Continuing my brainstorming of a special Christmas breakfast, I thought of coffee cake. Some people might think I don’t like cinnamon. I do. I love cinnamon rolls (another option I am considering for the special morning) and cinnamon candies, and I used to love cinnamon toothpaste which I can’t find anymore. I do not like cinnamon with chocolate or fruit (except peaches). Sorry, I just don’t like the flavor combination. If you add lemon or blueberries to a coffee cake I don’t want it to have cinnamon in it. But nuts, especially rich buttery pecans, oh my!
Since Thanksgiving Day is all about the huge dinner, I try to make breakfast pretty simple. But Christmas is another matter. We usually try to go to the Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve, so the morning is dedicated to quiet times with presents and a “fun” breakfast. So, I am going to brainstorm some ideas on the blog that would be perfect for a special holiday morning.
While cleaning my kitchen recently I stumbled across the Rosette irons that I had received from my mother eons ago and decided it was time to make them again. I have two sticks, so if I had someone to help me it would have gone faster.
This year we will be celebrating locally instead of up north in the Bay Area. Wish I could be in two places at once. I was assigned to bring a few appetizers and some vegetables this year, so here’s what I made this morning:
A veggie tray…
A cheese and cracker plate…
Slow cooker Maple and Brown Sugar Carrots (just started cooking)…
And the toasted pecans that will get mixed with the carrots at the last minute.
My heart is in Hayward today, as it will be on every Thanksgiving.
Missing the hostess with the mostess, Auntie Jeanne. And Dad, and Grandma and Grandpa, and Mimi and Grandfather and Uncle John and Gram and… until we are together again!
Thank you, dear reader, for stopping by. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and of course I can’t sign off without nagging you as I do every holiday …
Write down those family recipes!
Until next time, happy eating!
I love cooking with my son. Not only is it fun, it helps him practice measuring skills, reading, following directions, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and patience. Yeah, especially patience.
I saw some adorable Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls the other day on Pinterest and showed J the picture. He could hardly wait to make them. Continue reading
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
I am normally an advocate of making things yourself instead of buying it if you can. This blog is full of recipes that will testify to that with things like jellies and yogurt and ice cream that most people just buy already prepared.
But there are some things that are not worth the hassle, in my opinion. Butter and Mayonnaise are two of those things. BUT, I really think you should try them at least once, especially if you have children so they can learn that food does not magically appear ready made in a box or a jar at the store.
I have always loved Thanksgiving. Food and Football, what more do you need? And I freely admit I am a Food Snob – Thanksgiving Dinner needs to be home made not dumped out of a box or can. I am guessing you feel the same way or you wouldn’t be reading this. Here are some of our favorite traditional dishes that are all so much better than the heat and eat versions and surprisingly not that difficult to make.
Posted in Main Courses - meat, Potatoes, Poultry, Relishes, Jams and Jellies, Sauces, Side Dishes
Tagged cranberries, gravy, Potatoes, stuffing, Thanksgiving recipes, turkey
Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant, I carefully look over the menu, surveying all of my choices and carefully weighing all of my options. My husband orders Chicken Parmigiana. Every time. Every restaurant. He says that is his way of testing how good the restaurant is, to compare the same dish in different places. So being a loving wife I tried to learn how to make it.
THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST.
I am not being paid in any way, shape or form for the content below by anyone. I bought both the Pop Chef and Ice Cream Magic in my local stores at the request of my Little Man, who saw them on TV and wanted them. Hey, your kid may want the latest Disney toy, but mine begs for cooking gadgets. Gotta love that.
An easy one dish meal that can be adjusted to your family’s tastes and cooks in about 30 minutes? Oh! count me in! I know I just posted Shrimp Creole last week, but as I mentioned in that post, we have loved Lousiana cuisine for a long time in my family. And even though the list of ingredients may seem long and intimidating, Jambalaya is another weeknight fast recipe that is nothing more than chop, saute and simmer.
Posted in Beef, Main Courses - meat, Pork, Poultry, Rice, Seafood
Tagged cajun recipe, chicken, gluten free, ham, rice, sausage, shrimp
I suppose there are some places that are actually cold in November, unlike the 90 degrees predicted for the next few days here in Southern California. If it happens to be chilly where you are and you are in the mood for some soup may I suggest some Sopa de Pollo Borracho? English translation – Drunken Chicken Soup.