Cooking Free Gourmet Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving menu consisted of apricot glazed turkey (unique, isn’t it?), sausage and chestnut stuffing (love chestnuts… it’s so hearty, it also had button mushrooms in it),  green beans almondine, roasted butternut squash with toasted marshmallows, mash potatoes, cranberry orange relish, and saffron risotto.  Yes, saffron risotto.  With my multicultural family a rice dish always…

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Individual Steak & Ale Pie for Christmas

You may be wondering why I would make steak and ale pie, typical pub food, as holiday food.  Did you know that it originates from a Christmas and New Year tradition in Glasgow? In modern times typically during Christmas, the British eat Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding, a bread pudding made by pouring the batter…

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Peanut Brittle – Classic Gourmet Candy

This post brought to you by Peanut Brittle. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Love Food Life Alchemy. The classic peanut brittle is an iconic treat during the holidays. It’s a representation of homely sweetness that fits right into cozy winter ambiance. This gourmet candy has always been a regular member during…

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A Moroccan Art – Shrimp Bastilla

It really felt like I was doing holiday cooking this weekend.  I spent an entire day in the kitchen and we went full Moroccan this weekend.  There is a sweet and savory dish called Bastilla that Moroccans make for special occasions.  Its layers of flaky pastry like dough filled with warmly spiced meat, authentically chicken…

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Greek Avgolemono Soup for the Holidays and Tempering Eggs

Before I start to detail my venture to make Avgolemono, I would like to state that I simply find the versatile chemistry of an egg amazing.  Scrambled, boiled, poached, and today I learned how to perfectly temper an egg.  What it means to temper an egg is that you raise its temperature gradually, essentially cooking…

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12 Days of Christmas Popcorn Swap – 2014

I’m a real push over for the holidays.  I love to revere every little tradition and carry it out with warmth and elegance.  I’ve always associated the holiday season with plenty of baking and I think holiday cookie swaps are so much fun to get us into the spirit.  Cookies are an iconic part of…

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Halloween Treats with Resolve to Make Kids Smile and Warm a Mother’s Heart

I’m a big fan of the holiday season.  I kick it off with Halloween and enjoy every moment of it until January 1st every year.  Yes, there is a bit of lull in the first few weeks of November, but I manage to keep the spirit alive with plenty of planning.  I won’t deny that…

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