Category Archives: Holiday Recipes

Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

September is birthday month, and it starts with my friend’s birthday that unfortunately falls on 9-11. For the past 13 years, she can count on memorial services and newscasts that will remind us of a day that forever changed the … Continue reading

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How to Color Eggs for Easter with Whipped Cream

Did you know you could use whipped cream.  It works and the result is very creative. Coloring the eggs with whipped cream was the most fun I’ve ever had doing Easter eggs. It was unpredictable and the eggs came out … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Eggs with Dark Chocolate

I saw this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker,  and I was instantly reminded of the homemade peanut butter and coconut cream eggs of childhood.  They were always around at Easter, either sold at the Farmer’s Market or made by one … Continue reading

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Make Heart Shaped Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Won Ton Wrappers

If I knew it was so easy to make ravioli with won ton wrappers, I would have done this ages ago. Easy, heart shaped, goat cheese and beet ravioli are just the kind of fun Valentine’s Day food I like … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Sand Tarts, an Amish Christmas Cookie

Pennsylvania Dutch Sand tarts are a cookie I grew up eating and taking for granted. I thought everyone’s family made them and little did I know that it was a very regional cookie, introduced by the Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and … Continue reading

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Holiday Cocktail Served as Dessert

In a pinch for a dessert at Christmas time. How about something sparkly, dramatic, super easy brainless in fact, but oh so easy. I don’t know about you but I need easy at the Holidays. In theory, I can plan … Continue reading

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Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers and a Blessings Jar Tradition

Thanksgiving leftovers. Everyone loves them, at least for a day, and the microwave has made the whole left over thing quite easy. But, I’m in the cooking mode during Thanksgiving week, and over the years, I’ve made a few interesting … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Make Homemade Southern Sweet Potato Pie

I did not grow up eating sweet potato pie. Until today, I never even ate sweet potato pie, let along make one.   I thought sweet potato pie was one of those things only true Southern women like Aunt Bea … Continue reading

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Autumn Biscuits: Candied Sweet Potatoes Biscuits

Candied sweet potato biscuits might be my best biscuit creation to date. When Retro Rose made these candied sweet potatoes the other day, I kept thinking they would be great in a biscuit. I know I’ve already made sweet potato … Continue reading

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Retro Rose’s Legendary Stove Top Candied Sweet Potatoes

I don’t usually eat food dripping in buttery, browned sugar, but I make exceptions and my mom’s Candied Sweet Potatoes are one of those. Once you’ve eaten these (even if you don’t have a sweet tooth), you’ll be hooked. Food … Continue reading

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Browned Butter Sage Leaves, Toasted Pecans

Before the winter sets in, I’m going to enjoy every bit of food associated with Autumn like this Autumn Soup of roasted butternut squash soup made a touch sweet with maple syrup and a whole lot savory with pecans and  … Continue reading

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Boozy Spicy Autumn Risotto with Butternut Squash

I’m on an Autumn Roll. If I was a magazine, I would probably be preparing for Valentine’s Day, but I’m a blog, and I’m in real time making boozy, spicy, Autumn Risotto with Butternut Squash. You may remember Autumn Salad, … Continue reading

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Autumn Cocktail with Roasted Butternut Squash-Infused Vodka and Book Review for Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry

An Autumn Cocktail made with butternut squash-infused vodka is just the thing to help us gleefully put the summer sandals away, get out our warm sweaters and turn on our ovens to roast butternut squash. The squash is not for … Continue reading

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Perfect Autumn Potluck Salad: Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries, Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This Autumn Salad of kale and warm honey mustard vinaigrette with sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect salad for parties and potlucks. This is a perfect potluck salad because you  can have everything ready within … Continue reading

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Old Fasioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Pink Candy Corn and Peanuts

I’ve been asking for this sugar cookie recipe for years. It comes from my neighbor’s mother who visits here a few times a year with a car load of her legendary old fashioned sour cream sugar cookies, usually decorated with … Continue reading

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Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies, My Take on the Crispy, Chewy Perfection of Thomas Keller

What if I told you that I took a Channel design and reworked it just a little bit to fit my shoulders and my smaller waist. Instead of a white belt, I added in a red belt, and suddenly people … Continue reading

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Christmas Ice Cream and Jeni’s in East Nashville

