Leftovers? Make Mash Potato Bombs!  

Baked or fried these are a fun way to use up any left-over mash potatoes… or, a good excuse to make more! You’ll Need: Filling: 3 cups chilled mashed potatoes 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup bacon, chopped small dice 1 bunch chives, chopped Pepper to taste Breading Station: 1 cup flour or GFContinue reading “Leftovers? Make Mash Potato Bombs!  “

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! 

Grand Mariner Apricot and Sausage Stuffing.  This recipe is adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook. One of the first cookbooks I ever purchased. Co-Authors, Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso Miller were hot on the gourmet carry-out scene in 1980’s. They really kicked off the “Artisan” food trend! From that birthed, The Silver Palate Cookbook inContinue reading “The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! “

Hassleback Potato Casserole

Acclaimed food science writer, J. Kenji López-Alt has developed this sort of “mash-up ” ( if you will ) of a classic French gratin, and a beautiful Hassleback potato recipe. The idea is to stand the slices of potato vertically, rather than laying them flat. This ensures each serving receives both a creamy potato serving and a crispy edge in each bite. This is myContinue reading “Hassleback Potato Casserole”

Make-Ahead Feast Worthy Cranberry Pear Compote! 

This recipe has been in my culinary repertoire for over two decades. It’s my absolute favorite! Loose the canned cranberry sauce- trust me on this one. Just like everything Thanksgiving– it’s better the next day; especially smothered all over your leftover turkey sammy! There is quite a bit of sugar in the recipe because theContinue reading “Make-Ahead Feast Worthy Cranberry Pear Compote! “

Chef Gigi’s Kabocha Spiced Rum Cake ! 

Looking for that perfect dessert this Winter? Kobocha is the Japanese word for squash. This  squash has a nutty, earthy flavor with a touch of sweetness. So delicious and versatile ! Kobocha squash can be used in sweet and savory applications. This Spiced Rum Cake will be the perfect addition to your holiday!  Kabocha SpicedContinue reading “Chef Gigi’s Kabocha Spiced Rum Cake ! “

Luscious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! 

Parsnips are my all time favorite root vegetable to purée or mash ! They are so naturally sweet and not too starchy, which makes for an ultra-silky side dish!  Ingredients: 1 pound parsnips, peeled, thinly sliced- tough cores should be removed on larger parsnips but not necessary  2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced ½ cup heavyContinue reading “Luscious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! “

Traditional Vanilla Bean Pot De Crème

Doesn’t come anymore traditional than this! Time consuming, but if you have the time to spare- you will learn why this recipe is a classic ! Deliciously rich, creamy and elegant.   Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 6 large egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tablespoon 1- vanilla bean Pinch saltContinue reading “Traditional Vanilla Bean Pot De Crème”

Pumpkin Spiced FlapJacks with Bacon Maple Butter

This recipe is best when made with fresh pumpkin puree. Pancakes won’t be so orange and the batter will result in a lighter, fluffier pancake. If pumpkins are not in season, or you are rushed for time– it’s fine to use canned pumpkin. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour or, all purpose flour orContinue reading “Pumpkin Spiced FlapJacks with Bacon Maple Butter”

#HolidayBaking. Chef Gigi’s Recipe for Those Delicate, Flakey, Round Cookies all Covered with Powered Sugar. You know the ones! 

So delicious you can’t eat just one! Yeah… those!  Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups walnuts  8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out 2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt 2 cups all-purpose flour Method: Preheat the oven to 350°.Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.  SpreadContinue reading “#HolidayBaking. Chef Gigi’s Recipe for Those Delicate, Flakey, Round Cookies all Covered with Powered Sugar. You know the ones! “