Orange Bourbon Fizz

The Caracara orange is so delicious! It’s not as deep red inside as the blood orange but is far more reddish than a navel. They are extremely juicy and have an almost creamy flavor to them… just a touch richer than the average orange. When they are in season I always buy them to eat,…

Holiday Brie en Croute

“To fill the bowl and roll out the banel, Have ourselves a fling!” This is a lyric from one Christmas carol of many about gathering with friends and family to warm our spirits by each other’s fires throughout the holiday season. When we are invited to a party, bringing an appetizer to share is a lovely…

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! We all love them, but they can def throw a wrench in our busy holiday schedules! This appetizer is pure gold! Super simple to make and as delicious as they come. If you show up to a party with these, you will be astonished at how fast they disappear!…

Hot Buttered B!tch

Every year when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, I turn on the movie Elf, I gather my family and make myself a hot buttered rum. This is one of my traditions! There is something about un-boxing my cherished Christmas treasures between sips of a warm mug of spiced Christmas cheer, that really rings in…

Today we feast… Again

The Thanksgiving leftovers are nearly as coveted as the original meal! Sandwiches, soups made from the carcass… as much a tradition as any of it. I’m sure so many of you out there, just like me, pile your leftovers on a sandwich. My dad likes it open faced. White bread, turkey, turkey gravy. He’s a…

Morning After Hash

The leftovers are coveted nearly as much as the meal itself! The morning after thanksgiving my dad would have an open faced turkey sandwich with plenty of this gravy and a slice of pumpkin pie. These are as much tradition as any other part of the holiday! Having turkey feast leftovers for breakfast is like a shot…

Gravy and Cranberry Sauce: Back to Basics

I have been asked by multiple readers if I could show them how to make turkey gravy… without a packet. The concept seems so easy to me that I never thought to post it! Since it’s easy peasy, I decided to add another ultra simple Thanksgiving staple, cranberry sauce! Or, as my youngest son refers…

Walnut Pie & Maple Whip

You can’t go wrong with pie that tastes like a candy bar, right? I didn’t think so. This pie could be called “Aunt Pennie’s Pie” in my family and we’d all know what you meant. This is the simplest pie I have ever made and the result is a fantastically sweet and nutty pie with…

The Art of Losing: A boys football story

If you had told me four years ago that team sports would be a regular and frequent part of my life, I probably would have laughed at you. The Rockstar and I have never been that into sports. Not that we were anti, we just didn’t have it in our lives. That is until my…

My Great Grandma’s Stuffing

There are SO many options for stuffing, or dressing as my grandma would say. Oyster, corn bread, nuts, berries, dried fruit… all of these have their merits but none of them belong on my holiday table. I LOVE my grandma’s stuffing! It’s very simple. The flavors are earthy and sage filled, no bells or whistles,…

Sparkling Spicetini

For many of us, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. A festive, turkey fueled transition into Christmas, if you will. It’s the official marker for “I can put my tree up free from ridicule now”. The flavors of cinnamon, ginger and vanilla will be in full swing. Starbucks will replace their pumpkin spice…

Pudding and the Fat Queen

“I made pudding from scratch for the first time today!” I exclaimed to my cousin. “What the shit? What are you even saying right now? How can that be???” Replied Stephanie. I know, it’s such a simple thing… but I’ve never done it. I had all of the ingredients and decided that the time had…