Monthly Archives: December 2013

The last of the Thanksgiving stuffing


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Thanksgiving stuffing wrap

Well here’s the last of our sausage stuffing from Thanksgiving. Pretty much this is a “throw it together burrito”. I emphasize the tortilla wraps because it’s a healthier alternative to sliced bread. Though I know I killed it with the stuffing.   Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Desserts have evolved so much in the past years. We’ve seen the cupcake wave, pies and now I feel that we appreciate a smaller indulgence. Something that we can call our own. A little bite of sweetness that can transport us to heaven and slowly bring us back to Earth (and reality). Continue reading

Top 10 Holiday Drinks


I want to make them all!

Treats and Trends

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These seasonal sippers are sure to add holiday cheer this year! Whether you want to warm up by the fire with gourmet hot cocoa or liven up a winter gathering with Peppermint White Russians, these decadent drinks will get you into the yuletide spirit.

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{1} Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from McCormick

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{2} Peppermint White Russian from A Beautiful Mess

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{3} Black-Spiced Rum Eggnog from Design Sponge

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{4} Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa “Affogato” from A Couple Cooks

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{5} Mistletoe Cocktail from Pizzazzerie

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{6} Malted White Hot Chocolate with Mocha Marshmallows from Love & Flour

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{7} Hot Cider Nog from Southern Living

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{8} Mistletoe Margarita from The Realistic Nutritionist  

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{9} Berry Cider from Pizzazzerie

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{10} Any holiday “red cup” drink from Starbucks.

Cheers!
xoxo

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Lemon Meringue Pie


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The holidays to me is about pleasing our friends and family. This pie reminds me of a friend that if you don’t stop him, he can eat a whole pie all by himself! That’s how much he LOVES lemon meringue pie.

The past seven years his family has kindly opened their home and their hearts during Thanksgiving (and many other times during the year as well). So it’s always an honor and pleasure to bake his favorite, lemon meringue pie. 🙂

Filling Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups water

2 lemons, juiced and zested

2 tablespoons butter

4 egg yolks, beaten

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked

Meringue Frosting (topping) recipe can be found here: delightful meringue frosting

Preparation:

1-Preheat oven  to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2-Make and cool pie crust.

3- In medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.

4- Stir in water, lemon juice an lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter.

5-Place egg yolks in medium size bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot sugar mixture.

6- Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick.

7- Remove from heat and pour filling into baked pastry shell.

9-Once you have made the meringue frosting, place a generous amount on your pie and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Enjoy, Bon Appétit, Buen Provecho!

 

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