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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Indulgent Twice Baked Potatoes

Christmas dinner is a big deal at my house.  We happily host dinner for our extended family each year and this year will be the same.  Our menu has evolved over the years but there are essential items that are not allowed to change due to their unwavering popularity.  One of those menu essentials is twice baked potatoes.

Twice Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

Twice Baked Potatoes for a Crowd
How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes for a Crowd

The number of family members ebbs and flows from year to year, but we can expect between twenty and thirty for dinner.  That's a lot of dinner guests in my book.  The good news is these yummy twice-baked potatoes can be made in advance and that exactly what I do.  You can, too.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hot Chocolate Indulgence

Have you heard that National Cocoa Day is December 13th?  That means it will be a good day to treat yourself to a decadent cup of hot cocoa with all the fixings.  The timing is perfect.  This is a busy holiday preparation week and you deserve to take a break, sit down, and wrap your hands around a steaming mug of chocolate.

How to Make Indulgent Hot Chocolate at Home

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Indulgent Hot Chocolate
A Mug of Indulgent Hot Chocolate

Making delicious hot chocolate at home surprisingly is easy and you probably have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.  The basics requirements are cocoa powder, sugar, and milk.  You'll want a little flavoring, too.  Vanilla extract is perfect, but feel free to add some Kahlua or Bailey's Irish Cream (or both) if you want to adultify your hot chocolate.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sauced-Up Chicken Thighs

Are you looking for a recipe to break you out of your chicken rut? This sauced-up chicken thighs recipe will do that.  The mushroom-onion cream sauce elevates boneless chicken thighs to a lip-smacking level of yumminess your family will thank you for.

Chicken Thighs in Mushroom-Onion Cream Sauce

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Sauced-Up Chicken Thighs
Sauced-Up Chicken Thighs

Caramelized onions are one of the keys to the amazing flavor of this chicken dish. Yes, they take a little time and effort.  You may be tempted to rush this step in the preparation process, but taking the time to caramelize the onion will add great depth of color and flavor to the end result. Please don't rush this step.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Easy Chocolate Ganache for Cakes

Chocolate ganache is one of those things that sounds intimidating but will surprise you because it is so easy to make.  I especially love to use it as a cake topping when I am in a hurry.  It takes very little time and looks impressive. A chocolate cake topped with ganache is a delicious treat for the chocolate lovers in your life.

Easy Chocolate Ganache for Cakes

The chocolate ganache topping on this single-layer chocolate cake was so shiny it was like a mirror on top of the cake. Don't you love how the ganache drips down the side of the cake?  I added some chocolate sprinkles around the edge of the cake for a little texture, but icing this cake with ganache was as easy as one-two-three.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts in your oven is one sure way to get family members to eat their vegetables.  I was surprised how fast these Brussels sprouts disappeared from the table the first time I prepared them this way.  I continue to be surprised when family and friends ask me to make them for our gatherings.  This is my tried and true recipe for oven-roasted Brussels sprouts.  Make them for weeknight dinners and special occasion meals.  They are a delicious side dish for any occasion.

The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
One of the keys to super flavorful roasted Brussels Sprouts is preparing them in advance.  This will allow time for the flavor of the onions, garlic, and bacon to blend throughout.  I like to mix all the ingredients together at least an hour in advance but even the day before will work.


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