Category Archives: Holidays

Thanksgiving 2017 – Dinner Rolls

Saturday, 02 December 2017

To say that my family is quirky is probably generous (just ask my older brother Eric). I won’t go into the gruesome details of the craziness but here’s one weird thing: My husband is Alan; my Father, Allen; my step-daughter’s boyfriend, Alan; our daughter-in-law’s Father, Allen. My son is Alex; his girlfriend is Alex; my step-daughter is Alex. It’s weird right? Maybe a bit confusing at times. Anyway - this year, my year to have Thanksgiving at my house, we had just one Alan (my husband) and all of the Alexes. My son’s girlfriend Alex brought her parents Craig and Barbara and they’re lovely. Also, my dear dear neighbor Pam and her son Owen graced our table as did my Mother. It was a sweet, lovely day for a small...

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Cranberry Sauce

Saturday, 24 December 2016

One of the many reasons I look forward to Thanksgiving is the cranberry sauce. I love making it and I love eating it. For years I have been on the hunt for a perfect cooked sauce (I have a favorite raw relish that I will post as well). I found this gem as part of a Food52 contest. It was not the winner but as far as I’m concerned it is far above the rest! It is slightly modified. The original recipe called for a pinch of cayenne pepper but I have not been able to bring myself to include that one ingredient. Maybe next year. Cranberry Sauce Ingredients: 1 Tbsp butter 1 honeycrisp apple, finely chopped 1 tsp found cinnamon 12 to 14 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and the uglies culled out 1 cup real maple...

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My grandmother used to make a delicious pumpkin chiffon pie. I started making it when I started making Thanksgiving but it was never quite as good my grandma's pie.  Also, it is a pie that takes a long time to make and gelatin is involved which, as a vegetarian is kind of a no-no as gelatin comes from critters.  I have tried several pumpkin pie recipes over the years looking for a good one that does not involve gelatin and that’s a bit easier than my Grandma’s.  Until now, I have had little success with the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I am now a self-proclaimed pumpkin pie wizard.  Here's my secret - do not use fresh pumpkin.  In the past, I would buy a sugar pumpkin and roast it and mash it, and use it for the pie but the thing...

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Thanksgiving Stuffing

Monday, 05 December 2016

Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday to me. First because it’s a day to reflect on the scores of reasons we have to be thankful and to acknowledge those we are thankful for. Thanksgiving isn’t the only day of reflection in this regard but it’s a big day for that. I also love it because family and friends are together and we get to eat amazing food. There are foods that are traditional in my family and I love to make them the way we always have. There are other foods I experiment with. My Mother was an amazing cook and I have her recipes. Although she doesn’t cook much any more she can still tell me what I do wrong with her recipes. I think last year was the last time for an Ellen made Crumble Top Apple Pie....

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Friday, 20 December 2013

This is my last November post and my last “we took Thanksgiving on the road” post. Time to put Thanksgiving to rest for 2013. This post is about buttermilk biscuits. My niece Becca made them. She made them for our ‘Thanksgiving dinner on the road.’ They were delicious – Alexandra (my step-daughter) said so and we all agreed. The next morning we split them in half, toasted them and slathered them with butter and honey. What could be better? Biscuits and gravy by night. Biscuits with butter and honey by day. Yum, yum, yum. So here’s the genesis of the buttermilk biscuits and a therapeutic disclosure. . .. curious? So I cook. It’s what I like and love to do. I would read recipes and experiment in the kitchen all day most...

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Potato Latkes

Sunday, 15 December 2013

For Chanukah (the eight day festival of light) we Jews and F.O.J.s eat latkes. Some of us think about latkes on and off during the year (especially my mom’s latkes). Some of us can’t wait all year and end up Deli’ing for a ‘potato pancake.’ I am of the ‘think about them during the year and wait’ school. My mom who is a total latkes snob really makes the best latkes (indoctrination? brain wash? or truth….) As a result, I think I know something about what a ‘real’ latke should taste like. Let me describe (that sounds jewishy right? My Aunt Esther would have said something like that – ‘come dear, let me describe’). Anyway, a good latke should be thin – not thick. Not meaty, not a round ball. Thin. Flat. With...

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Cinnamon Glaze

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We took our Thanksgiving on the road this year. Celebrating the holiday and all that we are thankful for with my younger brother and niece and our kids. We rented a house in a pine forest. It was lovely. More on that to follow. The Mandels housesat for us.  Danny Mandel is my brother from another mother.  He came from Colorado with his dear wife Linda and his kids Annie and Ben.  The day before we left they came over for dinner and house/dog sitting instructions.  I made my big brother’s Pork with beans and garlic (recipe posted on March 29, 2013), roasted cauliflower, green beans, sourdough baguette, and a pumpkin bundt cake with cinnamon glaze for dessert. It’s the first time I’ve made a bundt cake and the first time I’ve...

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