Spaghetti with Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce.
Sometimes the simplest of recipes are the best ones. While fresh tomatoes are amazing and I’m very much looking forward to summer so I can have them (hello it’s ridiculously cold out. I’m currently hunkered down in my house for snowpocalypse 2017 and probably will be for the next few days), they’re obviously not available right now. No worries though, this recipe calls for whole peeled canned tomatoes so it’s all good.
Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms.
I’ve traveled the world. I’ve lived abroad, I’m even bi-lingual, but I will forever be a Southern girl. Proudly born and bred in the South. I like to tell people I’m Southern as grits. Or in this case, Southern as chicken n dumplins. It’s one of my most favorite meals my Mom used to make me. It was a take all day kind of meal. She would start by roasting the chicken then making Homemade Chicken Stock. Followed by rolling out her own dumplings. Definitely a dish made with love. I’m devastated I never wrote down the exact recipe. I know the ingredients, because I helped, but not the amounts. I’ll forever regret that. I’ve tried to replicate it and this one is as close to hers as I could possibly get, with a twist because I’m me and I can’t help myself.
Happy Christmas Eve. I hope you’re all set with your preparations (I JUST finished, I know, thank goodness I’m good under pressure. I prefer that to procrastinator.) and are settling in to enjoy time with your family and friends. To celebrate finishing wrapping that final gift, I’ve made a pitcher of festive Christmas Sangria that’s sitting in the fridge, letting flavors mix and mingle a wee smidge until it it’s completely chilled. Then we’ll be pouring up glasses and getting our Merry on. Sangria is a great wine based punch if you will. It’s served all year long just with different fruits and wines. For this seasonal version I used leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving. Yes, they keep in the fridge that long. Along with apples, rosemary and cinnamon. All things that I had on had.
DIY VANILLA EXTRACT – The baker on your list will appreciate this gift. I use my extract almost daily and make several bottles at a time so I never run out.
It’s almost here. Christmas is just a few days away. I still haven’t finished my shopping. I know. I know. Maybe some of y’all are in the same boat? Maybe. In comes DIY EDIBLE HOLIDAY GIFTS to rescue us. For not a lot of money and very little time involved you can make gifts that are sure to please the culinary enthusiasts on your lists. From Homemade Vanilla Extract to Homemade Amaretto to Infused Olive Oil we’ve got something to choose from to help you cross some names off your list. If you wanted to go even further you could even create gift baskets using your Edible Gift and create a theme around that gift.
Potato Tomato and Leek Gratin.
There’s just something extremely comforting about a warm, cheesy, bubbling potato dish isn’t there. I love potatoes all year round but especially during these chilly months when I can’t seem to get warm enough. This is a dish that I had earlier this year when I was fortunate enough to travel to Atlanta with TuttoRosso tomatoes for an event held at Hugh Acheson’s Restaurant, Empire State South. This was one of the dishes he personally prepared for our group, all while wearing pretty amazing socks. Sock game was on point y’all. Yes, I’m a detail person. I notice all the things.
Naked Cake with Sugared Berries.
I like cake. No, not true. I LOVE cake. I don’t mind baking cakes, because I get to eat said cake. However, I have never considered myself a cake decorator. I can bake you a delicious cake, but the decorating part isn’t my forte. I know my strengths and weaknesses. Doesn’t stop me from trying to do things I’m not the best at though. It does however encourage me to find different paths, and this is one of those paths. The Naked Cake. It’s my new cake best friend. Why? Because it’s a not so good at cake decorating kinda cake. Never mind that it’s currently super trendy. I will be making this cake for all of always.