Category Archives: Holidays and Special Occasions

Show-stopping Holiday Mains

The holidays are a time for showcasing your best cooking and hospitality. If you’re hosting dinner this year, try one of my special occasion roasts or braises.  Be sure to plan ahead so that your meat counter or butcher has … Continue reading

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Harvest Moon Pies

Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich?  These pumpkin and spice moon pies are the perfect treat for fall.  Thanks to my husband Harley for the catchy title. 2 eggs 2 C. brown sugar 1 C. vegetable oil 2 C. … Continue reading

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Peppermint Oreo Truffles

So easy, these are not really even a recipe, more of a method.  You can mix and match Oreo flavors with your favorite spices and extracts. Done in 20 minutes, start to finish! 1 package of regular Oreos 1 brick … Continue reading

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Sicilian Almond Cookies

Anything almond flavored is nostalgic for me.  The smell of almond extract transports me back to my childhood summer visits to Sicily.  Once, when visiting my Nonna’s house in Siracusa, my dad arrived with a platter of bakery-bought almond cookies.  … Continue reading

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Oregon Oyster Stuffing

Oyster stuffing, or dressing, originated in New England, some say all the way back to the Colonial period when oysters were extremely plentiful and therefore eaten by rich and poor alike.  They made their way to tables in the Midwest … Continue reading

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Browned Butter Sweet Potato Brulee

Wow. So, so, so delicious. I realize I am tooting my own horn here, but really, this dish is a winner.  The sweet potatoes are smooth and light thanks to being passed through a potato ricer, the browned butter gives … Continue reading

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Make-Ahead Veggie Strata

I love to have people over for brunch. I am in favor of any event that gives me an excuse to drink champagne during daylight hours.  What I don’t love is getting up early to cook, so I like to … Continue reading

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