Country Bread Stuffing with Smoked Ham,Goat-Cheese and Dried Cherries

As much as we cook on Thanksgiving, we’ve always made stuffing from a box. This year we decided to attempt to make it from scratch ( since we finally mastered Turkey Gravy, we needed another challenge). We found  similar recipes in the Kansas City Star and Epicurious and adapted slightly to our tastes. We toasted…

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars

This fall treat is super moist and easy to make. Heavier than cake but not quite like brownies, just a small bite with a dollop of cream cheese icing makes a perfect afternoon coffee break  companion. 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 15-ounce can pumpkin 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour…

Cottage Quiche

Like soup, quiche is one of my favorite things to make when I have odds and ends left in the frig. This one was made with fresh herbs and broccoli from our garden. Can’t wait to use my own tomatoes. One pie crust 4 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup cottage or ricotta cheese 1/2 cup milk…

J & J’s Wing Sauce

Jeff and Jack spent an afternoon trying out their own versions of hot wing sauce. This is the final version of their recipe. 1/4 cup Dr. Pepper 2/3 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper…

Christmas Eve 2012

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Pork Wellington Au Gratin Potatoes Haricot Verts Assorted mini sweets

Mushroom Barley Soup

Cold day, warm soup. Original recipe. Red Cup. Mushrooms. Yum. 3 tablespoons butter 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 1 package fresh mushrooms 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 6 cups beef broth 1 1/2 cups barley 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon salt 1 bay leaf Sauté carrots, celery, mushroom and garlic…

Corn Pudding

I first had this dish at a company pot luck. My co-worker, Susan, shared her recipe. 1 box Jiffy corn bread mix 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn In a large bowl, combine sugar and corn…

Thanksgiving 2012 Menu

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Wild Rice Herbed Green Beans Corn Pudding Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Country Bread Stuffing with Smoked Ham, Goat Cheese, and Dried Cherries Deep Fried Turkey Jeff’s Turkey Gravy Pork Roulade Plain Old Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake Pumpkin Bars Cranberry Whiskey Sour Slush

Green Beans with Walnuts

Tired of traditional casseroles, we wanted to keep the beans and lose the heavy sauces. This quick green bean recipe can be made up to 6 hours ahead and warmed up later. Walnuts can be toasted ahead also can kept in a zip lock bag for freshness. 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed…

Plain Old Pecan Pie

Jeff likes plain old pecan pie. Not chocolate, not maple, not even Bourbon Pecan Pie.  Just plain old. However, you can sneak a tablespoon or two of bourbon in this pie and most people would just wonder what made it extra special. (Shh… I did!) 1 cup light corn syrup (or dark) 3 eggs 1…

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

There are many ways to make and mash holiday potatoes. In our family, Jeff  uses an electric mixer to make them creamy. At my mom’s house, my brother whips them by hand.  The extra ingredients vary and are flexible, but Yukon Gold is the overall top pick for all of us. 2 lbs. Yukon gold …

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

There is nothing like tomato soup on a cold, rainy day. Nothing. This easy and delicious version proves there is no reason to ever eat over-processed, over-salted tomato soup from a can again. Sorry, Campbell’s…. 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoons olive oil 2 – 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes 2 cups chicken stock 1tsp  sea…