#PullUpaChair with the Food Network for a Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is the mother of all holidays when it comes to food.  We plan for it for months.  We talk about it for weeks.  And if you are successful with you meal, your guest will talk about it for days.  In honor of Thanksgiving, please join me, the Food Network and lots of other foodies at our Virtual Thanksgiving Table or follow more »

Caramelized Onions with Baslamic Vinegar

I took Sunday night’s Porchetta leftovers and made a toasty pork sandwich topped with caramelized balsamic onion and melted provolone cheese.  These are easy to make, all you need is an onion and a little time, but totally worth it.  They make a great topping for sandwiches or a juicy steak. Ingredients: 1 medium white onion, sliced thin 2-3 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. more »

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries

Growing up Brussels sprouts would probably have been the last thing on earth I would have eaten.  But I think that if you dress them up like these you will find that even the “haters” will find these as delicious and will be asking for seconds! Some people look into cooking classes from colleges online when they are busy yet more »

Thanksgiving Dinner

Three weeks until Thanksgiving and the menu is set!  Well, for the most part… I’m sure that there will be additions… deletions…changes…. but until then…. Here is this year’s menu: Food is a huge part of a great Thanksgiving. Those who want to take culinary arts courses can look into a bachelor degree online for more information. Dates stuffed with more »

Goat Cheese and Pancetta Crostini

I like to keep a pantry and refrigerator stocked with items that I can throw together for an impromptu get together.  This Goat Cheese and Pancetta Crostini is super easy and quick to make.  Most of these items you can keep on hand in your pantry or in your refrigerator.  And most of it is just assembling your ingredients.  You more »

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would post something made of pumpkin! Serve this with homemade croutons tossed in butter, cinnamon and sugar. Print Spicy Pumpkin Soup   In honor of Halloween, I thought I would post something made of pumpkin!  Serve this with homemade croutons Ingredients 4 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 medium yellow onions, chopped 2 teaspoons minced more »

Artichoke and Sun-dried Tomato Tart

This is a great versatile recipe.  I have made this as a side for an Easter buffet, I have made it for brunch and most recently I made it for dinner for a good friend.  Pair it with a nice leafy salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio and it’s the perfect light dinner.  You can make this recipe ahead more »

Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Port Sauce

Easy enough to make for a family Sunday dinner, yet elegant enough to serve to the most prestigious guests. The mushrooms and port wine make an incredibly rich and flavorful sauce for the tenderloin roast. Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 3 pounds well-trimmed beef tenderloin roast, more »

French Onion Soup

                Still looking at soup recipes.  This French Onion Soup may not work for Oktoberfest, but it sure will be perfect for a raining day like today.    Print French Onion Soup   Ingredients 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon Calvados, Applejack, or other brandy 4 cups low-salt more »

Vietnamese Meatballs

Print Vietnamese Meatballs Ingredients1 pound ground chicken 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce 3 small shallots, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass, tender white inner bulb only, minced 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus 1/3 cup leaves for serving 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 more »

Grilled Broccoli and Bread Salad with Pickled Shallots

Ingredients: 2 large shallots, thinly sliced 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup dry sherry 1/4 cup sherry vinegar 1/4 cup agave syrup 1 teaspoon chopped thyme Kosher salt Grated zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground pepper 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary 1 pound broccoli, more »

Neely’s BBQ Sauce on the Food Network

I tried this sauce over the 4th of July weekend to go with my ribs.  It is definetly one to keep on hand.  It was so easy to make and I had everything in my pantry that I needed. I will keep this recipe up my sleeve to use in a pinch; hell, I will use this one instead of my more »

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