Great Herb-Spiced Mixed Nuts Recipe

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Food

Once you taste these salty-sweet Herb-Spiced Mixed Nuts, you’ll be glad you invited people over to help you eat them. Make them right before guests walk through the door and be prepared to make a second batch!

It’s always good to have an appetizer you can make quickly during the holidays—or during any party-going season, really. But there’s something festive and indulgent about spiced nuts that always feels right for the season.

This snack takes the idea of your standard nut mix and, thanks to the addition of some fresh herbs, cayenne, butter, and maple syrup, adds some sweet heat to the situation.

Roasted Mixed Nuts

A LAST-MINUTE PARTY SNACK

This is not a make-ahead snack. You have to wait until the last minute to bring it together—preferably 15 to 20 minutes before people arrive.

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Try This Great Sausage, Pepper, and Potato Bake

Monday, November 19, 2018 Food

This Sausage, Pepper, and Potato Bake is a crowd-pleasing and budget-friendly meal that still feels indulgent. Look for kielbasa on sale and round it out with peppers, potatoes, and onions.

Like most adults, I struggle with finding the right balance between frugality and indulgence when it comes to meals. Basically, I’m super frugal but it makes me mad when I can’t buy whatever I want to eat! Also, like many people I know, the end of the month tends to reveal itself in my sparse pantry.

I actually encourage its barrenness and enjoy being resourceful. Growing up, we often didn’t have a full larder. Many nights we ate canned spiced ham with rice for dinner. Those memories help me to appreciate the value of a full fridge.

A BUDGET-FRIENDLY MEAL

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Yummy Chocolate Cranberry Rugelach

Sunday, November 18, 2018 Food

Rugelach is a classic Jewish pastry that’s not at all hard to make at home. This version is full of chocolate and dried cranberries! Bonus: They freeze well and keep well!

When I  traveled to the East Coast during the holidays, I was required to fulfill a rugelach mission for my  friends who were transplanted New Yorkers.

This involved a trip to the Babka Bakery on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where I would pick up a big batch of rugelach to bring home with me.

These tiny, rich pastries with fruit, nut, and chocolate filling were a revelation to me, and so it became my personal mission to recreate them, without the plane trip.

WHAT ARE RUGELACH COOKIES?

Rugelach’s origins are Jewish—the name is Yiddish for “little twists” and pronounced “RUE-geh-loch”.

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Try this Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

Thursday, November 15, 2018 Food

Classic green bean casserole with fried onion topping, from scratch!  So much better than canned!

A Thanksgiving Must-Have

Our family, like every other family at Thanksgiving, is no stranger to green bean casserole, with its crunchy fried onion topping and rich, creamy filling. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorites, along with the jellied cranberry sauce.

But over the years, I have come to expect more from my green bean casserole than just opening up a few cans of beans, soup, and sprinkling on some prepared fried onions.

Here is my totally from-scratch version you’ll never look at green bean casserole the same way again.

Classic Green Bean Casserole made from scratch

Homemade Fried Onion Topping — Better than French’s!

Frying your own onions gives them a crunchy texture that can’t be beat by anything from a can...

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Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Food

This quick chicken noodle soup using rotisserie chicken is a winner if you’re cooking a family dinner. Kids love soup! You can make it quickly, freeze it, and even add a soft-boiled egg to take it up a notch.

We are in soup season, which is both good and bad news for parents. The good news is that it’s easy to make fast, healthy soups that kids tend to like. I’ve found soup, especially chicken noodle soup, to be a reliable dinnertime win.

The bad news? If you have little kids, it’s especially messy. Do you even know how far a two-year old can launch a spoon of broth?! You don’t want to know!

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Making an all-day chicken noodle soup is one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy and chilly Saturday, but honestly, who has the time?

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Food Deals

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Food

Your refrigerator may soon be full to the brim with Thanksgiving leftovers, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to think ahead about getting in on the food blessing that is subscription boxes.

While many tend to think of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as days to save big bucks on flashy kitchen appliances and cookware, this is the time to save on sub boxes as they also drop in price. In other words, if a wine fridge isn’t in the cards this year, try a sub box as a way to treat yo’self instead. Or shop for that uncle who has everything—except a beer of the month subscription—or finally take the plunge and try a meal-kit delivery service. Below, the best sub boxes to buy now.

The sale: Get $20 off per box for a total of $80 for your first month

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Yummy Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Food

Roasted sweet potato soup! With shallots, cumin, thyme, and stock. Swirl in a little sour cream or yogurt and serve with some crusty bread. It’s a light meal on its own, or serve it alongside roast chicken or a hearty salad!

