Dijon & Peppercorn Prime Rib

This recipe for Prime Rib will be a delicious dinner for any special occasion, although in our family, my Mother-in Law makes this recipe every year on Christmas Day. The spicy crust and the melt in your mouth texture of the rib roast is just an amazing combination.

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Milk and Cookies for Santa and his Elves!

Ever since I can remember, December has been the month of massive amounts of baking. My Grandmother would make a special Christmas pie that took several days worth of steps to put together ( I am still trying to locate the recipe for it!). My Mother would bake trays and trays of cookies which became a super hot commodity.

Needless to say, my sister and I had no choice but to pick up some type of baking skills. She has become the cake lady, and I have carried on the tradition of cookie baking!

In honor of the holidays I will share some of the favorites that are baked in our house during the month of December. Below is a list of ingredients to have on hand. I usually prefer to bake the cookies in stages, and then decorate them all at once. This way not only is it festive and fun, the mess stays sandwiched between a weekend, my house stays neat and my family stays sane!

Over the next week or so I will be posting cookie how to and recipes…for now I have included a master list of ingredients that you will need in order to bake all of the cookies below. I have also included an individual ingredient list for each cookie, in case you decide to pick and choose.

 

Below are Apricot Star Linzers and Rasberry Chocolate Dipped Sandwich Cookies

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These Jam Circles are a favorite..they literally melt in your mouth~
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Yes…you can make these Venetian Rainbow cookies, and your family will love you!

They are actually simple….they just take a little bit of patience:)
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Give Thanks for this Thanksgiving Menu!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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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…

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Bacon Wrapped Berkshire Pork Roast

Bring back Sunday Supper with this unbelievably delicious Bacon Wrapped Berkshire Pork Roast!

I love spending quality time with family, and in our house, that usually means a meal is involved. When I was younger, Sunday was considered family day. Nothing formal was planned, but we knew that it was the day to spend together at home.

Now, with my own children, I try to carry on that tradition. It is mind clearing to know that there is one out of seven days, where there will be no schlepping, taxiing , organizing or play dating.

Having no plans allows us to do something spur of the moment, rest up, or simply have plenty of time to prepare a fun and delicious meal that we can enjoy together. That thought brings me to this fantastic oven roasted Berkshire Pork Loin.

So …bacon wrapped anything…has got to be good. But for those of you that have yet to try a Berkshire Pork Chop or Berkshire Pork Roast, you are in for a treat.

The Berkshire Hog is a heritage breed of pig which originated over 300 years ago in Berkshire County of the  United Kingdom.  Berkshire pork is the most highly sought after in the world. It is revered for its extraordinary marbling and rich taste. The Berkshire Pork that my Butcher carries is from Dartagnan and is raised on pasture, with no Antibiotics or hormones. One bite of this pork will make you a believer!

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Serve this Pork Roast alongside sautéed potatoes & fresh applesauce that you can make from those leftover apples you have in the fridge! Fresh and delicious…

 

Click through the gallery below for step by step instructions.

The full recipe including how to make the applesauce is posted below :

 

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Beef and Bean Chili Recipe

It may be chili outside….but this chili will warm you up on the inside!

Nothing is more satisfying on a cold day, than to simmer up a beautiful soup or one pot meal. This Beef and Bean Chili recipe can be whipped up in 45-60 minutes, so no excuses, keep your family toasty this weekend!

I served this chili with a beautiful salad topped off with fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers and tortilla strips. Grate up some aged cheddar, and open up a bag of tortilla chips…quick and delicious!

 

Serve with grated cheddar, tortilla chips and a beautiful salad.

Serve with grated cheddar, tortilla chips and a beautiful salad.

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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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Grandma’s Sweet Yams

These delicious sweet potatoes can be prepared using fresh or canned yams. I usually  go for the fresh variety of any veggie especially when they are in season.  These yams are so simple to prepare. Thanksgiving morning you can clean and peel the potatoes and assemble the entire tray. Cover it, and set aside until the Turkey has finished roasting. The potatoes can cook at the same time and temperature as the Sausage Sage and Cornbread Stuffing!

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