Archive | November, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Blues Fix: French Toast with Salted Caramel Apples and Whipped Marscapone

28 Nov

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Let’s face it, we all become a little spoiled around Thanksgiving.  Think about it; Thanksgiving dinner is almost too good to be true.

For a day or two after the holiday, we are still too stuffed to even really think about eating.  But once that feeling fades, we begin to miss the intricate dishes we spent so much time and energy on perfecting.  If you also feel the post-Thanksgiving blues, this fancy (but easy to make) French toast is sure to cheer you up and make you feel like you’re still on vacation.  The apples and pumpkin pie spices will bring you back to last Thursday in no time. Continue reading

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#Meatless Monday: Zucchini Boats

26 Nov

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It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving.  A day where I still have leftovers but I don’t think my waistline can handle another plate of gravy-laden turkey and stuffing or a mile-high sandwich.  I do, however, have a crisper drawer full of leftover vegetables.  Onions, squash, corn and other extra veggies I purchased for the holiday in case I needed them but wound up not using. Continue reading

Holiday Cocktails:Orange French 75

21 Nov

The holidays are a time for friends, family and lots and lots of food.  It’s a time where I like to make everything as special as possible and that includes the drink in my hand.  Growing up, my mom would buy sparkling grape juice for my brother and I to drink out of wine glasses during the Thanksgiving meal.  I loved how special and grown up that bubbly juice in the fancy glass made me feel.  Now that I’m actually all grown up, I still like to have a special cocktail to serve to friends, and myself, over the holidays. Continue reading

#MeatlessMonday, Thanksgiving Edition: Sweet Potato Casserole

19 Nov

Keeping the Thanksgiving meal as traditional as possible is very important to me.  I mentioned in my other “#MeatlessMonday” post that this year I am going to try to incorporate one or two new dishes, but this casserole will remain on the menu and needs no tweaking. This recipe was passed down to my mom and then to me from my Grandma Ducky, a woman who epitomized all of the great qualities of a Southerner.  She was a lady who never met a stranger and always spoke her mind.  She was one of my favorite cooks and her dishes always featured some unexpected ingredient that made the meal unforgettable. Continue reading

#MeatlessMonday, Thanksgiving Edition: Poblano Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

19 Nov

If there is one word in my mind that is synonymous with Thanksgiving, it’s tradition. Being a creature of habit, the idea of not having the same exact menu I grew up with seemed blasphemous. Since moving to New York, I have always hosted Thanksgiving.  For the last seven years, I have been in charge of preparing the dishes that were served to my guests on this special holiday. Continue reading

Chai Pumpkin Pie

18 Nov

If you’ve ever made pumpkin pie without using pumpkin spice mix, and likewise, made your own chai without the tea mix, you may have realized that the two are not dissimilar. In fact, the only spices that separate them are cardamom, allspice and occasionally black pepper. So why not combine the two? Here’s an easy way to spice up your classic Thanksgiving dessert, without adding prep time! Continue reading

The Sustainable Feast

17 Nov

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Alright, I know what you’re thinking: sustainable feast—isn’t that an oxymoron? But with less
than a week before America’s traditional glutton fest, it’s important to note the ways you can still have a Thanksgiving feast without all the waste. Below is a short list of easy tips to make your meal better for you, your family and the environment: Continue reading

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potato

15 Nov

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Durring the weekdays, I cook for many school children with various food allergies. The kid’s allergies range from gluten and lactose intolerance to sever nut, tomato and pepper allergies. Accommodating children with different sets of allergies often means a recipe is off limits because of certain ingerdients. It’s tricky to plan meals around their dietary restrictions. In search of a tasty Thanksgiving themed side dish that was allergen free, I found this winning coconut mashed sweet potato recipe which the kids love. Regardless of allergies, one whiff of the coconut milk from the mash will surely bring everyone to the table. Continue reading

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Day

15 Nov

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Now that we have planned our themes and menus, let’s talk food! Cooking and preparing for a picture-perfect Thanksgiving meal can be a lengthy process, but it doesn’t have to be (that) stressful. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare a delicious meal. Continue reading

Thanksgiving without the Turkey

14 Nov

Ready to try having a family Thanksgiving without a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed or sweet potatoes, corn, or green beans?  Forget about the lovely apple, pecan, or pumpkin pies.  Every family’s version of a Thanksgiving meal is different. Here’s our take on a a turkeyless Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading

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