Creamy Chicken Rice Soup With Lemon

I feel as though I’ve phoned it in for Christmas this year. I didn’t get as many decorations up as I’d like, I didn’t get as many cookies made as I should have, and I haven’t finished my shopping yet. I blame the Hallmark channel and all those damn Christmas movies – I’ve logged more hours than I care to admit. Continue reading “Creamy Chicken Rice Soup With Lemon”

A Peek Inside Our Thanksgiving

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How is it already Thanksgiving?!?! I just got my bags unpacked from a Labor Day camping trip. Why is it that time passes by so quickly the older I get?

I’m in charge of the dessert table for the Turkey day this year and I have a lot to do this week but because it’s all about dessert, I’m motivated to tackle this to-do list with gusto. Here is what I’m planning to include:

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Doodle-Pop

I remember sitting in the family room as a kid with my mom while she watched Dynasty and Falcon Crest. My Dad would affectionately refer to the evening soaps as “The Jerk Shows”. Hardly age appropriate programming for me but I always looked forward to those nights. Not because I wanted to find out what Krystle and Alexis were up to, but rather, for the big bowl of homemade popcorn my mom would make. Right before the shows would begin, she’d pop-up a batch of kernels on the stove and then drizzle the crunchy bits with melted butter, and finish it with a generous sprinkling of salt. Next she’d flip the cap off of a bottle of Diet Rite and pour it over ice and we’d head to the TV. To this day when I smell diet pop jumping off of ice cubes, and homemade popcorn cooking on the stove, I think of those evenings.

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Prosciutto, Parmesan & Pine Nut Stuffing

My mom, like so many mothers, is a wonderful cook and always willing to share a recipe with me. Sometimes we’ll talk about a party menu like two giddy teenage girls rehashing a homecoming dance. “Do you know what were a huge hit? The stuffed mushrooms! They were so easy to make that I was embarrassed to take the complement”. So, it’s no surprise this came from my mom as she has years of experience and an ocean of food loving friends that like to share their ideas, tips, and recipes with one another. She isn’t sure of the exact origin but thinks it came from a Minneapolis newspaper…”I think I got it from Janet Miller, she got it out of a newspaper.” Continue reading “Prosciutto, Parmesan & Pine Nut Stuffing”

Quick Pickled Red Onions

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I see pickled veggies on restaurant menus all the time but I hadn’t tried making them because I was intimidate by the pickling process. I assumed it involved a labor intensive canning technique for which I’d need to buy a bunch of new tools, only to find them gathering dust in my hobby graveyard. I was completely wrong.  Continue reading “Quick Pickled Red Onions”

Breathtakingly Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

It was 95 degrees outside, sunny, and humid. The air was heavy and the smell of sunblock and a fresh cut lawn filled our lungs. Thankfully, our friends have a gorgeous pool and generous hearts, and offered to host a a BBQ. I agreed to bring dessert and on a hot and humid day I wasn’t about to turn the oven on.

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