Category: Holiday

Personal Irish Soda Bread--A wee gluten-free treat

Personal Irish Soda Bread--A wee gluten-free treat
Erin Go Bragh! Slainte! Luck o’ the Irish, and all that. It’s St. Patrick’s Day! A day to wear green or get pinched. A day to savor a pint with pals at the pub. A day to nibble on Irish Soda Bread. Even though I’m not Irish, I love to make traditional corned beef with corned... Read more »

Homemade Hummus—A quick and healthy appetizer

Homemade Hummus—A quick and healthy appetizer
Why make hummus, you ask? Because it’s a delicious nibble that can please even the choosiest guest, and since it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, and meat-free, you can serve it to almost anyone. It’s also loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, making it arguably the healthiest appetizer around. The main ingredients are chickpeas, sesame... Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day—A day to glaze over!

I’m not Irish. There’s not even one drop of green blood flowing through my veins. People find that hard to believe, but I know who my ancestors were, and where they came from. Not Ireland. While I love my family and traditions, I’ve always felt a bit like an outsider looking in on a great... Read more »
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Baked Brie en Croute--An easy, elegant hors d'oeuvre.

Baked Brie en Croute--An easy, elegant hors d'oeuvre.
It’s that time of year again. You’re invited to go to parties and gatherings, and often asked to bring a “dish to pass.” Sometimes it’s a vague request, and you’re left wondering what you should do. Make something hot? Cold? Something that can be eaten with fingers? Toothpicks? Chopsticks? Will you know the people at... Read more »

Veggie Latkes—Invite some other vegetables to the potato party!

Veggie Latkes—Invite some other vegetables to the potato party!
We’re in the midst of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It’s a celebration of an event when the oil stayed lit for eight days when it should have only lasted for one. So now Jewish people celebrate with eight days of lighting candles, spinning the dreidel, and eating food fried in oil. That’s an oversimplification,... Read more »

Turkey Leftovers—Let’s talk pasta!

Turkey Leftovers—Let’s talk pasta!
Thanksgiving is such an interesting celebration—it’s a national holiday to take time and be thankful for our blessings. I’m thankful for my family and friends, my health, the kids still getting these days off of school, chocolate, and, of course, leftovers. Specifically, turkey leftovers. You can imagine my thoughts when I stare down a refrigerator... Read more »
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Oh So Sweet Potatoes--A potato by any other name would not be as sweet.

Oh So Sweet Potatoes--A potato by any other name would not be as sweet.
Canned yams. That’s what my mom cooked for Thanksgiving. Or opened, or whatever you do with them. Year after year, they committed culinary crimes on our Thanksgiving table–with their usual 1970s accomplices– Cool Whip, canned pineapple, and Jell-O. As good a cook as she was, she didn’t know what to do with sweet potatoes. I... Read more »

Let’s Talk Turkey—Countertop roasting your holiday bird.

Let’s Talk Turkey—Countertop roasting your holiday bird.
By now most of us know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as our national symbol, instead of the eagle. This time of year, as we dig into that (hopefully) juicy bird, let us remember to give thanks that he failed in his quest. If the turkey adorned our currency and our late-night hosts, with... Read more »

Mom's Roast Turkey--A bird that will exceed expectations!

Mom's Roast Turkey--A bird that will exceed expectations!
I have a confession to make—I don’t like to host Thanksgiving. It’s not that I don’t like to entertain or have family over—I love those things. What I don’t love is the lack of wiggle room in the Thanksgiving menu. You must have: turkey, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, rolls,... Read more »
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