Christmas Brunch Menu

Christmas Brunch

‘Tis the month of December…a month of celebrations, and we all know that so many holiday festivities revolve around food.  While recipes for holiday cookies, appetizers, and drinks abound, I haven’t seen many full holiday brunch menus.  I know that many people (my family included) eat brunch on holiday mornings and because of this, I wanted to come up with a holiday brunch menu to share with all of you!  Throughout the next few weeks I’ll be posting recipes for the items on the menu…enjoy and Happy Holidays!...

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Easy Cheddar-Studded Bread & Peach-Strawberry Fizz Drinks

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If you decide to make just one of my recipes, I highly recommend you make this bread.  It requires only minimal ingredients and effort, but still tastes like a million bucks.  You can make your own pizza dough if you have the time, but I made this recipe as part of my Mother’s Day Menu on a day when I was seriously pressed for time…and it came out perfectly.  My hubby who was born and raised with Arabic bread (and normally isn’t tempted by baguettes, country breads, or fresh, yeasty loaves of any kind) said that this was the best bread he ever had.  I […]...

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Roasted Corn Chowder

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Like many other veggies, when corn is roasted, its naturally sweet, nutty flavor is brought out.  The beauty of oven-roasting canned corn is that you don’t need to wait for outdoor grilling weather and corn to be in season to enjoy this delicious dish.  This chowder was served as a first-course as part of my Mother’s Day Menu.  The lovely flavor of roasted corn is highlighted in this easy dish that takes less than half an hour to make. I’m sending this recipe off to Chaya of Sweet and Savory for My Meatless Mondays.  Be sure to check it out for some excellent vegetarian inspiration! Roasted Corn Chowder […]...

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Crab-Stuffed Shells

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When I think of stuffed shells I usually think of some kind of cheesy mixture stuffed inside pasta shells, topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese.  These shells couldn’t be farther from the norm.  As part of my Mother’s Day Menu, I wanted to make stuffed shells with crab…almost a deconstructed crab cake, stuffed in pasta shells.  Also, since crab in its natural form is found in shells, I thought it would be pretty cute to stuff a crab mixture into shells of a different kind. I wanted to make a Béchamel sauce (this is a white sauce; it’s basically just milk that is thickened […]...

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Happy Mother’s Day, Recipe for Strawberries & Cream Cake, & Giveaway Winner

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I usually like to save the best for last, but since today is Mother’s Day I wanted to share the crowning jewel of my Mother’s Day Menu…dessert!  Strawberries and cream are a classic summer combination; I wanted to do a new twist on an old classic and so this cake was born.  I based this recipe on my double-crusted cheesecake (which was featured here on Delish…yay!).  This cake is light and fresh and very summery with the strawberries; it’s the perfect ending to a beautiful Mother’s Day (or any summertime) meal. Happy Mother’s Day! Strawberries & Cream Cake (Yield:  1 cheesecake) Oatmeal-Almond Crust: 2/3 c […]...

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Mother’s Day Menu & My Blog’s 1 Year Anniversary

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If you haven’t entered my latest giveaway yet, there’s still time to do so…it doesn’t end until Saturday night! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!  In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I wanted to share my family’s Mother’s Day tradition.  Every year we make my mom and dad a restaurant-quality meal and our whole family gets involved (we don’t do another meal like this for Father’s Day so our Mother’s Day celebration is really more of a Parents’ Day event).  I plan the menus (which is my favorite part!) and do most of the shopping and cooking.  Mike does the grilling, my brother is the […]...

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How to Plan a Super Bowl Party


Remember recently when I announced that I won $500 to host a Super Bowl party because of this mac ‘n’ cheese recipe (a big thank you goes out to Foodbuzz and Pace!)?  I decided I wanted to recap my party in a special way…I want to give you the entire run-down in case you want to throw a party of your own using the menu I came up with.  This menu would be great at pretty much any party so you don’t have to wait until next Super Bowl to make it.  I planned my party for 15 to 20 people, but you can easily […]...

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Valentine’s Day Menu: Dark Chocolate Mousse


This is the final course of our homemade Valentine’s Day meal.  And it really goes out with a bang.  It’s not your typical mousse, since you won’t find any eggs here.  Instead I used Greek yogurt to make it a little healthier (let’s face it, this meal was not light on calories, so we might as well make up for it a little bit ;) ), and also because with this method the dessert is literally made in minutes.  This mousse is so decadent you won’t miss the eggs.    I’m sending this mousse over to Natasha of 5 Star Foodie for her 5 Star […]...

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Valentine’s Day Menu: Strawberry Spritzers and Savory Strawberry Salad


First up in our fancy homemade Valentine’s Day meal are the cute little drinks and the salad.  The two are tied together through strawberry slices, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day since they look just like sweet little hearts.  The Strawberry Spritzers are so easy to make that it isn’t even really a recipe…and for very little effort you get something that is absolutely adorable!  I made a caramelized onion dressing to serve with the salad (because I also use caramelized onion for the pasta and beef recipes), but you could make it even easier and use your favorite prepared salad dressing…I think anything with a […]...

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