Thanksgiving Casserole!

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Right about now you are probably smack in the middle of a Thanksgiving whirlwind, or you know somebody who is.  The turkey is thawing or brining, the pumpkin pies are baking, you are searching for that cornbread stuffing you know you have somewhere, and you’re sending someone to the store to pick up the marshmallows you forgot to get for the top of the sweet potato casserole. Read More & Get the Recipe

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

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This past weekend we got into the Halloween spirit in the one way guaranteed to bring out the autumn merriness in everyone.  We went to the pumpkin patch with my adorable nephew, aka the cutest little boy on the Planet Earth.  It was a gorgeous, crisp fall day.  The birds were singing, the sun was shining, and there were pumpkins as far as the eye can see.  There's nothing like a good old pumpkin to brighten your day, especially if you are one-and-a-half. "Mama, look at this PUMPKIN!!!" There were farm animals to be petted... There were funny wooden cut-outs that you could put your adorable little face into... There were, of course, pumpkins... And to top it all off, there were apple cider donuts to be eaten.  I mean seriously...does life get ANY better than this? I don't think so! By the end of the pumpkin patch adventure I was in a complete pumpkin trance.  Luckily I had in my possession a recipe from the ever wonderful Two Peas and Their Pod blog for pumpkin Read More & Get the Recipe

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

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Summertime is most definitely chicken salad season, and I don't mean the old chicken plus mayo plus celery version. Although there's definitely nothing wrong with that. But there are SO many chicken salads out there that are a perfect fusion of all that great summer produce that (yahoo!) springing up all around us. (Remind me that I just said that in about 6 weeks when I am complaining about being surrounded by my basil.) Mediterranean Chicken Salad, with fresh string beans and tomatoes. Tarragon Chicken Salad, with the delicious sweet taste of fresh tarragon. And one of my absolute faves, Chicken Salad with Corn, Fresh Thyme and Goat Cheese Dressing. Yum, yum and yum again. The great thing about chicken salad -- one of the great things -- is that you can throw it together in practically no time if you remember to toss a few chicken breasts on the grill every time you fire it up this summer. Bathe them in a little Italian salad dressing, or even just some olive oil and vinegar with Read More & Get the Recipe

Coconut Fusilli with Pineapple, Cranberries and Shredded Chicken

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The Southern husband and I have this thing going on called "The Restaurant Project." At least I call it that -- I think he calls it going out to dinner to a new place that involves the GPS every Saturday night. Actually, he doesn't call it anything at all, but he is a great sport about letting me call the shots on the Saturday night restaurant every week, and at some point I decided that we needed to start experimenting with someplace other than our beloved barbecue joint...and thus The Restaurant Project was born, and it goes like this. I started looking through local blogs and websites for restaurant ratings, and handily enough I was doing this at the exact right time of the year, because I started this little project in January when lots of place were doing their yearly round-ups and top ten ratings and so on. (For those of you in the northern New Jersey area, there are some links at very end of this post.) Anyway, as part of the project we have been to a different place Read More & Get the Recipe

Turkey, Cranberry, Brie and Bacon Panini

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I know, I know, I am a good two weeks late sending you this one, because at this point your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are just a happy memory. But there is always next year, and in the meantime this sandwich is delicious enough to go get some new turkey to work with. And cranberry sauce. Here's the deal. You fire up the panini maker -- get that baby good and hot. Brush the outside of two pieces of bread with olive oil, flip them over and layer as follows: Turkey slices 2. Cranberry Sauce (the whole berry kind if you have it) 3. Slices of Brie cheese 4. Bacon Now put the other piece of bread on top. Put it in the panini maker and press it down. Leave it in there for about 3 minutes. This will make the cheese all melted and wonderful, and will heat up the other stuff and toast the bread. Now take it out, let it rest for a minute or so, and cut it into triangles. That's it -- you are ready for turkey panini heaven. I think that's all I have to say about this one. It's one of Read More & Get the Recipe

Ham with Chunky Apple Walnut Cranberry Sauce

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Fall is really here, and all those summer tomatoes, all that never-ending basil, the sweet corn...it's all a memory now. But that's okay, because now we have butternut squash, and pumpkin, and apples, apples, apples. And they aren't just for dessert, no ma'am. This super-quick recipe is a luxurious tasting number that would be perfectly wonderful on a holiday table if you used a spiral cut ham...but this version uses ham steaks and therefore cooks up in about 10 minutes. The absolute longest and most challenging part is cutting up the apple (which you don't even need to peel -- we are talking coring and chopping only). I like to get the large ham steaks -- usually sold next to the bacon in the supermarket -- and I cut them into quarters and pop them right into a non-stick skillet over medium low heat. They are fully cooked so you are just looking to heat them through and maybe get a little bit of brown on them. If you are feeling really feisty, you can send your significant other out Read More & Get the Recipe