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Use the good china for this dish! Festive!

Use the good china for this dish! Festive!

Wishing all of our special friends and families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Healthy New year!
Attached to this post you will find quick tips for time and temperature…as well as quick links to our most popular holiday recipes!

Chowfancy Friends,
The Butchers Wife

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Did you just realize that Thanksgiving is next week?

I will include a video of the Butcher carving this turkey in my next post. A suggestion to keep your turkey moist would be to make two separate pans of gravy. One would be poured over the turkey slices as you put it on the serving platter. The other could be set on the table. This method will l keep your turkey moist as well as hot, as it is served.

I will include a video of the Butcher carving this turkey in my next post. A suggestion to keep your turkey moist would be to make two separate pans of gravy. One would be poured over the turkey slices as you put it on the serving platter. The other could be set on the table. This method will l keep your turkey moist as well as hot, as it is served.

Have you just finished the work week, taken a breathe….and then realized that Thanksgiving is next Thursday?

Yikes!

Hold on though….No worries… No Stress…We’ve got you covered!
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Corned Beef & Cabbage

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St. Patrick’s Day is so whimsical and fun that whether or not you have Irish heritage, it is an enjoyable day to celebrate. My Grandmother always prepared Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, and it was a meal that I really looked forward to.
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Have a Happy New Year Menu!

 

Host a fun and festive Tapas Party this New Years! Small bites are simple and can be prepared ahead leaving you…the host or hostess…free to enjoy the party!

I have included links to all of the recipes included in the photos below. This menu provides an assortment of tastes to please each palate. Add some fancy wine and Champagne..and don’t forget the noise makers! This will be your best year yet!
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Tapas and Cocktails…This will be the best New Year Yet!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect holiday to plan a fun, relaxing tapas party. I love the small bites coupled with a great glass of wine or champagne. The informality of this type of get together lends itself to a flexible time schedule, and encourages your guests to mingle and have fun.

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A Merry Christmas Menu

La Famiglia….

I can remember back to Christmas as a child as though it were yesterday. Christmas Eve was always spent with my Dad’s parents, and Christmas Day at my Mom’s parents.

The  Grandmas from both sides were very different in their approach of entertaining, but both yielded wonderful and homey results that we looked forward to each year.

As a child…Christmas was the most magical time of the year.

 

Time moves on and as  I have gotten older and  come to realize how much time and effort is put into the planning of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it makes me appreciate more so, every one who took the time to make those days special. It truly does remind me to slow down, and remember what Christmas and the Holidays are really all about.

 

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This year, my boys noticed that I was feeling a little overwhelmed by my long to do list, and they decided to decorate our Christmas tree.

In years past we have decorated a huge tree, sometimes even putting up two trees. This year, we have gone back to basics. “Our Family Tree” includes many photo ornaments of our family members and all of the handmade ornaments that the boys have created over the past thirteen years. The handmade angel, was made by JT when he was four years old

Time…Flies…By…

I have posted a picture, because I love the way the tree came out, but mostly because I love that the boys decorated themselves. What a treat to just sit down and enjoy!

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Give Thanks for this Thanksgiving Menu!

I’m not sure about you, but when I start planning the menu for any event, I tend to go overboard on the food. I don’t really mean too many leftovers, but more so that I try to make too many different dishes.

My new motto has become “Quality…not Quantity “. When I think of the motto, it reminds me to scratch at least two dishes from the menu. This way I am left with only the favorites, and I can concentrate on making them taste absolutely mouth watering.

This Thanksgiving I have put together a menu, that uses lots of fresh ingredients, many of which can be prepared a little in advance . The recipes are also super simple without giving up any of the taste!

 

The menu, which will serve ten guests, includes…

Fall Sangria, Pumpkin Bread,

Autumn Pear Salad, Pumpkin Ravioli Soup,

White Wine Herb Roasted Turkey,

Mom’s Cranberry Relish,  Sage & Sausage Cornbread Stuffing,  Grandma’s Sweet Yams

and Apple Berry Crisp to top it all off!

 

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Family traditions are so special and Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to reflect on them. This paper turkey was crafted by one of my boys nine years ago. A tradition that I have taken from my Mother in Law is displaying hand made crafts that my boys created in Pre School. Joann has hosted Thanksgiving over the past several years, and she always manages to pull out a different piece of artwork that has survived since her kids were little. ( Over 40 years now;) Time flies, and it is so much fun to look at the love and innocence that had gone to each hand crafted present.

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Love! This was written by one of my boys in Kindergarten:)

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A stuffed paper pumpkin made by my oldest son, when he was four! They aren’t bringing home these beautiful paper crafts anymore;)

 

 

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