There’s been a lone sweet potato sitting in my pantry for the last couple of weeks. Every time I would open the pantry door, there it would be, looking back at me.

I have a habit of buying perishables with the noblest of intentions, only to forget them in the sea of everyday distractions, until their good for nothing but compost.

EASY SWEET POTATO SOUP

The distinguishing elements of the original recipe were sweet potato, red onion, and cumin...

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You Have To Try This Chili !

Monday, November 12, 2018 Food  No comments

It’s that time of year again Chili time! I have found a new way of making my famous Chili, I decided to give my pellet grill a go and I put my hamburger and veggies on the grill and smoked the ingredients.

I must say this had to be the best idea I have came up with. I am not sure if I will ever make it the old way again. There was so much more flavor.

I mixed up my hamburger with my seasonings and I also added some Pico de gallo in with my meat, mixing everything together like a meatloaf.

I cooked the meat till it reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I cooked everything at 225 degrees on the pellet grill...

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How To Make Pressure Cooker Taco Soup

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Food

WHAT IS TACO SOUP?

Taco soup is lighter than chili, but still hearty enough to serve as a meal in itself. It’s spicy, brothy, and full of ground beef, beans, and corn.

When you serve it with toppings of crushed tortilla chips, chopped onions, sour cream, and fresh cilantro, you get the flavors of a crispy taco in every bite.

EASY TACO SOUP IN THE PRESSURE COOKER

I prefer to use my 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker to make this soup (and for just about everything else!), since it will cook the soup fast, and also keep it warm for up to 10 hours if I need to make dinner earlier in the day. It really is the best of both worlds. 

How to Make Taco Soup in Instant Pot How to Make Taco Soup in Instant Pot

HOW TO MAKE TACO SOUP

To make the soup, you’ll start by cooking the onions and beef together for a few minutes...

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Try these Salted Pork-Chops on a Himalayan Salt Block

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Food  No comments

I tried something different yesterday and done some Salted pork chops on a Himalayan Salt Block on my green mountain pellet grill. I just love using this little grill, I will attempt about anything on it. There hasn’t been much I haven’t made on here. I do believe these have to be by far the best pork chops I have ever made. I also have to thank my wife for the Himalayan Salt Block she got me for my birthday. Ok on with the Chops !

I put the Salt block in grill before starting, set grill to 150 degrees and let it come up to temp. Once it reached 150 degrees I waited 10 minutes and then set temperature to 300 degrees...

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Try this Cranberry Apple Sangria

Friday, November 9, 2018 Food

Make this Cranberry Apple Sangria for the holidays! It’s infused with orange liqueur, cloves, vanilla, and cinnamon. You can also warm it up and turn it into a mulled wine.

If you’re looking for a cocktail to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a great option: a sangria packed with all the flavors of the season.

Red wine, apple, spices, orange, and cranberry come together to make a drink that’s sweet, rich, and fruity, with just a tiny bit of tartness on the finish.

THANKSGIVING SANGRIA TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY!

When putting together recipes for drinks, I often find myself inspired by food. When I saw a recipe on Serious Eats for Cranberry sauce and Apples and Orange, I couldn’t help thinking, “I bet that would be good as a cocktail.” And it is!

We tend to think of san...

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Try these Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

Thursday, November 8, 2018 Food

These Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas are made for last-minute holiday guest appearances. They’re quick to make and are best served as soon as they’re made. Season them up however you like and in ten minutes you’ll have a crunchy, savory snack ready to go.

There’s an endless need for quick, tasty snacks you can put out for guests around the holidays. Savory ones are even better, because we’re typically confronted with a glut of sugar and we really crave something to balance all that sweetness.

Air fried chickpeas are my favorite go-to snack for just this very reason.

WHY AIR FRY CHICKPEAS?

I’ve found that the air fryer is a far superior device for making these nutty, popcorn-like nuggets.

The secret? The small surface area of the chickpeas, plus the compact nature of the air fryer basket...

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Rules for Planning a Perfect Friendsgiving

Thursday, November 8, 2018 Food

This year, you can’t go home to your family for Thanksgiving, and neither can some of your friends. Which is why you agreed to host a Friendsgiving dinner for your chosen family.

But you need more than a fully stocked bar to ensure your guests absolutely forget they’re not at home eating mom’s pumpkin pie.

Think you got this? Helping out your mom in the kitchen around various holidays is one thing. Hosting the Big American Dinner To End All Dinners is another endeavor altogether. That’s why we spoke to pastry chef Stephanie Nass, otherwise known as the “millennial Martha Stewart” and founder of  Chefanie Sheets, a designer line of shelf-stable cake sheets that can be applied to homemade or store-bought cakes.

