Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Citrus & Cider Brined Turkey with Butter and Citrus Herb Salt

Friday, November 15th, 2013
Cider Brined Citrus Herb Turkey Top View

Cider Brined Citrus Herb Turkey Top View

Cider Brined Turkey with Citrus Herb Salt

I’ve tried a number of recipes, brining, not brining, dry herb rub, conventional turkeys, organic turkeys, and heritage turkeys.  Last year I used the recipe below on a Mary’s Free Range Turkey, and I think it was the best turkey yet.  A combination of brining and a dry salt herb rub with a slow roasting gives a very moist and flavorful bird.  I must admit my best roast turkeys have been brined turkeys.
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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Friday, December 14th, 2012
Zesty Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Blueberry Jam

Zesty Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Blueberry Jam

Zesty Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Sweet Berry Jam

Thumbprint cookies were always a Christmas cookie must in our house when I was growing up. The lemon zest is a nice flavor spark and pairs best with berry jams. I like filling the cookies with jam before baking to get a bit of gooey, chewy goodness.
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Chocolate Truffles

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are an easy holiday candy to make, and they last a while, so you can make them ahead. You can use any type of flavoring in the chocolate. Vanilla is used here, but peppermint or hazelnut would also work well. You can also infuse the cream with flavors such as Earl Grey tea, lavender, or rose. Just steep the hot cream with your flavor, and then strain it before pouring it over the chocolate.
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Chocolate Rum Spheres

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Chocolate Rum Spheres

These little rum balls a super sweet, with a balance of adult flavors from the rum and espresso. An excellent make ahead treat for guests or gifts for the holidays.

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Trader Joe’s Boxed Chestnuts

Monday, November 12th, 2012
TJ's Chestnuts

TJ’s Chestnuts

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Trader Joe’s Boxed Chestnuts
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