooms 1 15oz can petite-diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, drained 1 clove…

Pork and Apple Casserole

Sweet and savory for breakfast, or a side dish for any occasion 1 pound bulk pork sausage 2 chopped apples ( 1 1/3 cups) 1 1/3 cups cornbread stuffing mix 1 TBSP onion powder 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups apple cider or apple juice 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400…

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup. Maybe it really is for the soul, but it most certainly is for the sick, as it has always symbolized comfort and warmth. It’s so easy to make or even adjust if you are lacking exact ingredients. 1 32 oz carton of chicken stock or broth – About 4 cups 2 stalks celery,…

Christmas Eve Menu 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Standing Rib Roast Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Wild Rice Haricot Verts Garden Salad Dinner Rolls Relish Tray Fruit Punch with Sherbet Mini Cupcakes

Chocolate Revel Bars

These two-layer bar cookies are easy to make and even easy to cut.  Although chocolate is the star, it’s the combination of chocolate, oatmeal and nuts that make this cookie so delicious. This recipe makes between 60 and 75 bars, so it’s perfect for gifting. 1 cup  butter or margarine 2  cups  packed brown sugar…

Spinach Pies

Feta, flaky, fabulous. This savory, buttery “pie” is great as an appetizer or bread alternative. Fun to make, but be sure to have a lot of room in your prep area. Best tip? Work fast. 2 lbs baby spinach, chopped  1/2 lb unsalted butter, melted 1 bunch green onions, chopped. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg Salt…

Cajun Spiced Turkey Breast

The biggest holiday cooking challenge is always timing. When you have two turkey breasts on the menu, it’s even more challenging. This year we decided at the very last minute to cook one of the turkeys on our rotisserie grill attachment. Wow, was it excellent. If you need something swift and easy, this is a…

Cranberry Apple Roasted Turkey Breast

Sweet and savory, this turkey breast is fabulous, but a lot of work. Totally worth it. The key is to baste it every 15 minutes throughout the cooking process. It’s overall a short cooking time compared with a traditional turkey, but I decided to brine it overnight rather than worry about the timing on Thanksgiving…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

We needed more green in our Thanksgiving dinner this year, and we thought Brussels sprouts would be new and different for us.  We decided to use our Kitchen Aid to shred them, and the rest was a breeze. Since we literally threw this recipe together on the fly, there are no exact measurements. Brussels sprouts,…

Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

Sourdough is the Lorens family bread of choice. Add the other Lorens favorite, mushrooms, and it’s perfect fusion. This stuffing actually gets crispy on both the top and bottom of the dish, but still holds moisture. We loved it. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for casserole dish 1 pound  baby Portabello mushrooms ( or assorted…

Thanksgiving 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Spinach Pies Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Broccoli Casserole Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing Cajun Turkey Breast Cranberry Apple Turkey Breast Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie

Roasted Butternut Squash and Poblano Chili

Roasted butternut squash is worth all the trouble of peeling and chopping it, and adding my favorite pepper to the mix makes it even better. 3 cups chopped, peeled butternut squash 2  poblano peppers, cut into halves, seeds and stems removed 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided Freshly ground black pepper 1…