Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is here!
It’s my 10th anniversary hosting Thanksgiving… after ten years, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and hosting. But even better, with a bit of age and more lessons under my belt, I’ve become even more thankful for the special people in my life, the fun times we’ve had, and […]
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Let me introduce you to one of my many favorite kitchen appliances… my meat grinder.
The backstory: I won a gift certificate for doing a good job at work in 2005, and coincidentally on the same day made Swedish Meatballs with my favorite meatball combination: half ground beef and half ground pork.
Wouldn’t you know […]
Keep reading I have a Meat to Grind: Meat Grinding and Meat Grinders
If you’ve experimented with the Homemade Pasta Recipe I posted yesterday, you probably want a quick sauce to go with it.
I got up this morning and prepared my lunch for this afternoon:
I took some bacon out of my freezer and ran it under cool water. While it quickly defrosted, I put a […]
Keep reading And What to Do with that Homemade Pasta? (a Quick Recipe)
But we can fix that!!!
I’ve been taking some time away from the blog, in order to make my knife a little sharper- literally and figuratively.
I’m “getting a taste” of life in the kitchen. I knew how to put together a mean dinner party before… but now I’m learning how to do it the […]
Keep reading Not the Sharpest Knife in the Drawer…
Number one Question on the minds of Thanksgiving hosts and hostesses everywhere:
How do I make sure I serve a moist Thanksgiving Turkey?
Here are Jen the Catalyst’s Top Tips for a great Turkey on Thanksgiving!
Begin the Great Brining Thaw on Sunday.
Why brine? Brining allows the Turkey to absorb more water before […]
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Yesterday, it snowed. and snowed. and snowed!
I wanted to be in the kitchen… not the car. I wanted to bake… not shop. So I raided my pantry.
I had pumpkin, but no milk. Flour, but no whipping cream.
I found a recipe at myrecipes.com (Oxmoor House, June ’07) that was easily adaptable for what […]
Keep reading Snow Day Pumpkin Bundt Cake
(Chef Ron, this one is for you!)
‘Tis the season- I’ve been collecting beautiful leaves, bought a humongo pumpkin to put on the hay bale out front, and have a bowl of squash sitting in the middle of my table.
I bought beautiful apples- SweeTango, Honeycrisp, and Haralson.
We ate the first two, but […]
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(Great things are often a surprise. So it is with my friend Faith– we met, clicked, and wanted to collaborate right away! Here is a blog post we wrote together introducing this great collaboration…)
The holidays evoke memories of family gatherings, traditions, warm hues of orange and brown and the deep reds of the changing […]
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I like the number three- everything seems to come in trifectas!
Thanksgiving is no exception- where the First Part is guests/menu, the Second Part is sketching out what needs to be done and asking for help, and the third part is:
Actually doing it.
The week before Thanksgiving is such a rush!
And yes, I […]
Keep reading Thanksgiving Primer III
Like most anything else, if I break a big big thing down into smaller pieces, it doesn’t seem so unwieldly. Thanksgiving is like that too.
I like to think of Thanksgiving in three parts. Part One is to figure who is coming, and what (and how much) we’ll have to eat.
You can learn all […]
Keep reading Thanksgiving Primer II