Category Archives: Holidays & Special Occasion Meals

A Holiday Feast That’s Delicious and Smart


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.

10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Dinner Delicious and Easy

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I love to cook. And I love to have a day off of work. But, despite the fact that preparing Thanksgiving dinner recipes is relatively easy, I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes, I dread the work involved. I just want to hang out with my family and friends, have time at some point during the meal to take a stroll on the beach boardwalk, and not have to work hard getting even a simple meal on the table. So, over the years, I’ve developed a handful of strategies that have made my Thanksgiving dinner preparation a bit easier. Hopefully, these will make your Thanksgiving dinner recipe preparation a little easier too!

Make Food Gifts Special by Adding a Family Story


At this time of year, newspapers, magazines, and television tout food gifts. I wondered what I could give to my distant relatives. Because I wasn’t up to date on their children’s ages or interests, I couldn’t give them clothes or toys, so I decided to give three families food gifts.?

Roasted Turkey Breast with Gorgonzola, Baked Pears and Toasted Pecans


Host the perfect family dinner with a show stopping main dish that will be sure to impress. Try topping your turkey with this beautiful balance of sweetness and richness with the combination of crisp pears and punchy gorgonzola cheese.

Traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner


Many families in America have different types of Thanksgiving meals but here we are including the basic old fashioned traditional dinner.

Thanksgiving Check Off List


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.

Have a Chocoholic Party


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Looking for some fun party ideas? How about a chocoholic party?  New research is touting the benefits of dark chocolate and in fact, our ancestors knew about many of the benefits for many years. Hosting a Chocoholic party is easy and your guests will enjoy the unique idea.

Hashbrown Chili Dip Recipe


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.

For Thanksgiving, Discover Red Rice Stove-Top Dressing


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.

Home Made Stove Top or Chicken, Turkey, Duck or Goose Stuffing


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.

Old Fashion Recipe for Turkey With Apricot Cornbread Stuffing


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.

How to Organize a Perfect Picnic


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.

To Roast or Not to Roast a Pumpkin


Peter Piper Picked a Profoundly Plump Pumpkin — Now What does he do with it?

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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There are several variations of the cookie mix in a jar – scroll down to see them all. The concept is the same for all of them: layer the dry ingredients in a clean, dry mason jar, packing each layer down tight with a spoon. Print out the recipe and attach it to the jar. You can tie a wooden spoon to the jar, too. These make great gifts!

Holiday Mix and Gift Recipes


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.

See Oatmeal in a New Light


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.

Packing Food for Road Trips: Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandma’s House We Go — Again!


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.

Honey Spice Oatmeal Cookie Mix

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Perfect for celebrating the holidays or giving as a gift.

Gift in a Jar Recipes


Homemade Gift-in-a-Jar Recipes Are a Thoughtful, Tasty and Economical Twist to Holiday Gift-Giving

Homemade jar recipes with beautifully layered ingredients topped with a flourish are a thoughtful and economical way to treat friends, coworkers, neighbors or teachers to the flavors of the season. And making them is easy and fun – especially if you get the kids involved.

Irish Potatoes for St.Patrick’s Day

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Unlike millions of Americans and most of the Irish, I grew up in a house where mashed potatoes were a forbidden food. I was able to enjoy this white contraband only in the school cafeteria or when a friend invited me to stay for dinner.

Top Five Spices to Add Zing to Winter Holiday Baking


It’s hard to imagine a festive winter holiday without the aroma of baking wafting through our homes. Certain spices — such as allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla — claim the holidays as their own.

Baking for The Holidays? A Checklist of Pantry Must-Haves

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A holiday season without baked goodies would be like a movie without popcorn, burgers without fries or a sundae sans cherry: good but not quite perfect. If you enjoy baking traditional holiday favorites, you may also like trying new recipes. Experimenting with new recipes is easier if you start out with a well-stocked pantry.

Simple, Time-Saving Secrets to Add a Unique Twist to Your Holiday Recipes

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When entertaining during the holiday season, time is of the essence. Between cleaning, shopping, decorating and mingling with friends and family, there’s hardly enough time to cook let alone prepare an elaborate seven course meal. However, the lack of time doesn’t mean your food or your guests have to suffer.

Treat Your Friends to a Medieval Feast!

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Treat your family or friends to a genuine medieval dinner.

Feeding a Crowd for The Holidays

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Enjoy stress-free holiday entertaining no matter how big the party

The Secret To A Tender Turkey?


ARA – “Tough, tasteless and dry.” Three words you don’t want to hear your family and guests use to describe the turkey at the center of the holiday dinner table. Yet, according to turkey industry experts, those words are often used to address the state-of-the-bird.