When Nass plans her dinner events, she likes her people to feel pam...

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You will Love these Honey Chipotle Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Food

Spice up your holiday table with these Honey Chipotle Brussels Sprouts. They’re roasted in the oven, then tossed with honey-chipotle sauce in the last few minutes of cooking for a spicy spin on a classic.

During the Holidays people expect what they expect—the classics: mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy. You don’t want to venture too far out of the standard realm of side dishes for fear of invoking disappointment or anger.

Still, I like to occasionally throw a curveball into the mix.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE

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Cooking Mistakes to Avoid on Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Food

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they have dietary restrictions, do they have other gatherings to attend, and do you have enough space at your table?

Avoid common cooking mistakes to prevent a Thanksgiving day disaster. But remember: mistakes do happen. Whether you dropped the turkey or forgot to cook the rolls, Thanksgiving is mainly about spending time with loved ones. Stop worrying and enjoy the indulgence!

1. Not planning ahead

This is the most important advice of all. Thanksgiving day can be hectic, especially depending on the family or friends joining you...

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How to Deal with all these Holiday Challenges

Monday, November 5, 2018 Featured

Every Thanksgiving we encounter the same pesky issues. We loathe guests who barge into the kitchen, disrupting our roasting and baking. We fear over-cooked turkey and burnt yams. Plus there’s that meddling uncle who asks for leftover pumpkin pie before dinner has even begun. Alas, the biggest food holiday of the year is often the most stressful.

In order to help you survive the big day, we reached out to several etiquette experts, and got the scoop on  and many more.

We also compiled some of the best Thanksgiving tips from, Helena Echlin,  She wrote the column Table Manners for six years. Here’s her best advice on how to survive Thanksgiving, all in one place...

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Here’s How to Dry Brine and Roast a Turkey

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Food

Want the most perfectly moist, flavorful, and juicy Thanksgiving turkey? Try dry-brining! All you do is rub the turkey with salt and let it hang out in the fridge for 24 to 72 hours. No muss, no fuss. The best turkey you’ll ever eat will soon be yours!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means North Americans will be donning their aprons, sharpening their knifes, and warming their ovens to roast the bird of all birds—The Turkey.

About 45 million turkeys are harvested each year, according to the National Turkey Federation, to supply our Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece. Turkey, however, is not the easiest protein we could roast for a holiday and has an unfortunate reputation for becoming dry in the oven.

When it comes to turkey, what you do before it sees the inside of an oven determine...

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Time for Seafood Lovers on Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Food

“Culinary historians believe that much of the [first] Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood.” Let that sink in for a second. Do you have seafood at your Thanksgiving dinner? Probably not—because you have turkey at Thanksgiving, because that’s what the pilgrims ate. Or did they? While exact records of the food items present at the first Thanksgiving do not exist, there are journal entries indicating a fowling mission took place. It’s assumed that turkey was brought back, but it could have easily been duck, goose, or swan that made it to the dinner table, instead.

Yes, the house of cards on which you’ve assembled your Thanksgiving traditions is crumbling...

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Who loves Meatloaf?

Sunday, November 4, 2018 Food  No comments

Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf?I have always loved Meatloaf since I was a youngster. Now that I am older and the one making it, I have put my own twist on it

I love cooking outside on the grill or using one of my smokers, the meatloaf turns out ridiculously awesome!

My go to most of the time is my Green Mountain Davey Crockett pellet grill. This thing cooks almost flawlessly.

When making my meatloaf I use the normal ingredients and sometimes mix some cheddar cheese in with it and then wrap in bacon.

When using my DC “Davey Crockett ” I like to start out low and slow setting my temp on the grill to 185 degrees and letting it smoke for 2 hours,then I will check the internal temperature and remove from grill and crank it up to 325 degrees and finish it off till bacon is fully cooked and int...

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Peanut Butter Lover’s Pie

Saturday, November 3, 2018 Food

Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you! It’s the most decadent and indulgent peanut butter pie EVER, made with extra peanut butter in the filling, peanut butter cups on top, and a drizzle of melted peanut butter and chocolate. We warned you!

The idea of a peanut butter pie first entered my psyche when I watched The Joy Luck Club. It was sometime in the mid 90s, and I watched it perched on the bottom of the stairs, behind my mom’s back, because I was supposed to be in bed.

Two of the characters, a mother and a daughter, are discussing the ingredients for peanut butter pie, which the daughter is making for her ex-husband...

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