Mr. ST loves peppermint ice cream, now known in our house as the Christmas Ice Cream. It prances and dances with candy canes, peppermint schnapps and lots of cream. When Santa comes to our house, we leave a note telling … Continue reading

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Easy Mini-Turkey Pies with Sage Pie Crust from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yesterday I roasted my famous mummy wrapped turkey, and it was every bit as good as I expected it to be. I made turkey stock and silky homemade gravy and was happy to have leftovers. One year I got really … Continue reading

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Turkey Stock, Turkey Gravy

I make the best turkey gravy. I know this because I’ve had the bad stuff. The lumpy. The greasy. The pasty. And, maybe like you, I was scared of making gravy. After all, people remember bad gravy, the way they … Continue reading

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What I’m Making for Thanksgiving Dinner

This is going to be a great Thanksgiving for many reasons. Food is just a part of the thanks, and I’m always grateful to be able to have plenty of food in my home throughout the year. I’m mindful that … Continue reading

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Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie

The Loveless Cafe calls it Steeplechase Pie, named after a three-mile race held in Nashville a week after the Kentucky Derby. They made the pie their own by adding chocolate to the pecans and I’m making it my own by  … Continue reading

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No Baste Holiday Turkey, Roasted with Cheesecloth Technique

As turkey recipes abound, I’m just like everyone else. I only cook a turkey once a year, so I watch all the cooking shows, and read the latest news on turkey cooking. When Michael Symon draped his turkey in a … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart (No Egg Recipe)

I wouldn’t dare post a pumpkin pie recipe unless it had a twist and was worth knowing about. After all, the recipe on the can is quite good if you’re looking for regular pumpkin pie. This is not that recipe. … Continue reading

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Sweet and Savory Dishes Special Enough for Your Valentine

Start the Morning with… The Ruffled Egg, a poached egg shaped like a little purse. You must try this easy technique. Blueberry Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes, homemade pancakes beat a mix any day. Kale and Green Olive Frittata Cherry Clafoutis, a … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cake Says Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday

If you want to say Merry Christmas from Nashville, you do it with red velvet cake. If you want to acknowledge the birthday that is Christmas, you do it with Red Velvet Cake. And, if you want to throw in … Continue reading

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Butter Up Santa with Caramelized Butter Tarts

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land, cookies were coming off  hot baking pans. Milk and cookies on plates to gain Santa’s favor, by treating his belly with sweet treats to savor. But this house surprised him … Continue reading

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Pears with Roquefort and Ile de France Give Away

Blue cheese. People either love it or hate it. I’m in the love it category, enjoying it since childhood. It’s one of those exotic cheeses that seems to go in and out of fashion in America but I’ve seen more … Continue reading

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My Favorite Christmas Desserts that have become Tradition

Christmas is the time to make memories and every family captures the moment differently. I was deeply touched today to read something a friend posted on facebook. This is part of what she wrote. Reminded why I do love Christmas. … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts Gnocchi Pan Fried with Sage Browned Butter

Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to change flavors and go Italian. You can do it with your Thanksgiving leftovers. All you need are your left over mashed potatoes and some fresh brussels sprouts. Left over roasted sprouts will do … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leftovers in One Perfect Dish

This is a rerun from last year. And, it’s not because I’m lazy. I went into the kitchen this morning and prepared two Thanksgiving leftover dishes that I think are divine and creative. But, not as cute as this and … Continue reading

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Thanks Be to God

I am a believer, and if you are not, I encourage to read this story, not that you will become a believer, but if only for the spirit of people when love is involved. Please, don’t take this as preaching. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up of the Round Ups

I am so thankful to be a part of the food blogging community. Joy and inspiration abound. Here are some of the best Thanksgiving recipe round-ups on the web. Check out these posts from talented food bloggers who’ve pulled together … Continue reading

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Cranberry Blackberry Sauce and Syrup Recipes

I have made an abundance of blackberry recipes this year.  As a friend (thank you CL) was moving out of state, she handed me over twenty pounds of frozen blackberries she had hand picked. I was committed to not letting … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Baked Corn Pudding

This is a long post for a simple dish, and I hope you stick with it and discover a special piece of culinary Americana you may not know about. I grew up in Amish country in a fabulous and diverse … Continue reading

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No Lump Mashed Potatoes for a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

