Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey, Cranberry, Avocado Salad

The turkey.  It's the centerpiece on practically ever Thanksgiving table.  Although there are different preparations; roasted, baked, fried, smoked and even the not so classic variations such as the turducken.  One thing stays consistent, everyone looks forward to having a slice or two of that bird on Thanksgiving day

There's so much thought and preparation that goes into the meal.  People plan for months, weeks and days to ensure their family is served an amazing meal.  But, what happens after the turkey is carved, the dressing is eaten and the pies are sliced?  Lots of leftovers.  And a big emphasis on the lots.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweet Potato Waffles

As much as I love mashed potatoes; both regular and sweet, I always make sure to make enough to ensure I have leftovers.  Why?  For one reason.  Potato cakes.  If you're wondering what the heck a potato cake is, let me enlighten you.

It's only the best thing ever.  Not to mention one of the simplest ways to spice up those leftovers.  It's leftover mashed potatoes that are scooped in about 1/4 cup portions and placed in a frying pan.  From there the outsides gets golden brown and crispy and the inside stays the consistency of those beautiful buttery mashed potatoes.

I could make a meal out of these alone.  They are great without adding any extras, but that's not to say you couldn't add awesomeness to the mix.  Say like, bacon, cheese or even some chives.  It'd be just like eating a loaded baked potato.  Yum!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake {Boozy or Non-boozy}

By now I'm pretty sure you've all got your menus planned and preparations are taking place in order to prepared for the big Thanksgiving meal.  So, I'm not going to talk to you about some recipe that you MUST make and place on your Thanksgiving table.  No, that's not what I want to talk about. Instead, I want to talk about the day after Thanksgiving.

No, not black Friday.  Although, technically the day after Thanksgiving is black Friday, that's not where I'm going with this.  I want to talk to you about the day after and all that food you have leftover.  I know, you can eat that Thanksgiving meal once, maybe twice after that actual big meal is actually consumed but after that it's time to get creative.

So, I want to focus on desserts today.  On Friday, you'll be looking at a counter full of half eaten pies, cakes and cookies.  What to do, oh what to do.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

Do you have those moments when you want to step out and try something new.  Something from a different cuisine, a new recipe, a new ingredient; something you've never had before and possibly aren't very comfortable with?  I have those moments quite often, Spencer would say I push the boundaries from time to time.  But about 95% of the time we're both glad I stepped outside my comfort zone.

This was one of those times I really wanted to take that step.  Why, you ask?  Well, for this month's secret recipe club assignment I was give a blog that will take your taste buds all around the world.  Tara's Multicultural Table definitely lives up to the name, it's packed with amazing recipes from all over and they all sound incredible.  From her beautifully fluffy Brusselse WaflesHortobagy Palacsinta (Hungarian stuffed crepes)caramelle (pasta stuffed with sweet potato) and cioccolata calda (Italian hot chocolate with orange whipped cream)...and that's just a glimpse into what she has to offer.  All of her recipes look so good, so be sure to head over there and check them all out!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Iced Hot Chocolate

If you're like me when you go to the grocery store you meander down the seasonal isle to see all those delicious foods and treats.  I check the isle to see if any of my old favorites are available, all the while checking out all the new goods to see if any are calling my name.

Also, if you're like me, then you take notice of what new and great creation Oreo has piled on those shelves.  Birthday cake, tried it.  Mint Oreos, tried it and my little guy devoured the rest.  Then there's all those I haven't even gotten a chance to try; root beer, berry creme, cookie dough, Reese's, just to name a few.  I mean, Oreo has really expanded their brand.

When the different seasons roll around, it's not just Oreos with those brightly colored cremes that line the shelves, it's also various flavors that join the mix.  So, when fall rolled around and I browsed the cookie isle you can guess what caught my eye.  Pumpkin Spice Oreos.  It didn't take long for those puppies to find a place in my cart.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Cider

Aside from pumpkin, apples are synonymous with this time of year.  Just think about it, the fair rolls around and there are booths filled with candy and caramel apples.  Trips to the apple orchard are planned and bushel upon bushel of apples are picked and a plethora of baked goods are made.

What is it about the simple apple that makes me weak in the knees?  The perfect apple, how would you describe it?  Mine would be firm, juicy, crispy, sweet and slightly tart.  My favorite apples are the Honeycrisp variety.  Have you tried them?  If not, you must.  And now.

Anyway, I love apples.  Aside from sweet and savory recipes, I love apple flavored beverages. Apple cider to be specific.  Me and apple cider go way back.  I mean, like over 25 years ago.  I remember the first time I tasted it.  I was first drawn in by the intoxicating smell; apples and cinnamon, to this day still one of my favorite smells.  Then I took my first sip and that was it.  I was hooked.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Spiced Popcorn

Folks, popcorn is no longer just for the movie theaters.  Just as with all other food crazes, over the past few years popcorn has been given a food category all it's own.  Popcorn lover's rejoice!

While I'm a fanatic of freshly popped popcorn that's been tossed in melted butter, there's so many more other ways to serve that fluffy, crispy stuff.  Just think about it, long before the chef's and home cooks started experimenting with different flavor concoctions there were Cracker Jacks, Crunch N Much, Fiddle Faddle and those infamous tins that come out during the holidays.

Put, the popcorn creations aren't limited to large companies or chefs anymore.  Home cooks around the glob are taking those crispy kernels and making some amazing creations.  I have to admit, I'm a little behind on the popcorn bandwagon.  Not that I haven't found, bookmarked, clipped and pinned several recipes with every intention of making them.  The problem is, I'm sometimes over ambitious and have these grand plans, then I get myself overwhelmed and take a brake.  Unfortunately for myself, I did this with the popcorn and never got back around to it.  Until now!

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