Cranberry Pear Compote

Kick the can! Once you get a taste of my fresh homemade cranberry sauce- you will never eat that over processed gel again. Trust me on this one! So simple to make – every year someone asks for this recipe! Ingredients: 2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen whole cranberries 1 cups sugar or… Continue reading Cranberry Pear Compote

Empanadas- Savory Hand Pies

So many cultures have a recipe for meat wrapped in pastry. – I just love bold flavored, slow cooked juicy meats and veggies wrapped up in flakey pie crust served piping hot. Mmmmmm. Comfort food.  I also love pasta sauce and Italian sausage or yellow curry and potatoes, but that’s a whole nother set of… Continue reading Empanadas- Savory Hand Pies

Toasted Banana Bread Sammie

  Ingredients: 2 ½ cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup cold butter cut into chunks 2 cups sugar 2 cups ripe mashed bananas (about 6 bananas) 3 eggs, slightly beaten 2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)   Method: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2… Continue reading Toasted Banana Bread Sammie

Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with a Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !

Ahhhh, bourbon and brioche. Two of my favorite things!  Ingredients: 1/4 cup bourbon  1/2 cup currants   1 -1/2 pound loaf of Brioche, torn into 1-2 inch chunks, or cut into cubes – allowed to stale overnight   1 1/2 cups whole milk or substitute  1/2 cup heavy cream or substitute 4 large eggs or… Continue reading Holiday Worthy Brioche Bread Pudding with a Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce !

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! Ingredients: 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 GF flour… Continue reading Mash Potato Bombs 

Haricots Verts with Brown Buttered Almonds and Caramelized Onions 

I love to cook French beans. Haricots verts, pronounced { herəkō ˈver } are delicious and so tender. The French variety is typically slimmer and longer than the common green bean we see here in America. You can use any fresh green bean for this recipe. My family loves this side dish!  Ingredients: 12 ounces… Continue reading Haricots Verts with Brown Buttered Almonds and Caramelized Onions 

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 your turkey sandwich! Ingredients: 2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen whole cranberries … Continue reading Feast Worthy Cranberry Pear Compote!