I know that you eat mashed potatoes beyond the Thanksgiving table, but, I dare you to find a more important day for this perfect no-lump recipe. Most days of the year, I like red potatoes, smashed with skins on for … Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with, Almonds, Dried Cherries, Blood Orange Olive Oil

How did brussels sprouts become the major green star of Thanksgiving dinner? Possibly, because the season for them starts in the Fall, but did you know it goes all the way to Spring? However this came to be, I’m glad … Continue reading

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Autumn Apple Pie Baked in Cast Iron

The cool of Autumn in Nashville is just a tease.  During October and November we will alternate between  wearing shorts and flannel jammies many times. Last Monday, it was a shorts and  ice cream day. On  Tuesday, the temperature suddenly, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze and the Cheekwood Scarecrows

Pumpkins muffins are all over the blogosphere and I nearly debated whether I should even post. Then I thought muffins baked in clay flower pots  were just too cute not to chronicle.   And, I wanted some excuse to show you … Continue reading

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Salty Ginger Bread Cookie Ice Cream

Christmas for most means cookies, but for me, it always means ice cream. I am smitten with holiday-flavored ice cream. Last year, I made my twentieth ice cream bombe and my first prize winning peppermint ice cream, but I think … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Men Dressed with Chocolate and Ginger Salt

While the darling gingerbread man has amassed centuries of history, starting with kitchens in England over 500 years ago, my kitchen has no history of this cute little guy (or gal). But, I got a crazy idea to make a … Continue reading

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Turkey Pie Reinvented

I really should have posted this last week. Your turkey is all gone by now. But, you know you’re going to do it all over again in a few weeks. So this is for then, with a few hints on … Continue reading

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Tangerine Sorbet and more for Thanksgiving

Turkey is the little black dress. Mashed potatoes are the pearls. And, the rest of it is all the bling. And, at Thanksgiving, we like a lot of bling. Perfect mashed potatoes in my opinion can best be achieved with … Continue reading

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Bats for Ghost Cookies and Baking with Toddlers

Happy Halloween! This a funny statement. We wish happiness for a day that is supposed to scare us. But, after all these years of being a bit skittish about Halloween, I am now embracing it. Maybe because there are little … Continue reading

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Rosemary Roasted Walnuts Kick off Cocktail Party for 100

My tag line can now read “food a man will love and increase his business with.” At midnight, Friday night, as this Cinderella was turning into a pumpkin, my husband came into the bedroom where I was laying somewhat like … Continue reading

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A Merry Christmas with Peppermint Ice Cream

Merry Christmas to everyone. If I could, I would do for you what I did for my husband. Make one of this favorite child hood memories…peppermint ice cream. He talks about it all the time and says that there is … Continue reading

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Holiday Salad of Romaine Lettuce, Pear, and Pomegranate

The green salad is much beloved. It’s on just about every menu just anywhere. It affords the largest stretch of creativity, jumbling lots of ingredients into one big bowl and tossing with any number of dressings. It’s the easiest dish … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Chocolate Fudge and Homemade Marshmallow

I keep my promises and I hope you do too. If you plan to make this fudge, raise your right hand and promise me that you will only make it at Christmas time, and if you teach someone else how … Continue reading

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White Christmas Ice Cream Bombe with Dark Chocolate Sauce

The holidays require us to pull out all the stops. The days are short and dark, and they need us to find ways to not only celebrate our spiritual beliefs, commit time to friends and family, but to brighten our … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Sorbet with Dark Rum: Red to Remember World AIDS Day

This is my official Red to Remember recipe, for World AIDS Day, and remembering those who have lost their life to this virus. I had this idea to pay honor and tribute to two people I’ve dedicated my blog to … Continue reading

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Tangerine Sorbet and Roasted Chestnuts say It’s Thanksgiving

When I saw tangerine sorbet in Marcella Hazan’s cookbook, I knew it would have to make the cooking Italy schedule for November. And it is even more delicious than I expected, especially because I used dark rum and need I … Continue reading

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Cashew

You can’t go wrong with Brussels Sprouts as long as you follow one piece of advice. Ready… Roast, do not boil. That’s it. That is my secret and I promise you that they will be one of the favorite holiday … Continue reading

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Pecan Tassies – My Favorite Christmas Cookie

Merry Christmas and welcome to my food blog. This has been a year in the making (for many reasons) and it’s my present to myself and to you It’s hard to pick the right day to begin or “the” dish … Continue reading

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