Monthly Archives: November 2014

Davy Crockett Stew

Do you know all about Davy Crockett and his stew making capabilities? You don’t?? Well, time to be informed:

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew how to cook
Kilt him a b’ar ((and turned it into stew)) before he could read a book
Davy, Davy Crockett, cookin the wild frontier
Off through the woods he’s a-marchin’ along
Makin’ up stew an’ a-singin’ a song
Stirrin’ or’ a f’ar an’ feedn’ his foes
He carries him a pot where ere he goes
Davy, Davy Crockett, the stew makin’ buccaneer

See – Davy Crockett makes stew. Amid fighting off the enemy and the vicious wild animal, he makes yummy, hearty man-pleasing stew. At least that is the story I told my boys 5 or 6 years ago to Continue reading

Need an Idea for Turkey Leftovers?? ((Turkey & Bacon filled Puff Pastry Cups))

The other day, I slow-roasted a turkey breast with the single goal of having enough leftovers to try out a “turkey leftover recipe”. I have been daydreaming about leftover recipes for a few weeks. Is that weird? Probably, but that is just what I do.

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Cook’s Illustrated Perfect White Almond Layer Cake with Almond Buttercream ((it’s as if wedding bells ring with every bite!))

I am so thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to share this recipe with you today. I recently made this cake for Gracie’s birthday and if you are following me on Instagram or Facebook, you know all about that! I practically bragged about how good this cake was. 

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Oven Roasted ((Brown-Sugared)) Butternut Squash with Bacon and Fresh Herbs

If all sides were judged solely for appearance, this one would be the all around winner. I mean really, can there BE a prettier side dish ((said in the best Chandler Bing voice ever)). The color of the herb seasoned butternut squash, coated in a light brown sugar crust & adorned with beautiful crispy bright red bits of sweet and salty candied applewood smoked bacon – this dish SCREAMS “Serve me at your Thanksgiving AND Christmas Feasts!! ((please))”. Continue reading

Oven Roasted Brussles + Bacon

I just love this simple side dish – so much that the next time I make it, I plan to quadruple it and call it dinner! It is just.that.good. And speaking of sides – this really is the perfect simple side for your upcoming Thanksgiving Feast – so add it to your menu, gather your short list of ingredients and prepare to be dazzled.

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((Easy)) Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Breakfast Cups

This breakfast recipe is so simple and yummy – they were such a huge hit among my herd. The best part?? THREE ingredients, that’s right – 3!! Hey, I think the boys need to start making their own breakfast — what better way for them to start than trying their hand at this recipe.

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Pecan Fingers – A vintage recipe that earned “Keeper” status decades ago!

A few weeks ago, mom cookie pie bars made these for the Schuermann Family. She made them because she knew they were one of Ken and Alice’s favorite. As I took the first bite, I remembered how delicious these treats are and thought to myself “Why haven’t I made these??”. That mental whisper was quickly followed by a directive: “You will be making these and sharing them with the world ((via Food for a Year – however small that world may be)). Because, what the world needs now is this cookie bar perfection.”

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Mom’s Simple Cranberry Salad

Well, mom told me it came from Laura’s mom – but since Laura’s mom is a mom and the cranberry salad is so very simple, I will still call it “Mom’s Simple Cranberry Salad”. But what you really need to know, besides it’s simplicity and mom origins, is that is tastes REALLY good! And — I bet at least one ingredient will surprise you!

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Giant Chewy Ginger-Spiced Cookies ((The Recipe of the Year))

Yes, this little cookie recipe is indeed the “Recipe of the Year” (RotY). Not this year, but of 1998. In 1998, Better Homes and Gardens declared this cookie to be their RotY in November. At the time this cookie was crowned with such an honor, I was living in Dallas, had completed my Master’s and was well in the stride of working as an Environmental Scientist…. oh, and I was single. Continue reading

Turkey & Potato Chili Verde

Ahh, I love the change in seasons! I love the cold, I love gray skies, I love hearing the wind whistle through the trees and I love the possibility of snow!! I am sure many will disagree, but I LOVE it when weather shuts down the hustle of the outside world! My heart flutters a bit faster just recalling those days the kids and I bundle up, drink warm marshmallowy things and watch holiday movies all day long. 

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Dear Alice, and a recipe for Orange Candied Walnuts

Dear Alice,

A little bit over four weeks ago we were making plans. Looking through all of your cookbooks and mapping out our treats for Perry Christmas. The bread pudding with almond paste and raspberry sauce has been one we have talked about for years, and true to form – we talked all about it again.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cake ((from a mix — a homemade mix))

I am telling you — this on hand homemade bulk cake mix is my new best friend. Not really my BEST friend, but WOW I sure am enjoying it! Have you taken the time to make pre-make this mix yet?? If not, it is not too late – simply click this link to find out everything you need to know about making your own bulk cake mix.

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