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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Five Thanksgiving Appetizers

It's that time of year again.  The holiday season is kicking into full throttle.  If you are like me you are spending a significant amount of time these days thinking about holiday menus, making shopping lists and planning your holiday preparation.  Have you decided what appetizers you will serve this Thanksgiving?  If not, I've assembled some suggestions from you.

Five Appetizer Recipes to Rock Thanksgiving

Five Thanksgiving Appetizers
Rock Your Thanksgiving with These Appetizers
This is a list of five of my favorite appetizers. They are tried and true party pleasers.  Choose the one or two that best represent the flavor preferences of your family and you can't go wrong.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake has become a favorite at my house.  Over the years I have worked on refining my favorite red velvet cake recipe to find just the right balance of moistness and crumb with the perfect marriage of cocoa and red food coloring.  I think this red velvet cake recipe does just that, and just in time for holiday baking.

The Best Red Velvet Cake Recipe

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My Favorite Red Velvet Cake
My Favorite Red Velvet Cake

What could be better than a red cake?  Nothing at all.  The red cake makes it special with the taste of chocolate that is sure to please.  It is perfect for many holidays throughout the year.  Christmas, Valentine's Day and all the patriotic holidays are made more festive with a red velvet cake.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Southwest Vegetable Medley

When you want a quick and flavorful vegetable side dish this Southwest Vegetable Medley is the recipe for you.  I made this side dish recently to take to a casual dinner party to accompany pulled pork and grilled shrimp entrees.  It works for a party or a weeknight dinner at home.

A Versatile Southwest Vegetable Side Dish

Colorful Southwest Vegetable Medley
Colorful Southwest Vegetable Medley

The recipe as I have written it makes a tasty side dish. Make this dish your own by adjusting the seasonings to your taste. If you are making this vegetable dish for kids you might want to swap out the Rotel with a can of diced tomatoes and go easy on the Southwest seasoning.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Tomato-Pepper Sauce

Small plates, or tapas, are fun for entertaining. Tapas is more a way of eating than a way of cooking.  In Spain tapas are commonly served to bridge the time between lunch and dinner when friends gather for a drink after work. The word generally refers to the selection of bar foods offered.  In the United States, tapas menus have become popular in restaurants and bars offering patrons a selection of small plates.  You can serve tapas at home.

A Favorite Tapas Dish-Chorizo Stuffed Dates

Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Red Pepper Sauce
Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Red Pepper Sauce

Tapas: noun, small Spanish savory dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar. Tapas is derived from the Spanish verb "tapar" which means "to cover". 

You can make your own tapas at home by putting together a selection of simple, flavorful appetizers.  Include these sweet, yet savory, stuffed Medjool dates with a zesty tomato-red pepper sauce as a tasty mouthful to accompany a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Preparing for Holiday Baking

Have you started thinking about your holiday baking yet?  You'll want to start getting organized now.  After all, it is November, friends. Today I'm sharing tips to get you started, beginning with your pantry.

Holiday Baking Essentials

Holiday Baking Tips

One thing you'll want to be sure of is your supply of baking pans for cakes and pies.  I checked my stock this week and decided that I needed another springform pan for cheesecakes.  My family L-O-V-E-s cheesecake, so we always have it on our dessert menu.


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