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…

This one goes out to all the lovers…

Fourteen years ago I said “I do” on a stormy Friday the 13th of December. I chose that time of year because The Rock Star travels all summer and as a florist, it would also be my slow season. It’s been wedded bliss ever since! Hahahaha ok, I know you wanna call Bullsh!t! We have…

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…

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…