Welcome to: Holidays & Special Occasions
When you hear the phrase “’tis the season” you might be thinking holidays. But it’s also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.
Feasting during the holidays means that in January I have to lose the weight I gained. I have resolved to stop this unwise up and down. So this year, I will feast, but I will do it thoughtfully.
On Thanksgiving, I am a traditionalist and an adventurer, too. Maintaining a family tradition, I include the canned small French green peas with pearl onions that my mother always served. Call this retro, but it’s essential for me. However, serving only the same dishes every year would be too dull.
Most people remember the wonderful stuffing from their grandmother’s turkey at Thanksgiving. Whether it was the bread stuffing spiced with sage or one with the wonderful added flavor of oysters, it was a real comfort food. These days you can buy stuffing mix in a box that you can make on the stove top. It sounds great for busy people, but if you are health conscious and like to read the labels so you know what you are poking down your neck, you should take a second look. The label from a leading brand reads like a chemical dictionary. If you really like maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate (msg), high fructose corn syrup plus all the artificial coloring agents, artificial flavors, shelf life extenders, etc., then read no further, but if you are concerned about healthy eating, then keep reading and learn how with very little more effort, you can make your own home-made version, without all the “extra ingredients”.
If you are looking for a new way to do turkey and stuffing, here is a recipe for you. This old-time recipe has a stuffing that combines cornbread, apricots, and pecans. Probably no one among your family and friends has served stuffing quite like this one. Give it a try. Impress your family and friends.
Thanksgiving is celebrating the fall harvest with friends and family. If you are planning a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s important not to forget anything, so you can your guests can have fun celebrating the holiday. Follow this Thanksgiving Check off List, so you can be sure that you don’t miss a thing.
Picnics are fun if they are organized well. The ideas for a great picnic never end as there are plenty of them to enjoy yourself. Let’s find out what are the necessary things to be taken care of while we plan a picnic.
Looking for ways to save money at the holiday season? How about giving gifts specially made in your kitchen? My kids’ 4-H Club made several of these gift items for a holiday project a few years ago.
St. Patrick’s Day fare is usually so predictable. Putting aside the foods that are artificially tinged with green food coloring, most of us dine on traditional Irish staples like corned beef and cabbage or Irish soda bread. Stepping a bit outside the box, one could prepare colcannon – potatoes mashed with boiled kale and leeks – or black pudding, a dish made with blood sausage. This year, I’ve settled on a less predictable offering: oatmeal.
Hoooraaay!!!! It’s summer. That means exciting vacations and special trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s house! You have dreamed about it all winter long — your family, together in the car laughing, singing and playing road trip games. You stop at delicious restaurants –you know, the kind you see on Oprah where they serve the best hamburger or pie in the world. It’s totally relaxing. You finish your meal, savoring that last cup of coffee. You climb back in the car to complete the journey. Then you arrive at Grandma’s !!!!!! (or Disneyland!!!!!) ….. Now wake up! –As I said, you were only dreaming.