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Jam and Walnuts Thumprint Cookies

Jam-filled Thumbprint cookies have always been a big favorite on holiday cookie trays.  In my opinion, a good thumbprint cookie is buttery, with a touch of sweetness that pairs well with a not-too-sweet jam.  Favorite jam flavors include apricot, raspberry, or currant.   It is nice to use a variety of jams in a batch of cookies.  Using a variety of jams will look attractive on your cookie tray. Jam Thumbprints with Walnuts I receive a small compensation that helps support publishing this blog w hen you shop using the affiliate links. Thumbprint Cookies This thumbprint cookie recipe includes ground walnuts in the batter.  You'll find other recipes that roll the cookie in ground nuts before baking, but I like to mix my walnuts right into the batter.   You'll want to use a food processor or nut grinder to make sure your nuts are ground up finely enough. Just be sure you don't grind them into a paste when using a food processor.  Do you prefer hazelnuts, pecans, or

Elegant Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

What can you serve for an elegant dinner party or special holiday celebration?  Beef tenderloin has become my go-to choice because it is easy to prepare, is appreciated by guests, and can be served at any temperature. This Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin is a favorite. An Elegant Beef Tenderloin for Special Occasions Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin Do you find it easy to host a dinner party for twelve, or are you gripped with fear and dread?  Do you willingly invite family and friends in for easy, relaxed celebrations, or does panic set in when it is your turn to host a family gathering?  This Horseradish Encrusted Beef Tenderloin is a perfect dish for a special dinner that won't wear you out with the preparation.  One of the ways to overcome entertainment fear and panic is to develop a menu that is simple to prepare, is flexible to cook, and is easy to serve either buffet-style or at the table.   Beef tenderloin is a good choice as the entree to serve a large

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup Three Ways Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite fall and winter soups.  It actually may be my favorite soup of all, but sometimes I think my favorite soup is whatever one I am eating that day.  Over the years I've made multiple versions of butternut squash soup.  The one I favor often depends on the ingredients I have on hand, the weather, or how much effort I am wanting to expend.  Today I'm sharing my three favorite versions of butternut squash soup.  The first is quick and easy, the second is spicy, and the third is decadent. Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Some of my recipes for butternut squash soup take a little time to make but there are those days when I am just too busy for my usual butternut squash soup preparation.  This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is perfect for those days when you are in a hurry and crave butternut squash soup! Easy Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup This re

Coffee and Dessert-A Perfect Pairing

Coffee and dessert go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, night and day, or Thelma and Louise. I've teamed up with three blogging friends who love coffee and dessert as much as I do to bring you three of their favorite fall desserts to pair with three specialty coffee drinks I've made in the Ninja Coffee Bar System. I was very excited to receive this Ninja Coffee Bar System (Model CF092) to review.  I am by no means a coffee snob but I do like a good cup of coffee.  I also like a coffee maker that is easy to use and can be depended on to produce a consistent cup of coffee day-in and day-out.  In the past few years, I have used a Keurig single serving system, a French press, and a Cuisinart drip coffee maker. The Keurig is sitting on a shelf in my basement, the French press is on a high shelf in the kitchen and the Cuisinart sits in my beverage center waiting for me to return to it while I take the Ninja Coffee Bar System for a test drive.   I have been using

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables

During the fall and winter months, I find I use my slow cooker about once a week.  The slow cooker is a convenience kitchen appliance for me, not my preferred cooking tool.  There are those days when a "set it and forget it" approach to meal preparation works for busy families.  I plan my weekly meals so that on my busiest days the slow cooker gets drafted into action.  This recipe for slow cooker pork chops with seasonal vegetables is in my regular menu rotation for the busy days. A Slow Cooker Recipe for Busy Families Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables A key to success with this recipe is selecting the right pork chops.  A bone-in pork chop works best. You'll find that bone-in pork chops have the best flavor and texture when cooked in a slow-cooker. This recipe truly is a one pot meal.  The pork chops and vegetables are all cooked together in the slow cooker.  I'm lucky to have a slow cooker that has a stovetop setting, allowing me to brown the

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Bowl

When the cool weather of fall arrives in my neck of the woods, I know it is time to pull out my slow cooker.   One of my favorite slow cooker meals is this Southwest Chicken Bowl.  It's packed with Southwest flavor and lots of yummy vegetables.  This recipe will feed an army.  If you don't have an army to feed, you will have leftovers that can be used for another meal or two. A Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Recipe Packed with Flavor This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links I receive a small compensation that helps pay for publishing this blog. A Southwest Chicken Bowl For taco night, place the shredded chicken and lettuce in soft flour tortillas and top with the flavorful vegetable mixture.  You can also easily turn the leftovers into a delicious soup by adding six to eight cups of chicken broth.   Do you crave the flavors of the Southwest, but don't want the extra usual extra calories?  Make th

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Salmon

I'm a salmon fan.  I could eat salmon every day of the week.  I don't, but I could.  I know salmon isn't everybody's favorite, but eating salmon is so healthy for you that I encourage you to find a recipe or two that works for you.  That way, salmon can be part of your menu rotation.  My hubby isn't a big salmon fan.  He eats it when I make it because he's good like that.  Whenever I'm serving him salmon I use a recipe that packs lots and lots of flavor so he'll be distracted by the flavor and forget he's eating salmon. An Easy, Delicious Salmon Recipe Sweet and Spicy Roasted Salmon That's where this recipe began.  I was making salmon for Hubby and me and I wanted to change it up a little. The recipe is so easy I'm a little embarrassed to even call it a recipe.  I think it is a little different, in that the combination of ingredients for the topping is not one you might usually think about making.  This sweet and spicy topping, mad