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Gift Ideas for Home Cooks

This time of year I'm always struggling with gift ideas for the foodie adults on my gift list.  I thought you might be, too. After all, 2020 has made us all into home cooks, hasn't it?  I've pulled together a list of the best kitchen essential gift ideas for home cooks. These ideas are based on my own experience.  They represent the kitchen essentials I reach for day after day. They will be appreciated by any home cook on your gift list. Perfect for Gift Giving Kitchen Essentials This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  I receive compensation that supports publishing this blog when you shop using these links. Potholders may seem mundane and boring, but there is nothing more important in the kitchen than potholders you will use.  I especially love thick, colorful, terry potholders because they are so flexible and easy to use.  I've had a variety of potholders over the years but my favorites are these terry potholders.

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 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.

Three Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas to Make Ahead

Thanksgiving morning will be here before you know it. Yes, the holiday is coming.  You want it to be special, but hey, there's a lot of cooking to be done.  No one wants to start with a complicated breakfast!  Here are three suggestions for some special breakfast items that you can make ahead.  That way you can relax a little and have a special Thanksgiving breakfast without throwing off your dinner schedule. Fall Breakfast-Cranberry Bread, Cran-apple Muffins, Pumpkin Scones #1  Cranberry Bread Serves 12 Cranberry Bread Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped 3/4 cup fresh orange juice Zest of one orange 1 large egg, beaten 1/2 cup chopped nuts Raw sugar, for topping, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sa

The Best, Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food has been a favorite on my menu lately.  You know this if you've been following along regularly.  Trying times call for comfort food, don't you agree? Chicken pot pie has been on my menu rotation lately.  It's been an easy meal to prepare and oh, so comforting to eat.  You’ll be surprised just how easy it is make chicken pot pie from scratch.   Here are some keys to an easy, yummy chicken pot pie. Three Ways to Make Chicken Pot Pie Easy 1. Make chicken pot pie when you have leftover chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken. 2. Use your favorite brand of prepared pie crust. Making your own pie crust from scratch is wonderful, but not the quickest, easiest option. 3. Use a package of frozen mixed vegetables . I like a mixture of carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. Four Keys to Yummy Chicken Pot Pie 1. Use chicken stock instead of chicken broth. If you have homemade chicken stock on hand you are in luck.  Otherwise, use your favor