Brown Butter Seared Potato Perogies

Last week we made Chinese Dumplings and I thought this week we could move to Eastern European Dumplings. Perogies are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in Slavic (Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Russian), Baltic (Latvian, Lithuanian) and other Eastern…

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Chocolate Dipped Oreos for the Holidays and Gifting

Need a last-minute holiday gift or treat? Chocolate Dipped Oreos are the easiest and prettiest treat you can make tonight. With Christmas Eve being right around the corner tomorrow a Chocolate Dipped Sandwich Cookie idea using Oroes may be just what you need.  Chocolate Dipped Oreos are simple enough to make with your kids and…

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Saffron Sugar Crystals with Minted Tea

While the days are shorter and the air becomes cold and crisp, as darkness falls, we find ourselves craving warmth, something that evokes coziness. A hot cup of tea is always inviting this time of year and you can make your tea time sweeter with a special addition. This winter season I have found myself…

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Beef Stroganoff Soup

aThese cold December nights call for hearty stews and warm soups. I came up with an idea to combine the two. The Russians know how to keep themselves warm with meaty Beef Stroganoff. You will most often see Beef Stroganoff slathered on egg noodles and topped off with sour cream. I believe a concoction of…

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa

Wondering what you are going to leave out for Santa this Christmas? Milk and cookies are his favorite and the traditional chocolate chip cookies are the best!. Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies never hurt anyone. When you’re bushed from the Christmas shopping and in over your head with the holiday cooking, turning to a…

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Lebanese Red Velvet Pudding

Looking to bring some holiday colors to your menu? How about Red Velvet Pudding? Serve it as dessert or snack, it is lovely for all ages and decadent enough for the grown-ups at your holiday parties. This is not your everyday pudding out of the box. My Red Velvet Pudding is homemade and a variation…

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Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears

Lately I have been roasting, grilling, and pureeing fruit. Today I will poach my pears. Since apples are considered the quintessential fall fruit, we often forget that pears are also gifts of the autumn season. Juicy pears poached in spiced red wine celebrates the fall season. Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears turn a festive autumn…

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French Creole Christmas Dinner

I’m not French Creole, but I think a French Creole Christmas menu can be elegantly served for a preemptive holiday season dinner. A traditional French Creole Christmas dinner pays homage to classic French cuisine by including ingredients from southern Louisiana prepared with French flair.  It is served with grace accompanied by the finest in libations. …

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