Chicken Chasseur

This is the French version of Chicken Cacciatore. The main difference is simply the addition of a little brandy, plus using tarragon instead of basil and oregano. It’s such an easy dish to make-ahead for a winter dinner party (and looks very Christmassy since when… Keep Reading »

Orange You Glad it’s the Holidays

Jewels: Meet my twin sister born into a ‘rival’ band by mistake, Alison Hay, who describes the relationship between Culture Club and Duran Duran back in the day as “enemy camps.” We met in passing a few times (most likely powdering our noses in the loo),… Keep Reading »

Ten Commandments of Healthy Holiday Eating

“Indulgence vs. gluttony does not = deprivation” – the Jewels theory.
Navigating the holidays without gaining weight is difficult, but doable when you know how to make healthy eating choices. Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving does not mean you have to stuff your face full of absurd amounts of fat,… Keep Reading »

Roasted Leg of Lamb

My favorite Sunday lunch roast of all is a fragrant leg of lamb with Mint Sauce (or jelly when I’m feeling lazy). Roasts are surprisingly easy to do. It is by far and away the easiest way to feed a party of people…. Keep Reading »

Turkey Tenders Dijonnaise

I love turkey this time of year, but don’t want to roast a whole one until Thanksgiving, so this is a great way to incorporate it into your every night dinners or as an inexpensive dinner party entrée.
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Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Pie

This is my rendition of a family favorite since the 1970’s. Peppermint stick ice cream is such a festive treat over the holidays or Valentine’s Day, and pairs so nicely with the crunchy  chocolate cookie crust and soft billowing marshmallow meringue topping. This winter or summertime… Keep Reading »

Twas The Night Before Christmas…

Jewels: A couple years ago one of my members, Erin (an insanely talented artist herself) asked me to vote for her friend Kristen in a gingerbread competition, and I was so blown away at what I found, I just had to share it with you again on… Keep Reading »

‘Tis the Season To Indulge The Sweet Tooth!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but entertaining need not be as difficult as you might think. With so many parties and festivities already going on, I think it’s a nice time to keep it simple yet indulgent, and what could possibly be easier to… Keep Reading »

It’s Gingerbread Art Time of Year Again!

Tatjana and I are still so busy shopping and enjoying our time together while she is home that I ran out of time to get a new blog post written today. Instead, I thought I’d rerun a little fun we had baking up some holiday cheer a… Keep Reading »

Holiday Entertaining Menu Plan (My Gift To You)

With the holidays in full swing there are plenty of occasions you might want to serve an impressive dinner, but if you’re the host – it can be particularly hectic and stressful to get those celebratory meals on the table. So, here’s my Christmas gift… Keep Reading »

Pantry Basics for The Holidays

Whether you plan on baking every day, or a few times this Holiday Season, there is nothing more aggravating than to find a recipe you just have to make, only to realize you’re missing key ingredients. Think about all the home baked gifts you might… Keep Reading »

Easy Pumpkin-Pear Soup

A PCA member specifically requested this soup for before Halloween, but it’s perfect for any of the holidays this season, too. Presentation is really fun in a small, scooped out pumpkin. You can even serve with the lid on to keep the heat in, and let… Keep Reading »

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta Hash

I may be biased, but I think this is one of the yummiest side dish recipes I’ve ever written. So much so, I have been known to eat an entire batch on my own as my meal. YUM!
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