Keeping My Christmas Spirit

Snow, Santa, Jingle Bells. I love Christmas – until the season is in full swing. And then suddenly, I’ve become a Scrooge, Grinch and Hater. So overwhelmed by how quickly it descends and all there is do, that the joy is sucked right out of me. The smell of peppermint, triggering the olfactory Christmas memories, makes…

Thanksgiving Menu 2016

Smoked Turkey Breast Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Hassleback Sage Brown Buttered Sweet Potatoes Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Sautéed Green Beans with Mushrooms Plain Old Pecan Pie Caramel Apples    

Chipotle Rice

A chipotle pepper is a smoked-dried jalapeño.  The jalapeños are kept on the vine until they turn red ( something that often happens to my home grown jalapeños as they yield more than I can eat!) and then smoked with wood. I’m thinking about trying this in our own smoker. Until then, I use canned chipotles in adobo sauce…