Category Holidays

Hash Brown Quiche with Bacon

A creative way to enjoy eggs, hash browns and bacon…and cheese. There has to be some cheese.  Ingredients 3 Cups shredded hash browns, thawed and drained 3 Tablespoons butter, melted 3 Large eggs, beaten 1/2 Cup half and half 1/2 Cup milk (I used whole milk) 1/2 Cup of bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used […]

Meals with Rusty: Orange-Glazed Ham

Previously I’ve written about the thousands of recipes our friend Rusty left behind. His life’s work was our Easter dinner. Like the book “Tuesdays with Morrie” I may start calling these posts “Meals with Rusty.”   This ham is unbelievably easy to make and bake. Carving it up is especially simple. Serves…a lot with leftovers. […]

Spiced Coffee

The recipe below is for those days where you might want the flavor of a latte or mocha without all of the heavy milk or cream. It also works well if you have some plain robust beans that are unflavored and you are in the mood for some flavored coffee.  Be careful as the chocolate […]

Cheesy Dutch Baby Pancake

This is a fantastic dish that you can dive into for breakfast or lunch. This version is savory and salty. It would go great with a smooth cup of coffee and maybe some juice or fruit slices. I made mine with prosciutto tips but you can also cut up some slices of this fabulous meat. […]

Cheese Straws

These have been around for a long time. But it seems that the internet and foodies are starting to rediscover them. This recipe from the fine folks at the Splendid Table doesn’t disappoint. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste […]

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

I tried to impress my wife by telling her about the divine treat I had planned for dessert.  My coolness quickly faded when I learned that my French is horrible and I was mispronouncing the name of this decadence. Serves 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup half-and-half 1/4 cup whole milk 2 large egg yolks 1/2 cup […]

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

This not only screams Valentine’s Day it also yelps a little on the decadence front. I went through several recipes and found that both recipes for the cakes and the toppings didn’t always appeal to me. So in this post I’ve combined two recipes. You’ll find links at the bottom to both and a third. […]

White Pizza Dip

I found this recipe on a website for cooks cooking for 50 or more people. So I had to down convert it for a serving for 12 people. I think I got it right. I did post a link to the original recipe below if for some reason you want to invite 60 people over […]

Rum Balls with Chocolate Sprinkles

I found this recipe while surfing the foodie blogosphere. It was love at first sight. Plus any other creative use for cake sprinkles is stops in my book.  Recipe makes about 36 of them. Ingredients 1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar 1 cup (250 mL) ground almonds 3 oz (85 g) bittersweet chocolate, grated 1/3 […]

Missy’s Artichoke Dip

My good friend Missy makes this whenever this is a potluck and it is a crowd favorite. Just make sure you are clear of the crowd as it moves through your body. It can give you the toots. It is worth it. I could eat this entire dish all by myself.   Ingredients One 13 […]