Ultimate Cheesy Skillet Cornbread

It’s New Year’s Day and I’m on the upswing from a pretty miserable cold. Still, The Rockstar is returning from his NYE gig in Virginia Beach and since he won’t be here for his birthday in a few days, I wanted him to come home to some goodness. So… here’s some cornbread and beans, bitch….

The Blood of My Enemies

New Years Eve! A time for reflection, for looking forward to becoming a better version of yourself, for leaving the past behind and… SCREEEEECH to a grinding halt! Ring in the New Year drunk from the Blood of your enemies! After you’ve inserted your maniacle laugh, reel it back in and leave them haters, the…

Persimmon Perfection

This cookie has been an uphill battle! I have tried for two years to perfect a persimmon cookie. TWO YEARS! I don’t particularly care for “cakey” cookies. I prefer a chewy, crumbly cookie. However, the persimmon pulp is SO wet that it, combined with the baking soda create the perfect environment for the creation of…

Great Grandma Olga’s Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake. Two words that have been known to strike fear into the hearts of men. Even convincing my co-workers to TRY it was met with resistance. “I don’t really like fruit cake” and “fruitcake has always sounded disgusting to me” were just a couple of the comments. I’m convincing, though! I say “But, you…

Kielbasa & Cabbage with Tortelloni

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Fa la la la la la la la… FU@% THIS! “Tis the season for being busy AF! Let’s face it! The next couple of weeks are MURDER! We are scrambling to get all the things done but to spread some gottdamned holiday cheer while we do it! That leaves…

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…

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…

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,…